Review: 13 months after delivering his last EP of original music for Citizens of Vice, Nottingham producer Lanowa returns to the imprint with 'My Fantasy' - a gorgeous chunk of summery deep house bliss that rolls along at a toe-tapping 150 BPM and makes great use of Balearic acoustic guitar flourishes and sweet, soulful vocal snippets. Choose between radio edit and (in our opinion superior) extended edit versions, before diving headlong into a trio of reworks from Sheffield heavyweight Crooked Man. The 'Chapter 1' mix is a slowly building slab of sun-splashed Balearic disco loveliness, while the 'Chapter 2' take is a dubbed out, spaced-out, cowbell-driven chunk of late-night mid-tempo house sleeve blessed with a filthy analogue bassline. The former All Seeing I member rounds things of with the sub-heavy, subtly broken beat influenced 'Chapter 3' mix.
Review: Over the last 18 months Lanowa has become one of Citizens of Vice's most reliable artists, with a string of quietly impressive nu-disco EPs to his name. For this EP he's taken a back seat and turned over the parts to some of his career highlights over to a string of like-minded producers. Our pick of a very strong bunch is Somethin' Sanctified's 'KO mix' of 'Clubber Lang', a filter-sporting, trumpet-laden deep house bounce-along drenched in sonic sunshine, though Ourra and Gary B's tactile, Balearic boogie rub of 'Mojito' is almost as good. Elsewhere, the Patchouli Brothers deliver a squelchy and colourful revision of 'Red Days' and George & Lynn go all deep, warm and groovy on their rework of 'Coloured Squares'.
Review: Nottingham-based Lanowa has been one of Citizens of Vice's most storied artists over the last 12 months, with this rock-solid four-tracker marking his third outing for the imprint in less than 12 months. He hits the ground running with lolloping mid-tempo treat 'Thrill Me', a relaxed, groovy and quietly colourful slab of sun-baked Balearic deep house, before adding a little Afro-house flavour to his summery sound palette on the Adriatic disco warmth of 'Mojito'. 'Clubber Lang' is a chunkier, sleazier and more bass-heavy shuffle through loopy disco-house territory rich in dreamy pads and jazzy guitar solos, while 'Feels Like Love' sees Lanowa move further towards straight-up disco-funk via rubbery bass guitar, mazy Clavinet motifs, drowsy female vocal snippets and hazy horns.
Review: Contemporary disco-house at its best on this four-tracker from Nottingham producer Lanowa, coming on French label Citizens Of Vice. 'Coloured Squares' is a throbbing, hypnotic affair with a spoken female vocal that's highly reminiscent of Who Da Funk's classic 'Shiny Disco Balls'. 'Disco Stu' is warm and bass-y rolling disco groove topped with a vocal that sounds like a Native American chant: the formula's simple, but at 4am on big speakers it may well sound like the best record on Earth! 'You Know' is fat n' squelchy with echoes of NJ garage, before the mellower 'Green Wave' completes the EP with its gently tinkling keys, jazz fusion geetar and playground chant vocal.
Review: To celebrate the dawning of a new decade Citizens of Vice has decided to offer up a multi-artist extravaganza featuring contributions from a quintet of rising stars. Jamie Porteus kicks things off with "Johnny Deep", a wonderfully warm-and sun-kissed blend of bubbly electronic grooves, ear-pleasing melodies and subtle dub influences, before Lanowa goes down a deeper route on the warm, hypnotic and bass-heavy house cut "Gorgeous People". Elsewhere, Lovebreak's "Honestly" is a dusty sample-house shuffler, Paper Street Song's "Bobby's Song" is a glassy-eyed rework of an eyes-closed 80s soul jam and We Play Alone's "There's Something Up There" brilliantly joins the dots between drowsy deep house and sub-heavy UL garage.