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Pacific EP
FOL 018
22 Jun 16
Deep House
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119-14 - (5:41) 116 BPM
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Anderson Beach - (6:16) 118 BPM
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Straight Up As 12 O'Clock - (5:44) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Played by: Joseph Terruel
Crystalzzz EP
FOL 019
22 Jul 16
Funky/Club House
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Crystalzzz - (6:42) 120 BPM
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Opalzzz (feat Casewag) - (5:20) 114 BPM
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Crystalzzz (Jared Borkowski remix) - (4:20) 120 BPM
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Crystalzzz (Vivian & Ondine remix) - (6:57) 120 BPM
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Played by: Joseph Terruel
Behind Time EP
FOL 023
21 Nov 16
Deep House
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Behind Time (original mix) - (4:49) 116 BPM
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Candour (original mix) - (4:48) 120 BPM
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Quarters (original mix) - (4:37) 125 BPM
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Quarters (David Lodge remix) - (4:53) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Taiwanese imprint Fruit Of Life now present Culture Ville, who hail from the Western Australian mining town Perth and serve up their debut EP named Behind Time. The title track features sublime harpsichord melodies and soothing tabla rhythms, optimised for perfect states of drifting on the dancefloor. "Candour" is a much more emotive affair with its Jeff Mills like sonar bleeps and suspenseful strings helping you surrender to the void. Finally "Quarters" goes for that dusty, MPC hip-hop inspired deep house, in the vein of Glenn Astro or Max Graef before getting a nice remix by David Lodge.
Anamnesis
FOL 010
22 Aug 15
Deep House
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Anamnesis (original mix) - (9:08) 119 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Anamnesis (Dr GoFast Raw edit) - (5:09) 123 BPM
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Anamnesis (Wish & Consyn remix) - (7:40) 118 BPM
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Review: Having previously championed the "fruitier end of nu-disco", no to mention slo-mo chuggers, Fruit of Life moves further towards deep house via a debut from D*A*S*H. In its' original form, "Anamnesis" combines the woozy, dreamy feel of wall-of-sound deep house with the sparkling synths of nu-disco, and the starlight appeal of nu-Balearica. DrGoFast provides the first remix, beefing up the bottom end considerably whilst introducing some sparkling, Italo-disco influenced synthesizer arpeggios to push the action forwards at a pulsating pace. Wish & Consyn take a different approach on their melodious deep house remix, concentrating more on the original's picturesque elements with decidedly ear-pleasing results.
Smile
FOL 020
22 Aug 16
Deep House
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Smile - (6:24) 123 BPM
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Smile (Earl Grey remix) - (7:15) 123 BPM
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Smile (Culture Ville remix) - (5:35) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Freak Yeah! EP
FOL 002
15 Apr 13
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Freak, Yeah! - (5:04) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Freak, Yeah! (Freekwency rework) - (4:37) 118 BPM
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Freak, Yeah! (house dub) - (4:47) 125 BPM
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Freak, Yeah! (Heather Wilson's Hi NRG mix) - (4:18) 128 BPM
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Played by: Benny Badge, Del Strange
Review: If Del Strange has a fetish, it's one for the dancefloor sound of early 80s New York. Considering it was such an inspiring sound and era, it's certainly a case of who can blame him? "Freak Yeah!" is an out of control electro-boogie jam, like mid-80s Cameo wrestling with Paul Hardcastle over one of those wiggly key-tar things. Of the three remixes supplied, we reckon it's all about the deep 'n' low Freekwency rework or, depending on your mood, the blistering Divine let loose in a bathhouse abandon of Heather Wilson's hi-NRG mix.
Fruity Dubs 1
FOL 009
22 Jul 15
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Giuseppe Di Granados - "The Lazy Threads" - (5:12) 81 BPM
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Javi Gomez - "Bad Times" - (5:49) 110 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Jona Saucedo - "Untitled" - (4:49) 86 BPM
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Mr Capman - "From The Bottom Up" - (4:39) 100 BPM
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Review: Generally renowned for their brave support of the fruitier end of disco in the face of disapproving purists, Fruit Of Life have embraced a new direction for this compilation - dub. It's an intriguing artistic curveball for the label and one that largely works. The fastest track of the four featured here just hits 110 bpm, so it's a relaxing ride throughout. Highlights include Javi Gomez's suspended disco throbber "Bad Times" and Mr Capman' crunchy looper "From the Bottom Up".
