Review: 313 ROCK is a combination of old school house with Soul samples from the 70s and the 80s revisited with today's sound and club grooves... Composed by K Alexis, the EP offer a cosmic voyage with bassline and strings.AMore thanA« Aa good dance track »Athis is a sampling Orchestra Art piece.ADJ and producer K Alexis is one of Chicago's true heroes and cited by many as a pioneer in the city's sound with many of its releases regarded as classics.AHe has also worked with Larry Heard & Robert Owens, Dave Angel, Tjen Tjen, Felix Da Housecat and Will Smith.. He is now part of the family!
Review: This next release in the Exchange line we teamed up with Minneapolis label Open Sound to bring you something very special. For years, Minneapolis and Detroit have had a very special connection. We decided to bring two artists to tell a tale of the two cities. Three amazing tracks from Detroit's house maestro Javonntte (Traxx Underground, Quintessentials, Lets Play House, Defected) and two tracks from Minneapolis's own Lowry boys (aka Aaron Bliss of Havens & Hart and Open Sound's ACG) with a special little DJ tool thrown in for fun! To top it off we pulled in the genius himself to mix down and remaster the tracks Mr. Kevin Gorman aka Adesse Versions at Versions Mastering for that extra umff!
Review: Yuzo Iwata has made one prior appearance to date on Pluie/Noire in 2018. This EP for Malin Genie's label finds him exploring further deep cover plains of expression through the medium of experimental house and techno, leading in with the rippling textures and haunting piano refrain of "Spoit." The delicate gamelan chimes of "Mount Castle" that follow collide with rugged drum machine beats and artful sonic interference, while "Tiger" fuses jagged off-centre beats with gnarled acid lines and fluttering melodies lingering in the middle distance. "Touch" seals the deal on this highly distinctive EP with a writhing, organic mass of sound design strapped to a forthright four to the floor stomp.
Review: It's been a while since Zolta Pal last used the Jaffa Surfa alias. In fact, his last outing under the pseudonym dropped three years ago on Houseworx (the US garage-flavoured Pimpin' EP). This three-tracker happily finds him in fine form, delivering a more tech-tinged trio of aquatic deep house cuts. There's naturally plenty to enjoy, from the subterranean shuffle and liquid melodies of "Bazz" and heavy percussive bump of "Psy Lance" - all thickset, multi-tracked drums, calming pads and fizzing electronics - to the beatless bliss of "Preacha Bonus", which - unsurprisingly given the title - features a deep south preacher chatting over heady ambient chords.
Review: The Hong Kong based Homesick team are back with their yearly release of quality reworks that has made the label sought after since their first release back in 2014. For the 7th opus they've worked with Indonesian artist Jonathan Kusuma (Previously on Cocktail D'Amore and I'm a Cliche) for two reworks that have been thoroughly tried on Asia's dance floors for the past two years.
Review: Inner Shift Music is proud to welcome back Jacksonville aka Chris Lyth, who was last seen on the label with the successful Fragments EP. Machines of Loving Grace is aptly named with four stunning tracks we have come to expect from studio maestro Jacksonville. The title track Machines of Loving Grace pulls no punches and takes you on a captivating voyage with its unique blend of vocal lines, chords, bassline, broken beats and percussive sounds. This is followed by Nepune 4; a cosmic spacey hypnotic track with acid lines and a harder 4/4 beat. On side B the track Sebastopol Rd has a gorgeous depth with its warm chords and vocal line over a deep house rhythm that takes you on a mesmerising journey. The EP finishes with a nod to Jacksonville's first EP on the Inner Shift label with Fragment 7, this track has a more ethereal feel with subliminal synthesised pads interweaving over a vibrant dance beat.
Crispin J Glover - "The Long Goodbye" (Saison Model 1 remix)
Crispin J Glover - "Prospect Place"
Dean Zepherin - "Betty"
Review: No Fuss Records returns with the 2nd release in their vinyl series with another quality 3 tracker. On the 2nd outing we see the likes of veteran producer Crispin J Glover, Dean Zepherin & label owners Saison. A1 is a remix of Crispin's "The Long Goodbye" from Saison. The duo offer their trademark sound of bumpy beats and jazzy riffs. A2 is Crispin's "Prospect Place". A song that travels through the deeper, darker, and disco sides of House. B3 sees the likes of Dean Zepherin's "Betty" classic feel good House Music at its best.
