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07 Jun 13
Played by: Art Of Tones, Dave Allison, Alexander Robotnick, Alkalino, Disco Tech (Discodat), Headzsquare, Fredeverything, Shota Tanaka (Beaten Space Probe), Vladislav Moustache Love, Martin Hayes (Rose Records)
Review: Session Victim's 2012 debut full-length The Haunted House of House was arguably one of the best deep house albums of the year. Here, they return with their first new material since. Opener "Yes I Know" features their trademark loose, swinging drums, warm chords and classic deep house sheen, alongside a healthy amount of what sounds like organic instrumentation. With the addition of a delicious disco vocal sample, it makes for wonderful listening. Max Graef remixes, turning in a version that sounds like a deeper take on 6th Borough Project. "Glow In The Dark", meanwhile, is wholeheartedly Balearic - a blindingly sunny slice of semi-live disco-house bagginess that should get maximum rotations in warmer climes this summer.
10 Jun 13
Why Wait For Tomorrow (feat Pete Simpson - Al Kent Disco Madness version - Record Store Day edit) - (8:18) 120 BPM
Played by: Dave Allison, Hot Toddy, Headzsquare, The Funk Hunters, Al Kent, Vladislav Moustache Love, Random Soul, Monkey Boots
Review: Here's a downloadable version of Z Records' limited edition Record Store Day vinyl remix package of four tracks by label boss Joey Negro and his Sunburst Band. Sizzling electro-funk lead track "Taste The Groove" is given a low-slung, chugging 'Walk The Night'-style disco makeover by Hot Toddy. "Why Wait For Tomorrow" is teased out into up to 11 minutes of vintage disco ecstasy (in over three different mixes!) by Al Kent. "Definition Of Luv" also gets some super camp New York housey lovin' from Sean McCabe.
03 Jun 13
Played by: Alexander Robotnick, Disco Tech (Discodat), The Funk Hunters, Dynamicron (Los Grandes/Our Nights)
Review: If it ain't broke don't fix it as they say, and this Euro party edits producer is certainly living by this maxim. Here we find the talented producer providing Greek label Timewarp with a selection of his reworks of disco obscurities. As usual it's hard to not want to get up dance to his infectious remixes including the pulsating, arpeggiated 80s night drive of "Yull Disco Breaks (instrumental)", the wah-wah heavy hip-house of "Blast" and the chaotic acid funk of "Nose Dive".
09 Jun 13
Review: After successfully remixing some very popular dance tunes to widespread approving nods from the likes of Loadstar, Clean Bandit and Naughty Boy, the Bristol duo have returned to the studio to furnish the bass music community with a second EP released on cutting edge label Black Butter. Bringing together house, garage and bassline for that oh-so-now deep house feel with a characteristically twisted outlook, each track is a swarming mass of influences and irresistible experimentation. "Scatter" in particular has that perfect MNL combo of hip-swinging dancefloor compatibility and relentless hard-hitting beats and you've almost definitely already heard the badness of "Levels" on your travels. A definite buy on sight.
10 Jun 13
Review: Mullet Records continue their quest to impose the sound of the Billboard Dance & RnB Chart circa 1985 on modern dancefloors everywhere, and it's a cause we totally support. Strong, Latino-style female vocal? Check. Timex Social Club-style electro bass? Check. Debarge-style tropical melodies? Check. In short, a winner! Lots of good remixes too, the best being the ever-dependable Elijah Collins who transforms the song from a good retro tune into something more unique and contemporary.
