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03 Dec 12
18 Feb 13
Played by: Mat Cant, Redsoul, Alkalino, Juno Recommends Deep House, Utah Saints, Martin Solveig, Kid Kenobi, Kono Vidovic
Review: This powerhouse duo - a collaboration between none other than Foamo and Rack N Ruin - dropped their killer debut EP last year and since then things have been ominously quiet. Well, now they're back with a stonking great new release that fully explores the pair's interest in all things deep and groovy. "Real" features the vocal talents of rising star Yasmin and manages to be both an exotic pop anthem and a sparse, 4/4 bass head-nodder. "Thor" is nasty dark basement fodder, "Athena" is a lithe, tropical acrobat of a tune and "10 Below" is a sinister house-meets-garage monster.
21 Dec 12
01 Oct 12
07 Jan 13
Played by: Lee Daley:contentmcr/Beef/Huddtraxx, Ya Dun Know, Superbreak, Chris Coco, Sw, Juno Recommends Deep House, Claudio Giordano, Chris Coco, Freddy Love, Tura, Sccucci Manucci, The Legendary 1979 Orchestra, Shox, Tee Circus, Groove Armada, Jack Fell Down, Scuola Furano, Jakobin&domino
Review: Arriving at a fifteenth release in little more than three years is no mean feat, and the Wolf Music crew have retained a standard of quality throughout that a few other labels could learn from. Once again switching the emphasis from artist release to a quartet of contributors, WOLF 15 opens with a killer Ron Basejam refix of recent Wolf anthem "Nowt" by James Welsh. Originally a louche slice of beatdown, "Nowt" stays at an even tempo in the hands of the Crazy P artist though there are all new levels of seductive funk added. Complementing this are three label debuts of varying style but equal quality, with Squarehead & Mella Dee (one half of Mista Men no less) opting for a brazen concoction of ruffed up garage rhythms and deep house emotions on "Get Together". Next up, breakout house duo Waze & Odyssey add Wolf to their growing CV with the effervescent cut up house rowdiness of "Feel My Voices" whilst South African producer Terrence Pearce might just steal our affections with the skippy, smudged delights of "Magic".
11 Oct 12
Played by: Pete Dafeet, Homegroove Project, Dirty Channels, Mike O'mara(Development Music), Dopefish, Alkalino, Juno Recommends Deep House, Juno Recommends Electro House, Juno Recommends Minimal/Tech House, Claudio Giordano, Audiojack, Pan-Pot, David Keno, Andhim, Jack Fell Down, Grass Green, Jakobin&domino, Nicola Brusegan, Seth Troxler, Lineki
17 Dec 12
Played by: Homegroove Project, Alkalino, Juno Recommends Deep House, Nic Fanciulli, Sean Danke, DJ Cure (Aufect Recordings), Anja Schneider, Hermanez, Shox, Gullfisk, Resident Advisor, Tom Taylor, Jack Fell Down, Tulioxi, Flashmob, Eats Everything, Donka, Agoria, DJ Hell, Hot Since 82
Review: The techy and bass-ready label Hypercolour has always had some pretty leftfield tendencies, ranging from its releases with Groove Armada and Neil Landstrumm, to cheeky Aprils fools day pranks all part of the package. However George Fitzgerald's Needs You EP typifies the Hypercolour sound minus any tomfoolery. "Needs You" in particular plays "oh baby" vocals, sucking percussion and melodic keys against vast-monoliths of low end sonics. On the flip is "Every Inch" again by Fitzgerald. Fluted synth spooks and successive clap-tambourine combos swing to a groove that has a moderately lighter mood. Deetron writes a love note to rave and garage in his remix to "Every Inch" by the way of squelchy electronics and nerdy percussion.
05 Nov 12
Played by: Homegroove Project, Ya Dun Know, Dave Allison, Ricky Simmonds (DJ Rsi), Sw, Mike O'mara(Development Music), Chris Deepak, Juno Recommends Deep House, Max Riolo (Digital Imprint Trax), S22, Shota Tanaka (Beaten Space Probe), Commodore 69 (Hot N Heavy), Fab Mayday, Shouts!, Karim, Sccucci Manucci, Leg Jazz, Nine Lives, Ramsey Hercules, Willo, Jack Fell Down, Top Billin DJ Team, Richmed, Felipe Le Conteè
Review: Sccucci Manucci once again proves its dancefloor chops with its fifth release, the Cinquemila Lire EP, which sees the London based imprint curl its moustache in the direction of deep house. Manchester based duo Toyboy & Robin open proceedings with "No More Sunshine", an insouciant mix of soulful vocals, shuffling garage percussion and burning deep house organ stabs. It's a heady, intoxicating mix, and it's one that's matched on the A-Side by Sahin Meyer's effort; the husband and wife duo turn in the gorgeous "Spread Love", a cut that wrings every last drop of emotion out of a classic, drummy arrangement. Flip over for "Saif" by Illyus, a twinkling late night excursion into melodic, star gazing house, and "Feel Love" by Firas, one half of the Waze & Odyssey, who rounds off another killer Sccucci 12-inch with raw-thentic smacky beats and an addictive loopy vocal and bassline.
