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03 Apr 09
21 Nov 11
Review: Dutch deep house producer Alex Agore makes his debut on the Quintessentials imprint with four chunky cuts of NY-inspired house. "Move" and "Get Away" both bristle with sultry energy; the former's robust kick drum-sweaty vocal combo could easily be a lost Kerri Chandler production, while the latter locks into a deepish groove with a gently throbbing bassline, expertly chopped vocal moans and languid keys. Up next, "Cruel" and "Baby Please" tread a similar path; the jazzy piano and fully revealed vocal on "Cruel" has the kind of effortless groove that many a house producer spend careers trying to nail, while the closing cut is a mutant after hours sleaze jam of the highest order. Well worth checking.
02 Jan 12
Played by: Adam B (Homegrown Music/Palooza), Justin Miller, Mike O'mara(Development Music), Mathew Bandy (Souldier), Roberto Rodriguez, Juno Recommends Deep House, Frank Booker, Kelvin K - Grassroots, The Legendary 1979 Orchestra, James Johnston, David Hoggard (Mit Hus Recordings), The Knight Cats / Mlh
Review: Closely following his recent release for Quintessentials, Dutch deep house producer Alex Agore delivers another four cuts of chunky NY inspired house for Development Music. "I Got Something" combines its titular vocal refrain with driving kicks and upbeat but undeniably deep melodies, creating something that sounds like it has come out a time capsule. "Bombaclat" meanwhile treads a similar path, but with even more shimmering synths to accent its warm tones. On the figurative flip, "Nothing I Wouldn't Do" takes a rhythm that his a distinctly Marc Kinchen-esque vibe to it and fuses it with epic piano melodies, while the final track, "I Don't Know Why" saves the best for last, with its languid intro leading into a sultry vocal which provides the perfect contrast to the deep, spongy bassline which adds serious depth to an already impressive production.
23 Jul 12
Review: You can usually rely on Alex Agore to offer up some particularly slick deep house - the kind that moves the hips and stimulates the mind. He's in particularly good form on this bright, breezy and unashamedly sun-drenched two-tracker for Rootz Underground. The title track leads the way, delivering a sweet combination of soulful vocal hooks, synth horns and summery, Carnival-tinged grooves. Oh, and some deliciously deep organs. "Never Be The Same Again" takes things up a notch again, offering a delightful combination of shuffling beats, sun-bright chords and swirling strings. Worth a look, for sure.
28 Jun 11
Played by: Mathew Bandy (Souldier), Roberto Rodriguez, James Johnston (No Matter What), Shota Tanaka (Beaten Space Probe)
Review: Kolour Recordings' Undertones offshoot has impressed to date with outings from heavyweight producers such as Delano Smith, KiNK, Red Rack'em and Moodymanc. To celebrate the milestone tenth release, East Berliner Alex Agore is called upon to grace Undertones with his classy brand of deepness. No stranger to the Detroit label having provided one of their best releases in last year's Promised You Love, Agore is in fine form again as demonstrated on the EP title track. Filled with languid keys, "Love Confusion" is a subtle excursion into simmering house tension made notable by the crafty layers of drums and percussion. Complementing this, the orchestral flourishes of "Protect Me" are underpinned by a delightfully gloopy bassline and skittering drums which lay down the foundations for an excellent vocal hook. "Don't Need No One" meanwhile has summer time written all over it!
27 Nov 09
19 Mar 13
Review: Both Alex Agore and Say Ahh! had impressive calendar years in 2012, and following several remix commissions for the breakout label run by the brotherly duo of MK and Scottie Deep, Agore makes his full label debut in impressive fashion. Agore's classicist house style is a perfect fit for Say Ahh!, and the thick, bassy drums of the title track lay down a bumping groove whilst a filtered vocal sample and glorious piano line hook you right in. "Becuzz Of You" adopts a noticeably deeper tone with a glossy sheen coating Agore's trademark percussion, whilst "Unbelievable" wraps the titular vocal hook endlessly around a driving, searching, stripped back groove. "X" meanwhile looks to a Salsoul gem for vocal inspiration and swamps the sample in a meaty groove, while the finger snapping, soulful slam of "Ice Crystals" round the EP out alongside the immediately infectious piano house business of "Everyday (U Lift Me Up)".
