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.
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.
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.
Dave Gerrard - "You Can't Hide Your Love" - (7:04) 115 BPM
Bruno Borlone & Boogie Mike - "Fly Robin Fly" - (3:46) 106 BPM
Funk Hunk - "Could Be Tonight" - (4:02) 120 BPM
Sino Goccio - "Dancer" - (6:12) 127 BPM
Bart Gori - "Body To Body Boogie" - (5:19) 108 BPM
Phil Disco - "Studio 54 A" - (4:38) 120 BPM
DJ Rubens - "Jam On The Groove Break" - (7:51) 111 BPM
Charlie Brown Superstar - "Moments Of My Life" - (6:38) 116 BPM
Dave Francis - "Africa" - (8:42) 112 BPM
Bendix Mihle - "Taboo" - (5:20) 116 BPM
DJ Nello - "Funny Brown" - (6:05) 100 BPM
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".
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.
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.
Love Tension (alternative version) - (5:44) 120 BPM
Hohai Beats - (5:38) 125 BPM
Good Morning - (4:42) 126 BPM
CPM - (4:48) 125 BPM
Rising Sun Up - (4:29) 123 BPM
Voices From Beyond - (4:45) 126 BPM
Purple Haze (edit) - (3:58) 120 BPM
Binary Rondo - (5:11) 96 BPM
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.
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.
It's always good try something new we reckon and Hospital records, who have decided to swap their usual drum and bass fare for a little bit of house. Yep, this EP might feature tracks by Hospital regulars Nu:Tone and S.P.Y., but they're all reworked in various styles of house music by some hot remixers. Chart-topper Sandy Riviera is first, turning "'Til Dawn" into a beefy drum-led jack track, Shadow Child takes "Guidance" into a proggy, shuffle-dub zone, remix comp winner Aaron Beko delivers a cool, sleazy tech-house rework of "Lightning" and "Dusty Fingers" is turned into euphoric anthem-house by Takao.
Perbec is Mark Broom and Baby Ford. Their last vinyl outing was "Variety Club" for the seminal Ifach imprint in 2001. Here they return with "Chaser" an epic journey into the original principles of house music. Infectious bass, Chicago-style keys and deep, analog synth pads announce that the party is very much in full force. Flip the disc for "Long John" which features stripped rhythms with plenty of swing and energy - equally suited to the main room or afterhours. Mastered at D & M.
Fred Everything and Mike Fresco's Lazy Days Recordings label continues to celebrate a decade of dancefloor domination, this time with the second installment in their 10 By Ten EP series. This time round, Roberto Rodriguez and Nacho Marco are an the controls, with the latter's "That Smile" delivering a brilliant fusion of clanking, analogue-sounding drums, twisted acid lines and smooth deep house chords. Rodriguez flips the script on "Giving It All", dropping a warm and hazy deep house shuffler built around immersive chords, snappy drum machine handclaps and yearning, pitched-down vocal samples. It lacks a little of the stripped-back energy of Nacho Marco's rub, but more than makes up for that in toasty beauty.
Love Is A Bassline (original mix) - (3:46) 129 BPM
Deeper Dank (instrumental) - (4:36) 129 BPM
A self-proclaimed 'bass music reprobate', there's actually nothing degenerate or anti social about the productions of this London music veteran. In fact this member of Finger Lickin's iconic Slyde duo and one time Bolshi artist has a knack for making extremely positive sounding productions. Here he presents two more slices of this sound - the full, skippy sing-a-long pop houser "Deeper Dank" and the breaky 90s organ-heavy wobbler "Love Is A Bassline". Get boppin'!
Tourist Trap (Guy Gerber & David K remix) - (6:31) 123 BPM
Tourist Trap (Visionquest remix) - (6:42) 125 BPM
Tourist Trap (Soul Clap remix) - (7:30) 115 BPM
Sean "Puffy" Coombs decision to join forces with veteran big room house producer Guy Gerber still seems odd, despite the success of the duo's Ibiza-friendly (and free-to-download) 11 11 album. Here, one of that album's highlights, Tourist Trap, gets the big name remix treatment. Jamie Jones kicks things off with a typically woozy, bleep-heavy tech-house rework, before Gerber joins forces with David K for a dark, stripped-back take that seems to shuffle between the speakers like an old man on crack. There's more than a touch of Balearic dreaminess about Visionquest's excellent interpretation, while Soul Clap steal the show with a dreamy, woozy, electrofunk-influenced remix that's blessed with a brilliant, slowed-down breakdown.
Black Meteoric Star - "Unearthed Arcana" - (17:51) 126 BPM
Lorna Dune - "Reflux" - (5:44) 134 BPM
J Slusher - "Night Train" - (8:29) 137 BPM
The second volume of Bushwick Is Melting features original unreleased material by Brooklyn-based producers Black Meteoric Star, Lorna Dune, and J. Slusher. Gavin Russom apparently has a new Black Meteoric Start LP on the way and we can't wait based on the epic, sweeping grandness that is the 18 minute A-side hogger "Unearthed Arcana" which is quite hypnotic when in full flight. The B-side finds Lorna Dune putting her experiments with the piano to one side to focus on some celestial house moves with "Reflux" which will appeal to fans of Legowelt's more star gazing moments whilst the wonderfully named J. Slusher closes out the record with the face melting techno cut "Night Train".
Get Real (Can't Touch Your Love) (original mix) - (3:45) 119 BPM
Get Real (Can't Touch Your Love) (Kartell remix) - (4:39) 119 BPM
Get Real (Can't Touch Your Love) (Aashton remix) - (4:16) 119 BPM
1996 (original mix) - (3:56) 117 BPM
Get Real (Can't Touch Your Love) (Aashton extended mix) - (5:36) 119 BPM
A Franco-British duo less than a year old, Loframes have already earned a reputation for quality synthpop via releases on labels such as Chess Club and Moshi Moshi. Individually James Yuill has been hyped by The Guardian and the BBC, whilst Franck Russo has released on labels like Bpitch Control. Here we have two newies: the bouncy '80s-style sophisti-pop (yes there's even a sax!) of "Get Real" and the retro poppy piano house of "1996". Kartell also gently houses up the title track whilst Aashton turns it into deeper arpeggiated territory.
The deadly pair that is Walker & Royce touch down on Moda Black with some of their signature house licks after releases on Crosstown Rebels and Glasgow Underground, among other choice stables. "My Dream" is a mid-tempo licker boasting a minimalistic framework thanks to its bleeps and clicks, intricate vocal chops and rickety percussion. "Fur" is also fervently stripped and diced but the beat is bumpier, a touch more jacking and primely cut for peak time body jerking. Little killers, the pair.
Paris outpost Syncrophone facilitate this wondrous production partnership between Versatile boss Gilb'R and Jorge Velez, the New Jersey based artist whose fine music has graced the likes of Rush Hour and L.I.E.S. in recent months. Information on how the two came together is a bit thin on the ground, but it's evident Cohen and Velez have an intuitive studio understanding on the basis of their two original tracks here. "Du Lundi" is rich and playful house with skittering percussive touches and a definite sense of textural narrative. This is a production that breathes life as opposed to simply treading rhythmic water. It's blessed by a fine rework from Willie Burns that has set opener written all over it, whilst the other original production from Gilb'R and Jorge, "Drone", features the percussive skills of Shadi Khries.