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03 Aug 10
01 May 09
06 May 13
Played by: Jimpster, Juno Recommends Deep House, P A U L I E, Caserta, Resident Advisor, Lesale, Marc Romboy, Lazy Kiss, Flashmob, Phuturelabs, Two Charming Men
Review: Belfast lads done very good Bicep return with the Stash EP - their first full release of the year - and it represents a triumphant return to Will Saul's Aus label. It's fair to say Andrew Ferguson and Matthew McBriar ruled 2012, helping to pioneer a trend in backwards glancing house music across their various releases for Aus, Love Fever and their own Feel My Bicep label, so it makes for pleasant listening that Stash sees the duo expanding on their sound with four tracks more reflective of their personal tastes. The title track is full on peak time bliss which dovetails nicely with the glistening deepness of "Courtside Drama" and the chunk "Rise" which demonstrates a new found passion for infectious lead synth hooks. "The Game" offers a downtempo curveball, working in samples from HBO drama The Wire amidst a generally melancholic tone that owes more to Aphex Twin than Kerri Chandler.
13 Aug 12
Played by: Ya Dun Know, Shadow Dancer, Lakosa, Juno Recommends Deep House, Da Goblinn /Remuted, G-Blaster (Rotarydisco76), Sasha, Gntlmn, Bilanez Music, D3adl1ne, Resident Advisor, Authentiek Recept, Joyce Brooke, Edit Murphy
Review: 2012 continues to serve the burger loving Bicep duo of Andy Ferguson and Matthew McBriar supremely well, with this debut turn on Will Saul's talent spotting Aus imprint swift off the back of their well received Love Fever drop "$tripper". Intriguingly, Bicep demonstrate their talent for collaborations here, with fellow Tusk Wax cohort Ejeca contributing to the title track "You" which is a crafty and vaguely trancey shuffle through 90s warehouse vibes embellished with some 2-step sensibility. In addition, Omar Odyssey - recently revealed as the alias of Serge Santiago - flexes his studio sparring muscles away from regular partner Waze on rise and fall bounce of "Don't". Aus demonstrate their own knack for high profile remixes, enlisting Panorama Bar resident Steffi to remix the title track, with the results a typically blissful yet cluttered revision.
01 Mar 10
05 Dec 11
Played by: Owain Kimber (Owain K)
Review: A masterful debut on the Aus imprint for Preston's favourite son Cottam, with Deep Deep Down continuing the lineage of thick set mid tempo acid explorations last seen on his Use Of Weapons twelve inch. The title track builds effortlessly from the spacious grooves and alien chug of the opening moments into a sumptuous array of floating sax, twisting acid lines and forever floating pads. "Deep Deep Down" is a finely judged nine minutes of techno paced at slo mo house speed, and Aus have chosen wisely in the remix department. Step forward Vakula, whose remix is drastically shorter but filled to the brim with the kind of production eccentricities you'd expect from the Ukrainian, completely realigning the feel of the track despite retaining some core elements. Cottam completes this excellent EP with the quite aptly named "Twang", a seven minute boogie burner that should be viewed as an updated take on the self released twelves upon which he came to fame.
10 Dec 12
Review: Self-proclaimed sub-aquatic acid house producer, Cottam, has found his production time being replaced with nappy changing of late, but has thankfully managed to record this new EP. It's a good thing too as "Relapse" is sumptuously deep, with haunting synthscapes and subtle percussion. The tune is also remixed by Cosmin who lets it fly as a psychedelic trance bird in the sky. Back to Cottam though, whose "I Remember", is a really cool and nasty houser with attitude. Good stuff!
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.
18 Jun 12
Played by: Lee Daley:contentmcr/Beef/Huddtraxx, Homegroove Project, Billy W., Monkey Beats, Ricky Simmonds (DJ Rsi), Deepshizzol On Deepvibes Radio 16.0, Shadow Dancer, Juno Recommends Deep House, Pablo Contraband (Disco Deviant), Cottam, Tura, G-Blaster (Rotarydisco76), Antek, Dublin Aunts, Coyu, Black Jack, The Legendary 1979 Orchestra, Resident Advisor, Tom Taylor, Manhattan, Embryo, Joyce Brooke, Filthy Rich (Toolroom/Great Stuff)
Review: While it's recently become fashionable for bass music producers to jump ship and start making house, you could never accuse George Fitzgerald of being that cynical. Throughout his career, he's always infused his house productions with more than a healthy dollop of bass flavour, be it the rumble of garage or the crackly atmospherics of dubstep. This four-track EP continues that theme, featuring tracks that fuse pitched-down juke and tropical rhythms with the glistening gorgeousness of British deep house (see "Lights Out" and "Hindsight"). The two strongest cuts, "Unilateral" and "Child", are pretty much straight-up garage. Inspired by classic US productions from the tail end of the '90s, they're among the most obviously anthemic things Fitzgerald has produced to date.
