Review: Sexy Parisian deep house: what more can we say? D.KO are the right crew for the job, as we'll explain. Local lad Flabaire has appeared previously on Serie Limitee and Organic Music. "Biblife" is sombre and soulful deep house reminiscent of the emotive style of legends like Pepe Braddock or Schmoove. Paso Music head honcho: Paso, also appears here with the deep and sultry groove of "I Never" which is perfect for the early evening or afterhours alike. Petr Serkin gives the track a pretty decent remix treatment too, retaining the deep funky groove but with some help from some dreamy pads and cowbells which work a treat. Ma Rey's "Quartier Sex" is definitely the fiercest offering on here; tough and thumping peak time house reminiscent of Phil Weeks.
Review: Hailing from Paris (where else?) Mad Rey is a producer who must be permanently in the mood for love - making the most sultry and raunchy deep house going. Every release on his D.KO label has been frisky as hell, and now we get a whole nine tracks of his saucy joints to cavort with. Highlights include the hazy bootycall beats of opener "Bounce", the haunting disco-noir temptress "Minnestoa Fats" and the smooth late 80s sax-tasy house of "Balabushka". An impressive long player if ever there was one!
Review: Mamie's Records is a record label based in Paris and founded in 2007, curated by La Mamie's that represents local electronic music artists. Up next for their fourth release is local hero Quentin LeRoy aka Mad Rey - who most of you may know from his output on local imprint D.Ko and a great one on REKIDS earlier this year too. He serves up some deeply emotive and swing-fuelled grooviness on the bittersweet "Brazil Melancholia" and this is followed by the classic Windy City acid house aesthetic of "Phonk" which calls to mind the best of Trax Records' heyday.
Review: Since Quentin Leroy made his vinyl debut with "Quartier Sex" five years ago, he's gone on to release acclaimed material on such labels as Rekids, Money $ex and, of course, D.KO. Yet as this first digital edition of his celebrated debut proves, his productions were always on the money. For proof, check the sample-happy snap of "Double Jeu", where angular analogue bass and Chicago style jacking drums come accompanied by spacey synths and funk-fuelled riffs, and the hypnotic, reliably relentless pump of late night stomper "Royal Bar". Elsewhere, Leroy impresses with a lolloping saunter through deep and woozy house territory ("Real Shit") and doffs a cap to Vibraphone king Roy Ayers on the jazz-funk/deep house fusion of "Tribute To Roy Ayers".
Review: D.KO records boss Mad Rey is a Paris based producer with further affiliations with Red Lebanese and Babylon Rockers. He inaugurates new label VERTV, imagined by the three Parisian producers and DJs: Neue Grafik, Hybu and EVANS. Opening with "JaJa Californien" which is a dusty, smoked out and sampledelic deep house jam in the vein of Glenn Astro or Max Graef. The same goes for "Song 741" with its playground samples and deep house keys a recurring theme throughout, it sounds great. "Commune (Les Pigeons)" however gets on a much tougher tip and could easily mix/ transition into techno in a DJ set, with its furious drums and sharp saw wave stabs. We're likin' it!
Review: Although he's occasionally made guest appearances on other labels - most notably Rekids, Money $ex and Vertv - Quentin Leroy AKA Mad Rey has been a key member of the D.KO family since the label's launch six years ago. Here he returns to the French imprint for the first time in two years with a predictably solid collection of cuts. Four of the six cuts are designated as dub mixes, with the French producer variously offering up techno-tempo loopy deep house ("Never Know"), Mella Dee style techno-disco ("Bon Souvenir"), warehouse-ready ghetto-tech sleaze ("Go Fast") and lo-fi Chicago jack on steroids ("Balle Perdue"). Elsewhere, "Le Dermier Mot" is the kind of drowsy deepness found on Aphex Twin's "Selected Ambient Works Volume 1", while "Make It Right" is a breezy piano-house treat.
Beaucoup Nice - "Esclavage" (Paso remix) - (5:17) 131 BPM
Review: There's something pleasingly matter-or-fact about D.KO's latest compilation style EP, which arrives with little fanfare or fuss but an assured sense of purpose. Label regular Mad Rey sets the tone with "Alfa", a driving but spacey chunk of peak-time deep house that wraps stabbing string riffs, jazzy synth bass and floatation tank pads around a bustling rhythm track. Leo Pol ups the tempo a little on the sumptuous, sunrise-ready deep house/electro fusion of "For The Femmester", while LB aka Labat offers up the kind of dusty, warm and meandering sample-house cut that we'd expect to hear from S3A. If that's not enough to wet your whistle, check the woozy deep house musicality, bustling broken beat rhythms and dewy-eyed vibes of Paso's remix of "Esclavage" by Beaucoup Nice.
Review: Fresh from their grinder and ready to roll, D.KO regulars Mad Rey and Mezigue present some "Spliff Shit". It's Mad Rey who handles side A, first serving up a rolling chunk of fliter-heavy, sample-driven deep house rich in loopy orchestral strings and head-nodding disco instrumentation ("L'anguille (Dodson beat)"), before diving deep into crystal clear seas on the wonderfully evocative and hazy "Afterwork". Mezigue, meanwhile, raises a few eyebrows - in a positive sense, of course - with the skittish 148 BPM beats, analogue Motor City bass and classic deep house chords of "House Mezique L'Homme Du Temps", before wrapping acid lines and loved-up electronics around a no-holds-barred techno rhythm on EP highlight "New DWN With It Version 1.2".
Review: The free spirited sound of underground Parisian house soul; Neue Grafik, Hybu and EVANS' new label hits release three with a new homegrown concept; "Icone" is a home for the city's kindred spirits to unite and share smoky, soft-focus narratives. The woozy horns of Rafiki's "La Fourche", Monomite's somnambulant soul on "City Life", Neue Grafik's broken-drum cascades on "Moutons Electriques", Lieu Saint's subverted Jersey-scented filtered house on "Sale Paradis" and the iconic drum machine technoid stutters and oceanic washes of Mad Rey's "Travail De Porc". Each cut unrestrained and hugely versatile; Vertv are not to be diverted from.