05 Apr 13
Los Amigos Invisibles & Dimitri From Paris - "Glad To Know You" (Ray Mang's Flying dub) - (10:52) 116 BPM
10 Jun 13
Played by: Alexander Robotnick, Alkalino, Marcus Marr, Sean Danke, 4peace, Luke Solomon, Sccucci Manucci, Resident Advisor, Natural High
Review: In the last 18 months, Dutch duo Detroit Swindle has come from nowhere to become one of deep house's go-to names. This three-tracker for Tsuba - their first for Kevin Griffiths' label - is another 'must-check' release. Lead cut "Sometimes" is typical of their output to date; deep, stylish, quietly soulful and blessed with relentless riffs that propel the track forwards at a rate of knots. Arguably better is "That Freak Stuff", a slick chunk of deepness blessed with some rougher drums, an addictive bassline and some atmospheric, whispered vocal samples. Soulphiction remixes, turning the track on its head thanks to shuffling analogue drums, a fuzzy bassline and some glistening pianos.
10 Jun 13
Review: Edinburgh producer Hostage has no intention of losing the heat garnered from a host of important releases on labels like Herve's Deep Thrills and Black Butter. The newfound interest in the deeper side of things is kept up on "How We Go Down" which features buzzing low bass and tough house beats. "Keep Dark" is sultry speed garage, the sparse "Conscious" veers into 4 x 4 territory and ""Show Ya" wraps things up with a warped rave organ riff and some very late night UKF grooves.
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Review: Brontosaurus is a lovingly curated compilation from Permanent Vacation profiling the defunct Frankfurt label of the same name. Founded in 2006, Thomas Sabrowsky, Lauer and Arto Mwambe's Christian BeiBwenger, Brontosaurus enjoyed a four year period of releases focused on "proto dance music long after its [emergence]" and can feasibly be viewed as the precursor to the triumphant Live At Robert Johnson club and label. This conclusive digital release paints an impressive picture of a label whose part in Frankfurt's rich electronic music heritage cannot be discounted. Move D's remix of Arto Mwanbe's "Hum Along" and Lauer's "Renard (With No Regard 2006)" are standout inclusions.
10 Jun 13
HNNY - "For the Very First Time (Dirtytwo's Midas Version)" (Dirtytwo's Midas version) - (7:56) 118 BPM
Review: It's not all that long since Local Talk's first Talking House compilation dropped. Given the sheer volume of 12" singles from the label - there seems to be one every week these days - it's little surprise to see this follow-up dropping in double-quick time. The label's best material has always been superb, and there are some real gems here. Check, for example, Dirtytwo's clever (and exceptionally well executed) fusion of HNNY's "For The Very First Time" and Midnight Star's "Midas Touch", John Mood's "Basement Romance" (clearly inspired by classic Mood II Swing), and Cle's colossal piano house bomb "The Jam". Oh, and the thrill-packed blast of Balearic magic that is Fred Everything's "Brothers & Sisters (AM Pacific)".
11 Jun 13
Review: Quick! Look up! Is there a glitterball twirling around majestically above your head? No? Then you're doing this summer wrong. This collection will definitely get you on the right track; curated by Germany's longest standing disco house imprint, each of these cuts will give you that all important hip-swaying, unashamed funky disco fix that you desperately require. From Roger Williams' pumping updated of Gusto's "Disco's Revenge" to Funky Star's super-polished string-slammed cover of Thelma Houston's "Don't Leave Me This Way", Disco Galaxy have put together a superb collection that will befit almost any hour on the White Isle.
29 Apr 13
Played by: Jm Jackmaster, Fingerman, Superbreak, Kisk, Alkalino, Disco Tech (Discodat), The Glue, Shota Tanaka (Beaten Space Probe), 78 Edits, 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.
15 May 13
Played by: Mooqee, Actual Sounds, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Utah Saints, The Funk Hunters, Ez Icarus, Basement Freaks, Essex Groove, Tulioxi
Review: Mooqee's label Bombstrikes is doing all right for itself. So much so in fact that they've reached that milestone - a label's first compilation album. Here Mooqee has selected 25 sizzling bangers new and old that do it for him, and hopefully will do it for you too. Highlights include the compressed electro steamroller that is "Back To School", the crunch synth funky freakout of "Come On Bounce" and the devastating bass that's eaten all the pies of "Let's Do It Right Now". Heavy!
