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18 Feb 13
Review: Moda Black present their latest signee Celsius and it's nothing but old school house vibes o' clock. "Thought As Much" takes off where Disclosure left us with a timeless house groove that teeters politely into the realms of garage thanks to a Todd Edwards style chopped up vocal. "Relax Your Mind" conjures up memories of the mid 90s too, but does so with a more of a sprightly, almost trance-like arpeggio. A very strong label debut.
28 Jan 13
Review: Colin Barratt has enjoyed an eclectic career, having moved from hard house to tactile, synth-propelled deep house via electro-house and tech-house. Hints of his rave past can be found on this three-tracker for pal Jaymo and Andy George's Moda Black imprint. The title track's energetic shuffle and slick chords are periodically interrupted by a rush-inducing rave riff, while "Shake Your Body" packs a lot of energy into its shuffling drums and hissing hi-hats. The sweeter "Introducing The End", meanwhile, sounds like the sort of slick, woozy groover you'd find filling out the flipside of a big-name Hypercolour release. Its quaint, cut-up vocals are pure Huxley, too.
03 Dec 12
Played by: Ross Michael, Kelly Sylvia, Grant Nelson, Odiggity, Chrisidh, Eric Powa B, Juno Recommends Deep House, Carl Cox, Tocadisco, D3adl1ne, Groove Armada, Manhattan, Roger Sanchez, Donka, Oliver Smith, Tocacabana, Hot Since 82, Lineki
Review: It's the season for giving, so Hot Since 82 and Shadow Child have decided to exchange presents - or, more specically, remix each other's tracks. The result is a four-tracker that features two original tracks and two remixes. Hot Since 82's snappy, tech-meets-electro house jam "Knee Deep In Louise" gets given a right Royal boot up the backside by bass music fiends Shadow Child - think rave riffs, gut-twisting sub bass action and 2012's most omnipresent electronic music attraction, the pitched-down vocal sample. Meanwhile, Hot Since 82 turn Shadow Child's Hypercolour-ish garage/deep house assault, "So High", into a strobelight house anthem with woozy, pitched down R&B vocal samples and swinging drums aplenty.
18 Mar 13
Review: All-star collaboration alert! Regular collaborators Jaymo and Andy George here team up with old pal Colin Barratt, who in recent times has impressed with his productions under the Hauswerks pseudonym. "Take It To The Hoop" is blessed with great swing, working a fluid bumper around liquid house grooves, dreamy pads and just the right amount of male/female vocal cut-ups. "Guess Who" opts for a similar approach, throwing some bubbling riffs and rave stabs into the mix for added energy. Both tunes sound like underground hits in the making, and are sure to get plenty of airtime in coming months.
08 Jul 12
Played by: Jask, Grant Nelson, Toyboy & Robin, Chris Deepak, Juno Recommends Deep House, Pezzner, Carl Cox, Danny Moodymanc, King Jackal, G-Blaster (Rotarydisco76), Dublin Aunts, Sounds Of Sumo, D3adl1ne, Groove Armada, Da Movelt Nasty Show, Eats Everything
Review: Bristol-based rising stars Jaymo and Andy George are regular collaborators. Here, they join forces again to launch Moda Music offshoot Moda Black with a compilation of previously unreleased material. For those interested in the new wave of British and European house, it should be an essential purchase. Some of the duo's own Bristol pals make an appearance, with strong contributions from Lukas (the darting "Best In Show") and Eats Everything & Idiotproof (an excellent, peaktime-friendly remix of The 2 Bears). Elsewhere, highlights include a grandiose new cut from the duo themselves, an organ-heavy garage-meets-cocaine house banger from Disclosure, and a cacophonous rinse-out from Hot Since 82.
15 Apr 13
Played by: Adam B (Homegrown Music/Palooza), Low Slung, Juno Recommends Deep House, Rony Breaker, Jody Wisternoff, Huxley, Resident Advisor, Manhattan, Timo Maas, Umut Akalin, Ben Pearce
Review: Since launching early last year, Jaymo and Andy George's Moda Black imprint has forged a reputation for delivering the sort of fluid, action-packed deep house that takes as much influence from synth-laden nu-disco as tech house, '90s garage and Visionquest-ish slickness. Here, the two bossmen curate a second label compilation featuring a mix of unreleased gems and recent hits. There's plenty to enjoy, from the classic late night wooziness of Eats Everything's "Jazz Hands" and Huxley's rolling, UKG-influenced "Diesel", to the Hot Creations-ish flex of Danny Daze/Maxxi Soundsystem collaboration "Karoline" and Medlar & Pedestrian's '90s US garage groover "TR Wilson".
10 Dec 12
Review: Brighton dwellers Maxxi Soundsystem and Thomas Gandey (he of Cagedbaby fame) join forces for a jaunt on Moda Black. "I Don't Care" is the epitome of house in 2012 - all vaguely touchy-feely chords, pitched-down vocal oddness and ket-addled beats straight from the big room rulebook. "Shake Your Head" flips the script, offering a deeper groove and some deliciously tactile melodies (oh, and Gandey doing his best impression of Michael McDonland). Remix-wise, Jaymo & Andy George get out the big bassline and skippy beats on their version of "Shake Your Head", while PBR Streetgang deliver a slick chunk of bespoke house.
17 Sep 12
Played by: Smutlee
Review: Glaswegian producers Mia Dora are the latest combo to be signed to Jaymo and Andy George's hyped Moda Black imprint. This first EP showcases their trademark style, a woozy mix of thickset tech-house low-end, woozy deep house synths and R&B vocal cut-ups. The moody "The Awesome Sauce" sets the tone, coming on like a future anthem for those who like their beats crunchy and their grooves smooth. "Occam's Razor" sounds like a sweaty hoe-down between Waze & Odyssey and Eats Everything, while "Mantis" sees them flexing their rave muscles with a thoroughly debaunched rinse-out. "Half A Devil", meanwhile, is woozy, leftfield and altogether slightly odd - but rather fine with it.
06 May 13
Review: Having previously appeared on Grizzly with the decidedly tough and breathless "Work That", Odysseus pops up on Jaymo and Andy George's Moda Black imprint with three tracks of sultry, late night house. "Hit It Again" kicks off proceedings by offering bold, grandiose electronic chords, cut-up vocal samples, garage-influenced drums and more drops than your average game of rugby in the middle of winter. The loose and languid "Over You" - all military drums, hypnotic stabs and spinetingling chords - offers a deeper alternative, while the brilliantly titled "Drug Fool" is six minutes of revivalist '90s Belgian techno disguised as 21st century rave. Which, in our book at least, is a very good thing.
05 Nov 12
Review: Polish producer Tomasz Matuszak made his debut under the Tanzlife monicker earlier this year, with a two-track homage to classic US garage and deep house on Local Talk. Here, he delivers something far more contemporary in the shape of two woozy, melodic, emotion-rich liquid house cuts for Moda Black. "Visions" is an understated delight, all chiming melodies, gentle harps and bouncy percussion. "Sparks" contains similarly zippy percussion, working odd vocal samples, snappy hits and fluid chords around a formidably rubbery groove. Bizarrely, it also contains snippets of flamenco guitar, though you have to be sharp to notice. Interesting stuff, all told.