Review: Adryiano Richter's trademark brand of dusty, sample-based deep house with strong funk/soul leanings has landed him a great reputation and releases on the likes of Heist, Soul Notes, his own Cestraw and current it label Shall Not Fade. This is actually his third release for the label in less than a year which is particularly impressive, we must say. The Dream With EP is possibly the German producer's finest offering yet; although probably only a child when the emerging sounds of French Touch came up in the late '90s, he's managed to recapture the zeitgeist incredibly well 20 years later. The funked-up soul power of "Got U Lovin" or the neon-lit rapture of the title track with their clever loops and crunchy SP1200 style drums would make legends like Cassius or Alan Braxe stand up and notice. The infectious DJ tool "All Damn Nite" calls to mind classic DJ Sneak or Phil Weeks.
Review: German producer Adriyano has appeared previously for the likes of Shall Not Fade and Baka Gaijin but now makes his debut for Detroit Swindle's Heist Recordings. He finds a fitting home on the Dutch imprint - his brand of loopy, dusty and bumping house is packed with disco and soul elements - completely in harmony with their modus operandi. This is absolutely evident on the EP's standout cuts such as "Me & You & Her" and the cheeky "Fashion Country Girl" which will equally appeal to fans of the Robsoul sound. Elsewhere, there's the totally thumping acid trip of "Move It, Move It" which gets a killer remix by Chicago's Jamie 3:26 and takes it even deeper into the late night, in classic Windy City style.
Review: Since launching in 2010, Mario Castillo's Soul Notes label has provided listeners with some real deep house treats. Here, they're at it again, delivering a quartet of robust, deep, floor-friendly bumpers from a range of label regulars. Choose between Crue's jacking acid bumper "VCO Mfkr", the jazzy, '90s US house bump of Kasper's "Deeper Love", the hands-in-the-air warmth of Adryiano's jaunty "On My Side", and the super-deep chords, tumbling grooves and dreamy late night vocal samples of Krill Tipo's "Free Falling" (our pick). All four are resolutely playable and excellent in their own right.
Review: Heist's annual "Round Up" release, in which label artists remix each other, is becoming something of a tradition. This fifth volume is, of course, every bit as essential as its predecessors. All six tracks hit the spot, though we're particularly enjoying the bumpin', bass-heavy and driving take on Hugo Mari's deep and bluesy "Change Ur Ways" by label chiefs Detroit Swindle, not to mention Adriyano's effortlessly celebratory and swinging revision of the Swindlers' own "Cut U Loose". Elsewhere, Hugo Mari brilliantly joins the dots between tribal house and tactile, loved-up grooves on a stellar rework of Alma Negra's "This Is The Place", while the Kassian revision of Pitto's "You Treat Me Like A Fool" sounds like a 21st century update of Todd Edwards' legendary remix of St Germain's "Alabama Blues".