Review: German imprint Quintessentials' mission statement is to keep underground house music on the map. It claims to hold a candle to those old house records: they love that raw yet soulful vibe. For their 56th (!) release they have tapped Mexican producer 4004, who has had releases also of late on FACES, Poetry In Motion and Late Night Jackin'. Smoky late night groove "No Dreams" gets things off to a good start with its smooth Rhodes, bumpy bassline and hypnotic bongo action. We particularly enjoyed the pumping NYC basement vibe of "Fanta Club" while "Black Alley Shuffle" gets back to the program in sexy and dusky fashion complete with some dusty rhythms, diva vocals and further mood lighting with the impressive use of filter sweeps.
Review: It's been almost a year since the last EP from Fabricio "4004" Tepetitlan, meaning that this outing on occasional home Quintessentials is more than welcome. As usual, the California-based producer delivers the goods. He begins with the rich electric piano chords, drifting soul vocal samples and rolling deep house grooves of "In The Mood", before slapping down a head-nodding instrumental hip-hip interlude (the undeniably baked "Detroyt Loves You"). He returns to seducing deep house dancefloors on the Motor City influenced smoothness of "Guilt Is My Shadow", while closer "House Calisthenics" is brilliantly moody, warm and atmospheric.
Review: It doesn't always follow that a producer's surroundings influence their music, but you can certainly hear more than a little of the laidback, sun-soaked haziness of Baja, California, in the work of producer Fabricio "4004" Tepetitlan. It was there on his 2014 debut for Quintessentials (Looking At You, alongside pal Sebastian Vorhaus), and comes to the fore again on this solo outing for France's Faces imprint. There's a genuine jazzy looseness and Rhodes-driven warmth to opener "Reciprocal", while "Round Streets" mixes a subdued soulfulness with bouncy percussion, chunky bass and tasty deep house melodies (check, too, S3A's breezy piano house-meets-rave remix of the same track).
Review: Originally the Colombian label's third vinyl release, Nomada Records returns with the second chapter of their White Series: a split EP with six tracks of driven and raw hip-hop infused deep house. Mexico's 4004 contributes the sexy/dusty late night deepness of "K Juice" and for something more adventurous - the woozy and off-kilter jack of "Tetsuo Switch". It is then over to Colombia's Jonalho who serves up the sensual and lo-slung jazz bar vibes of "1&2" and for something more uptempo -try the funky soul power of You Are Doin' It" which respectfully samples the Godfather himself.