Review: Two years on from the release of his last EP, a brilliant collection of musically-rich deep house jams on Needwant, Bristol-based Geoff Wright AKA Kemback returns to action via a first appearance on local label Alfresco Disco. The headline attraction is undoubtedly "Everything", a soothing and seductive deep house workout rich in emotive strings, jazzy instrumentation, heart-stirring chords and bluesy samples. Demi Riquismo's remix cannily wraps those superb strings around a pulsating, Italo-disco influenced house groove, while fellow Bristol resident Admin re-imagines "Everything" as a dusty, bass-heavy chunk of jazz-house deepness. Elsewhere, "Miles" is an ultra-deep slab of jazz-house warmth, while "Mystery" is the EP's sweatiest and most beefed-up number.
Review: Although Geoff Wright AKA Kemback has an impressive track record - see his fine EPs on Omena and DBA Dubs for proof - none of his previous releases were quite as good as this expansive outing on Needwant. For proof, check the string-laden majesty of opener "I Need You", where sumptuous violins and dreamy vocal samples tumble down over a bustling house groove, the melancholic, slowly-shifting deep house bliss of "Moving Through Clouds" and the loved-up, bass-heavy hustle of "Steppin Back", a gorgeous fusion of "Pacific State" style dreaminess, early New Jersey deep house and more forthright breakbeat-house bottom-end. Also worth checking is Soulphiction's subtly acid-flecked but similarly sumptuous revision of "I Need You".
Good Night (Tooli's Good Morning remix) - (5:36) 120 BPM
Good Morning (Auntie Flo remix) - (7:12) 120 BPM
For You Today - (6:12) 119 BPM
Review: Bristol-based Kemback (AKA jazz-loving house producer Geoff Wright) impressed earlier this year with a tasty contribution to Don't Be Afraid's DBA Dubs series. A year earlier, he'd released his debut EP on Omena, the fabulous Good Night. Here, that set appears on digital download for the first time. The title track sees Wright brilliantly wrapping sampled jazz instrumentation (double bass, grand piano, hissing cymbals) and dawdling, Floating Points style synthesizer solos around a hypnotic, Innervisions style groove, while "For You Today" is a liltng deep house shuffler full of Sweeping strings, dusty samples and rich Rhodes chords. There are also two fine remixes of "Good Night": a woozy deep house revision by Local Talk co-founder Tooli and a sumptuous, electronic-Afro-jazz-in-deep-space take from the reliable Auntie Flo.
Review: Sweet sweet filter disco just like it's Paris circa 1992 sees J Morrison take you there first in this latest Maximum Joy mini-compilation from Alfresco Disco! Next to that you'll find the tunnelling, arpeggio driven bleep driven techno and electro from Manami while Kemback sends in some lounge time vibes with the cascading jazzy house of "Le Theatre De La Mer". Or if staccato beats and cutting drums is your vibe, cue up the chugging thuds and progressive basslines of Lrusse's "Maxi". Chop chop!
Review: Following the royal success that was Maximum Joy, Alfresco is back with another release. 2015 marks ten years of Alfresco Disco parties. The label is still only young, however, but the crew bring their party planning, DJing and producing experience into the label. The Maximum Joy pt. 2 presents four good friends of the Alfresco Crew, both old and new, who each bring something different to the e.p whilst still maintaining the free spirited Alfresco Vibe. Thermal Bear brings in a straight up classic deep house beat with "Round and Round". Outrageously warm chunky production and one to keep the crowd moving in the wee hours. Kemback's effort shuffles effortlessly into the mind, taking you on a dreamy trip to somewhere wonderful. A strong nod to Floating Points here with it's heavy swing, gritty drums, and Kemback makes subtle but powerful use of his fine musicianship. James Fox brings the good time disco-house vibe with the sample-heavy "Feeling Free". The wonderful arrangement and vocal make this a pure summer record that's been getting great crowd reactions, while CornishcConnection and newcomer Kieran Holden slows it down and makes it nice and trippy with the magnificent "Wild Palms".
Review: 2019 marks a decade since the Needwant label first sprung into life. Those ten years have been action packed to say the least, as this epic anniversary compilation proves. What's on offer is a mixture of label highlights from Needwant's bulging back catalogue, a handful of previously unheard tracks and the odd exclusive remix. There's much to admire throughout, from the spacey deep house goodness of Kim Ann Foxman's "Return It" and the delay-laden late night retro-futurism of Tuff City Kids' acid-fired rework of VIMES' "Minds", to the throbbing, Italo-influenced brilliance of Res Mo's "Train To Kyoto", Octa Octa's atmospheric early morning tweak of Few Nolder's "Porcelain" and the Revenge's slo-mo, glassy eyed cover of SOS Band classic "Just Be Good To Me".
Buckley - "The Red Road" (feat Phoenix Pearle) - (6:29) 120 BPM
Waifs & Strays - "Now Come" - (6:40) 122 BPM
Kemback - "Mistake" - (8:46) 119 BPM
Review: Futureboogie's annual Summer Riot series is usually a reliable source of extra-spicy material that's sent dancefloors into raptures during the Bristol crew's numerous festival sets. This third instalment is no different. Perhaps the most startling including is "Red Road", an authentic chunk of disco-boogie (complete with Chic style guitars, rubbery bass and cheeky pianos) from Back to Basics resident Buckley. Really, it's superb - one of the best new straight-up disco tracks we've heard in a while. Elsewhere, local lads Outboxx drop a chunk of loved-up deep house, Waifs and Strays impress with the bubbly, powdery "Now Come", and newcomer Kemback goes all dreamy and delicious on the pleasingly wide-eyed "Mistake".