Review: Lumberjacks In Hell welcome Croatian producer Andrej Laseech to the table following his promising early outings on Be Yourself and Sound Exhibitions. On this release, Laseech has reached out to the mighty, eternally prolific Javonntte for a little vocal magic, resulting in the utterly sexy deep house burner "More Than Friends". It's a track that Marcel Vogel & Tim Jules clearly dig, judging by the light touch they applied to their own remix of the track. "Take You Away" on the flip is another sweet and sultry warm-up or backroom jam that gets lifted even higher by Javonntte's stellar vocals.
Review: Detroit deep house producer Javonntte returns to German label Quintessentials with a four-track EP. '20 Million On The Planet' marries pounding drums to a Cevin Fisher-like "I wanna make 'em all dance" vocal, 'Detroit 9' is a jazzy, lounge-y affair underpinned by more of those whomping 4/4s, 'And We Vibe' - arguably the standout of the four tracks here - has strands of both jazz-funk and 80s boogie in its DNA, while the slightly pacier 'In My Soul' combines a dubwise bassline, a soulful one-line vocal and flamenco strains into a blissed-out cut that's got 'Ibiza sundown' written all over it.
Review: It would be fair to say that Javontte (AKA original '90s deep house producer Brian Garrett) has been making up for lost time. Since returning to action in 2016, he's released no less than ten EP singles, all of which have been packed with high quality material. Predictably, it's hard to find fault with the five fine tracks featured on Garrett's first contribution to the Let's Play House "White" series. Check, for example, the bumpin' '90s deep house warmth of opener "Just Listen", where ascending electric piano lines rise above toasty chords and sneaky vocal samples, and the feel-good roll of "Capricorn". Elsewhere, we recommend the spacey bounce of "City to City People", which also features a wobbly, D&B style bassline, and the laidback dancefloor jazziness of evocative closer "Organic J Mix 2".
Review: A warm welcome to Detroit producer Javonntte for his first Quintessentials release. Javonntte has been releasing his blend of pure deep house quality for years, and his new release How Is Club246 is another fine example of his great talent. First of all, the title is an homage to a club in Detroit, circa 1996. Javonntte's interpretation of this zeitgeist is quite diverse - from the opening track "Remember" which takes its cues from Kerri Chandler or Jovonn, whereas the title rack is a funk and bumpin' club tool for all you Chicago fans out there. The B-side goes deeper with "Worldmix" which is a deep, smoky and lo-slung groove for the late night and "Citylights" is a classic vocal deep house track. Club246 means proper house music - all night long.
Review: Detroit legend Brian 'Javonnte' Garrett steps up with four tracks that are absolutely drenched in soul. Opener 'UK Express' is aptly titled as there are distinct UK garage influences at play, albeit paired with synth-strings that are pure Detroit. 'Into The Night' is redolent of the likes of Amp Fiddler or Thundercat, while 'Samba Say' is another one where the clue's in the name as Latin influences come to the fore, along with some vocal scatting including an infectious 'hmm mmm mmm' chorus. And then finally there's 'Day Dreaming', an ultra-smooth soulful houser destined for heavy rotation at the likes of Vocal Booth Weekender and 51st State.
Review: Whether serving up devilishly drowsy deep house and sun-kissed downtempo grooves, Detroit stalwart Brian "Javonntte" Garrett can do no wrong. Further proof arrives via "The Show EP", which marks the Motor City producer's first outing on Burek. We're particularly enjoying "Journey", where Garrett's own seductive, soulful vocals drift across bustling beats, seductive strings, warm keys and thickset synth-bass. Others, though, may prefer the elastic beats, snaking synth-sax, booming bass and cheeky James Brown samples of "Tomorrow", the dreamy soulful house shuffle of "No One Like You" or the Skyy-sampling deep house bliss of closing cut "Enter The Disco". Basically, every track's a winner - as you'd expect given his track record - and you'd be a fool not to snap up the EP.
Review: For as long as we can remember, Defected's annual Miami Music Week compilation has done a brilliant job showcasing tracks that we'll be dancing to a lot in the following weeks and months. Predictably, this year's volume is no different. There's the usual mixture of alternative remixes of familiar favourites from the previous 12 months (see David Penn's remix of Sophie Lloyd's gospel disco anthem "Calling Out" and I:Cube's brilliant revision of Peggy Gou's "It Makes You Forget"), previously released anthems (Horse Meat Disco and Amy Douglas's "Let's Go Dancing" and Ray Mang's delicious disco mix of Phenomenal Handclap Band's "Judge Not") and suitably big tunes that will soon become peak-time staples the world over (see the tracks by Bawrut, Low Steppa, Bsicits and Mighty Mouse).