Recurrent Thoughts (The Willers Brothers remix) - (6:10) 127 BPM
Review: If you're looking for some trad-style deep house grooves with a contemporary twist, you'll find them in abundance on this EP from Amsterdam's Dennis Quinn. 'Chante', in its Original form, tops a sultry, garage-tinged deep house backing with a half-sung/half-spoken vocal from Karmina Dai and ends up sounding like a hip-housey sister to Akabu's 'Ride The Storm', while Asad Silverlining's remix takes us into more heavily electronic territory. 'Recurrent Thoughts', meanwhile, starts out as a shimmering, hazy throbber that sits right on the deep house/nu-disco cusp before getting a beefed-up Willers Brothers remix. Good stuff all round.
Review: Here's Dennis Quin with a new LP of solid, summer-ready house magic on Simma Black. He's increasingly becoming a specialist in the field, and each one of these ten big room pumpers slides onto the CD with utter ease: we love the bumps and wobble of "Brainfreeze", the garage-leaning Chicago banger "Fake Fantasy", and the mighty hard house closer "I Feel So Good". This is pure heat for you to get your weekend nights ballin'.
Christopher McCray - "Get It Right" (Mad mix - Kerri Chandler Remaster) - (6:43) 124 BPM
Kerri Chandler & Arnold Jarvis - "Music Is My Friend" (Kerri Chandler Remaster) - (5:14) 125 BPM
Review: Launched in 1992, Madhouse Records was a joint venture between NYC legend Kerri Chandler and Mel Medalie of Champion Records. It became predominantly an outlet for Chandler's music, alongside tracks he discovered from peers while DJing around the globe. Today marks a quarter of a century pioneering the true sound of house music and they are proud to finally reveal their celebratory compilation. Mixed by Chandler - one of the most respected DJs on the planet - 25 Years Of Madhouse is a reminder of the imprint's considerable contribution to the house music canon and of a legacy that continues to shape electronic music in 2018 and beyond. Highlights not limited to: the swingin' "Don't Stop" (25th Anniversary Re-Edit) by Sebb Junior, Californian veteran CPEN's deep and sexy "I'm Searching" feat. Bluey Robinson, French rising star DJ Steaw's emotive and hypnotic "Bel Air" and Freerange boss Jimpster's rendition of Chandler's "Powder".
Sasa Di Toma - "House Is A Feeling" - (6:47) 123 BPM
Review: Riva Starr's label Snatch! is a relatively fledging operation, starting mere months ago. However it's made a weighty impression already with some boss releases. The latest offering is this multi-artist release, In House Vol 1, with highlights including the utterly nasty, deep after-hours grind "Deadloop" by Ruben Mandolini, which utterly in ecstasy pads and touch feely sensations. Elsewhere "Dope" by Oliver & Oliver offers a warm, meaty house thumper and "House Is A Feeling" by Sasa Do Toma, which features a hammeringly brutal kick, laser effects and hypnotic percussion.
Review: Riva Starr & Co. return with some more dirty house shenanigans on the third installment in their In House series, featuring half a dozen stars of the global house/tech-house scene. Milan's Stefano Kosa (Deeperfect/Fusion) serves up the funky "Last Call", it's a jazzy and boompty kinda something on London based Ramin Rezaie's "Werkin'", Italy's Greeko serves up the most uplifting chord progression you'll hear this year on the emotive "Boreal" and Parisian Kashovski (Total Freedom/Witty Tunes) gets deep down and dirty on the bass heavy raindance of "Shafin".