Larry De Kat seems to have grown tired of delivering material to established labels - for now, at least - so has decided to launch his own imprint, Katnip, as a vehicle for his productions. This expansive first release contains a slightly wider palette of sounds, styles and influences than we've come to expect from the Utrecht producer, though it maintains his usual dedication to dusty soul samples, jazz-flecked deep house and Andres-style grooves. So while opener "Nuijaga" is a rock solid chunk of St Germain style jazz-house, and "Solitary Maybe" a similarly energy-charged deep house bumper, the rest of the EP flits between bluesy, pitched-down grooves ("Sun La Shan") and instrumental hip-hop beats (the Damn Funk-ish "I Never Knew" and deliciously dubby "I Still Don't (Part 2)".
Chris Carrier's Parisian imprint Adult Only returns, this time with Utrecht young gun Larry De Kat who turns in some deep house cuts for secret after parties. "Diks On Gruds" and "Um?" sound like the kind of sleazy, druggy, afterhours jams that someone like Cabanne would play. The Phil Weeks (he of Robsoul Recordings) remix is as rough and ready as you'd expect, giving it more energy like the legend only can but "Noodlez" is more on the minimal tech house tip, slinky and pumping enough for more adrenalised moments.
Next up on Catz 'N Dogz Berlin based imprint in Dutch producer Larry de Kat with yet more deep shenanigans following up great releases recently on Bristol's Banoffee Pies and his own Katnip Records. On the smoky and dusted down groove of "I Know You Can Hear Me" it's all about a love affair with analogue machines while "Naakte Groef" is just as stripped back and dubby, allowing those rusty drum computer rhythms to do most of the work supported by faint synth textures in the background. "Amlou" allows for something different on this loopy and vaguely jazzy jam that'll appeal to fans of DJ Sneak or the Robsoul sound; until things get back into the dubby side of things with the immersive liquid groove of "She Doesnt".
Second time around for Larry De Kat's Diks On Gruds EP, which first appeared on Chris Carrier's Adult Only imprint back in 2015. It remains one of the Dutch producer's strongest EPs, offering up a trio of sleazy deep house cuts for illicit after-parties and a fine bonus remix from Parisian stalwart Phil Weeks. Our pick of the bunch is probably the title track - a sparse, hypnotic, bass-heavy chunk of dub-fired deep house blessed with US style rhythmic bump - though Swag-style tech-house wiggler "Noodlez" and minimal house throb-job "Um?" are also inspired. As for Phil Weeks' remix of the title track, it's a suitably booming and tooled-up affair.
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