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The Entrance - (3:14) 128 BPM
   
Not So Different (feat LYMA) - (4:41) 120 BPM
   
City Of All - (5:36) 125 BPM
   
Sonder - (4:11) 123 BPM
   
Gonna Getya - (5:46) 125 BPM
   
Orbit - (5:25) 111 BPM
   
Looking Up (feat Allysha Joy) - (3:44) 102 BPM
   
Feel The Same - (6:13) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Roselane (feat Fouk) - (6:16) 124 BPM
   
Returning - (4:03) 140 BPM
   
Humming Harmonies (feat LYMA) - (2:29) 129 BPM
   
Bent With Funk - (6:10) 125 BPM
   
Encounters - (2:07) 130 BPM
Review: Here's something of a rarity: a full-length excursion on Dam Swindle's usually EP-focused Heist Recordings imprint. It comes courtesy of talented twosome Makez, who last featured on the Dutch label two years ago. There's much to enjoy from start to finish, with the pair blending loose-limbed house rhythms, head-nodding hip-hop rhythms, and sumptuous downtempo grooves with subtle disco instrumentation, colourful electrofunk synth sounds, layered percussion, squelchy analogue bass, and occasional vocal snippets. The results are uniformly vibrant, atmospheric and musically rich, without ever becoming overly fussy or self-indulgent. There's plenty of floor-friendly material for DJs to savour and champion, but the album sounds just as good when listened to at home. Stellar stuff all told.
HEISTLP 02D
16 Jul 21
Deep House
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Blue Island - (3:44) 107 BPM
   
Red Island - (5:35) 126 BPM
   
Levitation - (3:37) 117 BPM
   
If We Were Children Again (Mak?z rework) - (9:28) 123 BPM
   
More Visions - (7:21) 116 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: Back in February, Makez made the move from Heist Recordings to Let's Play House, bringing with him the Elevation EP, which we dubbed his "strongest EP to date". This timely follow-up for the Brooklyn-based imprint is equally strong. He begins by combining gently tropical drums, kaleidoscopic synths and languid melodic refrains on mid-tempo number 'Blue Island', before upping the tempo and reaching for rubbery disco bass on the equally picturesque 'Red Island'. Title track 'Levitation' is a glorious chunk of Afro-funk/deep house fusion, 'More Vision' is a dense and hallucinatory slab of feverish house hypnotism, and 'If We Were Children (Makez Rework)' is a bouncy disco-house number full of cut-glass strings and jammed-out electric piano riffs.
LPH 077
20 Nov 20
Deep House
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Melting - (7:30) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Elevation - (5:15) 113 BPM
   
One 4 The Dreamers - (6:39) 118 BPM
   
Merlot (feat Alternate Tone Adjustment) - (4:05) 116 BPM
   
Merlot (feat Alternative Tone Adjustment - Basement dub) - (6:33) 121 BPM
Review: Having previously operated exclusively on Heist Recordings, Makez has decided to mix things up. "Elevation" marks the producer's first outing on long-running Brooklyn imprint Let's Play House; what's more, it could well be his strongest EP to date. He begins in confident fashion via the starry but bumpin' deep house positivity of "Melting" - all sustained electric piano chords, slap-bass, glassy-eyed pads and whispered vocal samples - before exploring even more melodic and dreamy territory on "Elevation". The headline attraction though is probably Tone Adjustment collaboration "Merlot", which is available in two distinctive forms. The original mix sees the pair smother swinging jazz-house beats and squelchy jazz-funk bass in excitable piano solos, while the accompanying "Basement Dub" is a piano-laden exercise in muscular late night bump.
LPH 072
28 Feb 20
Deep House
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Fouk - "Need My Space" (Dam Swindle remix) - (7:42) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Perdu - "Sacramento" (Makez remix) - (6:43) 122 BPM
   
Demuir - "The 3nity Returneth" (Fouk remix) - (5:37) 126 BPM
   
Dam Swindle - "Music For Clubs" (feat Lorenz Rhode - Perdu's Culture mix) - (7:21) 114 BPM
   
Makez - "Random Visits" (Demuir's Playboy edit) - (5:52) 126 BPM
Review: As is now traditional, Heist Recordings has kick-started a new year by asking their artists to remix each other. Boss men Detroit Swindle set the tone with a gorgeously positive, synth-heavy remix of Fouk's "Need My Space" before Makez re-imagines Perdu's "Sacramento" as an acid bass-propelled bounce through melodious deep house pastures and Fouk adds a little loose-limbed swing and dirty bass pressure to Demuir's percussive and warming "The 3nity Returneth". Perdu reaches for the psychedelic acid lines and squelchy synth-bass on a Latin-tinged remake of Detroit Swindle's Lorenz Rhode collaboration "Music For Clubs", while Demuir beefs up Makez's breezy and melodious "Random Visits".
HEIST 043
27 Jan 20
Deep House
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Different Planets (original mix) - (6:39) 121 BPM
   
Different Planets (Bobby Analog remix) - (6:41) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Random Visits - (5:42) 121 BPM
   
Cosmic Symphony - (7:57) 121 BPM
Review: Heist Recordings latest offering is a significant one, not just because it's rather good, but also due to the duo who made it: confident debutants Makez. The pair proves their mettle from the off, enveloping a low-slung disco house groove in rich deep house chords, dreamy pads and Latin style vocal chants on superb opener "Different Planets". Bobby Analog delivers an ear-pleasing, funk-fuelled classic house rework of that cut before the pair returns with the sparkling synth melodies, chunky disco bass and rolling drums of "Random Visits". Arguably best of all, though, is the drifting intergalactic warmth of "Cosmic Symphony", a loose and swinging deep house affair whose sustained chords seem to stretch out into infinity (and beyond).
HEIST 040
16 Sep 19
Deep House
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