Following up last year's work on "Cloud Body" Montreal's Grown Folk head south to the Bay Area for more hyphy sleaze fests. Dreamy but armed with attitude, Main Attraktionz's tag-team harmonies fall softly over Grown Folk's woozy beat work, allowing both parties to cut through the mix. Highlights include Kuedo's somnambulant remix of "ICE" and the tongue-in-cheeky lyrics on "Double MOB". Head in clouds? Good... Keep it there.
Way back in April, Young Adults put out House Slippers, a mix album whose sunkissed disco-house vibes went on to soundtrack our glorious summer. Well the summer is sadly no longer with us, but the music is and to prove it, they've released a series of remixes of some of the tracks featured on the mix. Cosmic Kids turn "Mr Everything" into party poppin' electro-house, SONNS goes all electro-pop on "Just Wear It", "Into The Murk" gets even more acidified by OOFT! and Cottam goes mental with an 808 all over "Fake Bitches".
Homeboys Grown Folk make their debut appearance on the San Fran party turned label Icee Hot, which comes backed with two painfully tasty remixes by Ghosts On Tape and Dutch house wizard, Gerd! "The Boat", as the title suggests, is one of those deep house cuts that sways back and forth with utter grace, giving us a spectacularly warming bassline to sooth us through the dark ol' winter days. "Keep New Fear" is particularly interesting and its vibrant, disjointed percussive arrangement lends the track an edgy and off-kilter vibe that blends well with the bumping electro growl stirring at its core. As per usual, Juno HQ favourite, Gerd injects his rather gnarly kicks and snares to morph the piece into a certified floor burner, whilst Ghosts On Tape take things just that little bit further, bringing in some monstrous, effect-filtered piano chords and a seriously nasty bit of drum work...ya need!
Having previously impressed with his left-of-centre Friends of Friends imprint, Leeor Brown has teamed up with LA pal David Fisher to launch Young Adults, a new label dedicated to the fluid sounds currently coming out of the disco and house scenes. This first label sampler sets their stall out impressively. Starting with the brilliant "Jus Us" by LA's own Suzanne Kraft - a Paul Simpson style proto-house jam with a deliciously old skool vocal - the EP works through a variety of comfy, touchy-feely flavas. There's a dash of loopy deep house goodness from Dead Rose Music Company, some lush, cowbell-driven vocal deepness from Urulu and a touch of retro-futurist acid goodness from LOL Boys and Grown Folk. Recommended.
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