Review: Sometime House of Disco, Dirt Crew and Omena artist Harry Wolfman is the latest artist to appear on Phonica-backed imprint Karakul. He begins in suitably warm and woozy mood, wrapping lilting horn lines and sun-kissed keys around sweaty beats on the Chaos In The CBD-esque opener "SMBC". There's more relaxed jazz trumpet to be enjoyed on the even deeper and hazier "Eva" before Wolfman changes direction a little on the thrusting grooves, foreboding riffs and bluesy samples of "Obi 1". Arguably best of all, though, is "The Ritual", where drifting motifs, chiming melodies and spacey electronics float around a bongo-laden, ultra-organic deep house groove.
Review: Since making his mark via some fine releases on House of Disco, Harry Wolfman has delivered top-notch material on Lost My Dog, Secret Reels and Dirt Crew. Here he returns to the latter label with another five reasons to be cheerful. EP buyers can choose between the dreamy, dusty, fluid and percussion rich deep house bliss of "Fermi", the rich and spacey dancefloor shuffle of "Ice Thin", the fiendishly fuzzy, jazz house-goes-disco bump of "Downstream" and the yearning, sun-kissed Balearic bliss of 112 BPM closer "Outro Version". Rising star Jesse Futurman provides a brilliant remix of "Ice Thin" that sits somewhere between vintage Floating Points, Larry Heard and St Germain.
Review: Following a whole string of dope dispatches on the likes of Dirt Crew, House Of Disco, Lost My Dog, London's Wolfman makes his debut on Dutch deep house imprint Outplay. Four cuts in total, as always with Harry, both vibe and variety are the main priorities. "Hitch" is a loose-grooved hazy strutter with alluring percussion, "Pigs In Blankets" is as tasty as its name suggests with velvet falsettos, dreamy pads and slinky sleazy bass, "Nemoto" is the stone cold jacker of the pack with powerful filtered licks and a beat that you never want to quit. Finally "STS 136" bids us adieu on a sub-100 slo-mo strut. Heavy in the reveries with deep woozy flourishes, it's the perfect conclusion to yet another perfect EP from Harry. Bon voyage.
Review: Following a loan move to Dirt Crew, Harry Wolfman returns to longtime home House of Disco. Happily, there's much to enjoy on the producer's first outing for the London label in two years. He begins with the smiling warmth of "Epiphany 5", a rolling chunk of P-Funk-meets-disco-house fusion full of whizzing synth lines, rubbery synth bass and jammed-out keys. "Y'Sul's Ball" sees him jog into bouncy disco-funk edit territory - think sweaty, live-sounding percussion, sweet jazz-funk flourishes and hard-pressed horn lines - while "Ulbis" doffs a cap towards the likes of Chaos in the CBD and Mall Grab via a dusty, jazz-fired deep house workout.
Review: Whether delivering slo-mo disco loop jams, heady deep house groovers or boogie-powered improvisations, Harry Wolfman can usually be relied upon to bring the goods. There's certainly plenty to enjoy on the producer's first EO for Toy Tonics, not least the lolloping, sample-heavy goodness of opener "Stromboli", where soulful vocal snippets, jammed-out Amp Fiddler style synths and sumptuous chords amble around a brilliantly loose deep house beat. Wolfman goes deeper still on the dusty warmth of "The Rickest of Rick" - all elastic jazz-funk bass, tactile stabs and heavily manipulated vocal samples - before donning his Speedos for a shirtless romp through jazzy deep house/disco fusion on the decidedly sun-kissed "The Accord".
Review: Berlin's Toy Tonics present Mushroom House - a series for 'Indie Afro Disco House' now in its fifth edition. Stockholm's Art Alfie made a lot of great records with partner in crime Mr.Tophat and is part of the Studio Barnhus crew. His deep and minimalist slow burner "Dance To The Conga" will hypnotise you into submission. Harry Wolfman has released on Lost My Dog, Under the Shade and Dirt Crew - and is a specialist in that they call 'underwater house'. He presents a dusty, urban flavoured jam here called "Downstream" which wouldn't have sounded out of place on a label like Money $ex. There is also great track by The Barking Dogs - two guys from Milan who run Serendeepity Records. "Mamarracho" is a raw, old-school house jam featuring Marcelo Burton's sleazy deadpan vocals. Lastly, a 'psychoboogie' jam by Jacky Mingo and Kapote in the form of "Make It Hot" was made in three hours in Berlin last summer, while 42 degrees in the studio!
Review: Having rightly made a name for themselves as purveyors of high-grade goodness, House of Disco continues to churn out the hits. Following hot on the heels of their collaborative compilation with Dikso Records comes another hook-up, this time with Kolour Recordings. Given the similarity of both labels' output, it's little surprise that House of Kolour is a bit of a winner. Musically, it's jam-packed with warm, groove-laden cuts that straddle the line where deep house, disco and re-edits meet. Highlights are, naturally, plentiful, from the shimmering beauty of Debonair's Fantastic Man rework and the funtime bounce of Hystereo's "Choral Twist", to the loopy-but-swinging soul of Sleazy McQueen's "Pretty Baby", and the hustling deep house goodness of Medlar's previously unheard rework of Noodleman's ace "Starlight".