Review: Roots For Bloom chief Jamie Trench is back with more tough rolling and groovy tech house on his new EP 'The Timeline'. There's an urban/hip-hop inspired aesthetic throughout which was right up our alley. The lad gets his swing on proper with the dusty late night deepness of "Velvet Curtains" and similarly the suave "He Ain't Dead", elsewhere he shows his true UK roots on the ravey and breakbeat driven power of Let Me See You Work " which was probably our pick of the fine bunch.
Review: Milton Keynes' favourite son is back on his Roots For Bloom imprint, with some upfront tech-house grooves. His new Spectrum EP features the sleazy, afterhours deep bounce of "That Teebs" - a slang reference to that infectious TB-303 bass that wobbles throughput. Second original offering "As You Enter The Room" delves deep into the exotic with its hypnotic tabla rhythms plus faint disco and psychedelic undertones - we were really digging this one. Following up great releases on the label by the likes of MarzAttacks, Laesh and Folamour - RFB continues to bring the goods.
Review: Fresh from outings on Abandon Silence and Bress Records, former Neo appartus artist Lucas Welle makes his debut on Roots For Bloom, a label renowned for the quality of its output. He immediately hits the ground running with "Lets Do It", a wonderfully groovy chunk of classic deep house rich in relaxed electric piano solos, nagging vocal samples and bongo-powered percussion hits, before joining forces with Jamie Trench for the cheery, bass-heavy disco-house celebration of "Ya Dig". Welle doffs a cap towards late '70s disco-funk and jazz-funk on the wonderfully punchy peak-time roller "Boogie & Co", while closer "Feel Like" is a sweaty, full-throttle workout that layers familiar-sounding chords and disco samples over a muscular rhythm track.
Review: The Nu Breed series was conceived back in the early 00s as a means of showcasing upcoming DJs of that era, such as Danny Howells and Lee Burridge. Now that the series has re-launched, the same concept applies and the latest DJ to feature is German spinner Oliver Schories. With a focus on deep, emotional house music, he weaves an intoxicating path that moves from the slurred vocals of Rico Puestel's "Volute" and the melancholic piano keys of Black Light Smoke's "Fire in My Head" into driving, techy tracks like Jamie Trench's "It Never Stops" and Oliver Deutschmann's hypnotic minimalism, "Control", before climaxing with Chateau Flight's sprawling remake of AtJazz's "It's Complete". Here's to the next generation of new breed DJs.
Review: Most instalments in the Shag Edits series tend to see Jamie Trench (Roots For Bloom label boss) cantered in a four-way action scenario with other equally endowed (musically) talents. Here is now different, with Trench slipping between the sheets to deliver the dirty and edgy jacker "Take Off Your Shirt". He's joined by L'Atelier, who delivers a handbaggy rework of an old vogueing classic, whilst Oli Furness turns in a fuzzy, distorted, loop-heavy diva disco jam, "Always Go Back Again" and Ghetto Chords takes control with closer, the super-upbeat Latin house shimmy, "Along The Way".
Review: More cold funk badness from Roots For Bloom's perennial Shag edit series. We let rip with a broken funk salvo as Oli Furness teeters on hip-house with a g-funk roller "Kick It", Jamie Trench continues with a rhythm that wouldn't have gone amiss on a Public Enemy jam on "Woody Dunked". For more of a boompty-boomp Chicago punch it's all about Bress Underground who twist up a big sample with jacking energy while Oli closes the show with a big swooning serenade. Proper.
Review: Roots For Bloom boss Jamie Trench has decided to mix things up a little on the latest edition of the Shag Edits series, supplementing one of his own contributions with cuts from three label debutants. His "Where The Party At" is a brilliantly ballsy, bass-heavy fusion of classic funk breaks, 45 King style samples and booming house beats, while Reese Johnson makes merry on the heavyweight disco-funk-goes-house slammer "Let's Dance". Bristol-based Alfresco Disco regular J Morrison snuggles up to the Godfather of Soul on his bumpin', subtly executed funk head-nodder "Brown Eyes", before G Markus brings proceedings to a close with the acid-laden deep house/disco fusion that is "BING!".
Review: Tsuba's "Limited" offshoot has delivered some of the label's strongest material in recent times. This three-track EP from fast-rising producer Jamie Trench is another high quality release. Opener "Cream", penned with one-time Say Ahh! man Angus Jefford is particularly delicious. With its addictive, rolling bassline, crunchy handclaps and smooth organs, it has a whiff of classic New Jersey house about it. On "Street Lamps", Trench opts for a deeper feel - think dreamy pads and drifting chords - whilst retaining the bumpin', US Garage-influenced grooves that have become a trademark. Best of all, though, is closer "Back In The Flow", a thrillingly loose and hustlin' romp through Andres style, soul-flecked deep house.