17 Dec 12
Played by: Scott Fell, Slow It Down, Fingerman, Stan Tropic, Carlos Francisco, Dave Allison, Simonlebon, Casino Times, Dynamicron (Los Grandes/Our Nights), Lesale, Grass Green, Jakobin&domino
Review: Having rightly made a name for themselves as purveyors of high-grade goodness, House of Disco continues to churn out the hits. Following hot on the heels of their collaborative compilation with Dikso Records comes another hook-up, this time with Kolour Recordings. Given the similarity of both labels' output, it's little surprise that House of Kolour is a bit of a winner. Musically, it's jam-packed with warm, groove-laden cuts that straddle the line where deep house, disco and re-edits meet. Highlights are, naturally, plentiful, from the shimmering beauty of Debonair's Fantastic Man rework and the funtime bounce of Hystereo's "Choral Twist", to the loopy-but-swinging soul of Sleazy McQueen's "Pretty Baby", and the hustling deep house goodness of Medlar's previously unheard rework of Noodleman's ace "Starlight".
08 Mar 13
Played by: DJ Butcher (Chopshop Music), The Groovers, Redsoul, Fingerman, Dave Allison, Superbreak, Juno Recommends Disco, Juno Recommends Deep House, Jkriv (Deep And Disco/Razor-N-Tape), Freddy Love, Vladislav Moustache Love, Cc:disco!, Weedyman, Dynamicron (Los Grandes/Our Nights), Ramsey Hercules, Italodisko, Monkey Boots, Nu Disco Fever, Numoment
Review: A belated but welcome return for Brooklyn's Razor 'N' Tape crew. This time round, though, they're not cutting-up classic boogie tunes in a Tiger & Woods-ish disco-house style. Instead, they offer up three woozy, all-enveloping deep house cuts from The Groovers. "Here's To You Mr Robinson" laces a classic jazz vocal over a smooth-as-silk deep house groove, while "Make Me Feel" turns a delicious jazz-funk jam into a deep, soulful treat - all twinkling Rhodes, edible horns and sweeping strings. "Where You Belong", on the other hand, goes further into slow dance territory, lacing fluid funk guitars, sensual pianos and a delightful vocal over a deep rare funk groove.
01 Oct 12
Played by: Hybu, Pete Dafeet, Lee Daley:contentmcr/Beef/Huddtraxx, Homegroove Project, Boris Dlugosch, Ya Dun Know, Dirty Channels, Gazeebo, Mike Millrain (Soul Revolution ), Andrew Allsgood (Free Association), Sw, Mike O'mara(Development Music), Dopefish, Chris Deepak, Juno Recommends Deep House, DJ Cure (Aufect Recordings), Commodore 69 (Hot N Heavy), Shouts!, Karim, Sccucci Manucci, G-Blaster (Rotarydisco76), Raw Club Radio, Dublin Aunts, Homero Espinosa, Sounds Of Sumo, Mario Basanov, Willo, Jack Fell Down, Embryo, Derek Avari, Young Hand, Cosby (Car Crash Set)
Review: With an excellent release on Tusk Wax in his armoury and a notable collaboration with Bicep on their recent Aus EP, Norn Irish lad Ejeca seems primed to follow the trajectory set by the aforementioned burger loving duo. The Horizons EP, his debut for the Needwant imprint sees Ejeca throwing down three tracks that are very much steeped in the same vocal lead New Jersey garage sound that Bicep are currently plundering to great effect, not least on the thickly infectious title track that demonstrates Ejeca's ease for crafting a killer breakdown. "Dazed" eschews the reliance on vocals for some deft chord usage and excellent drum programming, while "See Through You" shimmers with garage indebted warmth.
05 Apr 13
Los Amigos Invisibles & Dimitri From Paris - "Glad To Know You" (Ray Mang's Flying dub) - (10:52) 116 BPM
03 Dec 12
Played by: Ross Michael, Kelly Sylvia, Grant Nelson, Odiggity, Chrisidh, Eric Powa B, Juno Recommends Deep House, Carl Cox, Tocadisco, D3adl1ne, Groove Armada, Manhattan, Roger Sanchez, Donka, Oliver Smith, Tocacabana, Hot Since 82, Lineki
Review: It's the season for giving, so Hot Since 82 and Shadow Child have decided to exchange presents - or, more specically, remix each other's tracks. The result is a four-tracker that features two original tracks and two remixes. Hot Since 82's snappy, tech-meets-electro house jam "Knee Deep In Louise" gets given a right Royal boot up the backside by bass music fiends Shadow Child - think rave riffs, gut-twisting sub bass action and 2012's most omnipresent electronic music attraction, the pitched-down vocal sample. Meanwhile, Hot Since 82 turn Shadow Child's Hypercolour-ish garage/deep house assault, "So High", into a strobelight house anthem with woozy, pitched down R&B vocal samples and swinging drums aplenty.
05 Feb 13
25 Mar 13
Played by: Thang, Alkalino, Commodore 69 (Hot N Heavy), Jack Fell Down, Cocaine On Her Dress, Benny Kane
Review: Jay 'Chubba' Richards has been popping up all over the place of late, with recent releases on Sirch and Odea Records. Here, he brings his particular brand of contemporary house and UK funky fusion to Republic. "Moody" - so-called because it features a prominent sample from Kenny Dixon Jnr talking about his MPC - sets the tone, layering tough electronic percussion over a monstrous bassline. "Diamonds" sounds like a fusion of classic UKG and '90s house, while "Broken" feels like the sort of thing that Hypercolour should be signing (think nice chords, tasty vocal stabs and bassline-driven deep house flavour). There's also a tougher, UK funky-flavoured tweak from Vedicis and Vanshift that's well worth a listen.
