Review: Jay Haze is back! The Tuning Spork/Contexterrior boss who made it big in the mid noughties minimal boom presents "Recurring Melancholy", featuring a bit of help from the Hoffmann Ensemble who together create a bittersweet and emotive deep house jam with swirling Rhodes, dreamy synths and subtle rhythms. "Hurt" features the vocal talents of the inimitable Robert Owens on this smooth and dub laden R&B jam, while "A Delicate Life" (feat MO) finishes off the EP in summery latin house flavour, reminiscent of early John Beltran or Ian Pooley.
Review: Jay Haze is back! The Contexterrior/ Tuning Spork boss is back after a break of five years releasing on the label and has teamed up with the shadowy Kaan Bulak for the 1840 EP. Starting out nicely with the Ry Cooderish vibes of the title track with country guitar, violins backed by subdued percussive elements and warm bass pulsations; this track can get you properly drifting in the same way Crosstown Rebels do at the moment; esoteric vibes! Next up "Ottoman Pipes" is all bleeps and broken beats beneath exotic percussion like its name would suggest. Finally they save the best for last on "Four Kings", which is dubby and hypnotic minimal in the vein of fellow legends Butane or Jeremy P Caulfield.
Ian Simmonds - "The Esel" (Dave Aju remix) - (6:47) 62 BPM
Comfort Fit - "Schlesischer Koller" - (5:05) 50 BPM
Even Tuell - "Mental Marathon" - (8:13) 62 BPM
Robag Wruhme - "Brumby Kapell" - (8:07) 121 BPM
Fuck Yeah! - "Mount Julip" - (8:42) 122 BPM
Jay Haze - "Brazil" - (6:19) 128 BPM
Berk Offset - "Die Sache Mit Dem Kopher" - (8:59) 62 BPM
Ian Simmonds - "Roots" - (7:44) 67 BPM
Ian Simmonds - "The Dog" - (5:26) 120 BPM
Ian Simmonds - "Kon1" (Krause Duo remix) - (6:20) 64 BPM
Metaboman - "RA¤uber" - (5:51) 62 BPM
Someone Else - "Deeeep In Lube" - (7:08) 60 BPM
Schleck Stecker - "Lazy Garl" - (8:22) 122 BPM
Soulphiction - "With Attitude" - (4:53) 59 BPM
Krause Duo - "Dance With Me" - (6:59) 62 BPM
Review: Germany's Musik Krause, a Freude Am Tanzen offshoot, has been looming on the back of our minds for quite some time. By that, we mean that we were wondering where the label had gone, and we were dearly missing their grey-scaled strand of teched-out deep house. This Reloaded compilation is a comprehensive collection of some of the label's best stuff from the last ten years, a much-needed revamping of tunes from the likes of Soulphiction, the great Portable, Workshop's Even Tuell, Jay Haze, and Metaboman. Check it out, this stuff is rare on physical format, so this is the place to go.
Review: Crosstown Rebels head honcho, Damien Lazarus, has taken it upon himself (and his crew) to mark the "cosmically significant" date of December 21 with a 24-hour megaparty in Mexico. For those of us unable to attend in person, this accompanying compilation is the next best thing. Beginning with Pier Bucci's fittingly titled, and deliciously trippy, "Mayans", we get the exotic and trancey "The Prophecy" by Quenum, Matthew Jonson's sinister tech-houser "In Search Of A New Planet With Oxygen", the sublime "Cosmic Dancer" by Francesca Lombardo, the urgent menace of "Greed Insanity" by Fur Coat and the haunting, end-of-the-world vibes of "2012" by Jay Haze.
Review: Jay Haze may have been lumped in with the minimal explosion, but the often outspoken US producer has so much to offer than plinky-plonky hamster fart rhythms. "I Can Love You" shows why he is such a maverick; featuring a high-pitched falsetto - think Prince in particularly tight pants - its tumbling rhythm is also endowed with the kind of melancholic synths that prevailed on Autechre's Amber. At the other end of the spectrum is "Snoop Hang Low"; featuring a contribution from Michael Ho, its doubled up drums provide the basis for dense, glitchy percussion. But Haze is also a producer with a track record for making deep dance floor tracks and the spacey, layered chords of "Third Eyez Open" and "Chamber of Love" are testament to this.