Review: First released on wax almost three years ago, Hade's first edits EP for Razor 'N' Tape has finally made it to digital download. This is undoubtedly a great thing, because it's arguably one of the Brooklyn imprint's strongest collections of cuts to date (and that's saying something). He opens via the sweaty, occasionally dubbed-out disco-funk goodness of "Say What You Wanna Say", whose combination of killer grooves and slowly building heaviness guarantees good times. He flips the script entirely on "Jeep Cherokee XJ", crafting a killer hip-hop jam out of dusty jazz samples and boom-bap beats, before dancing his way through an early slab of harmonica-laden disco-rap ("My Thang"). To round things off, Hade once more joins the dots between hip-hop and jazz on hazy closing cut "Range Rover HSE".
Review: Hade could accurately be described as "little known", despite having delivered a handful of superb, soulful, heavily electronic deep house remixes for Melting Pot Music. Here, he finally gets his chance with a two-tracker on Gold Finger. Lead cut "It's Not Right" is particularly special, with a classic Whitney Houston R&B vocal riding a warm, sensual deep house groove that's almost huggable. Much of the track's endearing appeal comes from the combination of toasty chords and deep acid bass on which Houston's vocal sits. Flip for "Mobb Deep Ultra", a shuffling deep house/tech-house hybrid that makes great use of vocal samples from an interview with the infamous hip-hop combo.
Review: Here's something different from Local Talk: an EP from Cologne-based twosome Hade & Gutta that fuses the imprint's usual classic US house influences with the unmistakable boom of UK bass music. Opener "Nothing Wrong" is the real killer, a rambunctious fusion of speaker-rattling sub, punchy US garage vocal samples and relentless stabs. "In Me" is noticeably deeper, with classic strings and bubbling electronics riding a shuffling but potent groove. Finally, Hade goes solo on "Baphome", an ultra-deep excursion blessed with shimmering chords, sparse-but-heavy rhythms and some choice hip-hop vocal samples. It's the EP's most laidback moment, but it still packs some serious punch.