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.
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: Clone Royal Oak's latest outing is a simple idea, beautifully executed. It sees a trio of experienced producers offering up scalpel style reworks of classic cuts from Jovonn's early '89s Goldtone Records stable. Ian Pooley steps up first, delivering a chunky revision of sought-after 1993 cut "Pianos of Gold" that builds energy via a stripped-back, bass-heavy section before unleashing Jovonn's superb organ riffs, glassy-eyed deep house chords and sweaty vocal cut-ups. Next, DJ Deep delivers a snappy and perfectly pitched rearrangement of vibraphone-laden 1992 cut "Show U Love", before Detroit legend Mike Huckaby gets to work on Jovonn's 1991 debut "Be Free", brilliantly utilizing the breezy and soulful vocal on a version that subtly enhances the producer's classic New Jersey deep house original.
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.
Review: Two heroes of the new breed kick off a new mix series for Jamie Jones' esteemed Hot Creations imprint. Jones began Paradise at DC10 (Ibiza) five years ago and it's gone on to be a huge success, inviting the biggest names in the business to come play alongside his crew of residents. The first mix is courtesy of Toronto's Nathan Barato, a frequent collaborator with local heroes such as Carlo Lio and The Junkies and whose career has been on the rise with releases on Cajual, Saved, Circus and Defected. Highlights include the Derrick Carter classic "Where Ya At?" (Mix Originale), Makam's brooding "Loleatta" and Jared Wilson's rusty acid odyssey "Girl, I'm Waitin". UK talent Patrick Topping this year completed his third summer as resident at DC10 in Ibiza for Paradise. Here Topping showcases the sound and style of his sets with high energy from the word go. His mix features several of his own productions guaranteed for maximum dancefloor impact, as well as Metaboman's lo-slung and exotic "Next Please" through to Dave Clarke's massive remix of Jark Prongo's "Movin Thru Your System".
Review: Here's something to set the pulse racing: a digital-only roundup of some of the best 2014 releases from Amsterdam heavyweights Rush Hour, and their associated labels. As you'd expect, there's a mix of fresh material, reissues (see Push/Pull's ace "Bang The Drums" and "Africa", and the sinewy deep house of Vincent Floyd's 1990 gem "Your Eyes") and lesser-known album tracks (the undulating jazz-house brilliance of Awanto3's "Bubbles Made Me Cry"). It makes for a great listen, of course, with plenty of top-notch dancefloor moments for DJs willing to mix it up. Contrast, for example, the Detroit electro of DJ Stingray's "Temporary Bond", the picturesque, sub-aquatic techno of Population One, and the glitchy, midtempo warmth of Joris Voorn's "The Recipe".