Review: The second release on the freshly minted Pronto label sees experienced Chicagoan house producer (and label founder) James Curd join forces with an unlikely collaborator: GRAMMY-winning British composer, keyboardist and audio engineer Marius De Vries. The pair's original, club-length mix is especially impressive, with Curd's drowsy spoken word vocals, spacey synth flourishes, warming chords and cascading vibraphone melodies riding a rubbery, action-packed disco-house groove. Jacques Renault opts for an extra percussive, filter-sporting, French Touch-style disco-house approach on his weighty remix, while Oliver Dollar makes the track bigger, snappier, heavier and bolder. Throw in a swathe of instrumental reworks and the more fluid and sun-splashed 'demo' version and you have an excellent package.
Review: Something of an all-star affair here, as long-serving Chicago exile James Curd (Greenskeepers, Tone Brigade) joins forces with Detroit legend (and sometime 3 Chairs and Rotating Assembly member) Marcellus Pittman for a collaborative two-track outing. Predictably, the vastly experienced duo hit the ground running with lead cut 'Shafty Riptide', where a killer TB-303 acid style bassline, quirky noises and spaced-out organ sounds ride a smooth, rolling house groove. On 'Corners', the pair explore the jazzier side of their sounds, alternating between sax and TB-303 sounds over a sparse, electro-influenced house beat and simply stunning chords. As good as we expected it to be... and then some!
Review: With suggestions of a cheeky Moodymann cadence in the voice of Likatso - this new single "I'm Hungry" sees the one and only James Curd reignite the Mr Kims label after an almost seven years of hiatus! Having released music from legend of the scene Paul Johnson (Let Me See You Butterfly), thisi I'm Hungry single brings a slight Dirtybird tip to the label's reemergence via its trippy vocals, 808 sentiment and techy-house disposition. Straight up house party jammers.
Review: Lumberjacks In Hell draft in a sublime cast of sympathetic operators for a second volume of From Hell With Love, providing you with eight perfectly formed tracks that straddle the divide between cosy, home-friendly house and dancefloor delectation. Laville's moody vocal turn kicks the record off in style on Austin Ato's 'Control', while Waajeed works his broken beat magic on 'What You Know'. Elsewhere Detroit Swindle bring a tougher slant on soul-rooted house music to the table, while PBR Streetgang aim straight for your pleasure centre with the soaring 'Madame Z'. And that's just the half of it...
Review: If you're after a near faultless selection of peak-time ready house and disco jams, this special Amsterdam Dance Event compilation from Yam Who's Black Riot could just be the ticket. There's a good mixture of fresh floor-fillers - see the sample-heavy, boompty style Chicago house pulse of The Phantom Revenge's "Workout Music", Phonik D's piano-laden disco-house romp "Talking Vintage" and the smooth, life-affirming deep house warmth of Thatmanmonkz's hazy revision of Amp Fiddler's "Your Love Is All I Need" - and recent revisions of classic cuts. In this category you've find a superb Hi-Fi Sean revision of Psychotropic's rave-era anthem "Hypnotic", a sparkling Kiko Navarro re-make of Kenny "Jammin" Jason's "Can U Dance 2015" and a wonderful, filter-sporting disco-house take on CN Williams "Mr Bump Man" by Yam Who and Jaegerossa.