Review: London producer Daniel Rose-Weir has chalked up nearly 20 releases since 2014: there've been outings on Delusions Of Grandeur and Sulta Selects, but most of his work comes out through his own Shake Music, who bring us this latest three-tracker. 'Mosquito' itself is an experimental cut that takes laidback, lounge-y shakers and keys, underpins them with tuff beats reminiscent of mid-00s Underwater, then adds a synth snarl to represent the titular blood-sucking beastie. 'The Deep End' is a hazy chugger replete with warping reversed synths, while those in search of more straight-up/trad-style deep house pleasures should head for 'Hide & Seek'.
Review: The unstoppable march of Dan Shake continues apace as he storms Lumberjacks HQ with some of that refined sample-a-delic house music that is fast making him a marquee booking for those who want their party started right. He sounds right at home on "Magic Marcel", throwing down an addictive bass hook and looping up the woozy romanticism of classic disco and filter house into a thoroughly potent brew. "The Bee Won" takes a more urgent approach, reaching towards a kind of jazz funk energy with some tumbling percussion shaken into the mix for good measure. Taking a cooler approach to round the record off, "Wake, Bake & Shake" lets the funk take centre stage and leaves the samples plain as day for that breezy Sunday afternoon feeling.
Review: Delusions Of Grandeur have been relatively quiet on the release front this year, but they're back with a bang thanks to this latest collaborative effort from Dan Shake and Medlar. The former has gotten a name thanks to being the first non-Detroiter on Moodymann's Mahogani Music, while the latter has been pushing his disco-friendly take on house music largely via the Wolf Music imprint. They got two cuts on here, the first one being a boogie-leaning, hazy summer club jam in the form of "Walk", and the second one a jazzier affair with plenty of soulful vocals and tribal drums called "I On You". Philpot bossman Soulphiction takes care of transforming "Walk" into a pot of filter-licking madness, where the percussion is stretched and freaked out further out into the ether compared to the original. What a package!
Review: How does a producer go about make the acid sound vital again? If you're Canadian artist Rennie Foster and new school house head Dan Shake, then you mix up squelchy 303s and resonating claps with a soaring sax solo, as they do on "Traders". The acid line becomes a low end blip on "Traders II" as Shake's glorious keys and yearning saxophone take centre stage. Foster has commissioned Samuel Session to remix the title track and the 'chord' mix is very much in the Swedish producer's usual style, with a pumping rhythm underscoring surging chord builds. However, on the 'trumpet' version, Session lets the sax squalls take hold and rounding off the release is Myles Serge's remix which has echoes of NWAQ's evergreen deep house track "Trespassers", where hypnotic chimes emerge through dense, filtered textures.