Review: With previous releases on Hudd Traxx, Dessous and Poker Flat, Andrade has firmly established himself as a reliable source of floor-friendly fodder. Here, the Parisian producer drops a trio of tasty tracks for 20:20 Vision. With its stomping drums, booming funk bassline and relentless organs, opener "Dark Message" packs a punch. While similarly energetic, there's something a little sweeter and groovier about "Clouds Up" (which, with its sinewy strings and disco samples, recalls Andres's "New For You"). The EP's third and final track, "Rush Minute", offers some respite in the form of tactile chords, subtle melodies and warm deep house grooves.
Review: Many of Dessous's releases feel like the audible equivalent of a deep hug - cozy, warm and loving. This three-tracker from young French producer Olivier Andrade is no different. Packed with hazy, toasty deep house, it oozes classy musicality from every digitally encoded second. The choppy, Rhodes-laden "Madness" is probably our pick, though it's pushed all the way in the "standout" stakes by the EP's other two tracks. There's the woozy, bass-heavy bliss of lead track "Egregius" - all cosmic pads and subtle vocal samples - and calming, enveloping late night vibes of "Bac a Sable", whose horizontal chords and laidback melodies recline over a bumpin' US house groove.
Review: Dessous Recordings - Steve Bug's other label - has always supported the more melodic, fluid end of the deep house spectrum. While recent releases have been notable by the force of their low-end bounce, the label's commitment to musicality remains. This EP from Parisian producer Olivier Andrade continues that trend. "Hype No Tool" boasts sweaty, bumping drums, but it's to the hypnotic, jazzwise piano riff and long, drawn-out chords that the ear is drawn. "Love", meanwhile, opts for more of a cut-up garage revival flex, while "Magic Key" is simply sumptuous. As if that lot wasn't enough to get the juices flowing, there's also a tipsy, loose remix of "Hype No Tool" from Dessous regular Kiki.
Review: It sounds like Andrade was weaned on some of the late 90s and early 00s tackle! "All In" boasts the jarring discordance of electro house before it became a hipster soundtrack and "Lies" is an acid-tinged rolling groove with a vocal narrative about loneliness. However, it's the title track that stands out here: as it progresses, the niggling riff sounds like the modern version of the one that drives Josh Wink's "Don't Laugh", but it's the bad ass bassline, a booming sub that could have been spawned after years spent listening to London tech-house and 2-step, that really captures the imagination.
Review: Andrade drops his first EP on Steve Bug's Dessous imprint. Alongside "Face De Bouc," we get two more original Andrade productions and a remix of the title track provided by fellow Frenchman, D'Julz. Since arriving on French label, Time Has Changed last year, Andrade has managed to build a fresh, deep sound of his own. This sound, as heard over EPs such as "Design Pattern," "Fingers" and "Day of Defeat" on the aforementioned label has so impressed Dessous owner, Steve Bug that the German signed him up for two EPs on his own imprint. "Face De Bouc" is the first of these, showcasing his deep and groovy, house sound that slots perfectly onto Dessous. The title track is a pumping take on disco house. The vocal stipulates "take a ride," something that Andrade?s playfully funky bassline immediately does. Swinging beats join the mix before simple, more rumbling bass takes over and starts to drive the track. Using cosmic elements and some nifty horn parts, the track builds and builds as its funkiness comes back to life again. D?Julz, who is seemingly the face of this EP, comes next with his trademark upfront and high quality take. Starting off in tougher tract, the remix remains grounded through some deft jazz-like percussion. With its dub influenced approach to house music, this remix displays all the quality and skill that has made D?Julz the in-demand artist he is now. Finishing with two more Andrade tracks, the Frenchman stakes his claim to be held in such regard. "Old Rules" is tight, funky sub bass working in perfect cohesion with classic house stabs whereas "Prototype" goes even deeper than the rest, complete with soft female vocal meanderings and solid pumping grooves. This is Andrade showing just what he?s got for his first EP for Dessous, and as far as I can see - besides ample groove and funk, that also seems to be a whole lot of talent.
Review: Steve Bug's Dessous imprint is one of the best and most consistent deep house and minimal labels going. On Dessous Best Kept Secrets Volume 2, the follow up to 2007's first instalment, they prove it yet again with a compilation that charts both the current and future sound of the label. Full of emotion, warmth and soul, the release serves as a true indication of the label's ethos as a whole and leaves a lasting impression on the listener.
David Durango has been making impressive appearances on Dessous and Poker Flat of late. So much so that the young half Swiss, half Spanish producer was chosen to open this compilation with the first of his three offerings on the release. "Juegos Fantasiticos" opens proceedings with some warm, deep house that sounds as comfortable as it does laid back. "Striptease" showcases Durango's more upbeat side before "Human" delves into a minimal aesthetic courtesy of deft high end percussion, low bass squeezes and acute phaser work.
Alongside smooth, chord-laden house like "Le Groove Rhodes" from Rene Breithbarth and Claire Ripley's "Labyrinth" we get the techno influenced twisted synths of Moodymanc's "Omlette" and the darker more driving sound of "Merise" by Andrade. "New Road FM" by Burnski brings the groove with some cosmic, jacking twists and Graeme Park closes the release with his slo-mo house remix of Ryo Murakami's "Just For This."
Dessous Best Kept Secrets Volume 2 takes you on a delightfully soulful and rhythmic journey of their label. Although the compilation never strays too far away from their signature sound nor breaks any new barriers, it does an expert job of bringing you the vintage and emotive deep house that has made the imprint so special in the first place.
Review: While Dessous may have originally laboured under the shadow of being "Steve Bug's other label", in recent times the imprint has really come into its own as an outlet for high quality deep house. This expansive 23-track collection gathers together some of Dessous' best moments from the last couple of years, throwing in a smattering of unreleased cuts from label stalwarts Vincenzo, Tigerskin and Phonique for good measure. As you'd perhaps expect, there's some exemplary deep and tech-house on show throughout, with Steve Bug's "Do It Right", Burnski's "Sometimes Takes Longer" and two superb Jamie Anderson/Owain K collaborations among the many highlights.