29 Oct 12
Played by: Lee Daley:contentmcr/Beef/Huddtraxx, Adam B (Homegrown Music/Palooza), Owain Kimber (Owain K), Blacksoul, Redsoul, Krl, Marius (Bel), Carlos Francisco, S-File, Mike O'mara(Development Music), Dopefish, Alkalino, Chris Deepak, Kingthing, Ave Blaste, X-Press 2, The Legendary 1979 Orchestra, Luka, Paolo Madzone Zampetti, Don Crisp, Murray Richardson, Detroit Swindle, Kito Jempere / Spdsc, Resident Advisor, Willo, Nhan Solo, Grass Green, Jakobin&domino
25 Feb 13
Review: Wow! Are people looking back with rose-tinted glasses to 1995 already? Well at least this 'musical magpie' is only borrowing ideas and sounds rather than copying wholesale! Possibly a bit darker than his previous releases this EP features dubby UKG ("1995"), glitchy, post-dubstep ("Hypno", "Fallen") and even a bit of wobble-heavy UKF ("Roots").
03 Dec 12
Played by: DJ Butcher (Chopshop Music), Pete Dafeet, Olivier Desmet, Redsoul, Tommy Largo, Dirt Crew, Juno Recommends Deep House, Karim, Sccucci Manucci, Detroit Swindle, Resident Advisor, Lesale, Willo, Jack Fell Down
Review: Hirsute producers Lars Dale and Maarten Smeets have enjoyed a great 2012, dropping well thought of singles on Freerange, Dirt Crew and Murmur. Here they round off a productive 12 months with another missive for Dirt Crew. Built around a soaring, emotionally rich bluesy vocal sample, "Guess What" sounds like a more energetic take on jazz-flecked Detroit deep house, with just the right amount of old US garage flavour. "John Doe" takes a similar approach, but moves further towards strobelight-flecked late night groovery - all cut-up vocal hits, relentless organs and swinging drums. A solid package is completed by Leftside Wobble's remake of "Guess What", a deliciously deep and swirling version that demonstrates his continued development as a producer.
04 Feb 13
Review: According to the dictionary, a squarehead is 'a stupid or inept person'. The dictionary is clearly wrong as this Sheffield producer (aka Oliver Ledger) is a highly adept producer indeed. Oh wait! Maybe it's an ironic moniker! Anyway here he cooks up two juicy dancefloor bombs - "Elegante" being a mid-paced 90s house groover with jazzy overtones and "Now Is Good" bravely going for the whole handbag/speed garage shebang - essential!
15 Feb 13
Played by: Visti, Kisk, Chris Coco, Henri Kohn, Alkalino, Lusty Zanzibar, Dairmount (Room With A View Recs), Juno Recommends Deep House, Juno Recommends Minimal/Tech House, Dominik Eulberg, Audision, Ramon Tapia, X-Press 2, Sasha, Rodriguez Jr, Resident Advisor, Inigo, Nice7, Ada
Review: Amazingly, it's 15 years since Isolee first tickled our fancy with the deliciously hypnotic and pleasingly melodic micro-house anthem "Beau Mot Plage". He's tried many things in the years since, from stripped-back minimalism to semi-organic loop techno. "Allowance" his first full solo EP for nearly three years, has echoes of his glory days. The darting, fluid "Wobble", for example, employs similar synth stabs of shuffling grooves, while "You Could Do Your Memories" is as heart aching and emotion-rich as any of his Playhouse-era classics. Best of all, though, is "Allowance", a sparse but beautifully appointed slice of deep-tronica underpinned by a loose but sturdy groove.
01 Jul 12
Played by: Adam B (Homegrown Music/Palooza), Santero, Grant Nelson, Lud Dub, Ya Dun Know, Odiggity, Monkey Beats, Tom Central, Moony, Ricky Simmonds (DJ Rsi), Brisa, Toyboy & Robin, Flash Atkins, Shadow Dancer, Borgie, Alkalino, Roberto Rodriguez, Lakosa, Juno Recommends Deep House, Claudio Giordano, Mark Knight, Aka Tell (A.g.trio), DJ Cure (Aufect Recordings), Rodriguez Jr, Vorres - Juno, Commodore 69 (Hot N Heavy), Kissy Sell Out, The Littlemen, Sccucci Manucci, G-Blaster (Rotarydisco76), Mike Hindle - Immersed Audio, Cyantific, Black Jack, The Legendary 1979 Orchestra, Deepski, Sounds Of Sumo, D3adl1ne, Juno Best Sellers 2012, Nine Lives, Resident Advisor, Joey Negro, Electronic Youth, Allmostt, Black Butter Records, Joyce Brooke, Soaka, Matt Love, Filthy Rich (Toolroom/Great Stuff)
Review: Broadwalk Records, the new label from Bristol house producer Julio Bashmore launches in fine style with the eminently classy Au Seve. Young Bashmore has an obvious talent for productions dripping in hooky qualities (see his still slay em jam "Battle For Middle You" as well as production credits for "Youth Soul" icon Jessie Ware) and "Au Seve" totally belongs in this canon, slipping carnival ready melodic touches and simple vocal loops over a dusted house mainframe dominated by rasping kicks and a killer rising bass line.
