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: 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.
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.
Pharba and Just_Me - "Refraction" - (8:09) 126 BPM
New Members - "Sudkreuz" - (7:52) 128 BPM
Dust Yard - "Lightspeed" - (6:06) 126 BPM
Melodie - "Document One" - (6:48) 125 BPM
Luna Ludmila - "First Contact" - (7:17) 128 BPM
Deep Square - "Diminishing Dub" - (6:22) 126 BPM
Review: You're trusted Berg Audio back at it again with a fresh various artist collection of tracks featuring new and exclusive material from the label's key artists and fresh signings! With some previously released music to boot also, Constructions Tools: The Essentials presents Berg with a third release in 2020. It follows Traumer's Assembling Pieces LP who opens this release with the dubbed-out happy house of "Citron", complimented next by the beefy tempos and beats of Chris Stussy's "Betasonix". A dubby house affair through and through, The Essentials delivers some quality minimal dub from Red Meat Therapy, Dustyard and Silverliing to techier sounds from Mihai Popoviciu, Mihai Popoviciu and Luna Ludmila. Don't deny the dub.
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.