Mysterious People
FOL 017
21 May 16
Minimal/Tech House
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Mysterious People - (7:40) 118 BPM
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Mysterious People (Zombies In Miami remix) - (5:52) 117 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Mysterious People (Rubinskee remix) - (6:01) 117 BPM
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Sleep In December EP
FOL 006
01 Aug 14
Deep House
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Colors (original mix) - (8:21) 117 BPM
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Sleep In December (original mix) - (7:51) 110 BPM
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Sleep In December (Freekwency remix) - (5:48) 110 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Colors (Wish & Consyn remix) - (6:17) 118 BPM
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Foreplay
FOL 005
04 Nov 13
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Foreplay (original mix) - (6:21) 114 BPM
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Foreplay (Earl Grey Sexual Deviant remix) - (5:00) 114 BPM
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Foreplay (Evol Ai remix) - (6:18) 117 BPM
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Foreplay (Ilya Santana Walpurgisnacht remix) - (6:54) 114 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Foreplay (Dan Solo remix) - (6:30) 114 BPM
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Foreplay (Earl Grey Sextrumental mix) - (5:00) 114 BPM
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Review: The general sound of the Fruit Of Life label straddles the (rather large) divide between chin stroking linear nu-disco and hi-NRG. It's a commendably brave position to take, considering how serious and dull disco has become in certain quarters. "Foreplay" is unapologetically camp - an accelerating slice of arpeggiated 80s hi-NRG that would make Bobby Orlando proud. There's plenty of remixes too: the best of which is Ilya Santana's sleazy, pulsating LA night drive laser mix. Boom!
It's Only Love Doing It's Thing EP
FOL 012
22 Oct 15
Disco/Nu-Disco
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It's Only Love Doing It's Thing - (6:24) 96 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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The Guest - (5:03) 115 BPM
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The Uninvited Guest - (4:27) 115 BPM
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Review: Don't worry, Joseph Terruel hasn't started covering Simply Red, but the Joy Of Sex-style cover of the It's Only Love Doing Its Thing EP does reveal a nod to bearded 70s-style sauciness. The title track is nearly seven minutes of sultry swingers party disco, with a little house Viagra to add a little extra thrust. Elsewhere. "The Guest" is perkier, looped funk and "The Uninvited Guest" is all about retro hazy strings and soothing Fender Rhodes chords.
Mirage EP
FOL 015
20 Mar 16
Deep House
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Mirage (original mix) - (7:29) 105 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Mirage (Wilo Schubarth dub) - (7:11) 99 BPM
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Mirage (Tonight mix) - (6:24) 110 BPM
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Played by: Joseph Terruel
Review: Sexy deep house for trendy, inner city cocktail bars, velvet rope and all; courtesy of Mexico's Joseph Terruel. No doubt this guy is a fan of Harbour City labels like Hafendisko or Steve Bug's Dessous imprint, which is all over this release and we can appreciate that. The original of "Mirage" is sleek and slinky and with enough swagger to get early evening revellers of the dancefloor. The Wilo Schubarth remix really nails it in a druggy, afterhours type of vibe with its low slung groove, woozy pads and warbled vocal samples. Finally the "Tonight" mix is rather sombre and stripped back with those hypnotic chords and simple beat all working to perfection along with the looped vocal refrain.
Gonna Be There EP
FOL 014
19 Feb 16
Funky/Club House
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Gonna Be There - (7:20) 122 BPM
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Stop The Feeling - (7:10) 125 BPM
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Disconnect Me - (4:29) 115 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Show Me Low - (7:00) 105 BPM
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Review: Turkey's Mario Robles is the latest catch for sharp-eared label Fruit Of Life who are whirring themselves into a smoothie over his Gonna Be There EP. Their excitement is justified of course because this release is gonna attract some serious heat over the next few months. There are four original cuts, all of which are killer - "Gonna Be There" is deliciously sleazy, low-pitched after hours house, "Stop The Feeling" is bouncy and melodic piano house, "Disconnect Me" is a bleepy atmospheric abstraction and "Show Me Low" is a moody and melancholic head-nodder with Balearic undertones. Wow!
