Hudd Traxx 3rd installment of their 10th Anniversary series comes from Eddie Leader, Hector Moralez, Washerman, Brett Johnson & Rhythm Plate. Label owner Eddie Leader delivers a deep & moody house groover with the slick vocals of long time Hudd Artist Hector Moralez, aptly title 'Way Back'. Washerman picks the pace up with 'Twilite', which is reminiscent of legendary Detroit label Underground Resistance, and adds to the continued diversity of this project. Brett Johnson's 'Mr Smarty Pants' is re-released after gaining plays from the likes of Laurent Garnier and an edit by Dyed Soundorom. Closing out the EP are 2 of the most underrated Producers in the business; Rhythm Plate. 'Keep Moving' was Overshadowed by 'Inside Me' on the 'Robbin Hudd EP' in 2007 but is given it's time to shine on 'Now & Then Part 3' and is a fine addition to the 10 Year celebrations.
Despite their fairly deep and tech-tinged roots, Drumpoet Community have a tendency to get anthemic every now and then (see AFMB's spine-tingling "Backup Days" from a couple of years back). This two-tracker from up and coming producer Gianni Siravo is one of those occasions. Lead cut "Basement Chord" is a real shirts-off affair - a riotous, basement-friendly combination of bumpin', boompty-influenced low-end bounce, Detroit-techno influenced hissing hi-hats, rave-era riffery and nagging piano hooks. It even has some sharp, high-end strings and whispered vocal samples. It's not so much big but gargantuan! The accompanying "Basement Dub" tones it down a touch, focusing on the groove for darker late night moments.
It's been almost a year since Gianni Siravo's last outing as Washerman, the rather fine "Basement Chord". Here he delivers two more basement-bothering late night stompers in his inimitable style. Both "Sneaker Girlz" - an exercise in energy-raising peaktime stomp, with just enough late night hyponotism - and "Siren Chords" sound like echoes of a more innocent age, when this kind of hissing, driving, darkroom funk was all the rage. It's "Siren Chords" that most impresses, though, with its bouncing riffs, bleep-era bass and relentless air-horns delivering the kind of rush-inducing thrills rarely found in today's shiny house productions.
Quality deep house labels aren't hard to come by these days, meaning the fledgling Deep Down Slam Records has its work cut out for it, but given the strength of this first release the label should have no problems establishing themselves. First up are the talents of rising house producer Washerman, whose jam "Tell Me" kicks things off in a 90s New Jersey house style, albeit one filled with a contemporary production nuance that makes it stand out amongst the crowd, while "Come Closer" offers a similar cut with good time chords which owe a considerable debt to French touch house. Meanwhile, No Matter What don James Johnston provides two expectedly thumping house cuts; "The Music" combines belting piano chords with rubbery strings that pull you in deep, while the tribal feel of "On The Ground" is accented by some alluring Motor City melodies.
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