Following outings on Buzzin' Fly and Exun, smiling producer Alexander Maier returns to occasional home Moodmusic with a particularly emotive slice of deep house. In typical Maier fasion, there's plenty to get excited about, from the snappy-but-dubby percussion and bittersweet chords to the breezy production, thick synth bass and gentle pianos. The package is strengthened by two excellent interpretations from Prommer & Barck and Sasse. While the latter adds some lovely late night shuffle, it's the former who really excel, adding some bluesy guitars on an emotion-rich, floor-friendly extenstion. In the words of Shakin' Stevens, "lovely stuff".
Chance A Glare (Peter Pardeike remix) - (8:32) 124 BPM
Here, Italian producer Alessio Pagliaroli returns to Moodmusic with his third EP for Klas "Freestyle Man" Linblad's long-running label. "Chance A Glare" is a memorable concoction - a quietly upbeat chunk of Innervisions style deep house that benefits greatly from a superb vocal by Benjamin Frnkln. Pagliaroli adds just the right amount of subtle musical touches - think occasional pianos, hazy electronics and drawn-out chords - to emphasize the beauty of Frnkln's vocal. Innervisions associate Peter Pardeike delivers the obligatory remix, laying down a slightly darker late night rework full of early '90s "intelligent techno" sounds, acid-flecked electronics and a thumping groove.
Sasse's Moodmusic imprint has always been good at peppering its release schedule with genuine surprises - records that thrill and excite but refuse to conform to easy genre stereotypes. This new cut from regular collaborators Darran Nugent and Pavel Lenchenko is a great example. Centring around a hooky, off-kilter, cut-up pop vocal, it sits somewhere between techno-funk, deep house and the organ-heavy sound of classic NJ garage - but doesn't particularly sound like any of those. It's great fun, though, and there's enough class to impress even the most sour-faced deep house purists. Remix-wise, check Phonogenic's low slung, midtempo Disco Dub - it's pretty darn heavy.
This is a rather tasty taster for Dave DK's recent "Retake One" mix, which featured all manner of unreleased and forgotten gems from the Moodmusic back catalogue. The three tracks here are in many ways typical of both the mix and the direction Moodmusic have been taking; think deep, tech-tinged tackle with serious dancefloor chops. It's Citycobra's "Fresh Simple" that most impresses, coming on like Paul Woolford's seminal tweak-out "Erotic Discourse" after a night on Valium in Detroit. Axel Boman's hypnotic "Cincuenta" sounds like a modern rework of Orbital's "Semi Detached", while Dave DK's own "Will Be Gone" is a finely sculpted block of late night Berlin deepness.