Review: Reykjavik's Felix Leifur has appeared previously for local homeboys Lagaffe Tales but really hits the big time now with his second release on Berlin's Dirt Crew with The Sunday Club EP; five delicious servings of dusty deep house goodness! The title track and "Berg Toppur" are the kind of lo-fi, hip-hop influenced house grooves that would make even Glenn Astro stand up and notice. Equally suited to a stoned Sunday afternoon stroll through Mauerpark is "Giving" however the sampled up soul/disco vibes makes for something more funky and sultry. There's a pretty sweet remix of "Berg Toppur" too by Hidden Spheres which goes for a more straight up and polished production with added dancefloor dynamic.
Review: Icelandic producer Felix Leifur made a big impression with his first EP for Dirt Crew, last year's The Sunday Club. This action-packed follow-up is, if anything, even more impressive. Over the course of six dusty, head-in-the-clouds cuts, you'll find skewed, effects-laden drums (think Theo Parrish crossed with Chaos In The CBD), alien chords, punchy jazz samples, J Dilla influences, sweaty percussive build-ups, fluid jazz-funk instrumentation, twisted R&B vocal cut-ups, and a serious amount of tape hiss. The result is a collection of tracks that shimmies between loose and groovy deep house, instrumental hip-hop goodness, and club-ready jazz-house heaviness. In other words, it's pretty darn tasty.
Review: Almost 12 months on from his first appearance on Frits Wentink's Bobby Donny label, Dirt Crew regular Felix Leifur returns to sell subscriptions to "The Tarleton Appreciation Club". Given the quality of the title track - a looped, spacey, skewed and ultra-deep take on loose-limbed jazz-house - he should have quite a lot of takers. There's plenty to get excited about across the rest of the EP, too, from the more driving and low-slung fuzziness of "Parts" and the sub-bass-propelled glitch-house swing of "Robbi", to the Theo Parrish-meets-J Dilla flex of fabulous closer "Juledreng", which could well be the standout of another high quality Leifur release.
Review: While he's also released on Bobby Donny and LaGaffe Tales, Felix Leifur's best material has often been reserved for Dirt Crew, a label he debuted on back in 2016. His latest missive for the German imprint is, as expected, pretty darn strong. Highlights include the alien chords, organic-sounding beats and woozy atmosphere of ultra-deep chugger "Hamburg 3011", the jazzy, early morning dancefloor sleepiness of loose-limbed broken beat number "Modern Soul Classics" and the horizontal drowsiness of blissful closing cut "Merlot 1988". Arguably best of all, though, is the chunky dancefloor pressure of jazzy deep house opener "Between Us", which reminded us a little of fellow German producer Soulphiction.
Review: Bobby Donny is run by Dutch dusty deepness merchant Frits Wentink. So right from when we heard the first beat on the track "Unidentified Blues" it all figured, really. Introducing Felix Leifur: a Reykjavik based producer with other fine releases of late on Lagaffe Tales, Neovinyl and Dirt Crew. The smoky and soulful vibes continue on the broken beat groove of "Hampton" and things are equally blunted (and rooted in urban blues) on the lush jam "Contact" taking its cues from greats like Moodymann as much as it does from the Money $ex crew. "Universal Rim" gives that MPC one more bash to churn out yet more swingin', summery, hip-hop inspired house that you can roll one up and get bopping to.
Review: We have something very special to check out here, as the innovative sounds of Felix Leifur see him land on Lagaffe Tales for 'BROT 03', a wonderful journey into sound and audio processing. We kick off with the stunning score-work of 'Brot, Pt. 9', combining stunning key-based harmonies for a heavenly audible experience. 'Pt. 10' follows with more junglist vibes, before 'Pt. 11' arrives with a more heavy hitting breakbeat backbone. Next up you guessed it, 'Pt. 12' deploys spacey pads and scattered drum breaks for more groovy results, before rounding up on the more high pressure drum switches and haunting tones of 'Pt. 13'. We would also thoroughly recommend taking this one in on long play!
Review: The second instalment in the Tale of Tales series brings with it four more reasons to be cheerful. Dirt Crew regular Felix Leifur steps up first with "Eitt", a lovably loose, dusty and occasionally wonky trip into blazed jazz-house territory. The jazzy mood continues on Toy Tronics duo COEO's rolling deep houser "Clouds", before Moony Me peppers a bustling, organic-sounding groove with sparkling synth refrains and drowsy chords on the thrillingly hazy "Soul Mirage". Sune opts for a far more bustling, chunkier beat pattern on skewed disco-house caper "I'll Be Right Back", which features some superbly cut-up and rearranged vibraphone solos alongside punchy horn samples and a brilliant post-breakdown drop.
Review: Congratulations to Germany's Dirt Crew Recordings, which marks a century of releases with a celebratory volume of the popular Deep Love compilation series. As befits the momentous occasion, the 11 tracks on offer are all exclusive and previously unreleased. Predictably, there's plenty to enjoy, from the dusty, crackly deep house warmth of Felix Leifur's "Feels Like", and classic U.S garage swing of Ponty Mython's "New York, New York", to the sweet, jazz-flecked haziness of Harry Wolfman's "Rainbow Set", and Huerta's dreamy, glassy-eyed Balearic deep house cut, "Blvrd". Throw in fine contributions from big hitters Detroit Swindle, Nachtbraker and The Revenge, and you have an undeniably essential collection.
Review: On their Deep Love 2018 compilation, you'll find label stalwarts to newcomers alike for respected Berlin imprint Dirt Crew. Their seventh compilation in the series, the label claims that it is the most complete in terms of sound and flow - and will blend in perfectly with that laid back, late summer mood. From moments of dusty and chilled-out deepness courtesy of Lorenz Rhode or Felix Leifur, lo-slung acid jams like Ponty Mython's "It's All Understood" or funked-up disco house like Frenchman S3A's "Modern Soul". Elsewhere, we have got the kind of slinky and sensual tech-house you've come to expect from the label - best exemplified by Canadian Dan Only or Jaxx Madicine's particularly sublime "Blue Bird". Essentially, it's more of the fine quality you've come to expect from this house music institution.
Review: As you'd expect, the latest volume in Dirt Crew's regular Deep Love compilation series features far more hits than misses. As with previous installments in the long-running series, Deep Love 2017 is mostly made up of previously unheard material from label favourites and like-minded guest producers. Highlights come thick and fast throughout, and include the horn-laden Latin disco-house brilliance of M.ono's "Jamas", the jazzy, Compost style broken beat deepness of Felix Leifur's "Record", the loved-up shuffle of Loz Goddard's impeccable "Now is Where We Are" and a touch of 21st century jazz-funk/deep house fusion by Ponty Mython. Also worth a listen is the contribution from Sheffield beat-smith Thatmanmonkz, who once again delivers a hazy chunk of ultra-deep, soul-flecked dancefloor bliss.