Review: The 3rd release in No Fuss's vinyl series offers the likes of Saison, Risk Assessment, & Natasha Kitty Katt. A1 is a deep and dirty number from Saison titled "Till The Day I Die". Jackin' beats and a bumpy bassline complimented by a Juno 60 synth & sampled vocals. A2 is a deeper track from House artist Risk Assessment with sampled vocals and bluesy piano titled "I Don't Understand". B1 "The Riff" is classic Saison at its best. Their jazzy pianos, driving bass and swinging beats never disappoint the dance floor. B2 is Glitterbox resident and rising DJ Natasha Kitty Katt. Katt offers her unique disco touch of cut up samples and filtered drums to create a feel good disco house slammer.
Review: No Fuss's 4th release offers some top talent from across the globe. A1 starts with London's The Journey Men who create a deep, driving, moody track with a touch of soul. A2 see's Chicago's Local Options with their trade mark sound of Jackin Deep House. On the flip B1 is Saison's "A Good Thang". A feel good Deep House number with guitar, vocals, live keys, driving beats and bumpy bass. B2 sees the likes of veteran producer Cpen. Chris offers a classy joint that mixes the elements of Jazz, UK Garage & Deep House.
Review: Since 2015 Reedale Rise's refined strand of electro and techno has quickly established him as one of the most inventive artists operating in the current crop of machine manipulators coming out of the UK underground. Liverpool-based producer Simon Keat has released a prolific body of work under the alias in a short space of time, notching up appearances on crucial labels such as Frustrated Funk, Hizou, Where We Met and many more besides. With a sound indebted to the early wave of UK techno artists like B12, the electro experimentation of Silicon Scally as well as Detroit forefathers such as Drexciya and Model 500, it's not hard to see why Reedale Rise makes perfect sense on Ornate. Technically astounding and emotionally charged, across all three tracks ORN027 marries shimmering, hi-def synth lines with crisp rhythms spanning 2-step shuffle, broken beats and understated techno propulsion.
Review: NDATL continues with an new EP from upcoming deep connoisseur Ed Nine from Chicago. The EP starts off with the energetic "Be With You" snappy beats and uplifting chords, next up "One Less Struggle" takes u into the sublime with it's deep bassline and plush chords. The B side holds the title track "Deep Concentration" which exemplifies just that, a concentration on what's deep.
Review: Spanish deep house ambassador Jose Rico lands on Chubby with a sultry collection of high pedigree jams that will sink under your skin, like the best machine soul should. There's definitely a whiff of Detroit about opening cut "Can't Be To Paradise," but it's offset by a Mediterranean mellow tint to the dynamic hardware interplay. "Four Eyes" has a spacier feel thanks to a particularly fizzy pad tone and some artful reverb, while "Ind Soul" is a melancholic jam shot through with lingering keys and a bubbling acid line dedicated to Fon. On the B side, "Gem Vmu" lightens the mood with some sprightly piano, and then "Juno Space" takes us out of orbit once more with some gorgeous lead lines that fall like pearl drops around Rico's tasteful grooves.
Review: Eat More House's second salvo of 2019 comes courtesy of Rick Wade, a producer who seems incapable of making poor or mediocre music. His particular brand of Motor City deep house is always on-point and the four tracks here are every bit as atmospheric and groovy as you'd expect. Check first the foreboding analogue bass, punchy beats and simple melodic refrains of "Bmore Banger", before moving on to the deeper and more sedate - but not less dancefloor friendly - warmth of "NY". Over on side B, Wade reaches for the hypnotic beats, raw acid bass and enveloping chords of "Deep Sweet Dreams", before wrapping us in a blanket and offering up a steaming mug of hot chocolate via the wonderfully huggable deepness of "Too Deep". A master at work.