14 May 10
Played by: Adam B (Homegrown Music/Palooza), Wil Milton, Lee Fraged, Tom Lown (Acryl/Um Records/Lmd), Juno Recommends Deep House, Sleazy Beats Recordings
Review: Alex Agore returns to 4Lux following the success of his "I Remember House" on the imprint at the end of last year. With "Victory", the German delivers an EP of four super deep, groove-led house tracks that touch on disco, dub, tech, jazz and the jacking sound of Detroit. The title track begins in a reggae influenced mood but switches to twinkling house. "The Dayz of Wayback" is slow, liquid disco infused house and "Skyraider" is vintage soul with a pumping house twist. "Jazz Thing", a continually building jazz-house jam completes a release that is sure to further enhance Agore's fast rising rep.
06 Aug 12
Review: This second split EP from deep housers Alex Agore and James Johnston has already proved popular on vinyl, and it's not hard to see why. Both producers have brought their "A" game, delivering strong cuts that bristle with dancefloor intent. Dutch studio don Agore steps up first, delivering two tracks dripping with classic US house flavour; "Take Me", in particular, sounds like a cross between MK and classic Morales. Johnston continues this revivalist theme with "Stand Up & Jump", a bumpin' groover built around a deliciously wicked classic house riff. "Not So Easy" is deeper and woozier, making great use of chopped up party atmospherics and bluesy vocal samples.
11 Apr 11
Played by: Pete Dafeet, Adam B (Homegrown Music/Palooza), Tomson, The Revenge, The Warm Signal, Mike O'mara(Development Music), Alkalino, Sound Black / Lady Blacktronika, Juno Recommends Deep House, Axer Rouf, Jimpster, James Johnston (No Matter What), Gr-Oy, Tommy Finger Jr., Roy Gilles, 6th Borough Project
Review: This four-tracker from up-and-coming producers Alex Agore and James Johnston signals a promising start for new deep house imprint No Matter What. Agore's "Improper Change" is an intoxicating take on Detroit deep house - all drawn-out one-key chords, bumping low-end bounce and slick vocal snippets. The included Lady Blacktronica remix takes things up a notch thanks to some subtle acid tweakery, Beatdown chords and decidedly snappier beats. James Johnston's "I Know It's Not Time", meanwhile, is arguably his best production yet - a flowing jazz-house builder with a sweet, bluesy edge. The package is completed by a chunkier Rick Wade remix, which cleverly injects some thick, bassline-driven bounce.
11 Jun 12
Review: Having previously impressed on No Matter What with some suitably comfy deepness, Alex Agore pops up on MLR with an altogether more upbeat production. With its sturdy beats, classic pads, nagging bassline and old skool vocal, "Free Yourself" is a delicious throwback to the world of 1990s US house. Throw in some MK-ish organ stabs and you've got a New York style bumper that should get 'em going out on the dancefloor. Jon Brooks and Cecil handle the (virtual) flip, dropping something no less old skool but a whole lot deeper. Called "Vintage Crackle", it quietly bumps along on a wave of Rhodes keys and smoky atmospherics.
13 Jul 10
22 Apr 13
Review: Deso Records rarely miss the mark, with each of their releases pushing forward an accessible but quality brand of deep house that stands out from the crowd. Here they deliver four more tried and tested cuts primed for dancefloor devastation. There's a a touch of early '90s Italian house about Alex Agore's organ and string laden bumper "Sit Down Thought Pattern", while label boss Desos impresses with the ultra deep, bass heavy "Sometimes" (think Gerd at his best, crossed with Rick Wilhite). Chris Cheops raises the energy levels on the stomping but fluid "Respect", while Replika provides a sub-busting chunk of deep garage goodness in the shape of "Turn Loose".
16 Jun 10
04 Feb 13
Played by: J.cub - E.a.r / Cub Records, Sw, Alkalino, Juno Recommends Deep House, Leg Jazz, L'atelier
Review: UK don James Johnston and German champ Alex Agore once again come together on their hot-to-trot No Matter What imprint to lay down the law on their righteous tributes to vintage house music. Johnston delivers some dreamy garage swing on "Think About U Everyday", and takes things deeper on "Do U Understand?" by drawing you in with an alluring chord line that purrs at the heart of the track. Agore is in equally feisty mood with some textbook vocal turns over his "In My Soul" workout, and then switches up for a breezy, carefree wriggler in the form of "In Your Arms".