Some dance music news in brief:

Don’t Be Afraid, the Semtek-helmed label behind those excellent recent Mr. Beatnick singles, has an asparagus-themed project in line for Record Store Day. Yes, you read that right: asparagus.

In the label’s words, their new sub-label Spargel Trax has been created to “celebrate the dual seasonal themes of great music and great asparagus.” The first 12″ drops on April 21 – both Record Store Day and the first day of the British Asparagus Season – while the second will arrive in mid-May. Both are four-tracks long, with each track made by a different producer working under a vegetable-themed alias. The singles will be released with no DJ promotion, and come on asparagus-coloured vinyl (one “white and a bit purple”, and one green).

House mainstays 20:20 Vision, who in the past have released music by Crazy P, Paul Woolford and more, have turned their attention to the UK underground, snapping up Brixton up-and-comer PhOtOmachine for their next single, ‘On U’. Eglo neck-snapper FunkinEven contributes a remix, while one of London’s most promising young house producers has also been tapped up for a future 20:20 release.

The ever-prolific Bvdub, who makes some of the most precious dub-techno and ambient music around, has released two new albums on the Darla label, Serenity [sleeve art, left] and Don’t Say You Know. The two will also be paired as a double-CD package, released in April.

Later this year, recent FACT mixer John Talabot’s Hivern Discs label will release the debut album by mysterious Barcelona artist Mistakes are OK. To preempt the release, they’ll be dropping three remixes of Mistakes are OK’s material, by Kassem Mosse and Mixmup, Downliners Sekt and BNJMN, on April 2.

And finally, another former FACT mixer in Dutch favourite Conforce [above] has announced a new album under an alternative name, Hexagon. Juno report that Hexagon was originally debuted on a remix of Conforce’s last album Escapism, and although no information is available about the album as yet, there is a Hexagon track – potentially from it – streaming on Conforce’s Soundcloud.




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