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WOLFEP 007
17 Feb 11
Deep House
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Brothers Rice - "Make Love" - (5:01)
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Fantastic Man - "Look This Way" - (6:46) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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KRL - "Machine Code" - (5:18) 120 BPM
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Melbourne Deepcast # 1
MD 001
12 Jul 11
Deep House
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Lewie Day aka Tornado Wallace - "Some Kind Of Man" (original mix) - (6:34) 117 BPM
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Andy Hart - "Devoted" (original mix) - (7:36) 111 BPM
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Fantastic Man aka Mic Newman - "From Start To Finish" (original mix) - (7:02) 114 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Weekend Express - "Deeper" (original mix) - (6:44) 115 BPM
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Review: Victoria's finest come together to launch the Melbourne Deepcast imprint, proving that there's much more to the city than great coffee. Up first is Lewie Day - perhaps better known to the record buying public as Tornado Wallace - who drops the immensely pleasing soulful mid tempo bump of "Some Kind Of Man", a sample-heavy house jam that has been receiving a lot of love on the Juno office turntable. This is followed by "Devoted", an effort from MD head honcho Andy Hart that shimmers with Motor City soul - watch out for those keys! Up next there's some eagerly anticipated new tackle from Fantastic Man, with the deep groove/low slung riffage of "From Start To Finish" sounding like a snug fit for the 6th Borough Project back cat, while Weekend Express's "Deeper" bristles with vintage Chicago vibes. An auspicious debut.
It's Essential
LPH 006
11 Jun 12
Deep House
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It's Essential - (6:46) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Sanctuary - (5:52) 120 BPM
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Scenic Route - (7:32) 120 BPM
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Played by: Paxton Fettel
Heartbreaker
LPH 022
16 Dec 13
Deep House
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Heartbreaker (original mix) - (6:37) 121 BPM
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Zero (original mix) - (5:41) 120 BPM
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Keep Out (original mix) - (6:31) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Keep Out (Suzanne Kraft remix) - (7:20) 120 BPM
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Review: Melbourne-based deep house stalwart Mic Newman has enjoyed a relatively quiet year under his Fantastic Man alias, with just the odd release to keep fans happy. He's clearly been saving his best till last, though, because this EP for Let's Play House (his second for the Brooklyn-based imprint) is top drawer. It's hard to pick highlights, with all four tracks delivering a delicious blend of evocative melodies, tumbling grooves and sympathetic chords. The decidedly melancholic Serotonin-release of "Zero" is probably the pick, though lead track "Heartbreaker" - as emotion-rich and vulnerable as the title suggests - being close behind. The deeper, spookier "Keep Out" - think Larry Heard meets Young Marco - is excellent, too, as is Suzanne Kraft's spacier, dubbier, analogue-heavy remix.
Dream Machine
LOTR 005
11 May 15
Deep House
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Fountain Gate - (7:12) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Dream Machine - (6:12) 80 BPM
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St Elmo's Theme - (6:31) 118 BPM
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Review: Having made his name making decent deep house, Fantastic Man appears to be following in the footsteps of fellow Melbourne export Tornado Wallace and pursuing a far more Balearic, kaleidoscopic sound. Certainly, Dream Machine is arguably his strongest EP to date, delivering a trio of cuts that expertly fuse Italo, Scandolearic and new age influences. There's naturally much to admire, from the lilting melodies, tactile proto-house rhythms, Italo attitude and bubbling synth bass of "Fountain Gate", to the marimba-clad breeziness and chiming tunefulness of "St Elmo's (Theme)". The title track, a study in early deep house melodiousness, is also pretty impressive.
Galactic Ecstasy
KITJEN 005
25 Nov 16
Deep House
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Galactic Ecstasy - (7:51) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Acid Martin - (6:09) 126 BPM
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Legoman - (5:22) 120 BPM
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Review: Even by his usual high standards, this EP from Melbourne producer Fantastic Man is pretty darn special. It begins with the tactile, loved-up brilliance of "Galactic Ecstasy", where glistening, intergalactic synthesizer lines and chiming melodies tumble down over restless acid lines and a hustling rhythm track. "Acid Martin" boasts a little more jacking intent, whilst retaining the new age influenced melodies and humid textures more associated with Young Marco's work. He closes proceedings with the superb "Legoman", where winding, intelligent techno style melodies rub shoulders with lusciously deep chords and Project Pablo style deep house breakbeats.
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