Newly launched Samo Records is setting out to explore the depths of the dancefloor by celebrating the darker moodier facets of electronic music. The NYC label's first release comes from Pixelife (Sean Dack) a highly accomplished visual artist and veteran of NYC's underground. In addition to releasing on such respected labels as Throne of Blood Horn Wax and Let's Play House he also makes up half of GHOST COP a band known for its textured synths iconic vocals dissonant beats and captivating live sets. Incorporating the same expert soniclayering techniques he employs in his live analog sets he's created a dynamic EP that's both intimate in feel and broad in scope. "Omega Block" stomps out of the gate all driving rhythms and throbbing basslines with an underlying element of frenetic foreboding aptly reflecting these geopolitically tense times while still remaining suitable for losing yourself on the dancefloor. The track gets the remix treatment by Bristol U.K.born Berlinbased Antoni Maiovvi a selfdescribed "electrodisco horror mindmelt DJ/live performer/film composer" who heads up Giallo Disco Records with Vercetti Technicolor. Here he trades his trademark horror elements for successions of staccato beats and a strippeddown sensibility that successfully translates to perfect latenightatawarehouse vibes. "Chimeras in the Matrix" soars with gorgeous dystopian melodies overlaying squelchy undertones revealing labyrinthine layers and anxious crescendos before building to a fullon acid frenzy. Producer/remixer/DJ Tronik Youth (who like Maiovvi also hails from the U.K. and currently lives in Berlin) is cohead of the prolific (averaging nearly a release a week in 2016) NEIN Records which he founded five years ago with Ian Considine; the label has released music from the likes of Rodion Curses In Flagranti Heretic Man Power Daniele Baldelli The Emperor Machine and Moscoman to name but a few. He is also a member of Permanent Wave a spooky pitcheddown darkwaveinspired disco project with French singer Justine. He brings a chuggy bleepy edge to his take on "Chimeras in the Matrix" with bouncy rhythms multiple breakdowns and echoing robovocals taking the original's intensity down while upping the dancefloor quotient.