Johan Cederberg, or otherwise known as HNNY (and strictly pronounced "honey"!), is Sweden's new house don and he's been at the forefront of Local Talk's impressive run of form as of late. For this latest release, Local Talk has put together nine edits by the man himself, all loosely based around the old-school Chicago house sound. You got slick, modernised edits of none other than Dj Steak, DJ Duke, Purple Velvet and Lee Webster, among others. In a nutshell, this is simply a bundle of great dance floor tracks, effective as either DJ tools or as stand-alone songs. Large 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.
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.
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.
Kiko Navarro has dropped his signature style of funky, soulful house on pretty much any label worth releasing on - Nite Grooves, Third Ear and even King Street Sounds to name a few! He returns on Local Talk with two new cuts, both of them ripe and ready for hip-swaying vibes. "Dope High" is an itchy, Kenny Dope kinda tune boasting a totally swung-out percussion and a militant groove for the DJ's. You've also got "Nea Kameni", a gorgeous house number with old-school synth keys, and it's remixed by none other than Chicago house don Glenn Underground who strips it back, jacks it down and transforms it into a funky and laid-back kinda tune. Local Talk delivering the goods!
Ondule Records begins life with a clear intent on dropping a minimal kind of disco-edit groove for the contemporary dancefloor, and they're made the right move in asking Joss Moog to contribute. With many a release notched up for Robsoul and more, the Paris resident knows just how to simmer a good lick down its fundamentals as string it out over a mean house groove. "Tous Azimut" is the more heads-down of his two offerings, while "Menage A 3" gets a little feistier in its own insistent roll. Around7 meanwhile keeps the tension up to a maximum on "Super Spectacle" before offering up a more laid-back consideration on "M'as Tu Vu".
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.
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".
It's been ten years since Michael Reinboth's Compost label launched its Black Label offshoot, initially as a way to release more house and techno. A decade on, the imprint is stronger than ever and over 120 releases deep. This 124th EP draws together the label's past and future, with Compost veteran Rainer Truby joining forces with recent Local Talk graduate, Italian 20-something Corrado Bucci. The two tracks are, predictably, rather sumptuous, with "Step Forward" offering a heartwarming blend of typically Germany deep house groovery and the warm, organic, live elements Truby is so famous for. There's a slight Latin shuffle about the beats on "Sidestep", a pudding-rich exploration of classic US deep house smothered in toasty chords and hazy vocal samples.
Although the title may be Deeper Detroit 2, don't be fooled as the artists on this latest various release for Kolour Recordings come from distinctly different places. Francis Inferno Orchestra has been setting alight his home turf of Australia with a refined take on deep house that sits comfortably in the Session Victim field of funk-infused grooves, which comes through in abundance on "All Up In This Shit". Istanbul's Sinan Kaya takes a more dubbed out approach on the luscious "Day On Vine", while Melbourne's The Tortoise gets remixed by Genius Of Time into a steamy, decidedly stripped down slice of wild frontier house.
It's early days for French outfit Vox Low, but it's clear where their influences lie on this first EP for Correspondant. The motorik thrum of kosmische, new wave and a whole lot of sinister synth action feed into a seductive sound world that the duo have captured impeccably on their original tracks. "Something Is Wrong" bristles with a raw, live band energy thanks to the chugging bass and scratchy guitar touches, but it's the arpeggios that shape out the groove underneath dead pan vocals. The Boot & Tax remix takes a more dubby approach with a slinkier beat and some killer atmospherics, while Javi Redondo amps up the funk with a nasty punk-funk bassline. Vox Low's final offering "It's 1940 In This Room" is a more uptempo affair with a surfy lilt to its guitar lines.
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.
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.
Italy's Riva Starr - master of electro - crash lands on Nic Fanciulli's Saved imprint with a bunch of dirty house edits for tool or listening use. Tech house loops and ingenious vocal chops characterise the shape of the EP and Mr. Starr lays his hands on four tracks. The choice cuts being his edit of Luca Morris' s"Play By Play" and Rino Cerrone and Flavio Diaz's "Extraordinary Wiring", two firmly shaped grooves with fiery percussion knots and seductive low-end swells. Effective and utterly deadly on the floor.
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.
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.
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'!
The ISM label has been known to bring out new talent and deliver the goods each and every time they drop an EP, and from disco edits to nu jazz, these guys constantly put out quality output. This time it's The Hinge Project who come through with "Brand New Day", a soulful future jazz piece featuring the vocal talents of Mandel Turner. You also get a housier Deep Dub Mix for all you DJ in the place, and a handsome remix roster in the form of Joe Black and Yam Who. Top notch stuff, really.
It has been a productive time for Office Recordings with the recent release of Baaz's Red Souvenirs double album being followed up by this high-grade 12" from Iron Curtis. With his Care single for Hudd Traxx only just out, The KMS Years is the second single of 2015 for the prolific German and it finds him on sublime form as ever. Lead track "Magnet" trades in the dulcet deep house tones that Curtis has built his name on, with a sizzling drum set buffeting along just the right balance of pads and more snappy melodic elements. "What Happened Happened" however represents more of a departure into downtempo broken beat territory which sounds like a comfortable place for Curtis to find himself, before Berg issues a "Reduktion" on the track which actually seems to beef it up into a more floor-ready jam.
With three months already gone on this year's calendar, we were wondering what was taking rising UK producer Onza so long in returning with new material. Well, he's finally resurfaced with "Gonna Be Me", a cast iron commercial anthem full of big room melodies, piano stabs and thumping kicks. Remix-wise Rafterman delivers a large slice of a high-end piano house and Freefall drops an immense, almost apocalyptic, dubstep-tinged rework. A Teflon strength club package if ever there was one.