James Teej's work hasn't ever really edged towards the funkier side of house music; however Fame on Apersonal Music sees the producer enter hitherto uncharted waters. An underlying funk rolls with immediate effect on both "Fame" and "City Celebrity", with the title track playing with synth snarls, groove ridden guitar licks and a wailing vocal; a belting summer hit if ever we heard one. Up next, the Cisco Cisco remix strips things back and focuses on a pushing key sequence and addictive rhythm section that moves things forward. Last but by no means least, "City Celebrity" sees a plucked bass guitar that swallows the bottom end and bounces perfectly against the electric keyboard arrangement up front. Solid release.
Thomas Mathers takes time out from tending to his My Favourite Robot project to deliver more boundary-crossing house music. Listening to Disorder, it's not hard to understand why DJ T and Sasha have teamed up with him. The bass pulses until it reaches Hoover proportions, the percussion is streamlined and glistening and the melodies have that mysterious feeling that are certain to pop up in Digweed or Sasha's sets. It's no wonder then that Timo Maas has been drafted in to provide a remix. The German DJ's version is powered by break beats and he slows the groove down and adds some acid bleeds to create a tripped out affair.
While previous instalments of Galaktika's Action Series have floated around the margins of tech-house, this third volume is honest-to-goodness deep house. Sure, it's heavily electronic and seems to casually tumble from the speakers, but it's definitely deep house. This time round, it's James Teej and Matthias Mesteno at the controls, dropping a pair of unassuming but pleasantly sunner groovers. Choose between the bubbling sunshine deepness of "The Edge" and "Grinder", a hypnotic and slightly wonky late night head-nodder that wanders more towards techno territory. It's still deep, but comes backed with the metronomic pulse and never-ending drums that marks out the best late night fare.
Presenting some of the highlights from the forthcoming Crossing Wires compilation, James Teej's My Favourite Robot stable gets busy on some wax with sturdy turns from The Revenge, Timo Maas and Teej himself. The Revenge's "Maia" is a sumptuous odyssey of yearning synths, arpeggiated sexiness and that simmering disco spirit that embodies all his work. Timo Maas meanwhile is in a lean mood, riding a repeating bass synth riff and keeping the drums to a bare minimum. Teej is in the spiciest mood out of the lot, riding a slow groove with maximum quirk worked into the space, building on a stiff rhythmic template with ever more freaky synth work.
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