Review: Given that Tom "Contours" Burford has spent much of the last year making collaborative cuts for Banana Hill that draw on tropical rhythms and native African musicianship, it's probably unsurprising that his return to Shall Not Fade should also feature some of the same influences. It's nominally a deep house EP, but the set's three original tracks are much more nuanced and open-minded than that. Check, for example, the layered hand percussion and polyrhythmic instrumentation on the jazz-funk influenced deep house brilliance of "Lisbon" and the tropical-tinged, intergalactic sci-fi house of "5th Planet". The B-side boasts two versions of "North West": the lilting horns, music box melodies and soft-touch percussion of Burford's original, and the Herbie Hancock inspired bruk-up business of Kaidi Tatham's superb revision.
Review: Shall Not Fade is Black Loop's esteemed house label, and it recently spawned a new sister imprint Bassment Cracks, which deals in more hardcore and direct grooves. Fir this one, Ron Elliot joins the family with some seriously weight cuts. Fresh off the back of winning the AVA's Emerging Producer award, he is in top form here with 'Haarlem' a bristling cut built on old school drum breaks and glistening melodies. There is also crunchier techno and then blissed out post-rave bangers like 'Sweaty Fiver' on the a-side, and plenty more body rocking beats on the flip.
Review: Shall Not Fade boss KW has decided to launch a new "Season Series" sub-label featuring "music associated with the season of release" and matching coloured vinyl. Fittingly, the inaugural release delivers suitably sunny, summery deep house jams from Fine regular Tilman, naturally pressed on to marbled, sky-blue vinyl. Musically there's much to enjoy across the five tracks, from the jazzy, sample-heavy bounce of bumpin' opener "Nature Yourself" and the sweet, carnival-ready loop-house hedonism of "Photon Dust", to the drowsy, blue-eyed soul sampling afternoon warmth of "Just A Motion Away" and the yearning, flute-sporting dancefloor dreaminess of "Blurred Chase".