Review: Roots For Bloom SHAG Edits series returns with volume 3. M.James brings us a track that will catch any music lovers ear. With the crisp percussion, delicate guitar riffs, a bassline that keeps evolving throughout and that vocal, this one ticks all the boxes. On the flip label boss Jamie Trench maintains the general feel for the record. This one focusing on a simpler yet just as effective bassline and obviously being heavily reliant on the sample being in the shag edits series. If you're looking for that record that stands out from the rest, this is the weapon you need.
Daniel Curpen - "Daddy Was A Thug" (Jamie Trench dub edit) - (5:37) 126 BPM
Daniel Curpen - "Daddy Was A Thug" (Jamie Trench remix) - (5:43) 126 BPM
David Moran - "Cut Loose" (feat Albert Vogt) - (6:44) 124 BPM
David Moran & Mark Crumbs - "Tha Bassment" - (7:18) 123 BPM
Review: Roots For Bloom bring in four new faces for the seventh release. We see label boss Jamie Trench deliver an edit and remix of 'Daniel Curpen - Daddy Was A Thug', and David Moran teams up with Albert Vogt for their track 'Cut Loose' and then collabs with Mark Crumbs for 'Tha Bassment'. The A-side sees Jamie bring a rolling dub edit to Daniel's original and then takes things a little darker for the A2 remix. David Moran's Cut Loose shows off the vocal talents of Albert Vogt which grooves along seductively, then Tha Bassment as expected brings things a little harder and more for those after hour spots.
Review: Roots for Bloom boss Jamie Trench continues his flirtation with the Music Is Love label, debuting fully with the Back Chat EP after first appearing alongside the likes of Jackmaster K. Liam Geddes and New Jack City on that Lovebox double pack. Given his prolific nature so far this year, you should have some idea of what to expect from the four tracks here, namely upfront house of the endlessly punchy variety that takes its cues from the New Jersey sound of the early 90s. The title cut is the best showcase Trench's key playing talents so far whilst cuts like "Something Sexy" and "Autumn" are all about the drums!
Review: Four up-and-coming artists appear on SHAG Edits Volume 2 which is kick-started by Rebel's "You Somebodies", a bassy piece of looping filter house meant for peak time play. Newcomer Riri throws down jazzy horns, marching snares and acoustic rimshots in a slow moving "Get It On", while Chocky's "I Like" features cut vocals caught between interchanging melodies of pulsating rhythms. Jamie Trench, responsible for the labels first EP, delivers sexy vocals in "Locks, Frocks & 2 Floating Sparrows", a laid back disco joint with the same summery vibe as balmy Miami night.
Review: Standing cannily for Second Hand Audio Gold, the SHAG Edits Vol 1 EP is the third release from Jamie Trench's blossoming Roots For Gold imprint and features plenty of that jacking house vibe from the man himself and some close friends. Trench sets the tone with "Velvet Curtains" which pairs crisp, forthright jacking rhythms with a procession of vocal samples, whilst close friend and fellow DJ partner Daniel Dalton opts for a more funk laden approach with "The Party People". Trench appears again later, teaming up with Angus Jefford for the bumping "Bringin' Tha Heat", and Mike Gill rounds out the EP with the more reflective "Inflatable Doll".
Review: Originally released over two 12" singles earlier in the year, Lovebox 001 sees Manchester-based label Music Is Love's setting out its formula for future success. That means delivering warm, endorphin-boosting deep house cuts, garage-influenced tracks and deliciously summery dancefloor tracks from a range of new or little-known artists. Pleasingly, there's plenty of high quality material to enjoy, from the lucid deep garage revivalism of Maxwell's "Need U", and bouncing grooves of New Jack City's "I Believe" (complete with heavy New Jersey organs, of course), to the '89 hip-house funk of Jamie Trench's "Juicy" and Gwen Guthrie-sampling goodness of Mikki Funk's "Deeper Love".
Review: This summer, Steve Lawler is hosting a midweek party at Sankeys Ibiza under the Viva Warriors title. Here, he joins forces with fellow resident Darius Syrossian to lay down a two disc mix set that touches on all of his usual inspirations. That means an atmospheric trawl through nuggety darkroom house, tribal flavours and murky tech-house, with additional helpings of basement-baiting New York deepness and European fluidity. In truth, Viva Warriors is arguably more fun and upbeat than many of Lawler's recent mixes, suggesting a new-found love of reaching out for the lasers and hip-wigglin' groovery. Maybe that's Syrossian's influence; either way, it makes for an enjoyable two-disc mix-up.