Review: Keeping it fresh with pumpy basslines, deep and soulful house chords and UKG/US housey beats besides, Dutch producer Chris Stussy arrives on Kaoz Theory with A Glimmer Of Hope. A force to be reckoned with, Stussy keeps it sweet and positive with an undeniable '90s charms shining through in "A Glimmer Of Hope" - next to deep and dirty minimal funk vibe of "Deviant Shadow". A perfectly complementing B-side. "Central Frenzy" tunnels further into New Yorkian club vibes as if inspired by Masters At Work, with "Riva De Biasio" your atmospheric-laced, beat-down ambient house number. Keep hope alive!
Review: Fresh from delivering his first full EP for Shall Not Fade, the typically impressive Ventura, deep house rising star Johannes Kolter AKA DJOKO delivers a fine sequel to 2020's Berg Audio-released Endless Explorations EP. There's much to enjoy throughout, including a deep, chunky, spacey and hypnotic hook-up with Chris Stussy ('Constant Time') and a funk-fuelled intergalactic techno roller that Detroit legend Delano Smith later transforms into a wonderfully hypnotic, locked in late-night treat ('Light Way'). Elsewhere, 'Little Mice' is a sparkly and driving slab of Motor City sci-fi techno, 'Late For Dinner' is a melodic, analogue-rich number and 'Always Wondered' is tactile, rubbery and deliciously dreamy. In a word: superb!
Review: Moscow Records is now firmly established as one of tech-house's most consistent labels, with a penchant for cuts that add excitable elements - think warped acid lines, beffy sub-bass, layered percussion sounds, funk-fuelled electronic riffs and cut-up vocal snippets - to peak-time ready grooves that vary from smooth and seductive, to bold and boisterous. For proof, check this excellent compilation of some of the imprint's 2020 highlights. There's much to get the blood pumping throughout, from the off-kilter tech-funk bounce of Dimish's 'Everyday' and the hazy, sub-heavy hypnotism of Luca Donzelli's 'Der Sphere', to the thickset, mind-altering aggression of Archie Hamilton's remix of Peace Division cut 'What Is The Sound' and the garage-influenced wonkiness of Chris Stussy's 'Wake Ning'.
Review: Dutch producer Chris Stussy has been seriously busy in the past couple of years dropping slick and slender tech house on labels like Eastenderz, Rutilance, Djebali and Moscow Records. Now he appears on Constant Sound with yet more sophisticated dancefloor gold. "Take A Leap Of Faith" leads the charge with a driving yet delectably dubbed out take on peak time tech house, peppered with vocal slices and a cheeky acid rub. Relic offers up a remix that straps a sharp, swinging garage house beat to the track with excellent results. "Point Loma" is a funky workout with some cracking slap bass hits, and "Limerence" gets a little quirky without losing the immersive atmosphere of the lead track.
Review: Many congratulations to PIV, a well-regarded house label that has now been offering up a diverse blend of classy cuts - many inspired by, in their words, "the classic era of US house" - for five years. To celebrate this landmark, the label's Dutch and Indonesian founders have scoured the archives and put together a 15-track selection of highlights so far. There's much to enjoy throughout, with highlights including the rolling, tech-tinged deep house warmth of Prunk's 'Dreams', the squelchy bass and starry chords of Djoko's early morning favourite 'Planet Groove', the Swag style, loose-limbed tech-house-funk of Toman's 'Surfin', and the ultra-melodious, mid-90s New Jersey garage-influenced deep-tech loveliness of 'Bolt' by Ruze.
Review: Dutch producer Niels Christian Steenbergen, better known to the house world as Chris Stussy, brings us three fine deep housers that all clock in at 130bpm - standard for deep house in the 90s, but postively frenetic by current standards! 'Wake Ning' is an urgent, driving cut with female vocal cut-ups and Daft Punk-ish synth squiggles, 'Nunchi' has the kind of dreamy, drifty vibe you associate with classic West Coast deepness, while 'Sonaris' is a bit more late-night in feel, but still has enough bottom-end heft to keep early hours floors moving. Programmability may be an issue, given the tempo, but this is sterling stuff.
Review: Politics Of Dancing continues celebrating its fifth anniversary with a cast of crucial house warriors keeping the flame burning bright. First up is Chris Stussy, who whips up an especially funky concoction with the bubbling "Monday 8th", before DJOKO and T Jacques dub things out in style with the swirling but thumping "Directions". The ever-prolific Michael James appears with "Solstice", a mystically tinged deep house bumper laden with zippy sound FX and sprinkled with subtly swung groove. Jamahr completes the set with "Underwater", a deep immersion bath of sound that edges towards classic techno while keeping the groove on the straight and narrow.
Review: This is the third 'best of' from Phil Weeks' Robsoul in just five months - the label celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2020 - but the quality standard remains high. Featuring several of Weeks' own productions alongside cuts from the likes of DJ W!LD, Jordan Peak and Chris Stussy, the album covers an impressive range of house ground, from filter disco (see, for instance, Weeks/Hector Moralez/Fries & Bridges collab 'Peep Game') to chunky, eyes-down 3am throbbers (Politics Of Dancing's 'Hi Soul') to Weeks & Kid Enigma's retro, electro-tinged 'Love Me Right'. As such, it's a package that warrants investigation by househeads of many persuasions.
Review: Since setting up the P.O.D Cross label last year, production duo Politics of Dancing has delivered a series of killer collaborations with such esteemed contemporaries as Franck Roger, Djebali, D'Julz, Cab Drivers and Sebo K. They're at it again here, joining forces with two more well-regarded music makers in a dancefloor-ready style. First they get together with Chris Stussy to serve up a rolling, punchy and potent chunk of attractive peak-time deep house rich in undulating synth-bass, dreamy chords and sumptuous electronic riffs. Rising star Sun Archive lends a hand on track two, a smoother, soul-fired slab of driving deepness built around crunchy machine drums, spacey pads and whispered vocal samples.
Review: Former Large Music and Nite Grooves man Chris Stussy returns to Robsoul Recordings for a third time, bringing with him a quartet of tried and tested box jams for deep house floors that like it funky and chunky. He eases us in gently with "Boogie Trippin", a swinging, breakbeat-driven cut rich in tasty hip-hop vocal samples and sparkling riffs, before dialing into eyes-closed disco-house territory via the head-in-the-clouds bump of "Flow Distinction". "Next To You" is a more hypnotic, locked-in and bass-heavy roller, while EP closer "Selfless State" wraps snippets of hazy modern soul vocals and elongated organ chords around another rolling, loose-limbed deep house groove.
Review: Having previously released plenty of high grade deep house on acclaimed US labels Large Music and NiteGrooves, Chris Stussy is clearly a natural fit with long-serving Parisian imprint Robsoul Recordings. Certainly, the lolloping bottom-end bounce, crunchy but swinging drums, fluttering chords and descending bassline of "Nightdriver" fits snugly into the Robsoul catalogue, while Phil Weeks no doubt appreciated the jazzy pump of "Crate Diggin". Speaking of jazz, the Dixieland samples, jaunty bass and loose-but-booming drums of "One Way" recalls the label's "boompty" period, while "Lonely" sounds like vintage "French Touch" disco-house with the excessive filters removed.