After a long break due to the arrival of baby Luca Degiorgio, Kirk has been back in the studio completing the follow-up to last years ‘Nairobi’ for New Religion. The double A sided 12″ will be released in January – the tracks are titled ‘Holy’ and ‘Distraction’.
Also released early next year will be the 3rd Critical Phase ep – Kirk’s collaborative venture with New Religion ‘honcho’ Dan Keeling. Look out for ‘Voice of Phase’ and ‘People Like Us’ very soon. Both these New Religion releases feature great new artwork from Detroit’s finest Alan Oldham and will be strictly limited to a few thousand copies.
Kirk has contributed to RushHour/Kindred Spirits Sun Ra tribute album with a cover of Ra’s famous ‘Astro Black’. Featuring vocalist Vanessa Freeman the track will also be released on a single sometime. The Sun Ra tribute album looks set to be a real gem with other contributions coming from Theo Parrish, Recloose, Mad Lib, Jimi Tenor, IG Culture, etc.
Finally for this year, Kirk has remixed a new track from Eindhoven’s finest – Max 404. More details about this release will follow shortly.
Out now – the first taster from Kirk’s forthcoming 2nd album for Ubiquity Recordings. ‘To See Tomorrow’ is an afro-funk inspired club track for this summer’s dancefloors whilst the flipside features a huge Ian O’Brien remix of Contours from the 21st Century Soul set.
see ubiquityrecords.com for more details!
Finally, Soul of Science III is almost complete – Obsessive are finalising the licenses for a late-summer release. Watch this space!
New MODAL JAZZ section added to the HALL OF FAME.
Here are the details of the Kirk Degiorgio Summer World Tour:
27th Loop – Tokyo, Japan. (CD-R/Vinyl set – Techno/Disco Re-edits)
28th D-Nile – Kagoshima, Japan (CD-R/Vinyl set – Techno/Disco Re-edits)
2nd JB’s – Nagoya, Japan. (Vinyl set – Deep House/Broken Beats)
3rd Dawn – Osaka, Japan (Vinyl set – Deep House/Broken Beats)
24th Drum Rhythm Festival – Amsterdam, Netherlands (Vinyl set – Deep
House/Broken Beats/Techno) w/Recloose & Pepe Braddock.
31st Pergola – Milan, Italy (Vinyl set – nu-jazz/Techno/Broken Beats)
15th Sonar Festival – Barcelona (Vinyl set – Techno/Broken Beats) w/Mark
Shade & Keep Diggin’ Showcase.
27th London Xpress – 93 Feet East, London, UK (CD-R/Vinyl set -Deep
25th Ten Days Off Festival – Ghent, Belguim (Vinyl set – Nu-jazz/Broken
Also… New pics added to the discographies, a few new reviews added to the Hall Of Fame, general spring-cleaning round the whole site, and in response to numerous requests for Kirk Degiorgio’s club play-lists we have compiled what we can. These are based upon bootleg tapes recorded on site and Kirk’s memory of what he played at certain periods. For 5 yrs Kirk played sets almost exclusively consisting of classic soul-funk-disco.
After a well deserved winter-break Kirk is back this month with 2 remixes. Firstly comes Kirk’s disco-fied remix of Jack Costanzo’s cover of ‘Calypso Blues’ available now on Ubiquity Recordings. Secondly, Kirk has remixed Joakim’s ‘Cotton Gun’ for French label Versatile in pure techno style.
Both remixes are precursors to full-length album projects for both labels. Kirk will continue with his As One projects for Ubiquity whilst concentrating more on pure-electronic based tracks for Versatile.
Also around on promo and due for release in May is the second installment in Kirk’s collaborative Critical Phase project. Co-written by Dan Keeling ‘The Phase Effect’ will be released on New Religion/EMI soon to be followed by Kirk’s follow-up to the successful ‘Nairobi’ EP.
Kirk has also a busy DJ schedule planned for the coming months… including appearences at Sonar in Barcelona and a mini-tour of Japan in May. More details in our next bulletin.
Kirk is proud to be guest presenter of Nuphonic Records excellent radio slot ‘London Xpress’ on Sunday May 5th 8pm-10pm GMT. To celebrate the event Kirk has prepared a 2 hour ‘Mastermix’ special – exclusively featuring many classic disco cuts from 1976-82. All exclusively mixed re-edited for this one-off broadcast. One not to miss….
Finally, due to public demand Kirk has once again teamed up with Ian O’Brien for another installment of ‘Soul of Science’ for BMG’s compilation team at Obssessive. The track-listing is being finalised in the next few weeks for a Summer release.
Updates to the discography include the two new albums, a few new sections, and a number of new entries. There are also a couple of detailed pdf files for the main discography and the remix discography. Links to a flood of reviews are also included for the new releases.
The current edition of THE WIRE (December) features an extensive Invisible Jukebox interview with Kirk.
After 3 yrs of the best in Black Music new and old the R-Solution show hosted by 4 Hero/Kirk Degiorgio/Phil Asher has parted company with Kiss 100. Thanks to all our loyal listeners over the 150 or so shows – we will keep you informed of any developments regarding future broadcasting options
Out now on Ubiquity Records – the second installment from the forthcoming AS ONE LP 21st Century Soul. This 4 track sampler features the left-field vocal track ‘Problems’ featuring Jinadu, a Stacey Pullen remix of ‘Another Revolution’ (already getting airplay on Mary Anne Hobbs’ Radio 1 ‘Breezeblock’ show) and an exclusive Afro/Brokenbeat/Techno inspired club track ‘If It Ain’t Broke’.