12 Nov 12
Review: George Fitzgerald's all conquering "Child" gets the remix treatment on this essential single from the Aus stable. Obviously impressing Will Saul with this year's similarly thumping "Bang't", he has enlisted the services of Geeeman aka Gerd to rework the track. Taking only the vocal, he works his revivalist Chicago jack magic, with bone dry 909 rhythms, a rock solid bassline and expectedly tongue in cheek feel brought by some Green Velvet inspired synth freakery. Meanwhile, the NY Stomp remix walks the same path as the similar NY/Jersey house revivals of late, giving Bicep a run for their money in terms of muscular rhythmic flex and hands in the air chords.
22 Jul 11
Review: Aus add the supreme talents of Londoner George FitzGerald to their already impressive roster of artists, and the Silhouette EP betrays further evidence of the young producer's gift for modern house centric sounds. Anyone who checked Fitzgerald's two impressive drops for Hotflush will be all over this release as the title track fully demonstrates his talent for merging elements of hypnotic house and swinging 2-step and flushing them with his trademark pitched vocals. Given the warm reception afforded to John Roberts album last year, the Dial man was a smart choice for remix duties but you couldn't imagine the results if you tried. Stripping the track of its warm melodic excesses Roberts transforms it into a stuttering, fractured mass of heaving industrial psychedelia which is without comparison. Finally, FitzGerald swerves proceedings back towards a sense of danceability with the epic, sweeping Detroit meets Hackney Wick rhythms of "Reset".
10 Jun 13
Review: Having been active since the mid 2000s, Glimpse (aka producer Christopher Spero) is almost reaching "veteran" status. Here, he pops up on Aus with a bulging sack of late night delights. "True South" is typical of his wonky, darkroom productions - all robust, stripped-back grooves, foreboding Belgian techno bass and a smattering of deliriously wonky vocal samples. With its off-key horns and clandestine atmospherics, "L Plate" is, if anything, even wonkier, while the dubwise "Whiles" sounds like a knowing tribute to post-dubstep era Skull Disco with a cheeky wink towards contemporary deep house. Notable remixes from Tom De Mac and South Soul Project, the latter a body-popping trip into bass music territory, complete a fine EP.
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02 Jan 12
Played by: Juno Recommends Minimal/Tech House
Review: Jones is one of the most adept purveyors of deep house and on Mingles he showcases his subtle, slinky approach. Both versions of "The Moment" are breathless, chord-heavy grooves with understated vocal samples and brittle rhythms, while "Duvel" features a darker, more eerie bassline underscoring a fractured vocal sample. Jones has also attracted top-level remixers, and George Fitzgerald's take on "Moment" is based on a plunging bass and a niggling shuffle, while Midland's version of "Duvel" beefs up the bass to Reese levels and doubles up the beats. There is also a reminder of Jones's involvement in My My and the detuned melodies and offbeat groove of "Westworld" will address the needs of anyone who misses the house music super-group.
30 Apr 12
Review: Harry Agius continues to build his profile via releases that willfully blur the boundaries between deep house, tech-house and contemporary bass music. For the most part, Placement is fairly traditional in its outlook, offering musical blends that err on the side of caution. That's not to say there's not great material; far from it, in fact. "Placement" and "What We Know" boast both drive and swing, and come loaded with the kind of crackly acid lines and electronic riffs that recall Brown Album-era Orbital. The impressive "Tape Burn" goes deeper, offering hissing snares, barely audible pianos and stoned atmospheres, while "Tail Ender" delivers a quietly melodic take on ambidextrous bass music.
13 Jun 11
18 Mar 13
Played by: Ya Dun Know, Thang, Alkalino, Dairmount (Room With A View Recs), Juno Recommends Deep House, Tiesto, Simonlebon, Sonny Fodera, Guy Gerber, Resident Advisor, Tom Taylor, DJ Hell, Dale Howard, Roel Hoogendoorn
Review: Harry 'Midland' Aguis has been responsible for some Aus gems, not least his 2010 debut with Ramadanman and this two track Trace maintains his Midas touch for the label. The title track contains trace elements (geddit?) of Midland's previous work as thickly delivered synth tones combine deftly with booming 4/4 kicks and the sort of nonsensical vocal hook that worms its way all too easily into your cerebral cortex. Still though our favourite however is "For (Yacht) Club Use Only", which is clearly inspired by the Delroy Edwards production of the very similar name.
01 Nov 09
Played by: Sloppy Seconds
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