25 Mar 13
Played by: B-Jam, Dave Lee / Joey Negro, Tronik Youth - No Dice Edits, Sleazy Mcqueen, Yam Who?, Superbreak, Sw, Maurice Aymard, Benny Badge (Freekwency/Nite Class), Peza, Dynamicron (Los Grandes/Our Nights), Willo, Monkey Boots, Thomass Jackson
Review: ISM Records' two Futurism EPs have proved so popular that label boss Yam Who has decided to use them as the inspiration for an expansive compilation of previously unreleased gems. Unlike the label's other popular strand, Midnight Riot, there's always been a bit more of an open-minded, eclectic feel about the Futurism releases. This is no different. Whilst rooted in nu-disco and deep house, Futurism: Shades of Space also touches on 21st century jazz-funk (Manmademusic), bongo-laden spiritual house (Nu Ak's "Fly Away"), fluid garage (Nega Tiv's excellent "Liquid Call"), woozy Balearica (Ben La Desh and Plan DAqua), block party boogie (Questlife feat Wildstyle, Freekwency) and nu-jazz (Hamish Balfour). More importantly, the quality threshold remains high throughout.
25 Feb 13
Played by: DJ Nova (Rodon Fm 95), The Groovers, Straightoffthefloors.com, Justin Winks (Casio Social Club), Gazeebo, Pete Herbert, Lusty Zanzibar, Juno Recommends Disco, Jkriv (Deep And Disco/Razor-N-Tape), Cc:disco!, Tad Wily
Review: Although sounding like a Manhattan laundry or maybe a pizza delivery service, Sixth Avenue Express are in fact a nu-disco duo from Peckham. They've generated some pretty large interest since forming in 2011 and now finally we have a much-anticipated new release from them. "Can't Stop Feelin" is not just an anthem for everyone out there incapable of keeping their hands to themselves. No, it's a deep and sensuous slice of the kind of mellow electro-house favoured by the likes of DJ T, and to which Pete Herbert adds some extra percussion and ravey stabs. Classy!
25 Feb 13
Review: Greenmoney Recordings return with a short but sweet one-tracker from fresh label signing Queenie, a vocalist who's previously worked with Stay+ and Baxta and who makes her production debut on this release. "And Every" is the perfect combination of underground UK house, rhythmic inventiveness and low end bite, with sweet vocals, weighty drums that recall Canadian producer Kevin McPhee and the kind of garage swing of a classic Zed Bias record - an auspicious debut!
01 Apr 13
Played by: B-Jam, Andrea Rucci, Redsoul, Fingerman, Superbreak, Kisk, Maurice Aymard, Juno Recommends Disco, Juno Recommends Deep House, Richard Rossa, Max Riolo (Digital Imprint Trax), S22, Sleazy Beats Recordings, Disco B, Dynamicron (Los Grandes/Our Nights), Ramsey Hercules, Willo, Kono Vidovic, Monkey Boots, Cocaine On Her Dress
Review: Volume Six of the esteemed Sccucci Manucci operation sees the Tom Selleck of disco flecked house rack up the air miles with an international cast of talent contributing. Contemporary disco connoisseurs should be fully aware of Gredits, the Swedish producer with previous on the Basic Fingers label; "Doing It Deep" does it right, seductively teasing out a killer looped up disco groove that gets more flirtatious with every listen. German dwelling Greek producer Elef takes us into classicist house terrain with the infectious bump and shuffle of "Lazy Liz", whilst a long promised Sccucci weapon from The Candy Dealers (aka Christian Malloni & Jay West also sees release. Glaswegian Illyus rounds out the EP, as he returns for a second bite of the Manucci cherry with the late night dubby house goodness of "Movin House".
29 Oct 12
Played by: King DJ/Regalia Recordings, Blacksoul, DJ Vivona, Redsoul, Ricky Simmonds (DJ Rsi), Henri Kohn, DJ Luis Machuca, Alfred Azzetto, Alkalino, Chris Deepak, Juno Recommends Deep House, Downtown Party Network, Carl Cox, Tiesto, J&m Brothers, Rony Breaker, Freddy Love, Martin Brodin, Cc:disco!, Dublin Aunts, Paolo Madzone Zampetti, Resident Advisor, Nhan Solo, Kono Vidovic, Allen Craig, The Shapeshifters, Matt Love, Atfc, Simon Dunmore, Flashmob, Kenneth Bager
Review: Ah, Hot Creations, home to the hippest house music that cites disco and 25 year-old club anthems as its inspirations. Here, label head honchos Jamie Jones and Lee Foss revive their Hot Natured project for a sweet stroll through smiley vocal house territory in the company of one-time electrofunk revivalist Ali Love. "Benediction" is good for what it is - a vaguely deep, pleasant Hot Creations record - but the real killer here is the remix of former single "Forward Motion" by crusty old US garage head Mark "MK" Kinchen. He recalls those glory days of tough but groovy MK dubs with a rework straight out of 1993.
11 Feb 13
Played by: Mike O'mara(Development Music), Juno Recommends Disco, Juno Recommends Deep House, Claudio Giordano, Alessandro Otiz, Sccucci Manucci, Salon Acapulco, Lesale, Kono Vidovic, Kolombo
Review: Having previously impressed with an EP of shuffling deep house disco on Gazeebo International, Australian musician/producer Jad Lee drops an EP of woozy, floor-friendly deepness on Toy Tonics. "Do It Get Up" is indicative of his trademark sound, delivering a strobelight-friendly fusion of chunky bottom-end, wiry synths and thickset chords. Kolombo remixes, offering up a delightfully wonky, stripped-back version that sounds like Sweet Exorcist making nu-disco, under the influence of helium. "Tipsy" throws some weighty electrofunk bass into the mix with impressive results, while the boogie sampling "Lovin" tickles and teases with its blend of jackin' beats and Tiger and Woods-ish cut-ups.
