Review: Astonishingly, this is the 229th single release on Robsoul Recordings, a label that has now been releasing music for bang on 20 years. Fittingly it comes from a producer who has been a big part of the Parisian imprint's story since 209, prolific Frenchman Joss Moog. His "Raw Funk Files" folder contains three tracks, starting with the addictive thrust of "Turn The Music On" - a glorious fusion of crispy house beats, rubbery but heavy synth-bass and savagely cut-up hip-hop vocal samples. Moog explores similar sonic territory on the bumpin' hip-house/funk-fuelled deep house fusion of "They Took The Funk" - DJ Sneak and Derrick Carter would undoubtedly approve - while "So Good So Fresh" is a pitched up peak-time thruster full of restless cymbals, beefy drums, sub-heavy bass and short rap samples.
Review: Parisian staple of the Robsoul camp Joss Moog is back on the label, with some good ol' fashioned disco deviance of the loopier persuasion. This follows up a string of great releases recently for the likes of Pura, Exotic Series and of course his own Ondule imprint which he runs with Around7 & Jean Ce. From the lo-slung and ergonomic funk attack of "Neverland", the deep and sexy mood lighting of the title track (which is perfect for the late night) or even the soul and swing-fuelled garage jam "Yellowstone" that's perfect for those life-affirming moments on the dancefloor. Moog delivers the goods as always.
Review: Parisian deep house DJ Joss Moog's cheeky exploits have mainly come to appear on local Phil Weeks' esteemed Robsoul imprint, however he's also found time to release on his own Ondule label - which he has run with Jean Ce since 2015. Introducing the the Nocturne EP, which follows up some great releases thus far in 2018 by Labeuz, Reubents and Around7. From the title track's moody and hypnotic bounce, to the smoky jazz room vibe of "Pause" or the tough and funky boompty business of "Party Line" - again Moog perfectly bridges the gap between disco, funk, soul/jazz and hip hop: in a way that can only be matched possibly by Berlin's Money $ex crew.
Review: Since making his debut on the label in 2006, Joss Moog has been one of Robsoul Recordings most prolific artists. The Parisian specializes in the kind of fuss-free, club-ready tackle that blends elements of "French Touch" style disco-house, the "boompty" deep house funk of Derrick Carter, and more tech-tinged, bass-heavy excursions. These influences can be clearly heard on the four tracks that make up "Triple Loop", all of which could be regarded as proper dancefloor jackers. Highlights wise, we're particularly enjoying the jazzy organ riffs and chunky U.S deep house style of "Hey Mr DJ" and the Carter-esque heavy Chicago bump of "Triple Loop", though it's all pretty damn good.
Review: Ondule Records begins life with a clear intent on dropping a minimal kind of disco-edit groove for the contemporary dancefloor, and they're made the right move in asking Joss Moog to contribute. With many a release notched up for Robsoul and more, the Paris resident knows just how to simmer a good lick down its fundamentals as string it out over a mean house groove. "Tous Azimut" is the more heads-down of his two offerings, while "Menage A 3" gets a little feistier in its own insistent roll. Around7 meanwhile keeps the tension up to a maximum on "Super Spectacle" before offering up a more laid-back consideration on "M'as Tu Vu".
Review: Joss Moog has been a longtime staple on Phil Weeks' legendary Robsoul Recordings but this time strikes out on new imprint Ondule with this tasty, low slung, slo-mo workout in deepness. Firstly, the loopy funk groove of "Smith" is an essential DJ tool perfect for the opening set. "Subtube" is the real highlight on here; smooth deep house reminiscent of old Guidance Recordings. "Good Mood" is more on the boogie tip with its electro funk bassline and sleazy vocal hook. Finally "Spice Of Life" hammers the message home with its epic reverberated bongo intro giving way to some serious power when the kick drops.
Review: Phil Weeks' long-running French house/deep house label Robsoul Recordings round up the best of their 2020 output in one high-VFM package. As per Robsoul's MO generally, you won't find a lot in the way of navel-gazing introspection or pointless, self-indulgent experimentalism here - Robsoul have always specialised in dropping beats to move your feets and this year's crop doesn't disappoint! The wonky, jazzy garage of The Mekanism's 'Signs', the raw jack of Joss Moog's 'So Good So Fresh', Demuir's strutty hip-houser 'Nice And Dutty' and Jade Cox's looping, west coast-ish 'Realise' are just some of the highlights of a fine collection.
Review: Next up from the Robsoul Essential crew we take in this stunning new selection as they present the sixth edition of Smokers Delight. It's jam packed with goodies across the hip hop scale, from the smooth yet soulful approach of Ladybird & JFilt on 'All I Wanna Say', to the almost breakbeat drumwork of 'Nightlife' from DJ W!ld and choppy rap stylings of 'Players' from El Pres Beats. It's a fantastic compilation, bringing together a tonne of different futuristic styles, glued together by their emotional sound design. There are a couple of instant favourites for us, including the killer minimal disco link up of Phil Weeks, Joss Moog & Around7 on 'What Can I Do?', alongside the boombap inspired drum work and techy phone melodies of 'Warned Bros.' from Homequest. It's a great listen start to finish!