Boxlive EP
FOL 016
20 Apr 16
Deep House
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Ploxeb - "Boxlive" - (7:16) 120 BPM
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Ploxeb & Amaury Trevino - "Art Room" - (6:30) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: For the uninitiated, Paul "Ploxeb" Trevino is a producer of deep house, tech-house and nu-disco fusions from Mexico City. He's previously released music on Art Room and Dash Deep, and here makes his debut on Fruit of Life. Title track "Boxlife" is typical of his style, effortlessly joining the dots between the smoothed-out grooves of deep house, the bold synthesizer melodies of nu-disco, and the low-end shuffle of European tech-house. Amuary Trevino hook-up "Art Room" is a more obviously late night affair, with vintage, Inner City style riffs, snappy drum machine handclaps and dubbed-out synth lines all catching the ear.
Burning Up
FOL 008
21 Jun 15
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Burning Up - (6:40) 115 BPM
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Played by: 80's Child
Review: Hailing from Mexico, Jona Saucedo is a nu-disco don with a penchant for re-working vintage saucy dance tracks. Here he tackles not the early Madonna jam of the same name, but another "Burning Up" that clearly stems for a similar time and place (New York, early-'80s). With an infectious and warm sounding rhythm section, some quirky electro-boogie synths and some steamy, hushed vocals this is one heady party joint.
Deep Rooted
FOL 003
14 May 13
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Got The Power - (7:00) 92 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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The Truth - (7:57) 99 BPM
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Now It's Jazz - (7:23) 97 BPM
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Black Diamonds & Pearls - (7:21) 102 BPM
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My Heart My Hand - (6:52) 92 BPM
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Review: American producer Softmore specialises in the sort of twinkly, laidback, partially horizontal fare that sits somewhere in between slo-mo deep house, hazy Balearica and winding downtempo beats. It's a formula, pepped up with the odd sneaky sample (opener "Got The Power" bites an old Bee Gees favourite), which guarantees fine late night fare. There are neat musical touches all over the place (see the subdued jazz guitars on "The Truth", or the muted horns on "Now It's Jazz", a kind of tribute to Boulevard-era St German), which add to the smoky sense of release. In many ways, it's quite a nostalgic release - this kind of gear was once all the rage - but that only adds to the fun.
Slave To The Rhythm
FOL 007
21 May 15
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Slave To The Rhythm (original mix) - (6:08) 100 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Dropping Down (Softmore remix) - (7:07) 92 BPM
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Dropping Down (original mix) - (9:45) 89 BPM
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A Dark Day Like Today (original mix) - (5:15) 99 BPM
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Played by: 80's Child
Review: Since delivering a quartet of sensual, slo-mo house EPs way back in 2011, Mexican producer Joseph Terruel has been surprisingly quiet. In the last four years he's released just one solo single, last year's well-received Tool For Love EP on Hotbox Boogie. Slave To The Rhythm, then, is a welcome return, and sees him further developing the dreamy, tactile, slo-mo and mid-tempo deep house sound we've come to love. The impressive "Dropping Down" (which also gets the remix treatment from Softmore) is the audio equivalent of a tantric sponge bath, and arguably the EP's strongest moment. That said, the darker, slightly uncomfortable "A Day Like Today" is tasty, too, while the title track is as breezy and lovely as you'd expect.
String Orchestra EP
FOL 001
04 Mar 13
Deep House
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String Orchestra (original mix) - (5:40) 115 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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String Orchestra (Sonicvibe flip) - (7:20) 109 BPM
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String Orchestra (Eddie Hu dub) - (7:28) 114 BPM
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String Orchestra (Futurewife cut) - (4:10) 117 BPM
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Dubstrumental (original mix) - (2:19) 76 BPM
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Review: In his previous outings for In The Woods and Bust A Dub, Joseph Terruel has proved adept at blending atmospheric, slo-mo house grooves with hazy disco samples and touchy-feely melodies. On this latest release for new label Fruit of Life, he ups the tempo, resulting in a jaunty, atmospheric groover that bristles with cut-glass strings, dreamy vocal samples and jazzy guitars. It's a rather delicious concoction, all told. Remix-wise, there's a plethora of reworks to choose from. There's some filter-heavy deep disco-house from Sonicvibe, a bubbly nu-disco dub from Eddie Hu and a delightful slo-mo "Dubstramental" from Terruel himself.
