Review: Ian Pooley has consistently brought a techno element to his music, going back to mid-90s records like Twin Gods and Chord Memory - so it's no surprise to hear him wield this influence on Studio A Pt 2. The follow up to his debut for Rekids last year, it sees Pooley deliver a tracky release. "Jv Organ & Matrix" resounds to a hail of insistent synth lines and brooding vocals, while on the second version Pooley puts a focus on dense chords and steely percussion. Meanwhile, "Back Up" is a gritty, tweaked jacking track in the Relief mode, while Pooley reverts to a somewhat deeper sound on the acid bleeds and frazzled synths of "101202".
Review: Despite being active since the early '90s and chalking up a sizable discography that includes singles on all manner of acclaimed labels (think Force Tracks, NRK, V2 and Ovum Recordings), Ian Pooley has never before released music on Radio Slave's Rekids imprint. Predictably he's brought the goods on Studio A Pt. 1. He begins with the chunky weightiness of 'Basic Juno', where echoing synth sounds and tight electronic riffs ride a dubby bassline and hypnotic late-night drums, before opting for a more expansive and dreamy sound on the equally impactful, acid-flecked 'Close Your Eyes'. Fittingly, Pooley finishes with a flourish via '303 (2 Bars)', a fine fusion of melancholic, early morning deep house and jacking, off-kilter Chicagoan acid.
Review: After celebrating their landmark 40th anniversary last year, long running Ibiza-based institution Cafe Del Mar are back for the next annual compilation in their series. Cafe Del Mar Chillhouse Mix XII does exactly what it says on the tin, and quite frankly no one else quite does it better. Highlights come from: legend Ian Pooley on the bumpin' late night groove of "Puzzled", Montreal staple Fred Everything getting the remix treatment by the ever reliable I:cube on the ultra deep sleaze of "Barbarella" and British nu-disco heroes Bent also getting a low slung rework by the mighty Ashley Beedle on "Friends". Elsewhere, Kiwi duo Chaos In The CBD keep "Cool But So.." by Detroit first wave pioneer Alton Miller in a typically soulful and emotive form with their perspective, while Chicago staple JT Donaldson delivers perfect mood music as always with his remix of Dirtytwo's "Hopeless" and Ron Trent showing us all exactly just what 'deepness' really is all about on his stunning version of Tevo Howard's classic "Without Me" feat Tracey Thorn - an oldie but still a goodie!
Review: For those without an extensive knowledge of jazz around the world, Ulf Kleiner is a German pianist who used to produce nu-jazz and deep house as Perry Colo. Under that alias, he collaborated with veteran German house producer Ian Pooley in 2019; here, Pooley offers up his dancefloor-focused takes on a dusty piano-jazz cut from Kleiner's back catalogue, 'Tubes Grande'. You can hear the gentle, shuffling original at the end of the EP, alongside an 'Analogue Piano Dub' that sounds like live jazz-house. The headline attractions are undoubtedly Pooley's revisions though. He adds snippets of Kleiner's piano to a surging beat, warehouse-ready deep house stabs and a rubbery synth bassline on his main remix, before opting for a deeper, dreamier sound on the equally impressive Dub mix.
Review: "Balmes" was taken from veteran producer Ian Pooley's 2000 opus 'Since Then' - considered by many as one of the German producer's finest moments and a true classic in the annals of deep house music with its superb disco, soul and latin house infusions. Featuring legendary Canadian vocalist Esthero, the original version is featured, as well as a sunkissed and smooth as silk rework by Faze Action, Mood II Swing's John Ciafone delivers his idiosyncratic style as always on a trippy and stomping perspective - in addition to the original Vocal and Radio mixes.
Review: On his latest self-released single, Ian Pooley has joined forces with fellow German scene veteran Perry Colo (real name Ulf Kleiner), an artist whose last solo releases appeared the best part of 14 years ago. "Together, Alright!" is breezy, summery and positive, with the pair peppering a no-nonsense deep house groove with bouncy piano stabs, colourful electronic motifs, vibrant synthesizer lines and occasional short vocal samples from Sterling Void's 1980s house classic "It's Alright". Arguably even better than the Main Mix is the accompanying Dub, which increases in intensity throughout thanks to the presence of sustained, held note chords and a ragging acid line. You'll also find a bonus DJ tool in the shape of an "Acapella" that places echoing vocal samples atop drum machine handclaps.
