Johan Cederberg, or otherwise known as HNNY (and strictly pronounced "honey"!), is Sweden's new house don and he's been at the forefront of Local Talk's impressive run of form as of late. For this latest release, Local Talk has put together nine edits by the man himself, all loosely based around the old-school Chicago house sound. You got slick, modernised edits of none other than Dj Steak, DJ Duke, Purple Velvet and Lee Webster, among others. In a nutshell, this is simply a bundle of great dance floor tracks, effective as either DJ tools or as stand-alone songs. Large up!
Freerange Records kick off the first part of their Double Century vinyl edition with four finely honed cuts of prime contemporary deep house that reflect the ever evolving tastes of the label. Boss man Jimpster takes the lead spot with the cyclical and spiritual "Head Spin" while by way of contrast Matt Masters and Pippo Ceretti bring a much more minimal approach to their tribal-flavoured "Xenophilia". Andy Hart has a more classic, smooth deep house approach on "MYLNY" which comes on rousing and romantic with its heartfelt string lines, and then Shur-I-Khan throws down a moody beat track to get you loose and limbered up.
It's been ten years since Michael Reinboth's Compost label launched its Black Label offshoot, initially as a way to release more house and techno. A decade on, the imprint is stronger than ever and over 120 releases deep. This 124th EP draws together the label's past and future, with Compost veteran Rainer Truby joining forces with recent Local Talk graduate, Italian 20-something Corrado Bucci. The two tracks are, predictably, rather sumptuous, with "Step Forward" offering a heartwarming blend of typically Germany deep house groovery and the warm, organic, live elements Truby is so famous for. There's a slight Latin shuffle about the beats on "Sidestep", a pudding-rich exploration of classic US deep house smothered in toasty chords and hazy vocal samples.
Kiko Navarro has dropped his signature style of funky, soulful house on pretty much any label worth releasing on - Nite Grooves, Third Ear and even King Street Sounds to name a few! He returns on Local Talk with two new cuts, both of them ripe and ready for hip-swaying vibes. "Dope High" is an itchy, Kenny Dope kinda tune boasting a totally swung-out percussion and a militant groove for the DJ's. You've also got "Nea Kameni", a gorgeous house number with old-school synth keys, and it's remixed by none other than Chicago house don Glenn Underground who strips it back, jacks it down and transforms it into a funky and laid-back kinda tune. Local Talk delivering the goods!
Live At Robert Johnson's first Lifesaver compilation, released in 2013, offered an essential snapshot of the infamous club-turned-label's expanding roster, delivering tracks from respected heads and relative newcomers alike. This second installment ploughs a similar furrow, on one hand showcasing woozy dancefloor gear from familiar favourites (see Roman Flugel's formidable, sci-fi tinged analogue jam, "Tender Hooligan", and the beatbox electro-meets-spiraling synth-scapes of Lauer's "Language"), and genuinely impressive music from lesser-known names. In the latter category you'll find some genuine highlights, including the deliciously Balearic electronics of Chinsaski ("Futuresex"), and the Uncanny Valley style, semi-organic deep house chug of Benedikt Frey.
Strahil Velchev has been a lot of places in his prolific career thus far, but he's never been to Running Back before. With the title track the Hungarian production power house steps up to the plate with a surefire peak time rocker, piling on thick electro synth lines and plenty of techno tension built for the large-scale experience. "Diversion" is no less catchy even if its temperament is far sunnier, working that playful edge that has always accompanied Kink tracks, but then "Pocket Piano (Breakbeat Mix)" throws a curveball in the shape of an old-skool breakbeat groove colliding with warm and fluffy arpeggios before opening up into a joyous piano rave experience.
Alex Burkat's track record over the past couple of years is pretty impressive, with well-regarded releases on 100% Silk, Third Ear and Mister Saturday Night. Here he pops up on Munich's Permanent Vacation with some picturesque, widescreen deep house. The title-track sets the tone, delivering a veritable starburst of flowery synthesizer melodies, dreamy pads, shuffling rhythms, twittering flutes and becalmed harps. Barnt impressively turn the track on its head, retaining the trademark melodies while opting for a far more immersive, stripped back and yearning feel. Elsewhere, "Three Rivers" is loose, organic and jazz-flecked (while also boasting spacey electronics), and "Supermoon" is little more than an intergalactic deep house hug.