Doppelganger EP
FOL 011
23 Sep 15
Deep House
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Doppelganger - (6:53) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Menschen (feat Glisser) - (5:52) 123 BPM
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Played by: Joseph Terruel
Review: Mexican producer Amaury Trevino has enjoyed a fairly low-key start to his career, releasing EPs on Food of Life and Crossworld Academy. Here, he steps up to Fruit of Life with arguably his most impressive release to date. He begins with "Doppleganger", a deliciously evocative number that blends bouncy synthesizer riffs with soft-focus vocal samples, shuffling deep house grooves, spacey, Detroit-influenced chords and bubbling electronics. There's a slightly different feel to the drowsy, low-slung "Menschen", where vocalist Glisser chats - and occasionally sings - over a classic, US house-influenced groove. It's deeper and dustier, but in many ways even more appealing than "Doppleganger".
Tell Me What You See
FOL 022
22 Oct 16
Deep House
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Tell Me What You See - (8:17) 112 BPM
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You Will Show A Smile In Your Face - (11:19) 108 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Time Feels So Vast - (4:38) 125 BPM
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Played by: Joseph Terruel
Sugar
FOL 021
23 Sep 16
Deep House
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Sugar - (10:05) 119 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Sugar (Joseph Terruel Dope Sugar mix) - (5:42) 119 BPM
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Sugar (Victor Eich Ain't Always Sweet mix) - (9:13) 118 BPM
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Review: It's been a long time between drinks for Victor Eich. Sugar appears three long years after his debut EP, the atmospheric Downtown Beat on Thirteen Moons Recordings. "Sugar" is something of an epic: a ten-minute chunk of woozy, bass-heavy deep house laden with fluid electronic motifs, weary vocal samples and, as the track progresses, psychedelic TB-303 acid lines. The original version is accompanied by two contrasting remixes. Joseph Terruel abandons his slo-mo house past in favour of a hypnotic, locked-in, tech-tinged dancefloor stomper, while Eich delivers his own alternate take - the looser, deeper and exceptionally atmospheric Ain't Always Sweet Mix.
The Bay EP
FOL 013
20 Jan 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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The Bay - (6:59) 112 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Feel - (7:15) 107 BPM
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Azula - (6:26) 110 BPM
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Played by: Superbreak
Review: Willo Schubarth has been successfully doing his thing, largely without hype or praise, since 2012. Previously, he's delivered cuts that blend the dreamy end of deep house with the kind of tactile sounds and beats more often associated with tech-house. Here, he throws clear nu-disco and Balearic influences into the pot, too, resulting in a trio of hazy, ear-pleasing concoctions. The almost ultra-deep "Feel" is particularly delicious, while the heavily compressed "Azula" is more hypnotic than an evening with Paul McKenna. Best of all, though, is the breezy and cheery opener, "The Bay".
Sunday EP
FOL 004
13 Aug 13
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Spacetime - (7:36) 120 BPM
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Ramontique (with Tobias Ruffler) - (6:05) 88 BPM
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Sunday - (6:36) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: According to his bio, German DJ/producer Domenique Xander earned his stripes playing hip-hop, before switching to house sometime around 1990. Here, he delivers an EP of stargazing deepness for Fruit of Life. Opener "Spacetime" could arguably be described as horizontal house. While it bobs along at a solid tempo, its warm combination of sparse, sparkling elements, woozy chords and nu-disco grooves suggests laidback, eyes-closed listening rather than drunken shape-throwing. "Ramontique", co-produced with pal Tobias Ruffler, goes even deeper, sounding like Dam Funk producing spaze-jazz. On "Sunday", Xander wipes the sleeping dust from his eyes and stumbles towards the dancefloor with a decidedly hip-wigglin' chunk of intoxicating deep house.
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