Review: Not content with serving up regular doses of ear-pleasing nu-disco, the Future Disco crew has decided to start sound-tracking days spent lounging on the beach. Somewhat predictably, this second Beach Life selection is packed with seriously steamy, sun-kissed grooves. While this epic digital package does contain two (un-credited) DJ mixes, the real joy is the expansive - not to mention eclectic - selection of DJ-friendly, unmixed tracks. Check, for example, the sun-down, jazz-funk influenced bliss of Folamour's "L'homme Loup", the head-nodding lounge warmth of Snacks' "Daydream", the gentle Balearic nu-disco of Sirs, the lo-fi deep house haziness of DJ Boring and COEO, and the sand-in-the-shoes shuffle of Eli Escobar's delicious remix of Kraak and Smaak's "U R Freak". Throw in a swathe of tasty, laidback but floor-friendly deep house jams and you have a solid collection of serious summer jams.
Review: Global Underground's Nubreed series has a huge amount of kudos, having brought respected DJs like Lee Burridge, Steve Lawler and Danny Howells to attention during the early 00s with a series of iconic mixes. Although it was on hold for much of the second decade of this millennium, it has been successfully resurrected and now gives the same platform to Theo Kottis. In keeping with its usual format, this instalment sees the Beautiful Strangers boss explore a range of styles and sound across two mixes. Accordingly, his selection ranges from Gigi Masin's melodic piano composition, "Maja", to the Mountain People's sensuous deep house "La Onda", taking in some underground classics like DJ Assassin's garage/house hybrid "Face in the Crowd" as well as left of centre oddities like The Horn's "Villager". It's a fitting testament to the Nubreed aesthetic.
Review: Predictably, Suol has gathered together tracks from an impressive list of deep house producers for this expansive first volume in the Hallo Montag 2018 series. German veteran Ian Pooley sets the tone with the jacking, acid-tinged deep house bounce of "Time", before M Ono shows off his synthesizer soloing skills via the glassy-eyed Balearic house brilliance of "Waffelhaus". Iron Curtis's contribution, "The Further You Look", sounds simultaneously low-slung and gently dreamy (it's a fine combination), while Black Loops doff a cap to the greats of disco-house via the funk-fuelled, sample-heavy stomp of "Is This A Banger?" If you're in the mood for something a bit more bumping, the boompty-inspired stomp that is Carlo's "Lluvia" should be right up your alley.
Review: It's some 17 years since Ian Pooley released Since Then, his third and arguably finest full-length excursion. As this first reissue proves, the set has lost none of its' warm and sunny attractiveness in the years since. While cuts such as "Coracao Tambor" and "900 Degrees" got plenty of club plays at the time, it's the German producer's versatility that shines through loud and clear. Amongst the sunny house treats, you'll find cuts that doff a cap to disco, hip-hop, samba, jazz-funk and the then popular San Francisco style of blazed deep house. For this edition, Pooley has also gathered together some of the best remixes of album tracks released in that period, including strong rubs from Faze Action, Tom Middleton, Sheffield survivors Swag and Mood 2 Swing man John Ciafone.
Review: Two heroes of the new breed kick off a new mix series for Jamie Jones' esteemed Hot Creations imprint. Jones began Paradise at DC10 (Ibiza) five years ago and it's gone on to be a huge success, inviting the biggest names in the business to come play alongside his crew of residents. The first mix is courtesy of Toronto's Nathan Barato, a frequent collaborator with local heroes such as Carlo Lio and The Junkies and whose career has been on the rise with releases on Cajual, Saved, Circus and Defected. Highlights include the Derrick Carter classic "Where Ya At?" (Mix Originale), Makam's brooding "Loleatta" and Jared Wilson's rusty acid odyssey "Girl, I'm Waitin". UK talent Patrick Topping this year completed his third summer as resident at DC10 in Ibiza for Paradise. Here Topping showcases the sound and style of his sets with high energy from the word go. His mix features several of his own productions guaranteed for maximum dancefloor impact, as well as Metaboman's lo-slung and exotic "Next Please" through to Dave Clarke's massive remix of Jark Prongo's "Movin Thru Your System".
