Review: Over the course of his career to date, sometime Strictly Rhythm and Lost My Dog man Kelvin K has proved adept at delivering timeless, feel good house music chock full of subtle - and sometimes not so subtle - references to a bygone era of dance music (most notably the 1990s). He's at it again on his latest EP, first doffing a cap towards New Jersey deep house dons Dream 2 Science on superb opener "ASR10", before casting loving glances in the direction of Larry Heard on the equally sumptuous "Alesis". Elsewhere, "What We R (Underground)" offers a near perfect combination of tactile synth bass, dreamy chords and turn-of-the-90s drums, while "TXstasy (M87 Mix)" is a slightly more bouncy number with a bassline that recalls late '80s Chicago house.
TXstacy (feat Charles Spencer - Da Keyz mix) - (6:33) 122 BPM
TXstacy (Arps & Minimoog mix) - (6:24) 120 BPM
Housecalls (PH5 mix) - (6:49) 122 BPM
Housecalls (Tha Basics mix) - (6:49) 122 BPM
Review: Los Angeles' Kelvin K has released on respected labels such as Strictly Rhythm, Lost My Dog, Nordic Trax, Hudd Trax and more, but here he brings us the third release from his fledgling Grass Roots imprint, which features two tracks in four mixes. 'TXstacy' is a classic-style deep houser made up of warm bass, unhurried beats, pads, chords and female vocal snips, and is served in Da Keyz and Arps & Minimoog mixes, while 'Housecalls' has a Body & Soul-ish deep tribal feel in Tha Basics Mix form, before the PH5 Mix injects a dose of bubblin' acid, both featuring the same spoken male vocal namechecking house classics of yore.
Review: Kelvin K returns with more "Grass Roots" tracks shot through with misty-eyed audio references to good-time dance music from the 1990s. He begins in confident mood by wrapping elongated chords, fizzing riffs and stabbing female vocal samples around a skipping, New Jersey garage-influenced deep house groove on "Lifts Me" (think Mateo & Matos's turn-of-the-millennium fare on Glasgow Underground and you're close), before opting for a little more hip-swinging UK garage flavour on the Grant Nelson-esque bump of "2B Free". To round things off, he reaches for the booming bass and hard-wired funk samples on chunky peak-time filter-house stomper "The Under", which some in the Juno office thought sounded a little like Basement Jaxx's early work on Atlantic Jaxx.
Review: A three-track EP here that blends influences from deep house, garage and disco to excellent effect. 'Deeper' is a nostalgic cut that takes us back to the earliest 'Sunday scene' days of UK garage - think Tuff Jam, Nice N' Ripe - with its skippy beats, chunky bassline, organ parps and chopped 'n' looped fem vox. 'The Disco' then fast-forwards a few years to the filter disco era of the late 90s (but not in too obvious/cheesy a fashion), while completing the EP is 'My Love', whose ominous, single-organ-chord opening sets the tone for the lush, Heard-style deepness that follows.
Gavin Boyce - "Divine In You" (Fish Go Deep remix) - (6:19) 124 BPM
Jay Tripwire - "Body To Body" (Audio Soul Project remix) - (7:02) 125 BPM
T.O.S. - "Only When I'm Late" - (7:17) 124 BPM
Gavin Froome - "Sunsets" - (8:05) 126 BPM
Review: While most of today's hyped Vancouver producers were still wearing nappies, Luke McKeehan's Nordic Trax label was representing the city's small but committed deep house community. The long-serving imprint has now notched up two decades, and here delivers an anniversary compilation rich in Nordic Trax classics, previously unheard cuts and McKeehan's catalogue favourites. In some ways, it feels like an education and history lesson all rolled into one, neatly representing 20 years of deep house development. Highlights come thick and fast from start to finish, from DJ Harri and the Revenge's 2004 gem "Slackjaw" and a vintage Audio Soul Project remix of Jay Tripwire, to the seductive sounds of label regulars Gavin Froome, Gavin Boyce and JT Donaldson.
Review: Prolific UK deep house imprint Lost My Dog celebrate five years as an independent with this mix of label highlights from boss type Pete Dafeet. As Lost My Dog has over 200 releases under their belt, picking just 15 is an unenviable task but Dafeet comes through here. Kicking off with the 2009 bumper "Worry" by Yse that features the soulful croon of sometime Wolf & Lamb vocalist Beckford, Dafeet mixes in label highlights from Jay Tripwire (featured twice with the dubby R & B bleep of "Everytime" and the almost broken beat hypnotic sound of "Harmony & Peace"), Milton Jackson's superlative remix of Dominic Martin and the awesomely titled "Sweat Bomb" from Nathan Coles and Dave Coker. Dafeet maintains a fantastic flow throughout and this mix works as a nice introduction to those unfamiliar with the Lost My Dog sound.