A few years ago now, Fort Romeau and Ali Tillett found themselves sat in a pub in south east London hatching a plot. The aim was simple: total global domination via split-12"s. The means was simple too: they formed Cin Cin, a label that's becoming quite a big deal.
The imprint's first release saw Romeau team up with Berlin big-boy Nick Höppner back in 2105 and they've kept that pace up, dropping material by the likes of Lawrence Guy, Bwana, Ripperton, and Bezier.
Their latest release sees relative newcomers Elliott Lion and New Jackson teaming up for a double-headed cosmic disco extravaganza. Taking a side apiece, the split 12" is a must-have for anyone who likes their dancefloors scented with Nordic pines. And if you've ever read THUMP, you'll be aware by now that we love cosmic disco more than pretty much anything else on earth, other than cheap pints.
You can check out two tracks from the record and a whole lot more Cin Cin goodness below.
Dublin-based New Jackson's released records on the likes of Hivern Discs and Permanent Vacation, as well as remixing both Mano Le Tough and Shit Robot, so the dude knows what he's doing when it comes to crystalline contemporary disco-gloop, which is exactly what he serves up on Cin Cin's latest 12".
Bowie's "Sound and Vision" is one of the funny-eyed sod's finest works, so naturally anything that pairs it with super-moody Trentmoller rumbling is always going to be really, really good. "Electric Blue," we're happy to report really is really, really good. Let all ten minutes of it unfurl right now.
Jackson's Cin Cin compadre is a mysterious figure. The Manchester man's got a relatively low profile at present but we're absolutely certain that if he keeps putting out tracks as good as the pair on 006 you'll be hearing a lot more about him in the very near future.
Lion takes the reins on the flipside with a pair of perky, jaunty, sweaty workouts that sound a bit like every good record DFA released in between 2008 and 2010 thrown into a blender. Which means if you—like me—like cheeky cosmic pumpers, you'll be somewhere towards nirvana by the time the record finishes. "Athens," which you can hear below, comes on like an acid-laced Lindstrom and doesn't let up from there.
You want more, though don't you? You want to read an interview between Fort Romeau and Ali Tillett, right? Good, because that's what you're going to do right now!
Ali Tillett: If you could choose three artists to sign to Cin Cin who would they be ?
Fort Romeau: YMO, The Doors and Carl Craig.
What's the one piece of studio kit you'd recommend to budding producers?
There's loads of good, cheap kit out there now. The Arturia Mini Brute is a great cheap new mono synth. There's also loads of great sounding modules from the 90s that no one wants and can be had for peanuts—they're not very editable but sound a lot better than most soft synths if you ask me.
The new artwork by Arnau Bi Ponany is a stunning new visual identity for Cin Cin so you obviously have a keen eye for design—who are your favourite designers at the moment ?
In the world of record labels, I really like what Whities have been doing. Michael Satter's stuff for Live At Robert Johnson is also consistently great I think.
Apparently you decided to set up the label over a drink in a pub in deepest Peckham a couple of years ago, but what's your favourite tipple to blow away the winter blues?
Hmm, hard to choose a favourite, because it is a bit like picking a favourite child. But I did have a particularly nice 1996 vintage Armagnac over Christmas. Didn't last long!
If you could pick three records—one from the past, one in the present and one in the future what are your must haves for everyone's collections
Yellow Magic Orchestra's B.G.M, Voilum by Future Sound of Antwerp, and Cin Cin 006 naturally!
And if all that wasn't enough, we've got one final treat for you lucky, lucky readers. Elliott Lion's very kindly turned in an absolutely wonderful guest mix for us.
Get yourself nice and comfy and settle into a fantastic hour of battery-acid-damaged boogie, corrosive cosmic, and waterlogged house. We guarantee that you're gonna love this one. Check it out in full below.
Cin Cin 006 is out now. Grab it here.