Review: Adryiano Richter returns to his Cestraw label for its first release in three years. "Sensual.." gets off to an impressive start with "Frequency Damager", where Richter manages to combine the primal jack of Steve Poindexter with the kind of warbling, acidic undercurrents that used to populate Ian O'Brien records. The pace picks up on "Pl303 Style", with pounding kicks and a ghetto style rhythm underpinning searing 303s, while on "U Better Axumbody" a slightly more light-hearted tone is audible thanks to the use of high-pitched cartoon vocal samples and a tonal sequence that soars through the air like a deranged wasp.
Review: To kick-start what looks set to be a busy year for the Bristol-based label, Shall Not Fade's first missive of 2020 comes courtesy of Adryiano, an artist who has been on their roster since 2017. He begins in confident mood via the snappy, bass-heavy disco-house bump of "Want You To Feel", where rousing horn lines home into view in the second half of the cut to add extra excitement, before switching to a more bumping, U.S-influenced deep house sound on the superb "Just A Beat" (check the killer synth bassline). "Illusions of You (Afterwork Mix)" is a tough but ear-pleasing deep house box jam, while closing cut "Memor1e5" is a simple-but-effective fusion of ambient chords, crackling aural textures and driving drums.
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".
Review: Now into its fifth year, KGW's Shall Not Fade imprint has long been a reliable source of dusty deep house and rugged, warehouse-ready workouts. To kick-start 2020, the label has decided to celebrate this facet of their output via an expansive compilation of previously released highlights. There's a peak-time ready feel from start to finish, with our picks of a very impressive bunch including the bustling, riff-heavy techno pump of KETTAMA's "In The Garage", the sunrise-ready, melody-heavy bliss of Harrison BDP's epic "Watching The World Go By", the sleazy, acid-fired growl of Big Miz's "Primordial Soup" and the dusty-but-sparkling, emotive rich broken house brilliance of Contours' "Fifth Planet". In a word: essential.
Harry Griffiths - "Since We're Here" - (5:57) 120 BPM
Big Miz - "Sun" - (5:50) 128 BPM
LK - "Unified Love Machine" - (5:57) 123 BPM
Black Loops & Ruff Stuff - "La Progressive" - (7:03) 128 BPM
Harrison BDP - "Interference" - (8:14) 126 BPM
Review: Dub techno progressions, digital techy beats and minimal makes a comeback on Shall Not Fade's 4 Years Of Service, with this various artist comp bringing in new names and label members alike. Biz Miz throws in a huge glowing number with a deep progressive flow in "Sun", while a bangin' combo of chords and beats rain down furthermore in KETTAMA's "Sundance". Deeper still there's the melliflow of Harrison BDP's "Interfearance", while more abstract numbers come from Harry Griffiths alongside a touch of ironical candy cane in 1-800 Girls' "My Speedos". Bring in some bleep, electro Italo from LK's "Unified Love Machine" and we're saying more like 4 Years of Class.