Released October 1st 2012 on 12″ vinyl and digital formats.
For our third release, we welcome back the collaborative efforts of our three family members Mia Dora, HaHaHa & Raksha. Joining forces once again, they depart from the awkward rhythms and stuttered arrangements of their first joint outing and instead offer up a slab of relentless, dance floor shattering techno. From the opening, an almost hypnotic drum pattern comprised of both live and synthesised sounds fills the track with atmosphere and instills a real sense of urgency in the listener. The moment the bassline is introduced, however, the purpose of Ill-defined becomes clear – to bring your warehouse party crashing to it’s knees one drop at a time.
On the flip, the ever adept Dam Mantle has take time to offer up what must be described as a re-edit in the truest sense of the word. Extending and re-imagining the track in his own unique way, he opens by somehow adding an extra sense of menace to the already unnerving original. As it grows, things move in a completely different direction and the final sexed up, key driven crescendo leaves you wondering how you got there in the end.
New mix from Ben Martin recorded ahead of his set at Sub Club in Glasgow alongside Lone & Lando Kal on August 17th. You can get more info on the event here.
1. Medlar – Terrell (Bicep’s Brooklyn Shuffle)
2. The White Lamp – It’s You (Eats Everything & Christophe Acid Ouse mix)
3. Justin Martin – Robot Romance
4. Someone I Know – Some Tune He Made
5. Cajmere & Dajae – Say You Will
6. Sei A – Hawk Tone
7. Lando Kal – Rhythm Sektion
8. Celeda – Be Yourself (Part 2)
9. Julio Bashmore – Au Seve
10. Disclosure – What’s In Your Head
11. KiNK & Neville Watson – Blueprint
12. Christophe – The Scene
13. Kill Frenzy – Booty Clap
14. Geeeman – Fire Extinguisher
15. Eliphino – Vrybody
16. Mia Dora – Untitled
17. Kry Wolf – Scream
18. A1 Bassline – Lumps
19. KiNK – Existence
20. Auntie Flo – La Sam feat Mamacita
Our second release is the first solo EP from Mia Dora, ‘Romanticise’. Released digitally and on limited vinyl, this 4 track EP brings to life the Mia Dora sound, so carefully cultivated and realised over the last 12 months.
Drawing on a range of influences, they bring together the warm, subtle tones of garage, the deep impact of driving house, tinges of acid synths and the awkward hip hop inflected rhythms they are starting to make their own.
Each track leaves something to be discovered with each listen, refusing to stand still and switching up as they go. Romanticise shows off the intricate and subtle approach Mia Dora take to club music, crafting something new yet all the while feeling refreshingly familiar.
The digital package also includes a remix from label mate HaHaHa, who injects Random Romantics with the unrelenting energy and percussive innovation that he is becoming recognised for.
Illustration by Andy King. Design by Grampian Mountains.
New mix from Ben Martin, recorded as a special promo ahead of his set in The Slam Tent at T In The Park on July 7th. It features HaHaHa’s remix of Mia Dora, released as part of their Romanticise EP on July 9th as well as a soon to be released High Sheen exclusive.
1. Justin Martin – Hood Rich
2. Boddika – Acid Jackson
3. French Fries – Yo Vogue
4. Justin Martin – Get Low
5. Mirrors – Things
6. T Williams – Analog Tour
7. Audiojack – Stay Glued (FCL Weemix)
8. Worthy – Shy Look
9. Girl Unit – Ensemble
10. Blawan – What You Do With What You Have
11. Kink – Soda Caustic
12. Mia Dora, HaHaHa & Raksha – Untitled Stomp – forthcoming High Sheen
13. Friscia & Lamboy – Brothas & Sistas (Return To The Limelife Mix)
14. 95 North Feat. Sabrynaah Pope – Hold on (95 North Metro Dub)
15. Da Mongoloids – Spark Da Meth (Bangin Like A Benzi Mix)
16. Trevino – Derelict
17. Mia Dora – Random Romantics (HaHaHa Remix) – forthcoming High Sheen
18. Jay Shepheard – Fuzzy Border
19. Omar – Feeling You (Henrik Schwarz remix)
20. Oni Ayhun – OAR003-B
High Sheen’s very own Mia Dora & HaHaHa feature on episode 1 of the all new Sub Club podcast series ahead of their sets at the club in Glasgow on June 15th. On the night, Mia Dora will debut their live set to the masses while HaHaHa and Martyn will play records to get you moving.
As well as interviews with Martyn, Mia Dora & HaHaHa, the podcast features a sneak preview of the forthcoming Mia Dora ‘Romanticise’ EP, released digitally and ltd edition 12″ vinyl on High Sheen this summer.
Ben Martin has recorded the first in the series of High Sheen DJ mixes to celebrate our debut release. As well as that, he sat down for a chat with bustling Glasgow music blog Synth as our future plans for High Sheen start to take shape…
Our debut release is a collaboration between three of the label’s resident artists – Mia Dora, HaHaHa & Raksha – who over the coming months will have their own EPs put to wax in their own rights. For now ‘High Sheen’ is the result, the eponymous song with which they have merged their three distinctive styles to create a piece of truly interesting club music that sets the tone for what we are all building towards in the future.
This track is designed for the dance floor; stuttered drums collide with the deepest of low ends, while frenetic organ stabs build into a driving force that keeps you guessing from start to finish.
You can grab ‘Intercourse’, a collaboration between HaHaHa & Raksha, for free on XLR8R. This should give you an idea of what to expect from their joint EP which is dropping summer 2012 on High Sheen. A ‘big-tune’ apparently.