Review: Future Disco invites you poolside and guides you through the long hot summer days, where the parties begin early and finish late. Taking you from lounging by the pool under the clear blue sky to sunset house, this is perfect for any laidback occasion. an essential summer soundtrack that features key artists such as: Dutch trio Kraak & Smaak who present the sensual lo-slung disco of "Don't Want This To Be Over" (Jean Tonique Remix), U.S. artists David Marston & Life On Planets who team up for the evocative deep house groove of "Contortions" feat. Hannah Noelle & Dan Izco, and Berlin-by-way-of Vancouver artist Jayda G who serves up the hypnotic Detroit vibe of "Rishikesh". Elsewhere, the ever reliable Butch delivers the main room dancefloor drama of "Lale", and Brazilian techno legend Renato Cohen makes his comeback on "Sweet Nightmare" but makes a departure from what we're used to on this funky house anthem. Also comes with a continuous DJ mix.
Review: Definitely not your standard issue deep house EP, this one! Life On Planets is a pseudonym for Baltimore-based singer-guitarist Phill Celeste, a soul/house/R&B fusionist whose unique style sits somewhere in-between Black Coffee, Thundercat and a modern-day Bill Withers. 'Only You' itself is distinctly Afro-influenced, 'Move It Forward' nudges towards jazz fusion, Chas Bronze collab 'Friends In High Places' has catchy pop appeal and comes with a tougher, clubbier remix, and finally 'Brother' is a soulful house civil rights anthem in waiting. It might all take a listen or two to sink in, but when it does you'll be hooked.
Review: Baltimore deep house duo and live act Life On Planets return to New York City's Wolf + Lamb - an imprint that they have fast become a staple on. Releasing The Maze EP close to a year ago now, they have found that it is time to release the remix package - which is fitting really. Featuring several renditions by rising duo Lowheads - an Italian duo grown in the underground scene of the country's North. All of them are good, but for our money we would bet on their slo-mo and very lo-slung take on "Anatomy". Elsewhere, we have Palma de Mallorca's Guri delivering a nu-disco twist on "Man You Need" and the jagged and woozy funk of fellow B-more producer Logicoma's version of the title track - which is absolute bliss.
Review: Hailing from Baltimore, Life On Planets brings his latest offering via NYC's Wolf + Lamb Records. While the title track is not his first release for the Brooklyn based label, it surely stands out as an advanced extension of the young musician's distinctive, soulful sound. Now, he makes his long-awaited return and seeks to further harness his creative pursuit with lead single "The Maze" by encapsulating a matured musical landscape. The track quickly evolves into a tech house number filled with R&B-tinged sensibilities. A driving 4four to the floor rhythm supplies a platform for minimal percussion, lush chords and his longing narrative: all displaying an undeniable musical prowess that dives deep into the soul.
Review: Baltimore duo Life On Planets are a dynamic live act who have released exclusively on Wolf + Lamb and its offshoot Double Standard over the last couple of years. Bringing more of their captivating live jams to tape on another fine release for the label in the form of "Denali" whch is a deep and funky exercise in lo-slung soul. It gets a great remix too courtesy of London duo Lowheads who give it a neon-lit retro house makeover injected with dusty analogue drums, evocative vintage strings and a seriously chunky Juno 106 bassline. A handy instrumental version follows too, for those of you less keen on the vocals.
Review: A decade has now passed since Future Disco's debut compilation of colourful nu-disco treats and disco-fired house grooves first hit record stores. To celebrate that fact, they've given their distinctive design a makeover and asked chief compiler Sean Brosnan to serve up another hot-to-trot collection of cuts in their usual style. As you'd expect, Brosnan has picked some belters, with highlights including Darshan Jesrani's sublime, mid-'80s NYC style revision of Galaxians' "How Do U Feel", the D-Train inspired synth shuffle of Flamingo Pier's "Hold It", the sun-kissed '80s soul/Whispers style warmth of Kiwi's "Midnight Driver" and the dreamy, synth bass-propelled deepness of Force of Nature's loved-up rework of Khotin's "Aloe Drink".
Review: "!Kollections" banner. Each focuses on a certain aspect of the long-running label's vast back catalogue. The fourth edition, for example, focused on disco. "Reflections", the latest volume, is not as tight stylistically and instead gathers together tracks that tend towards the deep, poignant, beautiful and melancholy. There are many treats amongst the 27 showcased selections, with highlights including an impeccable chunk of string-laden downtempo pop from DJ Tennis and Fink, a dreamy slice of loved-up house warmth from Lone, the bustling, dream house era Mediterranean holiday memories of Mugwump's "God is Gracious" and the thrusting, big room-friendly late night hypnotism of Dubfire's "Dust Devil".