Review: A rare bit of wax from sunny California, 12 Inches Deep returns with the continuation of their original debut release, West Coast Dance Traxx Vol. 2. More no nonsense deep house & garage compiled for club use, this time featuring 3 of California's finest; Los Angeles based producer DJs, Ricky Tinez, Akumen, and label manager Urbanite, plus international support from UK/BE based Le Smoove. Leading the order is "That Day" (dub mix), an emotively dreamy, chord driven roller by Ricky Tinez, followed by the noticeably grittier, disco influenced groove of Akumen's "Inner Life" (All of Music). Info side we have "G-Groovez," an upbeat, breezy, shuffle from the likes of Le Smoove, with Urbanite's "Triple Filtered," a classically influenced garage house arrangement reminiscent of the anthemic 90's New York sound, to close things out. Overall, a lush assortment of trax suited for any box, or collection, with appreciation for "deep."
Review: We've been waiting to see what would come next on Minneapolis Exchange after the excellent opening move from the mighty DJ Duke, and this time around there's a whole raft of talent on board. Jeff Swiff is on impeccable form with the soulful, bumping delights of "I Lost Control", while Christian James has an equally funkified approach that should have all true party people wiggling their middle in approval. Dan Ryan takes a punchier approach on the drums for "Pillar", but there's still lashings of vibin' keys bringing the warmth to the track. Ricky Tinez finishes the record off with a more introspective refrain that drifts in between the peppy thrust of the drums.