09 May 13
Played by: Alkalino, Juno Recommends Disco, Mark Knight, Jkriv (Deep And Disco/Razor-N-Tape), P A U L I E, Fredeverything, Shota Tanaka (Beaten Space Probe), 2 Good Souls, Jeremy Glenn, Lesale, Disco Doubles
Review: The fantastically named A/Jus/Ted - veteran producers Justin Strauss and Eddie Mars on a collaborative tip - make their debut on Under The Shade. "A Brighter Light", featuring the treacle-thick soul vocals of Jeremy Glenn, sits somewhere between electro-soul, early Chicago house and Balearic nu-disco. As you'd probably expect from the soul-minded Strauss, the resultant track is effortlessly soulful, quietly uplifting and brilliantly produced. The same could be said of the more instrumental Re A/Jus/Ted remix, which blends skittering proto-house rhythms and electrofunk dub elements with woozy modern deep house. Like the original, it's excellent.
10 Jun 13
Review: Upon first listen to "Serious Clowns", you could be forgiven for exclaiming "oh no! not another re-edit!" Thankfully though this Canadian coast and the countryside collaboration between Neighbour (Vancouver) and DJ Spiltmilk (Calgary) is an original composition that combines sultry arpeggiated Italo disco with an 80s soul mood (a la Imagination or Dennis Edwards). The rest of the EP is pretty funky too: "Look At Each Other..." managing to channel both Plastic Dreams and the Minneapolis sound, "No You Bite It" touches on deep house and best of all is the almost Viewlexx inspired "Red Or Black".
10 Jun 13
Review: In truth, very little is known about Ten Walls, Dixon and Ame's latest signing to their recently quiet Innervisions stable. What we do know, though, is that he makes some tasty music. Opener "Gotham" is particularly good, slowly building into the sort of deep, sinewy, confidently melodic chugger that Ame and Henrik Schwartz used to do so well. "Epos" is, if anything, even deeper, with intense warmth, and an almost Arabic feel to the intoxicating synthezier melodies. "Moag", on the other hand, is so drowsy it's almost asleep - all atmospheric chords, bubbling electronics and cavern-deep grooves. Whoever Ten Walls is, he's very good.
15 Apr 13
Played by: Alkalino, Pete Tong, Juno Recommends Deep House, Pablo Contraband (Disco Deviant), John Warren (Aural Graffiti), Aka Tell (A.g.trio), Shouts!, Matt Tolfrey, Sasha, Luka, Marc Vedo, Resident Advisor, Jack Fell Down, Timo Maas, Flashmob, Ibiza Sonica, Sister Bliss, DJ Sarah Giggle, Umut Akalin, Benny Kane, Ben Pearce, Natural High
Review: Dusky have come far in quite a short space with their modern house music interpretations and make quite a decisive move with a high profile transfer from Simple Records to Aus Music. This is still prime, slickly executed house music but with a healthy amount of bass woven into the mix, not least on the fearsome "Alone". A meaty sub line pulses out under the crisp 4/4 while interludes of found-sound percussion come darting in amongst snippets of vocal for a surefire banger. "Dummy" likewise flexes its brawn with pride, from the snappy beat to the punchy bassline, even as the synth elements are intent on sending the track into more spaced-out places.
27 May 13
Played by: Zetek, Platform, B. Jinx, Juno Recommends Drum & Bass, The Funk Hunters, Bilanez Music, Level C, Funk And Filth
Review: Meanwhile back in Bristol, DJ Die teams up with singer Jenna G to pay tribute to classic soul. On the surface "1000 Soul Singers" initially comes across a well-executed slice of radio-friendly soul-pop: all caramel vocals, retro strings and clean, quantized beats. Of course this being a Gutterfunk release, the formula is given a twist with the addition of some accelerate DnB beats in the chorus. Remix-wise we get deep, choppy hip-hop (Addison Groove), tribal house (Jus Now) and hypey footwork-tinged DnB (Break).
