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02 Apr 12
Review: While London-based Australian Ben Sun is a key member of the Voyeurhythm fam, this is his first solo EP proper, having previously shared vinyl space with a variety of label-mates. "Path of Non Attachment" is arguably his strongest track to date, too (although "When You Looked" still gets regular plays on the Juno office stereo). It eschews the loopy disco/house fusions of the past in favour of a formidably old skool sound that borrows heavily from classic Chicago and New York deep house - Mr Fingers or the Burrell Brothers re-imagined, if you will. It's backed by a couple of formidable remixes, too, with Manchester-based Detroit/Chicago fusionists Deep Space Orchestra offering up a decidedly analogue interpretation and Tyson Ballard and Vincenzo's delivering a contemporary deep house slow-burner. Highly recommended.
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22 May 12
17 Mar 11
Review: One of Juno's favourite vinyl labels finally enters the digital realm! Voyeurhythm's first sampler EP was super limited and sold out a long time ago, with the bewitching melody and Raw Cuts-style sampling of Ben Sun's "When You Looked" causing a stir among the more discerning disco and house beards. It also served as a launchpad for the producer, whose second release "Salty Tears" was used in Tiger & Woods' recent Resident Advisor podcast. This is complemented superbly by the twilight analogue bump of "Too Many Bells" by Hollywood Nites and languid Sunday BBQ boogie strut of Megadon Betamax's "Heavy Lifting". Juju & Jordash, San Soda, The Revenge, Bill Brewster and Jacques Renault are all certified Voyeurhythm fans - we suggest you check them out too.
14 Apr 11
Review: Australian born, London based producer Benjamin Sun follows up his superb efforts on the first two Voyeurhythm releases with "Salty Tears", a delicious slice of piano-driven old school house. Featuring a lovely vocal snatch and shuffling percussion, this is best described as one of those tunes that has people rushing to the DJ booth to find out what the hell it is; it becomes an old favourite the very first time you hear it. Flip over for ''Speedway 75'' from Monte Carlo Interchange, a spacey disco odyssey containing just the right mix of analogue bleeps, claps and synth squiggles. Already a firm favourite in the record bags of disco/house cognoscenti Tiger & Woods, San Soda, The Revenge, Bill Brewster and Jacques Renault, this is a killer.
15 May 13
Review: Despite making a name for himself in his hometown of Portland, Oregon, Elliot Thomas has yet to make his mark in electronic music at large. Judging by this first solo single for Voyeurthythm, he could be a name to watch in coming years. Brimming with snappy analogue drums, vintage synths and tear-jerking melodies, "Sirius" is a delightful slab of stargazing deepness with some impressive influences (early Chicago deep house, the Burrell brothers, classic Detroit techno). It sounds like something that could have been made in '88 or '89, right down to the analogue warmth present throughout. "Desert Light" follows a similar template, delivering bubbling electronic arpeggios, yearning synth melodies and subdued analogue drums. Recommended.
10 Aug 11
Review: Freekwency pop on ace label Voyeurhythm with a three-tracker that offers a distinctly contemporary take on the dubbed-out synth disco sound of early 1980s New York and labels like Prelude, Vanguard and later Salsoul. Don't Tell Me" available in vocal and stripped back dub form is authentic in its construction, mixing dubbed-out electronic drums and thick synth bass with the sort of chords, riffs and melodies often found on both deep house and contemporary nu-disco cuts. Short-and-sweet bonus track "Double Take" sticks to the same principles, offering a more straight-up nu-disco vibe for DJs who prefer modern thrills.
16 Oct 12
Review: Melbourne-based Benny Badge wears his influences on his sleeve. Under the Freekwency guise, he makes music that sounds like a lustful love letter to underground 1980s soul and R&B. This second release for Voyeurhythm, his first since 2010, continues this theme, offering slick '80s grooves with just the right amount of stuttering, edit-heavy drums and lush, soulful synths. The title track is the EP's killer moment. It delivers a mix of woozy synths, bubbling synth-bass, 808 drums and a deliciously authentic spoken word vocal. "Outrun" sounds like some of Krystal Klear's early work - no bad thing in our book - while the alternative dub offers a slightly heavier, edit-heavy tweak. Hugely impressive stuff, all told.
14 Jul 11
Review: Aussie don Megadon Betamax's "Don't Ask" first made waves last year on 12", and here gets impressively remixed by some genuine up-and-coming talent. The original - a kind of cross between Metro Area and the bleary-eyed, contemporary disco of fellow Aussies Mitzi and Poolside - gets re-booted by LeSale, Rocco Raimundo and Dave Allison. LeSale's version delicately tiptoes between sunny Balearic disco and low-slung disco-funk, while Allison ups the organ count on a mix that weighs in somewhere between nu-disco and warm deep house. It's sleazy Sydneysider Rocco Raimundo who really excels, though, turning in a deliciously epic 10-minute version that slowly builds towards a thrillingly percussive climax.
08 May 12
Review: Falling is the second full release on the excellent Voyeurhythm imprint from Megadon Betamax aka Mostyn and is every bit as necessary as the label's previous drop from Ben Sun. It's hard not to say Megadon Betamax without adopting a thunderous cadence a la cinematic voiceover god Don LaFontaine, but thankfully this impulse passes as soon as the producer's luxuriant disco grooves emanate from the needle. The mid tempo poise of "Falling" is perfectly embellished by intricate rib tickling synth work, perma floating vocals and is further charmed by a dash of surf guitar! Former Tresor resident and current Auckland dweller DJ Raw Sugar turns the track inside out for a nicely dubbed beatdown rendition, whilst the previously released Betamax jam "He Can't Love You" gets a reworking from the rising talent LeSale.
31 Mar 11
22 Nov 11
Review: This single from Voyeurhythm bossman Tyson Bollard is arguably his strongest release to date. Ballard's original version of "Little Too Much" somehow manages to fuse bubbling analogue deepness and emotion-rich production with a husky vocal that sounds like Billie Holliday. It's the sort of track that will no doubt be classed as deep house, but it's so much more than that - and, crucially, just oozes quiet soul. Remix-wise, it's fast-rising producer Ben Sun who really delivers. His Dawn Arrival Mix outshines Sidwho's solid house remake thanks to a blissful mix of alien synths, broken 4/4 beats and bags of yearning atmosphere.