Review: In space, can anyone hear your orchestra? Well maybe Deep Space Orchestra know because they sound like they've taken a cosmic trip or two. "We Held On" has that rolling, late 80s Clink Street rave sound with lashings of spaced-out acidic squelches. "Arif" on the other hand is a linear jackin' thing with intense bongo samples and deep, swooping pads. Elsewhere Bantam Lions' retro-electro noodle-houser "No Going Back" gets a deep tom-tom heavy workover by Cottam. Proper house basically.
Review: Si Murray and Chris Barker aka Deep Space Orchestra have been making some serious waves since they first began producing together in 2005. Releasing on a set of reputable labels such as Delusions of Grandeur and Drumpoet Community over the following few years, they now hold a stellar rep for their raw and groove ridden deep house. This time round, the pair have been snapped up by Quintessentials and frankly, we can't think of a more suitable artist-label partnership. The Bucktown Fever EP kick starts with the smooth and sophisticated "Bucktown"; rich, pumping and analogue, its driving rhythm and vintage charm make the EP a winner before we've even flipped over. Once we do however, "Arrakis" holds its own with delicate strings, simple chord sequences and sensual vocal snippets, bound together by tight hi-hats and a deep round bass. Lastly, "Don't Move" and its intriguing field recordings and expertly executed percussion tips an already outstanding EP into a timeless, classy piece of wax that we highly recommend.
Review: With a name that features a classic Model 500 album and half of Carl Craig's most avant project, it would be easy to accuse Chris Barker and Simon Murray, aka Deep Space Orchestra of wearing their influences on their sleeves. Such criticism is instantly negated by dint of the fact that the duo are releasing on Kirk Degiorgio's relaunched ART label, which has an impeccable back catalogue that numbers Carl Craig among its releases. In any event, "Return to Dodge City" is more New York than Detroit, featuring a rippling, surging funk bassline combined with subtle disco riffs and gorgeous chord melodies. More reflective than "Return to Dodge City", the title track boasts mournfully seductive synths and tight metallic drums. "Streetlights" sees them venture further towards Detroit techno, but again, they avoid sounding like a pastiche. Starting off with an atmospheric soundscape, the driving drums and heavy, thundering claps take a while to kick in, but when they do, it sounds like a thousand hand grenades exploding simultaneously.
Review: Having already impressed with outings on Foto, ARP and their own Use Of Weapons, Deep Space Orchestra add Delusions Of Grandeur to their CV and deliver perhaps their most refined work to date. "Lo Pan" weaves between flourishes of Rhodes and analogue arps with a confidence that fully demonstrates their progression as a production unit. Underpinning all this is the constant groove of 808 kicks and Detroit that provides the all important rawness and momentum. The accompanying remix from Berlin duo Trickski drags "Lo Pan" into the lower reaches of muscular house movements, stripping proceedings back to a dramatic synth lead and neck crunching beat before unfolding into a groove that really gets under your skin - thanks in no small part to the added vocals. Deep Space Orchestra end proceedings on the hazed out "Disarm" which accrues a delightfully ethereal quality as it floats towards its conclusion. Fine work all round!
Deep Space Orchestra - "Quartley Report" - (6:19) 126 BPM
My Cat Snoop - "Ghetto Child" - (6:28) 124 BPM
Mella Dee - "Franco" - (5:31) 128 BPM
Review: As temperatures in the UK begin to plummet quicker than the leaves falling off the trees, W&O Street Tracks serves up something to warm even the chilliest of dancefloors. Their Autumn Sampler is an all-star affair, featuring four fresh cuts from friends and family. Felippe Gordon impresses with the cut-up, broken house strut of "Rola Frita" - all Syclops style wonky bass and sharply edited vocal samples - before Deep Space Orchestra deliver the thrusting, intergalactic house hustle of "Quarterly Report". Those looking for bombastic weightiness should check the boompty-influenced bounce of My Cat Snoop's "Ghetto Child", while Mella D's "Franco" fixes spacey synthesizer motifs to a surging, floor-friendly drum rhythm.
Review: Another set of Waze & Odyssey's always reliable Street Tracks served up again on their Autumn Sampler. On offer here is Colombian producer Felipe Gordon's deep and bouncy "Rola Frita", Liverpool's Deep Space Orchestra with the hi-tech soul of "Quarterly Report" which follows in the tradition of local legends Stephen Brown or Vince Watson then My Cat Snoop: otherwise known as Brighton's Gregg Ashley, who throws down the tough and gutsy techno stomp of "Ghetto Child" that sounds like a Hot Creations track on steroids. London's Mella Dee closes out the compilation with the early '90's techno zeitgeist of "Franco" complete with a gnarly Reese bassline for good measure.
Review: German label Compost excel with their Future Sounds of Jazz compilations and this latest instalment is no exception - ranging from the dubby, almost Dilla-inspired swing of Der Dritte Raum's "Swing Bob" to the cut 'n' paste psychedelics of Letherette's "In July Focus", via Sepalcure's mighty "Fleur". With names like The Glimmer Twins, Scrimshire, Timo Garcia and Eden all attached, quality is most definitely assured throughout.