When not rocking the globe with his own band, Buraka Som Sistema, member Branko is rocking the world with his own label, Enchufada. The imprint's latest release is from the king of 'gypsy groove', Castro, and it's a sizzler! Four tracks of raucous tropical jams are featured - the deep and tribal "Cobwebs", the peak time Diplo-style hoedown "Ring Ring", the carnival-tastic percussion-abusing slammer "Let Me Go" and the slow-groove cumbia weird-beat of "Bam Bam". World, get rocked.
Although the title may be Deeper Detroit 2, don't be fooled as the artists on this latest various release for Kolour Recordings come from distinctly different places. Francis Inferno Orchestra has been setting alight his home turf of Australia with a refined take on deep house that sits comfortably in the Session Victim field of funk-infused grooves, which comes through in abundance on "All Up In This Shit". Istanbul's Sinan Kaya takes a more dubbed out approach on the luscious "Day On Vine", while Melbourne's The Tortoise gets remixed by Genius Of Time into a steamy, decidedly stripped down slice of wild frontier house.
On the back of two well received releases on Dirt Crew amd Detroit Swindle's Heist Recordings, Dutch native Nachtbraker drops a beauty on Hudd Traxx. Zachtjes kicks things off in fine melodical style with live drums, lush keys and a smooth sax lick for good measure. Borrowed Identity mixes things up on the remix tip with a more upbeat dubby tool which is likley to find its way into the hands of DJs like Derrick Carter and Prosumer. The title track 'You Is What You Aint' is a moody groover with slick keys and sleezy beats perfect for warm ups or end of the night vibes. Nachtbraker rounds off the EP nicely with Overstappen last, but by no means least. Skippy beats and a killer bassline ensure that this EP is another 'must have' for the Hudd faithful as they near 50 releases and 10 Years in the business.
Shiny-assed contemporary house flavours from Toyboy & Robin's ever-reliable Cool Kid imprint. "Lost In Here" is a twinkling strutter that nods mildly at progressive pastures while retaining a certain timeless house feel. Dig deeper for "Turn It Up", an evangelistic roof-raiser that guarantees some absurd late night air piano action and "Comin' Back", a funkier, bass-friendly jam session that showcases great use of a vocal sample and builds up with a tasty full-bodied synth hook. Trust us... You'll be coming back for more.
Long-term collaborators Pete Herbert and Dicky Trisco once again join forces, this time for a trio of cuts that mark the first instalment of the Paradise Row series. There's naturally much to admire, from the breezy, Latin-influenced keys, Balearic disco grooves and killer vocal samples of "Hanging Out" (think T-Coy meets Reverso 68), to the eyes-closed warmth, tumbling acoustic guitars and chugging groove of closer "Aperol Sunset". Arguably best of all, though, is "Machine 16", a thrillingly upbeat cut that peppers a chunky Balearic disco groove with killer pianos and sweet, life-affirming guitar licks. If cheery, feelgood disco is your thing, you need Paradise Row Volume 1 in your life.
In recent times, Mark E seems to have been returning to his disco and Balearic roots, albeit whilst retaining the stretched-out deep house vibe with which he's most famous for. It's little surprise, then, to see him blending the sun-ripened goodness of the Mediterranean with his usual attention to groove on this double A-side delight for Lovefingers' formidable ESP Institute imprint. "Laurentian Abyss" is particularly enchanting, with muted steel drums and a touch of accordion offering a focal point for a jaunty, Latin-influenced house groove and dreamy pads. "Emergency" continues the rush-inducing feel of the A, with chiming melodies and starburst chords riding a thickset, synthesizer-heavy deep house rhythm.
