Review: By now, we should know exactly what to expect from the Shir Khan curated Black Jukebox series, namely party-starting house cuts aimed squarely at peak-time dancefloors. This particular edition - the 23rd in total - naturally sticks to the formula, presenting two tracks apiece from Freiboitar and Hurlee. It's the former who steps up first, serving up the bold, mind-altering bass, jazzy keys and bumping beats of "Blue My Mind" before laying down the filter-heavy jazz-house/disco house fusion of "What's Up". Hurlee reaches for the winding sax solos on the deliciously warm and loved-up roll of "On The Floor", before brilliantly cutting up and beefing up an old Patrice Rushen classic on the heady and intoxicating goodness that is final track "Disco Love".
Review: Storied Spanish producer Hurlee made his first appearance on Tilly Jam earlier in the year with an EP that we described as having a "cocktail hour vibe". The Mallorca-based artist's second salvo on the label is an altogether more up-tempo affair, though the ear pleasing musicality, sunny warmth and inherent cheeriness remains centre stage throughout. He begins in fine fashion with "Breakfast With Eliza", a colourful chunk of tactile disco/deep house fusion laden with melodic positivity and killer bass guitar lines, before joining the dots between boogie, 80s soul and morning-fresh deep house and EP standout "Gimme Some Groove". To round things off, he successfully cuts up a classic underground disco track and re-tools it for house dancefloors ("Dance Together").
Review: Over the past 28 months, Hurlee has showcased his wares on a variety of well-regarded labels, including Papa, Mood Funk and Frigo Vide. On this latest three-track missive, he's pitched up on Dikso in order to demonstrate his grasp of summery disco-house dynamics. The warm, tactile and bouncy "New Life" is our pick of the bunch. It not only boasts chunky drums and some suitably warm and melodious filtered loops, but also some suitably rush-inducing female vocal samples (taken not from a disco record, but what appears to be a superior '80s pop record). Freiboitar's slightly beefier and loopier remix is decent, too, but lacks the spine-tingling vocal breakdowns that mark out Hurlee's original version. The EP is completed by the cheery, horn-heavy disco-house bump of "Old Friend".
Review: There's seemingly no stopping Hurlee, a producer whose cheerful, floor-friendly music has appeared on countless well-regarded labels (think Apparel Music, Exploited, Large Music, Papa and Plastik People, for starters) over the last few years. Here he debuts on Masterworks Music with a quartet of shamelessly feel-good cuts that effortlessly wrap disco and boogie samples around chunky grooves for maximum peak-time pleasure. We're particularly enjoying the filtered vocals, horns and disco strings of "All Night Long" and locked-in afternoon disco-house positivity of "Tonight", thought both the brilliantly chopped-and-looped heavy-disco house of "Tell Me" and more laidback bounce of "Real Disco" also sound like genuine dancefloor winners.
Review: Another selection of tracks from label boss Shir Khan's Black Jukebox. It's a solo outing this time round from Mallorca's Hurlee (Poetry In Motion/Apparel Music) who provides some excellent twists on the label's brand of self described 'terrace house' formula. Featuring the sexy and lo-slung disco deepness of "So Happy" which will appeal to all you Robsoul and Ondule fans out there, the looped-up and superbly filtered funk of "Without Me" and finally the late night mood lighting of "Somebody To Love" which truly is 'mature house' if we've ever heard such a thing.
Review: Three very fine nu-disco slices here from Mallorca's Hurlee, who's previously appeared on Gents & Dandy's, Plastik People, Papa Records and Nurvous, among others. 'Tropicana' itself is up first and has a lounge-y, cocktail hour kinda feel, particularly in the second half where a wonky sax loop takes centre stage. 'Tonite' is similar in style but with a delicately tinkling piano line and looped snatches of sampled, spoken/shouted vocal leading the charge. And then finally there's 'What's Your Problem?', which rolls along at a house tempo and sports 80s boogie vox which, again, are chopped 'n' looped throughout.
Review: Poetry in Motion is a label based out of Gijon in Spain: a concept and way of life created by Tete de la Course, Paul Rudder, Oui & Hurlee. It is the latter who serves up some fine deep disco joints on the 'Look At Me' EP. Real name Inaki Hurtado Diaz, the Palma de Mallorca native became interested in electronic music at a young age, being influenced by the sounds of deep house. He began DJing at popular clubs in the city, sharing the decks with best locals in town. He has had other releases thus far on labels like: Large Music, Nervous Records, King street and many more. He offers up the lo-slung, slo-mo joint that is the title track, in all its uplifting and neon-lit glory. "La Notte" seriously brings the funk and emotion with its familiar vocal refrain and steady swingin' shuffle beneath, but it's all about the Ziggy Phunk LOVE remix up next which really gets the party started.
Review: Who doesn't love a sunset? Hurlee certainly does, as he's outed himself as an enthusiastic supporter of watching the sun go down on his latest two-track single, which also marks his first appearance on Poetry In Motion. Title track "The Sunset Lover" is every bit as warm, summery and drowsy as you'd expect, with pitched-up soul vocal snippets, filtered loops and jazzy disco samples - think bass, guitar etc - shuffling away atop a rolling, loose-limbed deep house beat. The Spanish producer strolls further towards cut-up disco-house territory on the similarly warm and hazy "My Sweet Lady", a track whose bassline is as rubbery as its beats are bouncy.
Review: Inako Hurtado Diaz may not be the hardest-working producer around, but he's certainly building a strong case to take the title. Since 2013, the Palma de Mallorca native has released an impressively high number of quality EPs on a similarly epic list of labels. His latest three-tracker for Apparel Music is, somewhat predictably, pleasingly strong. He begins with the lolloping, piano solo-laden disco-house breeziness of "Beating For You" - all filtered vocal samples, sunshine grooves and swirling effects - before brilliantly turning a slick '80s soul bomb into a cheery chunk of peak-time positivity on "In The Sunshine". To finish, he sticks a rocket under a horn-heavy early soul gem on the similarly smile-inducing goodness of "Love Song".
Pablo Bolivar - "A Special Night" (feat John Vermont - Ian Pooley Main remix) - (6:49) 122 BPM
Raw Instinct - "De La Bass" (Fred Everything remix) - (6:36) 121 BPM
Sebastian Davidson - "Questionmark" - (5:41) 121 BPM
Ben Gomori - "Illusion" - (6:56) 121 BPM
Rony Breaker - "I'll Be The One" (feat Nat Mor - Platzdasch & Dix remix) - (8:02) 120 BPM
The Checkup & Deeleegenz - "My Kingdom" - (6:48) 117 BPM
Mousse T - "The Jam Files, Vol 3" (continuous DJ mix) - (2:07:00)
Review: Hannover's Peppermint Jam predicts that 2018 will be a good year for house music - and what better to support this than with the third outing of the mighty Jam Files series. The label's very own Mousse T. starts the journey with a fresh exclusive, featuring the inimitable Peven Everett on the sensual jam "Pleasure" and even a remix of his anthem "Horny" from '96 by Scott Diaz. Elsewhere, there's also a rework of the classic "Never Enough" by Hamburg legend Boris Dlugosch, plus future classics by newbies like Studioheist on their deep and soulful "In Control" featuring the smooth as silk vocals of Andre Espeut. Also, Raw Instinct get their hot track "De La Bass" reworked by Montreal hero Fred Everything. Jam Files III is the perfect offering for every house music fan or 'music connoisseur' according to the label - we'd have to agree!