15 Mar 13
Played by: Ross Couch, Pete Dafeet, Homegroove Project, Alexander Robotnick, Sw, Juno Recommends Deep House, J&m Brothers, Rony Breaker, The Glue, Jack Fell Down, B.g. Baarregaard, Italodisko, Kono Vidovic, Grass Green, Monkey Boots, Two Charming Men
Review: Rising Swedish house producer HNNY scored one of last year's most ubiquitous cuts in the shape of "For The Very First Time" which appeared on his debut EP of the same name for Mad Mats' unstoppable Local Talk label. Yearning marks HNNY's long overdue Local Talk return and features yet another immediately infectious production from the Stockholm based producer's armoury along with a superlative remix of his aforementioned hit. As soon as those warm keys wrap around the loose rhythms of "Yearning" you get an sense that HNNY knows how to craft a house production and the subtle vocal hook that comes swooping in will undoubtedly cause requisite chaos. On the remix tip, Local Talk's secret weapon Dirtytwo gets his 80s electro funk on for a blinding rendition of "For The Very First Time". Tiger & Woods would be proud of this one.
31 Aug 12
Played by: Lee Daley:contentmcr/Beef/Huddtraxx, Adam B (Homegrown Music/Palooza), Visti, Peter Edison, Craig Hamilton, Reed And Radley, Grant Nelson, Wascal, Justin Miller, Billy W., Stupid Human, Redsoul, Krl, Cbas, Ralf Gum, Sw, Alkalino, Roberto Rodriguez, Juno Recommends Deep House, Josh Wink, Jkriv (Deep And Disco/Razor-N-Tape), Kruse & Nuernberg, Fredeverything, Kingthing, Shota Tanaka (Beaten Space Probe), Karim, The Littlemen, Trujillo, Adam Moss, Murray Richardson, Kito Jempere / Spdsc, Resident Advisor, Willo, B.g. Baarregaard, Edit Murphy, Franky Rizardo, Oliver Smith
Review: Having come to the fore via some rather divisive edits of Dorian Concept, Steve Reich and Mariah Carey, the Stockholm based producer HNNY serves notice of his capacity for original productions with this rather fine release on the Local Talk label. This fifteenth release for Mad Mats' resolutely deep house operation maintains the standards set by previous emissions, and it's easy to see why opening track "For The Very First Time" has already been embraced by HNNY's former overseers Studio Barnhus. That all too authentic take on the early 90s NYC house sound is a good primer for what to expect from hereon in, with the similar equation of pitched vocal snatches craftily twisted around infectious yet simplistic melodic motifs and thick bass lines also characterising "Apricots". Do check the percussive 10 minute long behemoth that is "Trummor" for an example of what else HNNY can do - an expert DJ tool in the mould of how they used to be done, back in those days.
25 Jan 13
Played by: Jimpster, Julian Sanza, Owain Kimber (Owain K), Grant Nelson, Scott Fell, Discomendments, Sw, Mike O'mara(Development Music), Alkalino, Roberto Rodriguez, Juno Recommends Deep House, Monkey Boots
Review: Since dropping his debut release on Hi-Phen in 2005, Toby Tobias has built up an impressive body of work, with EPs on Rekids, Hector Works, Let's Play House and his own Late Night Audio imprint. This EP for Delusions of Grandeur is another slow-burn winner. Lead cut "Pathfinder" gets just the right balance between heavy drum machine programming - think old skool electro or '80s boogie - and contemporary deep house smoothness. Fabrizio Mammarella's hypnotic remix is pretty tasty, too. "Backbeat" provides a hazy tip into Balearic boogie territory, while "Abergon" - with its lazy jazz guitars and Harvey-ish bump - is impeccable wide-eyed White Isle fodder.
22 Apr 13
Review: With the imminent return of Daft Punk reminding us all of Paris's vibrant electronic music heritage, local label ClekClekBoom pop-up to provide us with a wide-eyed snapshot of the current Parisian underground. There are hints of familiar French staples - the stomping Ed Banger-ish ravery of The Town's "Dice", the classic house flex of Coni's "Missing You Nire" - but for the most part Paris Club Music Volume 1 dances to a different beat. With label regulars French Fries coming to the fore, much of the album is devoted to the sort of hard-to-pigeonhole bass music that takes its influence as much from B-more, R&B and UK garage as filter funk and electro-house.
10 Jul 12
Played by: Pete Dafeet, Lee Daley:contentmcr/Beef/Huddtraxx, Ross Michael, Santero, Grant Nelson, Wascal, Cbas, Tom Central, Framewerk, Ricky Simmonds (DJ Rsi), Toyboy & Robin, Mike O'mara(Development Music), Alkalino, Juno Recommends Deep House, Claudio Giordano, Sean Danke, Kruse & Nuernberg, Tura, Groove Armada, Resident Advisor, Manhattan, Journeys By DJS, Black Butter Records, Joyce Brooke, Duke Dumont
Review: Earlier this year, Dusky duo Alfie Granger-Howell and Nick Harriman popped up on Will Saul's Simple Records, delivering dizzying blends of deep house and garage. Here they re-release "Flo Jam", the lead cut from their recent EP of the same name on Dogmatik. It's a delicious track, all told, sitting somewhere between the crystal clear melodies of Futureboogie Recordings (think Eats Everything, Christophe or Crackazat rather than Julio Bashmore), German deep house and classic Chicagoan acid. There's enough old skool swing to make it interesting, but plenty of contemporary style to impress the hipsters.
