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XK025 sees a fresh label debut in the form of Cloudsteppers - a collaboration between Toronto based artists Ciel and Dan Only. Born out of an impromptu jam session at Dan Only's NDG 208 Studio in late 2019, the pair quickly hit it off. Ciel brought her trusty Korg ESX-1 sampler, and alongside Dan Only's arsenal of vintage synths and samplers, they quickly wrote the first two cuts of what would eventually turn into the first Cloudsteppers EP. After getting great feedback from playing them on tour and sharing with friends, the pair wrote the last two cuts when lockdown restrictions loosened during the summer of 2020. Both artists are instinctively melodically-inclined producers, so for this release they tried to focus more of their attention on the drums and fx, while limiting the amount of melodic parts in each track. Working within those parameters resulted in what is now their debut EP. Title track, “The Limit”, is a huge undulating cut of 160bpm energy - it shimmies effortlessly between skittish jungle, breakbeat and techno rhythms, centred around a tripped out sample of Manchester’s finest physicist, Brian Cox. “Slinky Bork” brings a distinctly UK Tech House flavour reminiscent of Housey Doingz, Get Fucked and others of the Wiggle/Euka House era - underpinned by a solid 4x4, subtle rhythms and spacey atmospherics abound. On the flip, “Diva Loops”goes in hard with a pounding kick, warbling bass and some massive clattering drums before breaking out into a playful melodic refrain. Closing things out, “Trigger Happy” is another functional 4x4 club cut full of skippy tech styles and punchy rhythms. A dreamy melody floats along into a tension building crescendo, complete with massive reese-ish bassline. Big!

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Release Date

30.05.2022

Cat No

XK025

Tracklist

Track 1
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Track 2
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Track 3
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Track 4
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Neo Trance
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12“
Guy Contact
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Out Of My Head (Into My Body) X-Kalay
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Disco
12“
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Guy Contact
17.95 €
Out Of My Head (Into My Body) X-Kalay
House
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12"
Maruwa
14.95 €
Liquid Night (Rudolf C Remix) X-Kalay
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House
12"
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Maruwa
14.95 €
Liquid Night (Rudolf C Remix) X-Kalay
Neo Trance
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12"
Maara
14.95 €
Spiral 2 The Other Side X-Kalay
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Disco
12"
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Maara
14.95 €
Spiral 2 The Other Side X-Kalay
House
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12"
Escape Artist
12.95 €
Wanna Dance? X-Kalay
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House
12"
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Escape Artist
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Wanna Dance? X-Kalay
Techno
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12"
LT
10.95 €
Disc Trail X-Kalay
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Techno
12"
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LT
10.95 €
Disc Trail X-Kalay
Techno
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12"
Qnete
11.95 €
Club Imagination EP X-Kalay
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Techno
12"
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Qnete
11.95 €
Club Imagination EP X-Kalay
Reggae / Dub
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LP
Horace Andy
22.95 €
In The Light Dub (Original Artwork Edition) 17 North Parade
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Reggae / Dub
LP
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Horace Andy
22.95 €
In The Light Dub (Original Artwork Edition) 17 North Parade
DubStep Reggae Style
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12"
Kahn
13.95 €
Dread / Late Night Blues (2023) Deep Medi Musik
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Bass Music
12"
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Kahn
13.95 €
Dread / Late Night Blues (2023) Deep Medi Musik
Bass
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12"
Griffit Vigo
17.95 €
Art Is Talking Maloca Records
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Bass Music
12"
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Griffit Vigo
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Art Is Talking Maloca Records
Bass
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12"
Farsight
17.95 €
Not Here, But Somewhere Maloca
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Bass Music
12"
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Farsight
17.95 €
Not Here, But Somewhere Maloca
Bass
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12"
Le Motel
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Sueños Maloca
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Bass Music
12"
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Le Motel
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Sueños Maloca
Bass Music
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12"
Shiken Hanzo
14.95 €
Eternity Of Echoes Incienso
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Bass Music
12"
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Shiken Hanzo
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Eternity Of Echoes Incienso