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26 Apr 13
Played by: Fingerman, Cloned In Vatican!, Superbreak, Alexander Robotnick, Get Down Edits, Dynamicron (Los Grandes/Our Nights), Lazy Kiss
Review: The ascent of Romanian producer Razvan Ghenciu continues apace with this new single on Audio Parallax following singles on Los Grandes and Gazeebo International. He's possibly got housier if not deeper too: "Brother Dub" is smoky and laid back with shimmering chords and delayed vocal samples (and also remixed in linear and looped form by Get Down Edits). "Sister Groove" is more disco-influenced and reminiscent of Metro Area and lastly, "Aural Walk" is six minutes of brooding, wah-heavy retro funk.
07 Nov 11
Played by: B-Jam, Jkriv (Deep And Disco/Razor-N-Tape), Tasun, Joseph Terruel, Matthew Kyle, The Legendary 1979 Orchestra, Dynamicron (Los Grandes/Our Nights), Heion, Iron Blu, Lazy Kiss
Review: With tracks on recent EPs for Editorial and a recent collection of edits on Superbreak, Romanian producer Heion drops his debut EP of original material on Matthew Kyle's In The Woods. Across the four tracks contained within, Heion proves himself to be a master of slow burning disco; "Get On" combines ingeniously sequenced synths which segue smoothly into a deliciously low slung bassline, while "Off" takes a sultry vocal and trumpet sample and combines it with some particularly chugging live bass. "Not Knowing" meanwhile takes insistent piano loops and contrasts their minimal tones with an enveloping symphonic synth backdrop. Finally, "Come Here" employs more vocal sumptuousness and combines it with sweeping strings and the most insistent bassline of all his tracks to cap off a fine debut.
03 Apr 12
Played by: B-Jam, Alexander Robotnick, Juno Recommends Disco, Karim, Sccucci Manucci, Trujillo, Joseph Terruel, Matthew Kyle, The Legendary 1979 Orchestra, Dynamicron (Los Grandes/Our Nights), Heion, Willo, Brendon P, B.g. Baarregaard
Review: In the blink of an eye, Matthew Kyle's In The Woods imprint has gone from 'promising newcomer' to 'essential label' - certainly for those who like their grooves deep, slow and soulful. In truth, few labels have pursued the slo-mo disco/house sound with so-much vigour. This EP from Romanian producer Heion - his second for In The Woods - features nothing above 100 BPM, with most cuts hovering around the 90-95 BPM mark. There's plenty of head-nodding chug on show - see the heavy analogue bass and starry keys of "Holiday" or the super-slow "Under The Covers" - but also a dash of rubbery Balearic disco ("Seashell") and bags of slow-but-energetic groovery (opener "Act One").
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25 Mar 13
Review: Second time around for Romanian producer Razvan Ghenciu's So Much Soul EP, which gained plenty of plaudits on its 2012 release on Los Grandes. Here, the EP's four original tracks get a good seeing-to from some of the leading lights in the 2013 nu-disco/disco-house scene. There's plenty to enjoy, from the darting P-funk synths and classic house pianos of JKriv's rework of "Circus", to the ultra-deep house smokiness of Softmore's luscious version of "Silk". There are some particularly tasty slow jams, too, of which Rocco Raimundo's suitably sleazy remix of "Circus" stands out. Really, though, it's all good.
12 Apr 13
Played by: Dynamicron (Los Grandes/Our Nights)
Review: Romanian producer Razvan Ghenciu is going places in the nu-disco universe, having already released on the Los Grandes label, he now returns on Gazeebo International. Perfectly suited to the label's woozy cosmic ethos, this EP is a collection of three exquisitely produced forays into the cosmos. "Plus Lights" is a mid tempo funk workout with a slinky bassline wrapping around gentle bongos, spacey toms and chiming guitar work, "Wanderlust" is a slow and trippy accidental stumble into an exotic sauna scene from an old blue movie and finally "Barefoot" is a lazy, galloping soundtrack to a yacht party at sunset.
04 May 12
Played by: Slow It Down, Dave Allison, Superbreak, Venice Beach, Dirty Mckenzie, Get Down Edits, Dynamicron (Los Grandes/Our Nights), Heion, Merry Shelly, 7 Love Records, Willo, Brendon P
Review: Having recently impressed with an EP of touchy-feely gorgeousness of Matthew Kyle's In The Woods imprint, Romanian producer Heion returns to Superbreak with another extended selection of slo-mo and midtempo chuggers. Those familiar with his production style should know what to expect: deliciously tactile fusions of deep house, boogie and disco with a starry, soft-focus feel. There's some hypnotic, filter-heavy bump in the shape of the stringy "There Will Be Something", twinkling goodness ("Look Up"), twittering nu-Balearica ("Midnight Talk") and, most impressively of all, some thoroughly E'd-up filters-and-slap-bass action on "Need More Space".
01 Nov 11
Played by: Rotciv, Chudy, Superbreak, Jayl Funk, Moustache Mamas, Karim, Joseph Terruel, Matthew Kyle, The Legendary 1979 Orchestra, La Royale, Dynamicron (Los Grandes/Our Nights), Heion
Review: With a release on Matthew Kyle's excellent In The Woods EP due to drop shortly, Romanian producer Heion could soon be a weighty name on the blossoming disco/house scene. Certainly, this five-track selection of sample-heavy house groovers shows great promise. They're not disco edits in the strict sense - despite the promise of the title - but rather thick, loopy, groovesome house cuts in the Matthew Kyle style. There's a definite touch of the Tiger & Woods about the hard, filter-happy electrofunk of "Jam Sam", whilst "She Moves" and "Time For Action" bump along in a classic French Touch style - all heavily compressed bottom end, choice disco loops and heady builds.
06 May 13
Review: Hailing from Romania, Razvan Ghenciu is keeping on the disco pressure, releasing yet another in a sizzling string of recent EPs. He very cleverly manages to straddle the divide between nu-disco and house: "This Time" is slow, synth heavy Balearica with lashings of melancholia and "Big Fever" is all about the boogie stabs, funky basslines and bongos. Remix-wise it's all about the totally 90s Ruben and Ras New York Kitty mix of the former.