10 Jun 13
Review: Roberto Rodriguez's "Lies", previously released with tweaks from Attu, gets a second airing. The sinewy original - a kind of dubwise deep disco-house concoction - is remixed by Satin Jackets and Kyodai. The latter reaches for the heavy Rhodes chords and skippy US garage-influenced drums on his sunset-themed remake, apparently aiming to soundtrack happy evenings dancing on Mediterranean terraces. Nu-disco don Satin Jackets unsurprisingly emphasizes the original's more disco elements on his warm, baggy remake. It's a typically enjoyable and breezy chunk of deep house/nu-disco fusion.
05 Jun 13
Luke Solomon - "Say Something (People Stamp Your Feet)" (feat Natalie Broomes - 12" version) - (7:06) 120 BPM
08 Apr 13
Played by: Paul Mac, Low Slung, Kisk, Henri Kohn, Alkalino, Tom Lown (Savoir Faire/Acryl/Um), Juno Recommends Deep House, Freddy Love, Fredeverything, Fredeverything, Posthuman, Anja Schneider, Droog, 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.
20 May 13
Played by: Homegroove Project, Low Slung, Juno Recommends Deep House, Marcus Marr, Pan-Pot, Jeremy Glenn, Sccucci Manucci, Coco Cole, Cosby (Car Crash Set)
Review: It's been some two years since Shackled, George Fitzgerald's last outing on Hotflush and it's fair to say the landscape both occupy has shifted some in that period. Both artist and label are fully entrenched in the current UK house explosion and Fitzgerald's return to Paul Rose's label with Thinking Of You seems primed to reverberate across festivals, Croatian beaches and warehouse spaces as the summer months roll on. A prominent track in Fitzgerald's recent Essential Mix, "Thinking Of You" sees the producer continue to refine an approach to forthright house music shown on recent dalliances with Aus Music and Hypercolour and feels almost proto fidget in execution. The techier accompaniment "Nighttide Lover" is drawn from a similar fist pumping palette and features rolling vocal manipulation reminiscent of Switch in his heyday.
27 May 13
Played by: Henri Kohn, Borgie, Alkalino, B. Jinx, Freddy Love, Luke Solomon, Luka, Cosby (Car Crash Set), Grass Green, Terranova
Review: The speed at which Bicep have risen through the ranks is staggering. This time two years ago they were bedroom bloggers; now, they're among the most hyped producers around. Here, they pop up on Kevin Saunderson's KMS label with "Vision of Love", th typically tough and wide-eyed chunk of US house revivalism that originally surfaced on their eponymous label last year. It's devilishly simple, with a few key ingredients - big piano riffage, subtle strongs and booming beats - being whisked together to produce a peaktime delight whilst the cheeky usage Inner City vocal samples is what has lead to it being reissued through KMS. Carl Craig edits, delivering a version that expertly teases out the piano and vocal, via a few well-placed drops and effects. It's this version that hits home hardest, but we wouldn't expect anything less.
01 Apr 13
Played by: Dave Lee / Joey Negro, Justin Winks (Casio Social Club), Anna Maria X, B. Jinx, Juno Recommends Deep House, Husky (Random Soul), J&m Brothers, Rony Breaker, 2 Good Souls, Distant People, Joey Negro, Alan De Laniere, Pagany
Review: When Joey Negro dons his Akabu guise, you know he's about to lay down a timeless house groove. He did it with "Sax My Bitch Up", he did it with "Life Is So Strange", and, with the help of Alex Mills' dulcet tones, he's doing it with this, too. Rolling with a classic analogue bassline and deep dreamy chords, the "Strip Mix" is an instant hip-wiggler with serious 'zone-out' potential while the "Warehouse Mix" adds more texture and a hollow harmony to the bass a la Robin S. Everybody wants something...and your dancefloor wants to hear this!