Review: Nigel Hayes is probably best known for his collaboration with Funk D'Void as Chaser, but as Stop demonstrates, his solo work is just as impressive. It sees the UK producer move from the cinematic ambience into sleek, pulsating deep grooves. UK's Jack Bowditch has been moving through the dance music circuit over the years now and has found himself with a new alter ego in Collate. He teams up with established Romanian producers Balaur for the riveting deep classic Spinnin Voices on Astrolife. B-side opener DJ Rocca presents a nudisco odyssey into misty lands of shuffly beats, incessant basslines. Studio don Vincent Inc always bring unforgettable impressions & inspiration for mind, body & soul. 4 tracks came together to tell music stories about hypnotic deepest stuff, depression, happiness, loneliness, love, miracles and magical experiences. And now we're asking other's to join the sound conversation.
Crystal Bois - "Conga" (feat Skatebard - live at Skurkeklubben)
Review: The first Sex Tags Mania outing of 2019 comes from a familiar face: label regular Skatebard. It's the eccentric Norwegian producer's first outing for the Fett brothers' delightfully quirky house and techno imprint since 2013. He's in druggy late night mode on "Conga", layering dubbed-out U.S garage style organ stabs and warehouse-ready riffs atop a jacking, Chicago house influenced rhythm track. On the flip, Skatebard guests on a live cover of the track by mysterious Sex Tags twosome Crystal Bois. With background crowd noise guaranteeing oodles of atmosphere, the performance is sweaty, druggy, dubbed-out, intoxicating and deliciously saucer-eyed.
Review: Here's some good news: the second salvo from nascent label Nuances de Nuit is every bit as alluring as its predecessor. It follows a similar blueprint, too, offering up a quartet of cuts from emerging artists. Politics of Dancing get the ball rolling via "When The Morning Comes", a picturesque peak-time throb-job that layers twinkling piano motifs and starry synth stabs atop non-stop beats and thrusting synth-bass. Akyra offers up a dreamy, ear-pleasing fusion of rolling tech-house and spacey deep house (the excellent "Rizla"), while Karaba's "Floating Mind" is a tough but drowsy deep house bumper built around sturdy beats and squelchy electronic bass. Last -but by no means least - is Cosmic JD and Jenta's pleasingly wonky "Spencer Landoff", where off-kilter electronics, jaunty bass and inter-dimensional melodies ricochet off hip-swinging deep-tech drums.
Review: Mysticisms' is delighted to reissue Nail's timeless debut release, Cassiopeia. Appearing on the DiY Collective's 'Strictly 4 Groovers' compilation album for Warp Records in 1993, the original appears as a stand alone at last and is backed with a specially created 2019 Remix. Starting in 1989 and centered around Nottingham, the collective, also known as DiY Sound System, were a focal point for the burgeoning house scene in the midlands. Promoting an alternative take on post-acid house's creeping commercialisation, DiY kept to simple ethos of good music and a good party and were at the forefront of the new Free Party movement. Alongside parties, the collective set up a studio and label and young Neil Tolliday was introduced by in-house engineer Damian Stanley. 'Nail' was born and during studio downtime, the 18 year old wrote Cassiopeia around the S1000 sampler, Juno 106, Oberheim Matrix 1000 and Roland SH101. Cassiopeia became the stand out inclusion on the compilation and rightly, is still highly prized. Fitting in and outside the Deep House vibe DiY were known, it fuses elements of ambient and even trance, with a beautiful arpeggio and vocal sample atop simple, but killer bass line and claps. Tolliday's 2019 Remix is a fitting accompaniment, stretching towards dub techno before house kicks back perfectly for today's heads. Bounce the Mystery.
Review: After the 4 young producers completed their second Hamburg residency, they enjoyed increasing popularity in Liverpool with the growing re-edit movement. However, they were also growing tired of the monotony of numerous appearances at the same clubs night after night. In November 2018, during one of the group's frequent performances at Sugar Night Club, they encountered Driller, a local record-label owner and club owner. He later recalled: "I immediately liked what I heard. They were fresh, and they were honest, and they had what I thought was a sort of presenceA... star quality.
