Review: Well isn't this quite the star pairing - Berlin underground heroes (and Cabinet head honchos) Cab Drivers teaming up with Detroit house legend Chez Damier on a new collaboration entitled "Holiday Time". Daniel Paul and ZKY's trademark style of deep, analogue 3AM acid makes for perfect tunnel vision - with Damier's signature soulful croon atop. It is for sure one of the Inner Balance Music boss' best collaborations, alongside the H2H project a couple of years back with Ricardo Villalobos and Ben Vedren on Perlon. Tip!
Review: Here's something to cheer even the stoniest of hearts; a deliciously deep, soulful and toasty collaboration between Chicago's Andrew "Change Request" Emil and stone cold legend Chez Damier. The original album version - delicious, with plenty of twinkling keys and a delightfully baggy feel - is frustratingly short, but pleasingly there are plenty of extended remixes to excite the DJs. There's a typically synth-heavy, boogie-tinged deep house rework from Sleazy McQueen under the Space Coast alias, a spacious, piano-heavy dub from Dave Allison (our pick) and a typically immersive, spaced-out deep house take from the always excellent Glenn Underground. It all adds up to an excellent package.
Review: Chicago legend Chez Damier finally releases the infamous Untitled EP on digital format! This peach of a record is near impossible to find even on repress, and for good reason too. Every track is dripping with funked-out bass lines and savagely raw drum machine beats, formulas now emulated by many of the modern tech-house producers. "Chez A Untitled" kicks off with a gristly 909 thump and soon mutates into an irresistible groove made up of sharp, chopped up vocal samples and that famous Chicago-filtered bass line style; "Chez B Untitled" picks up the pace and packs another fist-full of Windy City madness with its bouncy chords and disco-inspired vibes. Finally, "Chez C Untitled" is a alternate mix of the B version, adding an extra set of muffled vocals and working those Damier beats even harder. Tip!
Review: There's a real "classic" feel about "I Am With You", with bouncy synth chords propelling the track forwards throughout. Given the presence of all round legend Chez Damier - alongside Hudd Traxx co-owner Eddie Leader and fast-rising producer Tomson - it's perhaps unsurprising. There's a gleeful positivity throughout, with soulful vocal snippets, clap-happy percussion, starburst chords and a killer bassline adding to the wide-eyed, dance-like-you-mean-it mood. The accompanying Dub strips back some of the pleasantries, leaving a no-holds-barred piano house groover that's almost rush inducing in its joyous simplicity. There's little new about "I Am With You", but it matters not: it's just a brilliant house record.
Review: This an altogether epic offering from Deetron; a vast collection of un-mixed tracks from his brilliant DJ Kicks mix (naturally included as a bonus cut) that is little less than a lesson in the evolution of techno over the last three decades. Amongst the 38 tracks you'll find fine representatives of a myriad of sub-genres (intelligent techno, dub techno, IDM, ambient techno, gospel techno, and so on), as well as past, present and future classics (Damier and Trent's "Morning Factory", Spacetime Continuum's "Swing Factory", Mark Ernestus's recent Equinoxx remix, the Motor City bliss of Rhythim is Rhythim AKA Derrick May's "Ka-o-tic Harmony", a brilliant old Black Dog Productions workout). In other words, it's a breathlessly brilliant collection of both well-known and obscure gems. It comes heartily recommended.
Review: During the 1990s, Chez Damier and Ron Trent's Prescription Records did more than any other label to define the sound of Chicago deep house. The label's reputation is such that it's still talked about in hushed tones, with lesser-known back catalogue nuggets remaining in-demand items with DJs and record collectors. This superb, double-disc compilation from Rush Hour tells the story of the label, gathering together both much-played underground anthems (Trent and Damier's "Morning Factory" and "The Choice", the proto-boompty-via-St Germain jazz-house of Angora's "Enchantment", and so on) and sought-after selections. Thrillingly, the collection also boasts a trio of previously unreleased Ron Trent cuts, all of which are superb.
Review: Long-standing German tech-house legend Steve Bug, founder of both Pokerflat and Dessour, returns to the latter label with something a bit special, and likely to satisfy all of your DJ needs. The producing don has taken it upon himself to remix a twelve tunes, all from different artists that have shaped the sound of house and techno as we know it today. You'll find Bug's retouches on artists like Simon Baker, Manuel Tur, and even Lovebirds. However, the special moments come from his sleek Re-Dub of Chez Damier's mythical house bomb "New York Dub", a stripped back edit of Laurent Garnier's "Whistle For Frankie, and the gorgeously deep swells of his remix of "Pensum" by Francis Harris. Masterful, and very much recommended.
I Am With You (Iron Curtis remix) - (7:42) 124 BPM
I Am With You (Outboxx remix) - (5:22) 124 BPM
I Am With You (Ekkohaus remix) - (6:28) 125 BPM
I Am With You (Sakro remix) - (6:25) 125 BPM
I Am With You (Dubstrumental) - (6:29) 124 BPM
Review: It was undoubtedly a big moment for Hudd Traxx when they got Chez Damier on board to lend his vocal tones to Eddie Leader and Tomson's "I Am With You" back in 2014. A few years on and Huddersfield's premier house label are revisiting the modern classic with a raft of top shelf remixers on hand. Iron Curtis brings a bubbling, piano-enriched lilt to the jam, while Bristolian duo Outboxx go for an understated slice of straight up deep house. Ekkohaus gets busy with chunky tech house concoction, and then Sakro smooths the mood out with some jazzy keys and a steady groove.
Review: Kevin Saunderson's label has released so many classics that this compilation celebrating its quarter century is an embarrassment of riches. Classics provides an insight into Saunderson's diversity as a producer; from the classic late 80s/early 90s Detroit techno-house of "Rock to the Beat" and "The Groove That Won't Stop" through the pop techno of "Good Life" and the deeper, bass-heavy sound of his E-Dancer project, represented here by "World of Deep" and "Bassline", this is a well-rounded snapshot of Saunderson's best-known releases and projects. However, it also wins extra kudos for including some obscure gems like the classy, ominous vocal-led house of "Forces", reorded under the Essa guise.