Review: Outplay co-founder and sometime Fouk man Hans Peeman dons the now familiar Junktion pseudonym for the first time in 2017. The experienced Dutch producer immediately hits his stride with the swinging goodness of "What I Mean", where disco guitar samples and rich electric piano flourishes cluster around a rubbery bass guitar line and bumping beats. The sample-heavy, disco/deep house fusion continues on "Fudge", while "Baby I Need" is a languid deep house roller smothered in cosmic chords, jammed-out riffs and all manner of dusty, soul-fired samples. For those searching for something a touch tougher, the impressive Times Are Tuff remix of the same track should do the trick.
Review: Riding on the signature S3A/Sampling As An Artform formula - think dusty, sample-heavy, occasionally disco-tinged deep house workouts that are as playable as they are quirky - the producer has yet to put out a duff release. This outing on Times Are Ruff is predictably up to scratch, too. He begins in fine form via the driving, all-action funkiness of "4000e", before diving deeper via the manipulated vocal samples, chunky beats and big organ stabs of "Spaceship". Over on side B, "Quick Sheitan" brilliantly utilizes sped-up samples from a classic Skky cut with reliably rubbery results, while "Jun" is a deep, disco-funk-fuelled bumper straight off the top shelf.
Review: The Times Are Ruff collective don't sound like your average act from The Hague. While the Dutch city is closely associated with the analogue fetishism and hard-wired electronics of Legowelt and I-F, the Times Are Ruff boys make bumpin' house cuts that join the dots between Chicago jack and disco. Their musical formula - loopy and sample heavy, like a looser version of the Soundstream sound - is unflinchingly groovy and party-friendly. There's plenty of fun to be found on this latest five-tracker, from the 'Love Sensation' sampling thrills of "Kenny" and disco-funk-goes-house bounce of "That Phaser Track", to the undulating deep house warmth and hazy boogie keys of "Concrete".
Review: Germany's Times Are Ruff have managed to keep themselves in the shadows of house music over the last three years, but they're personalised brand of house music has certainly not gone unnoticed over here at the Juno HQ. For their eighth release, the crew return with four certified floor fillers, a bunch of swinging Chicago-flavoured licks for the ultimate tool use. From "Cut5" to "Cut8", the beats are grainy and stomping, the percussion is rickety and the basslines are nothing but PHATness throughout so get copping and start churning. Badboy 12". For fans of Shed's Head High project and the like...
Review: Times Are Ruff are a Den Haag based record label and DJ team. Junktion, Larry de Kat and S3A have previously appeared for the label in recent times. Their fifteenth release features the label head honchos themselves take over the A side - with the jazzy and dusted down shenanigans of "GhettoMiles" getting its swing fuelled shuffle on in style, followed by the sensual late night mood lighting of "Dr Zanbar" which gets ultra deep. On the flip, it is over to debutante Il Garage with the hypnotic disco loops of "Croccante" and the lo-slung slo-mo deepness of "Delizioso" which will appeal to fans of Berlin's Money $ex or similarly the output of Paris' D.KO.