With an intrinsic link to the Futureboogie crew in the live arena, long-serving UK house crew Crazy P bring their broad sound to the label with gusto, maximising on the skills the component member possess. Most apparent of these is Danielle Moore with her arresting croon shining through the most on "Clouds", and also popping up in snippet form on "Burning". There is a spread of different moods at work across the tracks from seedy electro tones on the first track to the sizzling disco flavour of "Virtuality", leaving plenty of room for Outboxx to lay down a blissful slice of keys-rich deep house in their inimitable style.
With the new cycle of transformation that the change in the ancient Mayan calendar has supposedly brought, it seems fitting for NDATL to release a track namechecking a lost Mexican civilization. "Olmec Save Us" sees R&B powerhouse Donnie on vocals, while NDATL boss Kai Alce provides production; characterized by a typically classic style that nevertheless feels fresh, its high-end synth tones conveying the weird and otherworldly sense of Donnie's strange tale. Meanwhile, Osunlade provides his "Yoruba Soul Mix", providing a slightly deeper version of the original which provides a nice contrast to Alce's jazzier original. Instrumentals of both tracks are included for those who like their tracks sans vocal.
Kai Alce's first release of 2013 - only his second in two years - comes via his own NDATL imprint. Naturally the EP draws inspirations from the cities the label is named after: New York-Detroit-Atlanta. With tinges of dub, the A-side is reminiscent to the looping deep house of Norm Talley's music on Pariter, while the scrappy hats, popping snares and all-round rough fidelity of "Rabbit's Hole" rank up with the productions of Delroy Edwards on New York label L.I.E.S. Alce then brings some of his own home spun Atlanta funk to the EP with the title track "World Causes".
Early Morning Champagne (feat Joel Compass) - (4:27)
Keep - (5:59)
Early Morning Champagne (Komon remix) - (6:27)
Early Morning Champagne (Adelaide remix) - (3:52)
Woz has been making a name for himself around the Isles, with everyone from Skream to Toddla T and even Rusko banging out his tunes, and he's back in style with his latest EP for Black Butter, a label which is also rapidly getting to be known as a Mecca for all things bass-heavy. "Early Morning Champagne" features Joel Compass on the mic and boasts a rather sexy house groove along with a proper, bouncing bassline. "Keep" is probably our favourite, though: a straight, menacing house roll which rapidly transforms into a wacked-out assemblage of cowbells, woofing subs and tribal vocal chants. Watch out for the Komon and Adelaide remixes of the title track, they're pretty beastly!