Review: With previous releases on labels such as DISKO, Urban Torque, Seven Music and Sccucci Manucci, Autodeep continue to preach the good word of deep house on Peppermint Jam with this wonderfully slow-mo jam. Bajka's cat-like vocals purr over the beats with decadence while the groove tickles with equal measures of funk and drama. Remix-wise Ripperton's shivering pad-soaked remix is reminiscent of early Deep Dish material. Kruse & Nurnberg opt for more a classical US garage feel while Lorie spaces things out on a deep, woozy chuggy flex. Lovely stuff.
Review: Italian club house producer Pirupa has had a crazy couple of years - getting played by the likes of Hawtin, Tong, Tenaglia, Dubfire, Zabiela and others and playing some of the biggest global hotspots with his brand of mainroom/funky. This new release on Rebirth shows what a talent he is - hooked up with Berlin-based vocalist Bajka, he creates a storming yet subtle tech-beauty, with rounded bass and softly-focused acoustic guitar textures shimmering in the background. Youandme drops a deep remix, while Gregorythyme gets into dubby disco territory on his version.
Review: What better way to celebrate a decade in business than by getting Chicago deep house legend Larry Heard to select and mix a double-disc compilation of label highlights? Hats off, then, to Rebirth, who managed to persuade Mr Fingers himself to deliver his first commercially available DJ mix. As you'd expect from both label and DJ, it's a wonderfully atmospheric and melodious affair, with Heard selecting and blending emotion-rich tracks and mixes from Chromatic Filters, Bocca Grande, NuFrequency, Tevo Howard, Motor City Drum Ensemble and James Teej. The first disc, in which Heard races through 28 tracks in just over 70 minutes, is particularly memorable.
Review: Peppermint Jam have vowed to take their Touch Of Soul compilation series to 25 volumes. This is their fourth installment, compiled by Deepwerk, and there's no sign of the quality slipping. There are 20 tracks in all, each one sticking to the strict 'soulful music' edict. Highlights include the smooth electro-boogie jam, "Dontcha Wanna Dance" by Cool Million feat. Marc Evans, Mousse T's melancholic electro-house rework of "Purple Rain" and the soft focus joy of Iorie's rework to "Freedom Dove" by Autodeep feat. Bajka.