Review: After a sold-out release on Courtesy of Balance which gained huge support and plays from some key DJs, Nat Wendell returns to his own imprint with another dancefloor heavy, 3track EP. "Reality" kicks of the 3 track EP with some pulsating stabs, mixed with trippy underlays over a swingy stripped back Deep House rhythm. Flip the record and you're presented with a bouncy, yet dubby adventure "Can't Stop". The title track "Renditions" doesn't let up with any of the deep energetic tones set. Here Nat teases out a deeper yet up tempo way to end the release.
Review: Amadeo Savio is next up on Vigenere, the label that has thus far presented a whole host of unknown names in the field of minimal techno all bound together by a shared classiness in their production style. Savio's approach is deep and dubby on opening cut "Isolat", one primed for the after hours. "Trance Later" has a slightly more forthright approach, but there's still plenty of mellow delights to be found in the synth department to keep you chilling. "Encor" heads into more typically minimal pastures, while "Kassion" explores broken beat patterns and fragmented samples with scintillating results.
Review: The latest missive on Teflon Dons' LA-based Worldship Music imprint takes us back to 1994 and the overlooked, U.S Garage-influenced house productions of Greg 'Ski' Royal, a mixing and mastering engineer who can trace his roots right back to the earliest days of the West Coast hip-hop scene. Flipside "Down Fifth Avenue" - an evocative, bass-heavy chunk of bumpin', riff-loaded late night deep house - first appeared on a little-known EP way back in the '90s, but the A-side versions of "Christopher" have never been released before. In its original form, it's a soulful and seductive chunk of vocal garage/house fusion complete with "Show Me Love" style organ riffs. Those intoxicating and alluring motifs naturally come to the fore on the accompanying instrumental mix.
Review: Dutch duo Detroit Swindle returns to home label Heist for the first time since the release of last year's superb sophomore album "High Life". Title track "The Life Behind Things" is positive, ear-pleasing and dancefloor friendly, with the experienced pair peppering bouncy beats and thickset synth bass with joyous organ riffs, wobbly acid lines, jaunty piano stabs and female vocal snippets that sound like they were lifted from an old school house cut. Lorenz Rhode hook-up "Music For Clubs" is arguably even more rush-inducing in its retro-futurist piano house intent, while Isoul8's remix of the title track is a swirling, soulful and decidedly tactile chunk of deep house brilliance.
Review: In the early nineties, directly influenced by the Summer of Love of 1988, Florentine Riccardo Falsini began his project I Believe-a miscellaneous collection of records, compilations, and collaborations-released through his label Interactive Test (co-run with brother Franco Falsini).
These sounds would eventually reach Vancouver-based producer AVR (Avery La Rochelle) in the summer of 2018. Compelled by Riccardo's legacy as a producer and a deejay, Avery reached out to the Italian producer.
A friendship formed that would see them collaborate on various dance events in Vancouver, as well as their Outside Of Time EP, a reverie of hallucinatory trance music. Over the past year, the duo recorded these tracks with the free spirit of early rave culture in mind.
Outside Of Time is certified dance floor therapy that inspires the listener to believe in the power of love and music.
Review: For the 20th release on P.O.D Records, the duo Politics Of Dancing dug out an underground french house classic from Dj Freddy, Emergency Delivery. This long awaited repress is issued with a remix from England's very own Archie Hamilton and label boys themselves Politics Of Dancing.
Already a favorite.
Review: In the mist of the night, a driver locks his rimmed glasses to his face, fasten his seatbelt and stomps his foot on the gas. An array of beams and city lights flow in a continuous spectrum that dissolves into lines as the car speeds up. It's only a matter of time before his journey turns into a tunnel of light.?Off he goes into the distance to test the space time continuum limits of speed and sound with aboard of his car only courage and humility. For his first EP, Romain FX digs deep in his emotions to pull out four Italo & House infused tracks full of musical surprises.
Review: Tears to Sound by Ilija Rudman featuring Vocals and Lyrics by Andre Espeut first appeared on NuNorthern Soul 2018 with Ron Trent Mixes . Ron did extraordinary stellar job in the studio with 11 minutes long mixes . Imogen now join forces with NuNorthern Soul and present 2 versions kept only for their Dj sets . This is Imogen x NuNorthern Soul release with 2 amazing mixes - one Vocal Radio Edit by Ilija Rudman and second Instrumental Edit by Imogen Soundsystem .
