Review: Shall Not Fade rounds off its busiest year to date with a sixth anniversary compilation that's packed to the rafters with previously unreleased tracks from its now sizable family of artists. Also reflective of the sounds showcased by Shall Not Fade's various sub-labels and offshoots, the 24-track set confidently strides between deep two-step (Black Loops), saucer-eyed ambient jungle (Kessler), colourful deep house (Lis Sarocca), lo-fi jack tracks (Cinthie), loopy disco-house (Adelphi Music Factory), jazz-funk flavoured house warmth (Felipe Gordon), analogue-rich broken beat (Yosh), post-UKG heaviness (DJ Crisps), jaunty and jazzy 4/4 garage (DJ Swagger) and the kind of smile-inducing, huggable dancefloor goodness that defies simple categorization (Tilman and Phonk D).
Review: Sheffield sorts Adelphi Music Factory have previously proved adept at channeling 30-odd years of Steel City house heritage, with nods to U.S garage, gospel and deep house being fused with darker, heavier and more industrial-strength musical elements. They're at it again on Electric Arc Furnace, first paying tribute to a legendary Sheffield club night on the sweaty, loopy and party-hearty heaviness of 'Jive Turkey'), before bouncing through tactile disco-house territory on 'Rejoice With Me (I Need You)'. 'Sample Seduction' meanwhile is a piano and stab-heavy slab of warehouse-ready bedlam that would definitely have gone down well in Steel City nightclubs back in the '90s. Three extended club mixes are included to complete a very strong package.
Review: While it may have been designed to reflect the evolving nature of the label's sound over the last half-decade, Shall Not Fade's fifth anniversary compilation is nevertheless packed to the rafters with previously unheard treats. It begins with a techno-tempo blast of garage-influenced deep house warmth from DJOKO and ends with the dark, squelching and ghostly bounce of Dart's 'Transformations'; in between, you'll find 19 more reasons to be cheerful with plenty of serious dancefloor chops. Undisputed highlights include the crunchy, head-nodding pleasure of GVRL's instrumental hip-hop jam 'Love Game', the angular and acid spiked tech-breaks of Harrison BDP's 'The Powerful Play', the drowsy deep house dreaminess of Mutual Attraction's 'MPC Live Track 1' and the rushing rave revivalism of Baltra's killer re-fix of Earth Boys' 'I'm Not Afraid'.
Review: Earlier this year Sheffield house act Adelphi Music Factory found a debut on Shall Not Fade with the Joy and Fantasy EP. It marked something of an official debut for the producer who before then only had a run of self-released 12"s and the odd track on Ministry Of Sound. Gaining some extra traction with these Cuba remixes, across the board AMF throws down a happy house and chord heavy sound just like back in the day that sits alongside a seriously smooth, techy and soulful Felipe Gordon remix, tip! Harrison BDP goes minimal still in his mix, touching on acid and bleep inspirations that sits next to a melodic and tropical remake by Germany's Tilman. Havana calls!
Review: Putting out all matter of house, techno, rave and bassline wares since 2015, Shall Not Fade is home to the likes of Mall Grab, Rick Wade and Earth Trax to Big Mizz! The label now gives rise to Adelphi Music Factory, a house duo outta Sheffield inspired this time by old school rave, slowed up hardcore, twisted jungle and two step rhythms. Add some Detroit techno and you're met with Joy & Fantasy, a four-track EP recreating modern Hacienda vibes in "Area 39" to some slamming chord driven house in "The Comedor". UK touches abound in the driving, crowd pleasing "Cuba' (tip!) alongside the pumping, dubbed out and club-ready "Jura". Adelphi Hit Factory