27 May 13
Review: There's something deliciously infectious about "Who's The Douche", the lead cut from Darius Syrossian and Hector Couto's debut EP for Hot Creations. Rolling along on a booming, MK-ish groove, but boosted by cut-up vocals, it's like a 21st century take on hip-house that's near impossible to dislike. The prominent "funky bass" vocal sample gets recycled on the sub-bass propelled basement burner "We Both Loco". "Can You Feel It" is a more subdued affair, with more prominence given to deep, late night synths and wide-eyed builds. Closer "House is House" sits somewhere between all three tracks, delivering a mix of low-end wobble, shuffling grooves and wisely chosen vocal samples
10 Jun 13
Played by: John Digweed
Review: French producer Antoine Husson's album as Electric Rescue seems like an unusual choice for John Digweed's Bedrock label. That said, Sonic Architecture does have some connection to the British DJ's dance floor selections, both past and present. "Unaggressive Complexity" could be an update on the break beat of Hybrid that Digweed championed - albeit with an evil Hoover riff at its centre - while the trippy vocal samples and insane tonal blips of the minimal house groover "Deode" is more in keeping with the Bedrock chief's current playlists. Sonic Architecture is more than dance floor tracks however, and the angelic melodies and glitchy sounds of "Dope" and the jingly guitar riffs and careering electronic bassline of "Airy Field" show that Husson has become a serious album artist.
10 May 13
Played by: Paul Mac, Shadow Dancer, Juno Recommends Deep House, Juno Recommends Techno, Fredeverything, Enclave, Joseph Terruel, Forest Echo One, Joefarr
Review: The ever-correct Prime Numbers series is still going strong, this time bringing together a thoroughly eclectic range of producers to lay down some solid club fodder. Adesse adopts the tenderest approach, bringing a soft African lilt to a subtle arrangement of light drums and poignant chords. Truss is certainly in no mood to chill on "Redbrook", going for a big room techno flavour that favours rigid beats, acid parps and epic swathes of organ. Massimo Di Lena is on a far more twitchy tip, with a snagging assortment of percussion and some woozy synths that leave one feeling wonderfully dizzy.
03 Jun 13
Review: Local Talk offshoot OneOffs returns for a second saunter through triple-exclusive territory. The always-impressive Crackazat opens proceedings with the jazzy "Size Up", a rolling stomper that fixes gorgeous melodies (think wide-eyed synths and chiming vibraphones) to a driving low-end groove. There's a lot going on, but Crackazat navigates through the summery madness impressively. Will Berridge ups the ante with the woozy, energy-packed "I'm The Jack", while JMX's "That's The Way" sounds like UK garage given the Chicago house makeover. Last, but by no means least, Kemuel goes all summery and soulful on the classic US house shuffler "California My Way", which samples up a fantastic old soul jam.
03 Jun 13
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20 Feb 12
Played by: Shadow Dancer, Borgie, Juno Recommends Electro House, Juno Recommends Electro, Hxdb, J-Wow (Buraka Som Sistema), Simon/Off, Mike Hindle - Immersed Audio, The Integrals, Rocky Horror
Review: A very strong release from Sound Pellegrino, as French producer Maelstrom follows up big tunes for Dirtybird and Boys Noize Records with this trio of electro-bass gold. "USSR" is a deliciously warped mix of huge industrial kicks matched with shifting acapella shots and some charging synth work, while "House Music" ups the bpms a little and rocks a minimal booty bass beat and hazy Detroit stabs. Staying on a Miami tip, "Pool Chicks" recalls recent tunes from Mele and Canblaster with a delirious set of arpeggiated leads married to a thick minimal bassline and kicks.
26 May 13
Review: Stylo G enters 3 Beat territory with his latest bundle of dancehall delight and hip-swaying ganja riddims! "Soundbowy" comes in two forms, the first with the man's own vicious and infectious lyrics riding all over the rhythm and the second as a bouncing, dread-ready instrumental. Di Genius remixes the original by adding in some much needed house sensibility and once again leaving us with another instrumental to scratch away until da mornin' come! Sigma's re-interpretation is somewhat breakbeat-leaning thanks to its brain-shattering d&b muscle, whilst Ross Couch literally transforms the track into a seductive club house stepper!
