Review: On his latest outing, New Jersey deep house stalwart Jovonn has decided to pay tribute to the Peak Hour. Predictably, he gets straight to the point with "Body 'N' Deep (Fabric Mix)", doffing a cap to a certain Farringdon basement by way of rolling riffs, quick-fire soulful vocal samples, crashing cymbal builds and the kind of toasty-but-restless groove that has always marked out his greatest productions. "Can't Make My Mind Up (Dubba Dub)" is deeper and groovier with looser machine drums and the producer's usual rich melodic progressions, while closer "Stomp The Ground" is rougher and darker as usual, with wiggly acid lines and a hushed spoken word vocal wrapping themselves around a Red Zone style basement groove.
Review: 1990s deep house survivor Jovonn is set to release a new album in the autumn. Before that, he's decided to let us tale a peak inside his bulging vaults via a six-track set of "Lost Traxx". His love of fluttering, new age house style synth lines comes to the fore on beautiful, organ-rich opener "Work", while "Lost in Bass" is a heads-down, basement-ready roller from the point when New York and New Jersey producers were looking to the North of England for inspiration. Ultra-positivity is provided via the jazz piano solos of "Movin Pianos", the Roy Ayers style vibraphone work on "Not The Way", while closer "The Deepest Moov", all tactile, synth-driven grooves and jammed-out electric piano solos, more than lives up to its name.