Purple Velvet is a collaboration between Coat of Arms man Chris James, and pal Lee Dearn. Here they make their debut on Dirt Crew Recordings with a particularly sensual slither of starlight deep house. "Death of the Warehouse" is built around some suitably Balearic pads and bubbling synth melodies, and underpinned by a clicky but forthright groove. Waifs & Strays take the best bits of the original and lace them over a chunky low-end house groove on their admirable remix, while Bohemian Groove give it a snappy, post-Chicago house feel. There's also a solid bonus cut in the shape of "Found You", a kind of "Pacific 202" for the Julio Bashmore generation.
Having most recently plied their trade on Local Talk, deep house duo Purple Velvet (AKA British producers Chris James and Lee Dearn) return to their original home, Exploited, for a four-track foray into deep, powdery, late night territory. While "Solstice" is nowhere near as pagan as you'd hope for, its combination of woozy chords, shuffling grooves and sweet electronic melodies sounds like it was designed for dancing to at dusk. Both "Artform" and the similarly bleep-heavy "Drift" are so effortlessly breezy, it's almost impossible to dislike. Bristol-based misfits Behling & Simpson predictably steal the show with their version of "Solstice", which impresses with its hissing combination of jazz-flecked, old skool house drums and bubbling low end.
Following a low-key debut on Exploited last year, Chris James and Lee Dearn bring their Purple Velvet project to Local Talk. "Sparks Fly" kicks things off, delivering an undeniably hazy, woozy and slightly fuzzy slab of atmospheric deep house built around a titanium-clad groove, darting melodies and fizzing synths. "Back on the Boulevard" is, if anything, even deeper, utilizing cut-up saxophones, wide-eyed chords and chunky beats to recall the classic jazziness of St Germain's impeccable Boulevard LP. Closer "Breathin", meanwhile, offers more calming jazziness, this time via baggy beats and twinkling vibraphone solos. Local Talk doesn't always get it right, but this is pretty tasty.
Here, Needwant dust off three of the best tracks from their recent celebration of new and recent cuts influenced by '90s US garage, Traxx: The House That Garage Built, and give them a deserved single release. While the compilation features some well-known jams, these three tracks were all previously unreleased. There's plenty to admire, from the baggy deep house/garage fusion of Rhythm Operator's melodic "Anytime", to the bold snares, MK vocal cut-ups and vintage organs of The Mekanism's "Body Classic". Best of all, though, is Purple Velvet's "Never Do You Wrong", a fluid trip through basement atmospherics.
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