29 Apr 13
Played by: DJ Butcher (Chopshop Music), Cloned In Vatican!, Pablo Contraband (Disco Deviant), In Flagranti, Joseph Terruel, Kono Vidovic, Grass Green, Monkey Boots, Vinyladdicted, Mr Hooky, Fabrice Lamy
Review: Further proof of the blurred boundaries between nu-disco, deep house and '90s house revivalism is provided by this jaunty four-tracker from Auckland-based studio buff Shallow Taxi Club. There's much to admire about the crisp, vintage house pianos, twittering melodies and bumpin' beats of opener "Flashback", but it's the deep, Crazy P-ish nu-disco groovery of "Mark My Words" that most impresses. Choose between the baggy 'Disco Edit' and a delightfully touchy-feely rework from Greg Wilson faves Monkey Boots. The latter also turn "Melody of Creed" into a gorgeous slice of shuffling deep house bliss.
12 Jun 13
12 May 13
Review: Despite getting everyone all hot and bothered with the promise of their collaboration, Gorgon City - aka Foamo and Rack N Ruin - have been sparing with releases to say the least. Still, it's all about quality not quantity, eh? Both tracks on this EP scream class and are immaculately produced: "Intentions" is a slick deep roller, complete with bouncy bass, shuffly garage beats and a soulful 90s-style urban vocal. The percussion is pushed to the fore on the corresponding club mix, but it's the dark and positively subterranean bass vibes of the moody "Cycles" that really does it for us!
10 Jun 13
Review: Last seen on Ostgut Ton back in 2011, the wonderfully monikered Dinky resurfaces on Visionquest with the Fallen Angel EP which precedes the release of Dimension D, her fifth studio album which has been mixed and co-produced by Matthew Styles. Visionquest press notes claim the forthcoming long player sees the Chilean DJ, producer and vocalist evolve into a fully fledged singer-songwriter and performer, which makes Dimension D a perfect fit for the label. As a taste of what's to come, "Fallen Angel" excels, with Iglesias's ethereal vocal the perfect foil for the dark, rippling techy groove. Kudos to Visionquest for the remixes too, with the aforementioned Styles further finessing the original's darker intricacies whilst Pepe Bradock completely rewires proceedings in his own inimitable style.
27 May 13
Jerry Ropero & Eddy Cabrera feat Terri B! - "Soul Heaven 2013" (Grant Nalder Groove & Shake 2013 remix) - (6:30) 122 BPM
03 Jun 13
Review: If you're going to get remixes done, it's always wise to call up people who will actually give your tracks a proper makeover. That's exactly what Jay Shepheard's done on this excellent two-track remix single. German duo Session Victim kick things off, turning Shepheard and Matthew Burton's sparse 2011 cut "Liberal Zee" into a building chunk of Balearic house - all loose drums, rubbery electric bass (lifted from the superb original), sparkling disco guitars and touchy-feely chords. As remixes go, it's pretty darn good. Hyped deep housers Casino Times give Shepheard and Martin Dawson's "Cut A Hole" a good seeing-to on the (virtual) flip, turning it into a sunset-inspired chunk of wide-eyed haziness. To quote Norfolk's greatest fictional sportscaster, it's "lovely stuff".
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Played by: Deetron
Review: Electro-deviant Jimmy Edgar has linked up once again with his JETS partner Machinedrum to launch the Ultramajic imprint, and he gets first stab at a release with this taut three tracker. "Hot Inside" is as unashamed a peak-time heater as Edgar has ever turned his hand to, sporting a riotous diva vocal hook and crisp house drums, but there's still a strong techno injection in the synth work and shifting phases of the track. "Strike" is a more abrasive affair with its metallic delay vibrations and relentlessly nagging jack, while "Shout" comes on all electro house in its fulsome bassline and shouty vocal snippets.