Review: While glassy-eyed, loved-up and overtly dreamy house with notable early '90s references has become something of a cliche of late, that's no criticism of Patrick Holland AKA Project Pablo, one of a small band of producers who helped kick-start the trend a few years back. As this outing on Spectral Sound shows, he's still miles ahead of his rivals. The EP sees him giddily charge between colourful, emotion-rich deep house retro-futurism (the sci-fi sounds and peak-time hustle of opener "The Solution"), swooning, dubby mid-tempo dreaminess ("Pressure No Impact"), jaunty and melodious loveliness ("Big Room Delusion") and the kind of clonky, metallic fare that recalls all manner of classic underground cuts from 1990 ("Pill").
Review: West Country heroes Situation have kept it local on their latest EP, which offers up a suite of previously unheard re-rubs of Andre Espeut hook-up "Beyond Compare" by Bristol-based house hero Sean McCabe. The A-side boasts vocal and instrumental interpretations built around warming, mood-enhancing chords, jangly piano riffs, unfussy beats and the kind of slick, ear-catching electronic bassline more associated with Atjazz productions. Over on side B, McCabe offers up a superb "Vocal Reprise" take that sounds a little "fuller" and more energy-packed (thanks in part to his use of more urgent-sounding vocal snippets and grandiose chord sequences), as well as a brilliantly dreamy and locked-in Dub that sounds a little like one of Frankie Knuckles' classic remixes.
Review: The crew behind the Hizou label is rightly chuffed that they've managed to secure this two-tracker from Andres, a Detroit producer whose releases - whether aimed at deep house dancefloors or hip-hop heads - are rarely less than superb. The two tracks the label has selected are suitably strong, too. Check first A-side "All U Gotta Do Is Listen", a warm and hazy chunk of break-driven mid-tempo deep house rich in jazzy samples, swirling crowd noises, chunky bass and dewy-eyed instrumentation. Andres' vintage influences are explored further on flipside "Night Time Is The Right Time", a P-funk influenced deep house bumper whose swinging drums and elongated organ chords casually tip a wink to classic New Jersey garage.
Review: The latest transmission on Aesthetic comes from Nolga, previously spotted alongside Michael James on the Hoarder label. The sound on this record is pure, classy minimal house executed with a fine ear for detail, leading in with the deep tracking "34100" before locking into the equally immersive "XYZ". The shuffle is strong on this 12", keeping up on the flip with the subtly dubby, utterly funky "Line Of Questioning" before launching into the crafty, bouncy tones of "Shelter". Immaculately produced with maximum body response in mind, this is another strong outing for Aesthetic and a promising next step for a highly promising producer.
Review: A1 Starting off the Ep with D'Funks track Follow me with Jazzy Chords and his signature 909 Drums and humming bass.
A2 Adam Collins from Omni A.M. and Mark Ambrose found this one from the Vaults .A grooving bassline with Adam on the vocal effects with funky drums and with a tripped out sound from a Roland Jupiter 6.
B1 D'Funk takes it back the to the sound of the early 90's when House was moving into Drum and Bass. Great chords with his signature 909 programming over a break beat and a deep baseline.
B2 Mark Ambrose's Machine Man track is the faster and darker track on the Ep. A track that can be played slowed down as well. A old school bassline , heavy drums and tripped out effects.
Review: Adeen Records 004 installment comes from Alexander Robotnik. This all new material ep starts with the techy "I Love My House." A catchy retro feel groove record that's electro as only Mr. Robotnick can do. The next song is called "You Have Time" with a sure-fire crowd pleasing remix from NDATL's own head honcho Kai Alce. The next is "Made In China," and our staffs favorite. While Camille's version of "You Have time" is a dark deep jazzy version in comparison to Kai's more clubby feel, The last track is the original version of the song by Alexander himself. Three original songs and 3 innovative producers, What's there not to love?
Review: Since his debut on Balance blessed by Chez Damier (2012) that Jorge Caiado has released a very consistent number of EPs (8) supported by the likes of Move D, Andy Weatherall, Fred P or Josh Wink.