07 Dec 12
Chris Carrier & Hector Moralez - "The Acid" (Fries & Bridges vs Chris Carrier remix) - (7:25) 127 BPM
08 Apr 13
Played by: Paul Mac, Kisk, Henri Kohn, Alkalino, Juno Recommends Deep House, Freddy Love, Fredeverything, Fredeverything, Posthuman, Resident Advisor, Lesale, B.g. Baarregaard, Grass Green, Jakobin&domino
Review: Dani Plessow dons the Motor City Drum Ensemble name with Say A Prayer signaling a return to the production game following his much publicized creative burnout. It's clear that Plessow's period of convalescence has worked wonders, with the four tracks here every bit as deep and dusty as the much vaunted Raw Cuts series upon which the MCDE project was launched skywards. Proceedings open with the two part suite of the title track, laying down fuzzy chords and intermittent vocal swoons over a gritty 909 backbone on the opening track; part 2 meanwhile will have you digging out those Raw Cuts 12"s in order to do a MCDE master mix, such is its immediate warmth and neck snapping drums. Meanwhile, Plessow uses "The Stranger" as a chance to traverse bleepier, rattling techno terrain with superb results, whilst "SP11" is rasping high octane house at its finest.
10 Dec 12
Played by: Paul Mac, Seth Merlo, Kisk, Mike O'mara(Development Music), Juno Recommends Deep House, Juno Recommends Techno, Dominik Eulberg, Fab Mayday, Benton, D3adl1ne, Cosby (Car Crash Set)
Review: The "Jupiters" remixes are finally available on digital format and this time it's a strictly UK affair, with Happa and Jamie XX on remix duties! Happa's re-interpretation of "Jupiters" is a thumping beast of a track, where a startling bass drum churns its way across a militant percussion - violent hi-hats and snares all round, coated graciously by the most ominous synth stabs to have ever appeared on a Four Tet record! Jamie XX's take on "Lion" is a calmer, sub-heavy parade of swinging drums and mutating bass lines, growing in ferocity with every new bar.
29 Nov 12
Review: Raphael Ripperton's success has been built on an ability to create slick, emotion-rich house music that joins the dots between crackly European tech and the warm, floor-friendly deepness of the USA. "Let's Hope" is a great example of his art. In its original form, it builds incessantly over 12 lovingly crafted minutes, wrapping vintage synth-strings and piano solos around a sturdy, tribal-influenced groove. Incidentally, the track's main breakdown will have the hairs on the back of your neck standing to attention. Also impressive is the Bicep remix, which turns the emotion-rich original into a thrilling retro-futurist paino house ride.
14 Jan 13
Played by: Ross Couch, Olivier Desmet, Fingerman, Borgie, Juno Recommends Deep House, Chris Coco, J&m Brothers, Rony Breaker, Fredeverything, Anja Schneider, Monkey Boots
Review: Cynics will tell you that remix albums are a bit of a con - an exercise in repackaging previously released reworks - but occasionally they're worth picking up. This collection of recent and vintage reworks of Crazy P tracks thankfully falls into the latter category, delivering a mix of classic re-cuts, previously unheard tweaks and previously promo-only mixes. Some of the more Balearic and quietly downtempo tweaks stand out, not least Appleblim's woozily soulful touch-up of "Changes" and Wolf + Lamb's deliciously wide-eyed, downtempo take on "Wecanonlybewhoweare". There's also a chance to revisit some Grade-A club re-fixes from Still Going (whose tough-but-grandiose nu-disco take on "Caught Up" still sounds fresh), Huxley and Bonar Bradberry.
29 Apr 13
Played by: Fingerman, Superbreak, Kisk, Alkalino, The Glue, Shota Tanaka (Beaten Space Probe), Joseph Terruel, Grass Green, Vinyladdicted
Review: The Legendary Sound Orchestra continues his attempt to provide disco edit lovers with something extraordinary, with a third collection of hand picked reworks. Predictably, there's plenty to enjoy, from his own sparse, piano-heavy version of Silvetti's Salsoul classic "Spring Rain", to the rolling, bongo-laden goodness of 78 Edits' sprightly but loopy "Don't You Know". Highlights-wise, it's a toss-up between Alkalino's baggy disco-soul shuffler, "Have A Ball", and Jimmy The Twin's superb, TR-707-enhanced "Party Down". The latter, a horn-heavy chunk of upbeat disco-funk, is arguably the Bristol-based scalpel fiend's best work to date.
04 Dec 12
Played by: Grant Nelson, Olivier Desmet, Flash Atkins, Hot Toddy, Chris Deepak, Juno Recommends Deep House, Pablo Contraband (Disco Deviant), J&m Brothers, Alessandro Otiz, Sccucci Manucci, Cc:disco!, G Rom, Kono Vidovic
Review: You can usually rely on Crazy P man Chris "Hot Toddy" Todd to deliver the goods. "Mutha Sucka" comes packed with the usual tasty musical touches - sweeping disco strings, chunky drums, clipped guitars - plus more than a nod and a wink to the woozy, alien-sounding synths preferred by their old pals at Futureboogie Recordings. Todd's usual partner in crime, Jim Baron, dons his Ron Basejam guise for the remix. His version goes a little deeper, sounding not unlike Julio Bashmore producing a Crazy P record. Which, when you think about it, is actually really good.
