The finest moustache bearer since Selleck rocked the TV as Magnum PI returns. That's correct, Sccucci Manucci drop a long awaited second release on the fledgling imprint, enlisting a premier cast of continental friends to lay down some class A discoteria! Securing the talents of Runaway's Jacques Renault is no mean feat for the self styled "purveyors of fine music," and the On The Prowl boss serves up a beefy disco funk edit in the vein of his killer Public Release twelve from last year. In support, a cast of rising UK talent serve note of their budding prowess, with Tenth Circle's Zoo Look indulging in some monstrously expansive beatdown a la The Revenge on the aptly titled "Early Doors". Casino Times provide the "why didn't I think of that" moment with "That's The Truth," a Bashmore style take on the De La Soul & Chaka Khan collab which has been burning up sound systems from London to Petrcane this summer. Young one Picture House ends proceedings with aplomb on "Blaxploitation" a gritty shaker reminiscent of Eddie C in his pomp.
Milton Jackson - "Requisite Vocal Science" - (5:05) 120 BPM
Zoo Look - "I Can't Deny" - (6:49) 122 BPM
Tsuba's occasional Night Trax series continues, this time delivering cuts from label regular Milton Jackson and newcomers Zoo Look (previously seen on Join The Dots and Morris Audio). Glaswegian veteran Jackson goes deep and fluid on "Requisite Vocal Science", layering simple but pretty melodies over woozy chords, shuffling beats and tech-house touches. Zoo Look's "I Can't Deny" is an altogether breezier affair, with a dancing bassline and skipping, garage-influenced beats underpinning hazy chord progressions, distant vocal samples and watery electronics. It's the kind of track that will slip into lots of different sets, from deep house and UK bass, to tech-house and late night sleaze.
Having previously impressed with suitably deep cuts on Join The Dots, Remote, Kolour Ltd and Tusk Wax, British duo Zoo Look pop up on Morris Audio with another trio of Rhodes-laden tracks. Opener "Over Me" sets the tone, lacing an atmospheric vocal over an Outboxx-ish slice of luscious deepness. Thrillingly, it also features a swinging breakdown and some distinctly snappy beats. Detroit Swindle delivers the obligatory remix, adding a little bumpin' energy to the bottom-end groove and tweaking the vocal within an inch of its life. Jazzier bonus cut "The Sound of Someone", all woozy chords, spoken word vocals and snaking sax samples, completes a decent package.
Zoo Look firmly stamped their mark on the world of deep, disco-flecked house in April 2011 and have been on a rampage ever since. This EP on Join The Dots continues to drill deeper into an enriching and lively sound; "People Let Me Down" opens with whooshing disco synthesisers flushing themselves through a garage-house beat. "Grove Side Blues", up next, is a faster affair, tight-roping the line between disco and house. Plodding synth work interjects the shuffling percussion as a vocal flash works up and down between an undulating bass line. Finally, "Cutters Choice" drives the beat with jamming stabs that hit with impact then fade gently into the mix, accompanied by an intermittent vocal jolt crying for attention. Recommended.