Review: Like its' predecessors, the fifth installment in Freerange's ongoing 20th anniversary EP series contains some killer new cuts. Fittingly, it's label boss Jimpster who leads the charge, encouraging us to sway in the afternoon sunshine on the deep, tactile and woozy "Ceilings" (which also features evocative vocals from Laura Barrick). The water-side, alfresco dancing vibe is accentuated by Shur-I-Kan on "Beach Life", a hazy, wide-eyed trip into symphonic deep house territory that ranks amongst his finest productions to date. Elsewhere, Brian Ring melds Mascara-clad '80s new wave and early Chicago house on the fine "Love Taken Over", while Clavis layers dreamy marimba melodies on top of huggable deep house grooves on the delightful "Cydalise".
Review: First released on vinyl for Record Store Day 2019, "BK RSD" gathers together some previously hard to find Jacques Renault remixes on one must-have release. Check first Renault's revision of Philip Budny's "Parprocie", a driving fusion of non-stop deep house drums, squelchy acid bass and dreamy nu-disco synths, before marveling at the life-affirming rush of the producer's Italo-disco inspired re-make of Brian Ring's "Big Town Boy, Small Town Dreams". Arguably most impressive, though, is his deep, hypnotic and groovy revision of "Sweet Thing" by Lovers. The package also includes an unexpected bonus in the shape of Renault original "Donau Beach", a chunky, breakbeat-driven affair rich in exotic vocal samples, funky bass and glassy-eyed chords.
Flagio M - "I Want Your Love" (Salta & Roma remix) - (7:09) 115 BPM
TX Connect - "Danza Futura" - (5:45) 126 BPM
Dan L - "Una Melodia Triste" (Salta & Roma remix) - (9:07) 110 BPM
Review: Grab a cold beer, whip off your shoes and head down to the shore: Bordello a Parigi's brilliant "Riviera Disco" series is turning ten with an expansive collection of cuts guaranteed to get you dancing on the shore shirtless. There's naturally a retro-futurist feel throughout, with all 11 tracks making use of the chugging arpeggio style basslines and colourful, mid-'80s synthesizer melodies of Italo-disco. Highlights come thick and fast, from the jaunty melodies and Bobby 'O' Orlando grooves of Daniel Monaco & Don Voyage's "Tropical Disaster" to the bold, spacey melodies and effortlessly joyous vibe of Bijou's "Hotsy Totsy (Instrumental Mix)". Also worth checking is the tongue-in-cheek vocal brilliance of Salta and Roma's 1984 style tweak of Flagio M's "I Want Your Love".
Jimpster - "Ceilings" (feat Laura Barrick) - (6:31) 124 BPM
Brian Ring - "Love Taken Over" - (7:21) 123 BPM
Clavis - "Cydalise" - (6:32) 123 BPM
Shur-i-kan - "Beach Life" - (5:59) 122 BPM
Review: Its 20 years of Jamie Odell aka Jimpster's revered deep house imprint and he's celebrating in great style with this 20 track compilation that demonstrates that business is as good as ever and they're testament to how much the label has remained relevant. The label head honcho himself appears of course; first with Luv Jam on the smooth and dubby "We Play Pads" and the sombre and emotive "Ceilings" featuring Laura Barrick. Other highlights include Bulgarian hardware maverick KiNK's "Roads", Detroit Swindle's fiercely bumpin' "Race Against The Machine" and Pittsburgh Track Authority's magnificent high tech soul jam "Oculus Sinister".