Review: Seven Davis Jr continues exploring his sound via his own Secret Angels label, unfettered by external input and able to present his creative vision as he sees fit. He's in club mode on this second instalment of his "Sev Was Here" series, but this time round it's not quite as edgy as its predecessor. Davis Jr's vocals are out front, dealing with matters of the heart over those crucial, distinctive deep house bumps. "Your Lover" is a snappy, sexy number that works around an addictive, looped up hook, while "Rollercoaster" takes things a little more jacking. "Birds & Bee's" keeps the percussive pressure up, before the husky vocals come back in full force on killer closer "Cupid."
Review: Unstoppable Dutch duo Detroit Swindle are back on their own Heist imprint, with some sensual deep house in the form of "Flavourism" which is the first single lifted from their forthcoming album entitled High Life. Featuring the smooth as silk vocals of the inimitable Seven Davis Jr, the release is accompanied by some fine remixes too: the sexy late night mood lighting of John Barera & Will Martin's Boomerang dub does the job fairly well, but let's not ignore the true highlight here - not one but two renditions by the mighty Pepe Bradock. The Atavisme boss and all round hero of the French house scene delivers the depe dan and dusty Bittersweet mix, in addition to a handy Urgent Spookapella.
Review: The ever-prolific Seven Davis Jr has been thoroughly generous in sharing out his smoky, sensual strain of deep house in recent years, with the dust still settling from his last album. Now he's back with a full tilt five track EP that hints at a new direction to come, embracing the momentum and minimalism of techno without losing the distinctive bump that his music just can't do without. "No Mercy" is a dark, kinetic affair while "Lipstick" gets tougher, funkier and rawer. "Super Model" is a sleazy jam that revolves around a strutting beat and a nasty bassline, with some of Davis Jr's cool and deadly vocals rolling over the top. "On The Catwalk" has a rugged Dance Mania feel to the groove, and then "To Be Continued" spells out that this new, ruffneck direction for Seven Davis Jr has got a future.
Review: It's never easy keeping up with all the absolute gold that comes flying out of Seven Davis Jr's studio, but it makes it all the more fun playing catch up. Having kicked off his Secret Angels label last year with an EP and an album, he's already back with yet another long player spread across two discs and dripping with that irresistible, neo-soul enriched boogie. This is house music how it should be done, channelling the influence of P-funk, Prince and D'Angelo to make some of the sweetest party-starting material you're likely to hear all year. Do you need any more convincing?
Clark & The Community - "Jesus & The Stormtroopers" (1:52)
Colm K - "Dream" (3:56)
Cave Circles - "Living With Everyone" (4:02)
Ugly Disco - "Nutz" (5:29)
OCnotes - "My Religion" (3:08)
Sassy Black - "Present (Said I Really Want You Babe)" (2:45)
Cervo - "Oshala" (6:46)
Jonna & Samwell - "Alright" (feat Erik Rico) (5:21)
Perlair - "Dance With Me" (feat Sharka) (6:12)
I, CED - "Forever" (5:14)
Review: The past few years have seen Seven Davis Jr firmly grip his second chance at music with both hands, his signature to Ninja Tune for a debut album coming after working with the likes of Izwid, Apron and Classic. With his forward-thinking brand of modern electronic soul now firmly established, the US musician is given the intriguing chance to compile Future Society, a collection of tracks from some of his favourite new, unsung and like-minded forward thinking artists to highlight the talent he has encountered on his travels. Shouts to UK label R2 for giving Davis Jr the platform to express himself, with the producer calling on artists from New Zealand, U.S.A., U.K. and Switzerland to provide mostly exclusive and unreleased tracks spanning electronic, soul and house tracks with a pioneering spirit.