24 Sep 12
Played by: Vision Collective, DJ Butcher (Chopshop Music), Jimpster, Owain Kimber (Owain K), Dirty Channels, Gazeebo, Redsoul, Cbas, Jamie 3:26, Dave Allison, Recloose, DJ Steef, Flash Atkins, Chris Coco, Mike O'mara(Development Music), Hot Toddy, Roberto Rodriguez, Juno Recommends Deep House, Claudio Giordano, Vermelho, The Funk Hunters, Freddy Love, Sequencers, Cc:disco!, Raw Club Radio, The Legendary 1979 Orchestra, Roy Gilles, Don Crisp, Murray Richardson, Thomass Jackson, Lesale, Derek Avari, Grass Green, Nu Disco Fever
Review: Recloose on Delusions of Grandeur? Yes please! "Don't Get Me Wrong" is classic Matt Cicioine, packed full of his usual musicality and dense, melodic production. It sounds like an unlikely fusion of distant, long-forgotten disco and spine-tingling deep house, with more atmospheric vocal samples and live instruments than you can shake a smelly stick at. It's heady and intoxicating, coming on like a classic house production made somewhere between Detroit and New York. The driving "Shimmy" continues the murky, retro-futurist trend and is just as engaging. As if that wasn't enough, there's also a lovingly fluid, decidedly Balearic rework of the title track from Melbournite Tornado Wallace that's quite possibly the best thing he's done to date. Splendid!
03 Dec 12
28 Jan 13
Played by: Homegroove Project, Fingerman, Doc Martin, Dave Allison, In Flagranti, Alessandro Otiz, Martin Brodin, Thomass Jackson, Italodisko, Monkey Boots
Review: Following his hit remix of Isolee's Beau Mot Plage, Anu Pillai (aka Freeform Five), rode the crest of the noughties electro-house boom. Then he vanished, or rather switched to co-writing pop for the likes of Cheryl Cole and Ladyhawke. Now he's back on Belgium's arty dance label Eskimo and well, it sounds...different. Hooking up with Gambian musician Juldeh Camara, "Weltareh" is a slice of sleek world music with beats (the plucked intro also sounds like Dolly Parton's Jolene!). Pillai adds some snappy house beats for his own reform, while Prins Thomas provides one of his trademark organic electro-disco interpretations.
17 Sep 12
Played by: Visti, Yukari Bb, Jamie 3:26, Los Charly's Orchestra, Flash Atkins, Alkalino, Juno Recommends Funk/Reissues, Killer Funk Records Usa, Kono Vidovic
Review: At first glance, the pairing of Forest Hill resident Andrew Ashong and Sound Signature boss Theo Parrish would seem strange. But the duo have worked together previously with the Ghanaian born vocalist (and supposed owner of a vinyl collection that would make most record shops look like a car boot sale) lending his soulful tones to Parrish's excellent nine minute plus translation of the Hot Chip and Spiritualised affiliated About Group. Whereas that collaboration was more about Ashong's voice being just one element of a production that was undoubtedly Parrish, the three tracks present on the Flowers EP look to showcase what a talent the Londoner is. Those trademark dust filled stacatto rhythms are present in the opening title track, but they never swamp Ashong's killer vocal delivery, while "Take It Slow" is bonafide D funk of the highest order. After the brutal, divisive nature of Theo's kung fu experimentalism on the Any Other Styles EP, these three tracks show him in a wholly new light and hopefully Parrish and Ashong will be making much more music together.
04 Feb 13
Review: Born into life kicking and screaming back in 2010, London via North Devon label Shifting Peaks has slowly but surely earned a killer rep in the world of bass and underground house. This is their second compilation and boy is it packed full of goodies. Highlights include the melancholic urban-tropical vibes of Mak & Pasteman's "Do The Same", the psychedelic Chicago vibes of Marshall Jefferson & Noose Heads' "Mushrooms", the heartbroken jukeisms of Cut Off! Cut Off!'s "Second To None" and the sublime King Of Arabs' "The Years Without Art".
06 Jun 12
Played by: Dave Lee / Joey Negro, Adam B (Homegrown Music/Palooza), Jask, Reed And Radley, Grant Nelson, Wascal, Boris Dlugosch, Justin Miller, Yukari Bb, Cbas, Brisa, DJ Steef, Flash Atkins, Henri Kohn, Sw, Tommy Largo, Hot Toddy, Alkalino, Dairmount (Room With A View Recs), Juno Recommends Deep House, Frank Booker, Kruse & Nuernberg, Freddy Love, Fredeverything, Pat Lok (Homebreakin/On The Fruit), Karim, Sccucci Manucci, Trujillo, Antek, Massimiliano Guaiana, Al Macario, Black Jack, Detroit Swindle, Juno Best Sellers 2012, Nolan, Peppe Citarella
Review: Not content with releasing records that pay homage to the sounds of the '90s, Local Talk bosses Mad Mats and Tooli have now signed a tune made by a production act that were last heard of in the '90s (well, 1999). "Breaking", then, is the first Kyodai record for nearly 13 years. It sounds like it was made back then, offering a smooth, piano-laden fusion of alien synths, shuffling beats and cut-up vocal stabs. It's tasty, but the real fun is to be had on the "90s Mix" and "90s Dub", both of which up the organ count in a tribute to mid-'90s New Jersey garage.