Hit N' Run (Oskar Offermann remix) - (7:59) 126 BPM
What's Your Number (Mathias 'SHOW-B' Schober remix) - (7:50) 123 BPM
Cold Wait (E-Dancer Deep Soul mix) - (6:27) 126 BPM
What's Your Number (Paradise Mixx By Bob Sinclar) - (5:19) 128 BPM
What's Your Number (Jazzanova Re-Number) - (7:04) 126 BPM
What's Your Number (Swag FM mix) - (6:29) 122 BPM
Review: Ian Pooley's legendary and seminal 1998 album Meridian is re-issued on his own Pooled Music, originally released on V2. It features such memorable hits as "What's Your Number" and other played out tracks such as "Relief Action" and "Cold Wait" which many Gen X clubbers will no doubt remember. The production on the album which was made 18 years ago is still impressive and will remain timeless, just like other albums by him such as Since Then and Souvenirs.
Review: Tracks from Meridian, the seminal 1998 album by German house music legend Ian Pooley get the remix treatment here. While the classic "What's Your Number?" remix by Jazzanova is the best and will never be bettered, an honourable mention must go to Mathias Schover for his effort, its stripped, slow burning and drugged out rendition deserves some credit. White Label mainman Oskar Offerman's remix of "Hit 'N Run" delivers a serving of swinging and trippy deep house vibes to set the tone for the early evening while Irish heroes Bicep deliver "Cold Wait (Dub)" which does exactly what it says on the tin really; chilling, rolling, bass driven tech-house that's as functional as it is groovy.
Review: Pooledmusic presents label boss Ian Pooley's first serving of original material since 2013's What I Do LP. "Turakina" is hypnotic and textured tech house executed wonderfully by a true master. Those swelling and evolving pads that join in the mix later are pure magic. Things get more uptempo and mysterious on the dancefloor drama of "Mudou" with some immaculately programmed rhythms facing off with doomy and epic synth leads. There's also a dub version which takes the track into smoother, and yes, dubbier deep house territory.
Review: Amazingly, it's 20 years since the release of Ian Pooley's breakthrough club hit, "Roller Skate Disco". In the years since, he's shifted focus numerous times, releasing material on such labels as NRK, Force Tracks, Simple Records and Innervisions. Here he returns to Dixon's acclaimed imprint with two more tracks of woozy, heavily electronic deep tech-house. "The Beginning (Dub)" kicks things off, lacing simple electronic melodies and synth bleeps over a moody, atmospheric, late night groove. Pooley ratchets up the tension throughout, with long, drawn-out chords pushing us towards a glassy-eyed conclusion. "Floris" is a little deeper, with organ chords and melodies that seem to creep up on you slowly from behind. With a similarly hypnotic, shuffling groove to "The Beginning (Dub)", it feels like an early morning gem.
Crimea X - "Yev" (Prins Thomas Diskomiks remix) - (6:01) 122 BPM
Crimea X - "Dream Is Gone" (Prins Thomas Diskomiks remix) - (6:26) 122 BPM
Jagwar Ma - "Four" - (6:33) 129 BPM
Sandrien - "Haters" - (9:37) 126 BPM
Review: By now, we should all know what to expect from both the Balance series and Danny Howells, namely slick, atmospheric, spine-tingling electronic music of both an uptempo and downbeat bent. This bumper digital version of his latest double CD mix features some exceptionally good tracks, from the exotic, psychedelic techno of Will Saul and October's rework of Michael Mayer's "Mantasy" and the evocative Balearic deep house of Joakim's "Another Light", to the dreamy fluidity of Matthias Voigt's remix of Ian Pooley's "I Got You", and the crystalline electronics and wide-eyed beauty of Maricopa's ambient delight "Neon Shoals". It is, then, a sizzling hot collection of evocative electronic music for dancers and dreamers. Don't sleep.
Review: Jozif is part of the new wave of underground house DJs, and on this compilation he displays his ability to curate a fine range of house tracks, while always retaining a soulful touch. The selection starts with the sensuous vocals and atmospheric guitar strumming of Charles Webster's "Butterfly", before moving into the mournful pianos of Burnin' Tears' "Got a Reason" and the hissing percussion and reflective vocals of YokoO's "Blinded". There are some less esoteric contributions, in particular from Silicone Soul, whose lurching bass and heavy claps make for a welcome diversion. But in the main, this is a collection of emotional house, best embodied by the dislocated chant 'loneliness, emptiness no happiness, just sadness' on Steffi's "Sadness".