Review: Phil Weeks' long-running French house/deep house label Robsoul Recordings round up the best of their 2020 output in one high-VFM package. As per Robsoul's MO generally, you won't find a lot in the way of navel-gazing introspection or pointless, self-indulgent experimentalism here - Robsoul have always specialised in dropping beats to move your feets and this year's crop doesn't disappoint! The wonky, jazzy garage of The Mekanism's 'Signs', the raw jack of Joss Moog's 'So Good So Fresh', Demuir's strutty hip-houser 'Nice And Dutty' and Jade Cox's looping, west coast-ish 'Realise' are just some of the highlights of a fine collection.
Review: Keeping their track record intact for the Dub Communication label outta Rotterdam is local duo The Illuminated who send in a cool & toasty riddim in "The Illuminated" featuring Berlin trumpeter Vale Schwarzbeck righteously on horns. Golden 120BPM stepper! A much sought after 7" now gone digital, ZamZam Sounds alumni Blind Prophet is given 'The Illuminated' remix treatment with a previously unreleased version of "Hugh Dub" first found in its original form on Dub Communication circa 2018 - mad asiatic vibes.
Review: Robsoul boss Phil Weeks has been expanding the label's already bulging roster. On this "future focused" sampler EP, he introduces us to three of his most recent signings. Up first is sometime Snatch, Superfiction and Monique producer Blind Minded, who wraps woozy, heavily filtered disco-boogie samples around a tough, chunky and peak-time ready house beat on 'Punk Funk'. Clockbeats man Federico Baracco ops for a more bass-heavy, organ-heavy vibe on thrusting EP highlight 'How I Feel', before virtual unknown Fairshore delivers a delightful slab of spacey deep house bliss with a light UKG twist.