This new one - Nasha's Groove - is rather special because it announces his much awaited debut LP "Time & Space" and pays tribute to a long time studio companion recently passed away: his legendary dog Nasha.
And if House is a feeling that brings one nation nation under a groove, then having Brawther on board for remix duties makes it the perfect family affair. On B side you're offered 2 original tracks not featured on the vinyl LP.
So now: play it and feeeeel it until the album is out!
Manuel Costela, Rafa Santos - "Driving To The East"
Manuel Costela, Rafa Santos - "Rise On Chords"
Review: Madrid-based label Mate back once again with a new ep of deep house class heads. Reggie Dokes is all over the A side,the artist of Pychostasia, People of Earth, Sistrum presents three tracks full of intense melodies and chords that will make you fly.The B side presents two shared tracks by Manuel Costela, artist of Bucketround, and Rafa Santos. Both tracks are an excelent colaboration fusioning the best of these artists, with powerful bass and drums that will make you groove.
Jazz Carnival (Space Jazz mix - Global Communication remix) (2:00)
Jazz Carnival (LP mix)
Review: We hear on the grapevine that there could be some seriously desirable Global Communication vinyl reissues on the way in 2020. To tide us over until then, Far Out has decided to reissue one of the legendary West Country duo's most celebrated and sought-after remixes: their 1996 "Space Jazz" remix of Azymuth classic "Jazz Carnival". Pritchard and Middleton's version is a spacey deep house epic of intergalactic proportions, with subtle elements of the Brazilian band's loose and languid '90s re-recording of the track (the B-side "LP Mix") weaving in and out of a warm, rich and hypnotic groove. It's one of the most dancefloor-friendly of all Global Communication remixes - many were straight ambient or downtempo rubs - but also one of Mark Pritchard and Tom Middleton's finest.
Review: Jeigo's previous missive on Air Miles, "An Ode To Midnight", was a lusciously dreamy collection of cuts shot through with loved-up retro-futurism. This time round there's only one original cut, "Fluerella", but it does come backed by three superb remixes. Jeigo's original mix is as wide-eyed, glorious and life affirming as witnessing the sun rise from a chilly mountain top, with bold electronic motifs and dreamy chords rising above a punchy, two-step influenced breakbeat groove. Tom VR emphasizes those two-step influences on his ultra-deep UK garage take, while Ex-Terrestrial re-imagines it as a throbbing slab of psychedelic acid breakbeat. To complete the package, Urulu steps up with a "Liquid Earth" mix that joins the dots between the Orb (circa 1990) and Psychick Warriors ov Gaia.
Review: Sudd WAX is a vinyl only label of Sudd Records Family. Gari Romalis returns with a new approach into Dub Sounds.
Detroit Metro Terminal presents his funky and soul roots into three new amazing tracks.
Review: Adeen Records is back with it's follow up to Alton Miller's "More Positive Things" with Chez Damier's parisian outfit French Connection. This Chinese only import five song Ep features remixes from Nicholas, Chez's Panarama Bar club banger remix, and Beijing, China's production team Camille. The B-side features "Queen Of The Elephants" remixed by Jef K, and a scorching edit of "It Ain't right" guaranteed to set the dancefloor ablaze.
Review: Scott Boutin aka Blue Soul has been with us since the label was in it's infancy. This 3 song 12" properly showcases Bluesoul's otherworldly dub house acid disco sound that is uniquely his own. Mastered by Dietrich Schoenemann at Complete.
Review: For the latest missive on his reliable Sistrum imprint, Motor City stalwart Patrice Scott has decided to introduce us to Butch Haynes - or at least his productions (Scott has declined to provide further details thus far). What we can tell you is that "Ghost Ego" is really good - a deliciously deep and seductive shuffle through organic deep house/jazz-funk fusion rich in bluesy female vocal samples, rich bass guitar, toasty Fender Rhodes chords, fluid vibraphone motifs and tons of intricate additional percussion. Scott delivers his own deliciously deep, groovy and jazzy house interpretation on side B, adding a whisper of Latin flavour, tasty pianos and liquid synths, while bonus cut "Feelingz" is a head-nodding chunk of Guru style jazzy instrumental hip-hop dopeness.