Under-the-radar label Atjazz has been steadily putting out deep house scorchers for quite some time now, and not only are they productive but they've also got a skill at sussing out new talent from all over. For their latest instalment, newbies Kid Fonque and D-Malice step into the limelight with "All This Time", a shady house excursion that fits somewhere between tech and deep, pumping and lo-fi - a true hybrid jam for the floor! Thrown in, there's also a shorter radio edit for headphone playback, a stripped instrumental, and a rougher cut featuring the man Clive De Lowe. Bang.
Bringing together tracks released by Rene 'Shed' Pawlowitz under his Head High and WK7 guises, this collection shows that when it comes to unabashed, wide-eyed techno, the German producer has few peers. Pawlowitz has spoken before of his love of the early 90s period and that influence is never far away here. From the hard core-referencing, hands in the air-style piano lines of "It's A Love Thing (Piano Invasion) " to the furious break beats of "Higher Power (Hardcore PCK mix)" and the woobly jungle sub-bass of "Megatrap (Mix mix)", this collection is a riotous and hugely enjoyable interpretation of that golden era in dance music. With Shed as your guide, it'll be impossible not to have a good time.
Having previously released on the likes of Clouded Vision and Correspondant, moody French house producer Sebastien Tex is back with "Sway In Stones" on (possibly his own label) Mange Moi. It's all about the dark and sensuous grooves here, with the original being a slow strip-club-at-3am grinder like sleaze disco classic Walk The Night on downers. Remix-wise, Vox Low doubles the length to eight minutes and adds sleazy electroclash vocals, Id!r strips things back to a warped acid beat and Il Est Vilaine Chipati turns in a cool druggy electro-disco version.
It's a total joy every time Leipzig's mythical Workshop label releases a new EP. After all, they've only released the likes of Kassem Mosse, Lowtec and Even Tuell, among others, in their fine catalogue. This time, however, they've decided to spice things up and put out four tunes by lesser known but rising talents in the house-techno-electronic sphere. The mysterious Willow drops "Feel Me", a hazy, heads-down house joint; London's digi star Tapes comes through with a rather epic jam that is "Somebody's Baby" - Hard Wax themselves have branded it as 'special' - "Villager" by The Horn is a downtempo drum machine flex with moody pads, and MeAndYou's Herron drops the "Lost Track", a winding, chuggy dub-house cut that'll go down a storm in Manchester's Soop Kitchen! Another winner, quality guaranteed.
50 releases in under four years is no mean feat, so a round of applause to Unknown to the Unknown who surpass the landmark with a new record from Legowelt. The superbly named Immensity Of Cosmic Space arrives hot on the heels of Legowelt's fine Vaporware Tracks record for Creme and sees the Dutchman exploring the realm of rave era breakbeat techno. Of course what makes Danny Wolfers work as Legowelt so distinctive his mastery of star gazing melodies and hearing them fused with recycled drum breaks on the title track and the Amen filled "Lumeria2" is a real delight.
For deep house diggers, Soichi Terada has long been a source of inspiration. While he's still active, it's the early '90s material he released on the Far East Recordings label - an imprint he founded soon after his graduation in 1990 - that most excites. Following the 2014 re-release of his sublime hook-up with Nami Shimada, "Sunshower", Rush Hour has decided to put together this excellent retrospective. Compiled by self-confessed fan Hunee, Sounds From The Far East contains a mixture of hard-to-find Terada originals, collaborations, and tracks by fellow Far East Recordings artist Shinichiro Yokota, all in the label's trademark melody-rich, evocative deep house style.
For their latest compilation series, Sound Exhibitions aren't beating around the bush - from the telling-it-like-is title (Nu-Disco Volume1), to the extremely obvious choices of much of the source material. However these edits are made for dancing and if there isn't even one track that gets your dancefloor moving amongst these 11 sizzlers here, we'll eat our hats. Highlights include the soulful proto-house of "You Can't Hide Your Love", the searing high-energy funk of "Could Be Tonight" (by the amazingly-titled Funk Hunk), and the lean and twitchy "Body Boogie".