Review: After celebrating their landmark 40th anniversary last year, long running Ibiza-based institution Cafe Del Mar are back for the next annual compilation in their series. Cafe Del Mar Chillhouse Mix XII does exactly what it says on the tin, and quite frankly no one else quite does it better. Highlights come from: legend Ian Pooley on the bumpin' late night groove of "Puzzled", Montreal staple Fred Everything getting the remix treatment by the ever reliable I:cube on the ultra deep sleaze of "Barbarella" and British nu-disco heroes Bent also getting a low slung rework by the mighty Ashley Beedle on "Friends". Elsewhere, Kiwi duo Chaos In The CBD keep "Cool But So.." by Detroit first wave pioneer Alton Miller in a typically soulful and emotive form with their perspective, while Chicago staple JT Donaldson delivers perfect mood music as always with his remix of Dirtytwo's "Hopeless" and Ron Trent showing us all exactly just what 'deepness' really is all about on his stunning version of Tevo Howard's classic "Without Me" feat Tracey Thorn - an oldie but still a goodie!
Review: Local Talk's periodic round-up of classic cuts from the label's bulging back catalogue returns for an eighth time, with imprint founders Mad Mats and Tooli gathering together a predictably fine selection of tracks. Most bases are covered - house-wise, at least - from trumpet-laden Afro-house brilliance (Dasco's "African Power"), and ultra-soulful, Atjazz-esque broken house deepness (Wipe The Needle's super-smooth "Enchanted"), to "French Kiss"-inspired house hypnotism (Soulphiction's "Believe"), 21st century jazz-funk/deep house fusion (Crackazat's fine rework of Art of Tones' "The Rainbow Song") and ultra-deep, Nina Simone-sampling dancefloor bliss (Emvee's "Brotherman"). In a word: essential.
Review: Detroit veteran Miller, whose 25+ year production CV takes in the likes of Guidance, Distance, Nite Grooves and Planet E, is in African-inspired mode on this three-tracker for Mad Mats and Tooli's Local Talk. Opener 'Afro Grey' blends Afro, jazz and cosmic elements with classic house beats to create a 4am, eyes-wide-shut journey of a track. 'By The Way She Moves', which follows, is a more contemplative slice of electronic soul best suited to warm-up or post-club play, while closer 'One Way Back' treads similar ground to 'Afro Grey' musically but rides a tribal rhythm that leans towards broken beat.
All The Little Things (Patrice Scott mix) - (7:18) 124 BPM
Review: Following his well-received EP comeback "Analog Love" last year comes another sterling composition from Detroit veteran Alton Miller with the honeyed dulcets of singer Ree who comes on a strong like a young Amp Fiddler over Miller's restrained smooth chords. Then for an immense immersive Reedub where the vocals become sweet textures in a more freeform organ-led jam before fellow Detroiter Patrice Scott closes the show with a deep and dreamy refix. All the little things are adding up right here.
Review: Given the talent involved - Motor City deep house legend Alton Miller, with the similarly storied Theo Parrish on remix duties - this has "buy on sight" written all over it. Musically, it's as good as you'd expect. Miller's original version of "Bring Me Down", featuring the sauntering, soulful vocals of Maurissa Rose, is amongst the best things he's done of late; a sinewy, sensual deep house epic blessed with starry electronics, rolling beats, sweeping synths and rich bass. Parrish's similarly stretched-out translation is similarly sublime, fixing elements of Miller's fine original version to swinging, jazz-flecked beats, jammed-out Rhodes lines and typically dusty textures. Basically, it's as good as you'd expect, and then some. Don't sleep.
Rise (feat Rachel Claudio - V Underground & Genvee Ultra Tone Rework mix) - (6:06) 123 BPM
Rise (feat Rachel Claudio - V underground & Genvee Ultra Tone mix) - (6:01) 123 BPM
Review: Over the last two decades, few deep house producers have built up quite as impressive a discography as Alton Miller. Even more impressively, the Detroit native continues to deliver superb material some 24 years after he made his debut. There's naturally plenty to enjoy here, from the Motor City futurism-meets-Ron Trent warmth of "For You (Instrumental Dub)" and gentle, life-affirming positivity of the sun-kissed "Move Me", to the soulful house meets tech-house thrills of Rachel Claudio collaboration, "Rise Me (Alton's FunkLab Mix)". The EP also includes a couple of fine, Osunlade style remixes of "Rise Me" by V Underground and GenVee Ultra Tone; both are smooth, soulful and pack genuine dancefloor punch.
Review: Mousse T's perennially popular German house label are containing their current compilation release frenzy with this new installment in the series that explores the deeper end of their tastes. Or, to be more specific, the tastes of Deepwerk who selects the album's pleasingly diverse tracklist. It's quite a journey, taking in stoned jazz-hop "Cosmic Surfin", the sublime deep house synth-fest of "Burn Baby Burn", soulful G-Funk (Warren G's "I Need A Light") and even Roachford, who returns from Alan Partridge-aided exile with "Work It Out".