Review: The producer now known as Corbi has enjoyed an eclectic career thus far, with his bulging CV including stints in psychedelic jazz band Syd Arthur and contributions to albums from the likes of Paul Weller, the Heliocentrics and Kate Tempest. "Momento" is his debut solo EP under the Corbi pseudonym and is a neat showcase for his wide-ranging musical talents. Title track "Samurai" is a wonderfully rich and sunny chunk of languid deep house, with evocative electric piano motifs, sundown electronics and choice vocal samples rising above a chunky groove. He goes deeper still on "Access Serenity", where attractively jazzy flourishes recline over a lolloping disco beat, before joining forces with pal J33 on the bustling electronic house fizz of "Ma Warp (Rework)".
Review: We enthusiastically described Beats Of No Nation's first Dance Ideas EP as a "fabulous collection of tracks", so hopes are naturally high for this follow-up. Corbi kicks things off with the wonderfully fluid and groovy "OK, Tell Me", an ultra-deep and groovy house shuffler rich in jazz-funk guitars, swirling strings and punchy sampled horn stabs, before Levan unveils the bluesy, eyes-closed wonder that is "The Right Thing, The Hardest Thing", a kind of vocal-free Sade record for the disco-house generation. Label co-owner Jad Lee confidently skips into jazz-house territory on the piano-fired warmth of "Jazz hands You'll Never Understand", while Olywok takes us into space via the nu-disco tinged, house tempo Motor City futurism of "Maintain".
Review: Three cheers for Stefan Riesen's Morris Audio imprint, which has now notched up a century of releases after two decades in the game. By way of celebration, Riesen has decided to release a clutch of EPs containing a wealth of previously unheard gems. Part one begins with the Motor City influenced deep house jack of Iron Curtis's "Ultraviolett [100 Mix]", where shimmering chords slowly rise above sturdy beats and a wonderfully raw analogue bassline. Anna Wall and Corbi join forces for the sinewy deep house sensuality of "Tower of Babble" - all dreamy chords, lilting melodies and fuzzy analogue bass - before Repika serves up the hypnotic deep space chords and bustling bottom end grooves of "Don't Break". Arguably best of all, though, is the all-action contemporary Chicago house funkiness of Elvis Cassetta's "Lethargy Zero".
Review: As Fabric resident Anna Walls and Fina Records debutant Corbi emerge in tandem of each other the pair have come together for a record on BufoBufo and Corporeal Face's Ritual Poison. It presents Wall's fourth split/collaborative record since 2014 and a second outing from Juan Corbi of FINA Records. Filled with deeper bassline vibes, two stepping drums and sweeter house and garage sentimentalities it brings with it remixes from Chiwax and Smart Bar resident Chrissy alongside Ritual Poison's in-house remix team Escape Earth. Everything you could want from the deeper shades of London's house, garage and club techno spheres, with a bit of Chicago thrown in.