28 Jan 13
Played by: Lee Daley:contentmcr/Beef/Huddtraxx, Adam B (Homegrown Music/Palooza), Chris Coco, Sw, Mike O'mara(Development Music), Hot Toddy, Alkalino, Roberto Rodriguez, Sccucci Manucci, Tom (Shur-I-Kan) Szirtes, G-Blaster (Rotarydisco76), Joseph Terruel, Rivet, Detroit Swindle, Gullfisk, Resident Advisor, Grass Green, Jakobin&domino, Kyodai, Felipe Le Conteè
Review: Medlar, who also produces as Klic, drops his first solo EP for London imprint Wolf Recordings. Lush chords and woozy rhodes partner up with "uh-huh" vocal snippets and tribal percussion in "The Sun". James Brown "uh's" and basic synth progressions make up "Knockard Pearl", which receives a stellar Detroit Swindle remix of bolstered stabs that verge on rave. "Govern" lowers the BPM for a shuffled groove, maintaining the lo-fi brilliance of the rest of the EP. A secret weapon for the transitional DJ.
25 Jan 13
Played by: Lee Daley:contentmcr/Beef/Huddtraxx, Chrissy Murderbot, Ya Dun Know, Odiggity, Mike O'mara(Development Music), Roberto Rodriguez, Juno Recommends Deep House, Max Riolo (Digital Imprint Trax), Todd Terry, Tee Circus, Kyodai, Felipe Le Conteè, Maribou State
Review: An all-star cast (by Local Talk standards, at least) has been assembled for this latest trip into '90s house territory. C.R.S.T's opener "Monster Munch", was produced in collaboration with Welsh house wizard The Organ Grinder, and bumps along impressively on a bed of skipping garage beats and vocal cut-ups. Chesus's "Newark", meanwhile, doesn't hide its US garage roots, being dominated by the twin attractions of rolling organs and female yelps. The vocal cut-ups on C.R.S.T's "Life" recall Basement Jaxx's "Fly Life", while the music sounds like a mid-'90s New Jersey garage dub. Chesus closes proceedings with "Life", a delicious disco/house fusion brimming with sinewy strings and Teddy Pendergrass-ish vocalizing.
08 Oct 12
Played by: Peter Edison, Grant Nelson, DJ Vivona, Redsoul, Ralf Gum, Framewerk, Henri Kohn, DJ Luis Machuca, Juno Recommends Deep House, J&m Brothers, Rony Breaker, Freddy Love, Martin Eyerer, Timo Garcia (Yoshitoshi), X-Press 2, Dirty Mckenzie, Miss Kittin, Resident Advisor, Monkey Boots, Allen Craig, DJ Hell
Review: Having made his name with a decidedly fluorescent blend of retro-futurist house revivalism, the logical next step for Maceo Plex was always going to be working with his heroes. Here, he joins forces with former Hacienda resident and '90s remixer of choice Jon DaSilva for a cut based on the latter's unreleased remix of a Jones Girls cover. It's pretty much what you'd expect from both parties rolled into one; the booming synth-bass and cyber-synths of Plex, versus the '90s vocal stylings and bumpin' disco-house beats of DaSilva. Plex himself delivers a thunderous, techno-flavoured Dub, while solo bonus cut "Futre Musik", a tribute to German tech-housers Closer Musik, rises and falls for 10 gorgeous minutes.
14 Jan 13
Played by: Jimpster, Dicky Trisco, Fingerman, Alkalino, Chris Deepak, Juno Recommends Deep House, S22, Freddy Love, Karim, G-Blaster (Rotarydisco76), Jack Fell Down, Monkey Boots, Felipe Le Conteè
Review: With two strong releases already under their belts for Southern Fried showcasing their dubby, Visionquest-style house grooves, Jack Fell Down move to Home Taping Is Killing Music for their latest release. This time round, they've got designs on the shuffling, mid-tempo garage house sound that Huxley does so well; the title track achieves all this and more with its atmospheric vocals and thick bassline, while "My Body" continues the theme with its snappy percussion, spacious atmospherics, swaggering bassline and smooth synth buildups. "Provision" meanwhile is another deep excursion into midnight dancefloor territory with its dubbed out, rolling bassline and crisp hi-hats. The Revenge provides his own remix of "My Body" and its expectedly brilliant, imbuing the original with an added sense of urgency and depth.
03 Sep 12
Played by: Peter Edison, Justin Miller, Dirty Channels, Cbas, Stan Tropic, Framewerk, Juno Recommends Deep House, Freddy Love, Fredeverything, Tiga, Enzo Canale, Paolo Madzone Zampetti, Addal, Resident Advisor, Nice7, Tensnake, Solee, Ambivalent, DJ Hell
Review: Previously, Innervisions have flirted with experimental electronica, ambience and many different shades of leftfield deep house. This latest release continues that trend, with Ame's Frank Wiedemann turning a gentle, fragile folk song from singer-songwriter Ry Cuming into an understated deep house gem. Wiedemann's production is sympathetic, giving Ry's vocals and beautiful acoustic guitars the chance to breathe. It's hardly a club banger, but it's a lovely piece of music. There is, of course, a more club-friendly version, with Wiedemann joining forces with Kristian Bayer for an Ame Remix that is deep, dark and decidedly brooding. The same could be said of atmospheric bonus cut "Watch You Run", an acoustic composition with the faintest whisper of electronic interference.