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07 Jul 10
Played by: Axer Rouf
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09 Jul 12
Review: This four-tracker marks a slight departure for Ant Plate (formerly of East Midlands deep house veterans Rhythm Plate) and his YSE project. Musically, it offers a slight tweak on his usual chunky deep house grooves, with Frank Carter III delivering soaring, soulful vocals reminiscent of US garage's finest. New Jersey garage is a good reference, because the included Giom remix of "Magic In Your Eyes" sounds like some kind of long lost '90s garage jam. It's arguably the outstanding track on the EP, though it's pushed hard by the warm bounce of "Play On" and classic US deepness of "I Don't Want Love". It all adds up to an excellent excursion from Plate.
30 Nov 09
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14 Mar 11
Played by: Frandanski, Ross Couch, Pete Dafeet, The Revenge, Mike O'mara(Development Music), Alkalino, Juno Recommends Deep House, Sccucci Manucci, Lilith, Djs: Most Charted, Tommy Finger Jr.
Review: Deep house imprint Ornate reaches its landmark 10th release with YSE (pronounced 'easy' in case you were wondering), a man who in his own words "enjoys nicely syncopated rhythms, heavy melodies, outgoing quirkiness and a quality glass full of cheap Brandy and Coke - hold the ice", all of which - bar the cheap Brandy and Coke - are in full effect on this frankly awesome Drawn At Dawn EP. "Gelly" and the mischievously titled "Who's Got The Clap?" both vie for your attention, with the mechanical chords, sparkling groove and masterfully arranged vocal samples of the latter proving to be the highlight. On "Sweet Love" you'll find a Chi-town bassline flexing against dreamy Motor City atmospherics and some nice pan pot percussion.
21 Dec 12
Played by: Olivier Desmet
Review: A belated return for one-time Lost My Dog regular YSE, sometime member of East Midlands deep house crew Rhythm Plate. Plangent Rave is arguably his best for some time, showcasing his obvious skills without resorting to contemporary cliches. Lead cut "Innocence" is particularly impressive, bolting odd vocal samples and woozy, seasick melodies onto a robust analogue bassline reminiscent of Brooks' "Clix" and nicely swinging beats. The stabbing synth strings and thickset bassline of "Happy Bubble" - a kind of anything-goes shuffler with 30-something rave intentions - also impress, while "Substitute" pops and crackles with sub-bass heaviness and retro-futurist charm. The bassline, in particular, is fantastic.
26 Nov 12
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25 Jun 12
Played by: Igor Brzovic
Review: In Plain Sight, Andy Blake's label dedicated to the more esoteric house sounds, finally lands in the digital realm - exclusive to Junodownload no less - and gets off to a fine start with the hitherto unknown YoungTEE at the helm. The first track, "Dr Chocolate" fuses the kind of oddball low-slung sounds and spoken-word samples that In Flagranti have been masters of for years, with jazzy keys and 808 cowbells which hint at a subtle Chicago influence. The classic house influence continues of "Perfect Model", which combines misty chords with an 80s pop groove, falsetto vocal sample and synth jam solo which comes across as alternate universe Michael Jackson track. As you'd expect from a label curated by Blake, it's house music, but not quite as you know it.
25 Mar 13
Review: It's been a long time since any fresh material from slippery UK producer Youandewan surfaced, but finally he returns on Hypercolour with a solid four tracker of his signature emotive and expansive middle ground between house and bass music. "Disarray" rolls on a laconic groove while wild swathes of melody wow and flutter in a heartfelt harmony, and "Awn" is more stiff in its rhythmic construction, bringing enough drums for the dance even as the synths remain firmly in the mellow zone. Meanwhile "Undrstnd" shifts the tempo to a garage bump, and lets some R&B vocal licks slip into the mix, but holds some meaty techno elements back for the drop, while "0500" reserves nothing in its powerful forward thrust.