Review: The first release from Belarussian producer Iner's Dobro label contained a wealth of high-class deep house treats from an expansive cast of international artists. This sequel follows on along similar lines, with Iner choosing to showcase six sizzling tracks from a variety of rising stars and established. Spanish producer Hurlee kicks things off via the atmospheric and musically detailed deep house jazziness of 'Pel Meu Per Tu', before Igor Gonya wraps jazzy old soul snippets around a bustling beat on 'Mess In The Head'. Sun-kissed, electric piano-laden carnival house flavours are the order of the day on Cosmocomics' 'Surf and Smoothie', while MuteNoise and Jeff The Fool both make merry with samples lifted from classic disco-funk jams. Will Sonic successfully rounds things off with a classic-sounding deep house pumper with bags of energy ('Musica Melodica').
Review: Having spent 2020 bouncing between Tropical Disco, Suol and Ondule Recordings, Hurlee confidently strides into 2021 and the loving arms of Esuoh. Those who appreciate his chunky, energy-packed take on deep house will find much to enjoy throughout, from the bumpin' beats, warm bass, dreamy chords, smile-inducing organ stabs and hazy horns of 'Never Love', to the tough but spacey, kick-drum-driven deep house funk of closing cut 'Chicago'. Sandwiched in between you'll find the smooth and groovy late-night headiness of 'Crystallic Sunshine', and the rolling chunkiness of 'Sweet Keys', where glassy-eyed female vocal samples catch the ear. Tried-and-tested tastiness from a master craftsman.
Review: Having really enjoyed Paul Rudder's recent EPs on RDR, Tilly Jam and Flat White Records, we're rather excited by his Shall Not Fade label debut. Happily, he hasn't let us down. Rudder begins by channelling the spirit of exuberant, early '90s Italian piano house on the rushing revivalism of 'Mind Drifting', before exploring the deeper, more organ-rich sound of 90s New Jersey house and garage on the arguably even better 'Losing Dreams'. 'Ah You Know' is a slightly more rugged and bouncy affair featuring squelchy acid bass, while 'Experience' is tougher and chunkier but no less sweaty. Finally, old pal Hurlee once more lends a hand on 'Till You Found', a seductive, early morning house number that reminded us a little of Chez Damier's mid-90s work.
Review: Two predictably high-quality slices of contemporary funk/disco from scene stalwart Hurlee. The title track 'Le Disque Tropical' is an unhurried, chuggy affair that tops a lolloping funk beat and a heavyweight bassline with parping, Brass Construction-esque horns, with mucho use of the filters and the saxophone getting something approaching a solo around the five-minute mark. 'Juicy Jazzy', meanwhile, is another filter-heavy cut, but this time with a more overtly tropical/lounge-y kind of feel. The title track's the one for peaktime play, but the latter will serve you well for warm-up sets and those longer mixes.
Review: Given the respective impressive records of both Hurlee and Ondule Recordings, you'd rightly expect the Spanish producer's first outing for the French imprint to be rather good. It is of course, with opener "Confiture Du Jour" offering a pitch-perfect blend of lolloping, bass-heavy deep house grooves, jazzy guitar riffs, cut-up vocal snippets and hazy chords. The producer's love of sharp edits, tight loops and hip-hop style production tricks is explored further on the deep, drowsy and dreamy downtempo head-nodder "Revolution", while "Heal Me" is an extra-percussive bounce though chunky, late night deep house haziness that's every bit as alluring as you'd expect.
Review: A recognised name amongst the catalogues of labels like SUOL, Tilly Jam and Future Disco, house music connoisseur Hurlee turns up for the Exploited Ghetto label with two slabs of classic, pumping house music. With strands of guitar funk, disco and legendary vocal samples spicing things up in "Feel So High" it's the undeniable Norm Tally vibe of "The Journey" that holds this jam down! For the deeper club inspired stuff, best served with cremant, "Looking To My Eyes" splashes about some New York vogue.
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: 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: If you're in the mood for some sun-kissed sounds tailor-made for sun-kissed pool parties and lazy afternoons on the beach, Future Disco's latest compilation could be just the ticket. You get 18 unmixed tracks for your DJ sets, plus a non-stop mix to help while away the hours while your skin turns a lovely shade of red. Musically, it's a mixture of baggy Balearic disco-pop (Luxxury, Stavanger Hunt and Future Disco's "Another Lifetime", dub disco influenced grooves (Soulwax remixing Tendts, the low slung strut of Lowheads' "Seven Afro Mood"), dreamy deep house sexiness (Henrik Vilard, Moon Boots) and evocative nu-disco haziness (the Italo-influenced thrust of 16BL's ace "You Are High"). More importantly, the quality threshold remains high throughout.
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: 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.