London based DJ Alexis Raphael has released on Madtech, Hot Creations, Moda Black, Jackathon Get Physical, Nervous, Lower East and Leftroom: if these aren't proper credentials then we don't know what is! This time he appears on Of Unsound Mind with some groovy, funky deep house aimed squarely at the dance floor. "Wickedness" has a seriously funky bassline no doubt honed by his experience on Hot Creations with the bump and shuffle of a fierce rhythm section and house key stabs. Secondly "Spinach & Lamb" is more tech house with some exotic percussion being introduced alongside some druggy vocal snippets; this is more for the after-hours perhaps?
Moda Black is back with a new EP from hot contemporary house talent Alexis Raphael, who went from the pirate radio scene of the late '90s and early '00s to securing a release on Jamie Jones and Lee Foss' Hot Waves imprint back in 2011. Shutdown is his debut single on Moda Black, featuring a title track which takes the form of a full-blooded main room house tune with razor sharp hi hats, inviting bass that drops in and out at pleasing intervals and plenty of other stylistic flourish from classic Loon bird calls to reverse synth stabs and ravey vocals. It's beefy, chunky and demands to be danced to. "Exclusive" meanwhile is a little more heads down, a deeper cut with rolling drums, chilly, ticking percussion and curious bassline that nimbly works its way in and out of the arrangement.