Promo’s of the OFFWORLD LP ‘Two Worlds’ are sneaking out of the Far Our offices ready for official release next month.
USA’s excellent club culture magazine XLR8R features a rare 3 page interview with Kirk this month – conducted on his tour of the States earlier this summer.
Forthcoming features are also due in 7 magazine (UK) and Billboard (USA).
Meanwhile Kirk is remixing Joachim Lone for Versatile and putting the finishing touches to the much anticipated Critical Phase follow-up with Dan Keeling.
Finally for now, Kirk’s R-Solution show on Kiss FM continues its series of 2hr artist specials… featured so far this summer: Stevie Wonder, Isley Brothers and Eugene McDaniels… if you missed the shows – go check the playlists and hunt down the sites that distribute cassette copies. (But don’t ask us about these pls!)
Just added a fantastic article about Charles Stepney with permission from Downbeat Magazine. It’s by Edwin Black and was originally printed November 26, 1970.
Coming soon on Hefty Records from Chicago comes Kirk Degiorgio’s Offworld Remix of Phil Ranelin’s ‘For the Children’. Taken from the rare cult 70’s classic “Vibes from the Tribe” LP, Hefty not only licensed the original album but also discovered the original 16 track masters enabling re-interpretations to be done properly.
The Offworld mix follows on from the Offworld mixes of Papo Vasquez, Tony Allen, etc – modern electronics collide with original 70’s rhythms and spirituality. Release date tbc.
Finishing touches are being made to the second installment of the acclaimed Soul of Science compilation series for Obsessive Records. Big noises were made by the inclusion of rare and previously unreleased material by Herbie Hancock, Shuggie Otis, Dunn Pearson Jr, etc on the first volume and needless to say Vol 2 keeps up the high standards with some rare gems… also included is an exclusive collaboration between compilers Kirk and Ian O’ Brien. Look out for a late July release.
Kirk Degiorgio’s EP for EMI subsidiary New Religion is out now… entitled Nairobi / Unruly the 12″ also features a superb Carl Craig reworking of Nairobi.
Also out now is Kirk’s collaboration with Dan Keeling under the artist name CRITICAL PHASE. Phase One out on Fuju also includes the Futureshock remix which made it to Radio 1 DJ Pete Tong’s Essential Tune for June…
Finally the long-awaited As One EP on Ubiquity sees official release this month. The 10″ double a-side includes the classic Another Revolution and the 21st century latin rhythms of Undefeated… watch out for the follow-up single this summer and a full-length album scheduled for November 2001.
After DJ tours of the USA and Europe taking in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle, Los Angeles, Detroit Electronic Music Festival, Vienna, Warsaw and Tilburg – Kirk will be in the studio for the next few months until he tours with the Allenko Brotherhood / Comet Records.
This month sees the release of Kirk’s dancefloor remix of Common Factor on Detroit’s finest Planet E. It was fantastic for Kirk to be involved in Planet E’s 10th anniversary release and we say Happy Birthday from all at ART!!
Next month sees the release of Kirk’s re-interpretation of music from the Bushmen of the Kalahari Desert. Out soon on Melt 2000 – keep an eye out for the launch night of the remix album project as its a very worthwhile cause.
Finally – Holland’s sublime underground techno label Delsin finally persuaded Kirk to remix one of their artists and it resulted in one of his best mixes to date… look out for the Sandor Caron track with the Offworld mix very soon!
Well – all that and Kirk’s collaboration with Tony Allen for France’s Comet label is doing the business for DJ’s worldwide… phew… a busy start to the year!
We see a wealth of forthcoming releases from Kirk Degiorgio in various guises.
A collaboration with Dan Keeling sees Kirk’s first release for new label Fuju under the name Critical Phase. We’ve heard the Futureshock remix is MASSIVE – so watch out for it early this Spring.
Also getting the remix treatment is Kirk’s first pure techno release for some years! Carl Craig is on the remix duties this time for a re-appearence of Kirk’s Esoterik moniker from the days of ART. To be released on EMI’s new House/ Techno imprint New Religion early this year ‘Nairobi’ and an as yet untitled flipside are already tearing it up in Carl Craig’s worldwide DJ sets.
Meanwhile – the Far Our Recordings project featuring Kirk alongside Azymuth, Jamie Odell and others is almost at completion. A release date is expected for Autumn.
Updated the R-Solution playlists.
In between recording his forthcoming As One project for Island Blue, and the forthcoming Offworld meets Azymuth project, Kirk has finished remixes of P’Taah ‘Uriel Bridge’ (Ubiquity), Gintare ‘Trancenavigation’ (Regal) and Helicopter Girl ‘Subliminal Punk’ (Instant Karma).
After a successful DJ tour of the UK with the Regal label and an appearance at Amsterdam’s Drum Rhythm Festival, Kirk is now back recording and also compiling an album of miscellaneous soulful electronica for the Logic label together with Ian O’Brien.
Entitled ‘The Soul of Science’ it also includes a previously unreleased track ‘Kaleidoscope’ recorded soon after the Planetary Folklore sessions that experiments with the modal programming capabilities of the sought-after Notron step-sequencer.
A full track listing for the album (due out Autumn) will be featured here soon!