Review: New York's JoVonn arrived on the worldwide house scene in the early 90s. He's released hundreds of jams but the Dutch crew at Clone are all about the vintage cuts. Here they present an EP of tunes that date from around 1992, newly remastered by the mighty Alden Tyrell. "Basics 4 Love" sounds like a female Prince protege philosophising over campy New York garage, complete with suspended strings and cool bleepy riff that arrives halfway through. From there "Jus Luv" is deep and jazzy with a Bobby Konders vibe and "Show You Luv" features slammin kicks and snares and Nightcrawlers melodies.
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.
Review: Clone reissues some timeless tracks from the vaults of US producer Jovonn. "Project X" is a killer disco house track, its muddy bass and screeching saxophone riff lending it a raucously soulful feeling. "I Can't Make Up My Mind" is based on a dark, jacking rhythm and a deeply soulful albeit somewhat tortured vocal - 'can't u see I'm yearning' - that belie Jovonn's gospel roots. There are also two versions of "This Thing Is Jammin. In its original format, the stripped back rhythm plays host to a stuttering vocal sample, while the dub version sees Jovonn bring the crashing cymbals and grainy drums to the fore for the track-heads.