Review: Lumberjacks In Hell draft in a sublime cast of sympathetic operators for a second volume of From Hell With Love, providing you with eight perfectly formed tracks that straddle the divide between cosy, home-friendly house and dancefloor delectation. Laville's moody vocal turn kicks the record off in style on Austin Ato's 'Control', while Waajeed works his broken beat magic on 'What You Know'. Elsewhere Detroit Swindle bring a tougher slant on soul-rooted house music to the table, while PBR Streetgang aim straight for your pleasure centre with the soaring 'Madame Z'. And that's just the half of it...
Review: Since side-stepping the re-edit scene to concentrate on original production, Lumberjacks in Hell boss Marcel Vogel has delivered some superb releases - not least the fine "Being Human" mini album and a pair of killer collaborations with Khalil Anthony. He's at it again here too, delivering a superb five-track missive that features three hook-ups with Tim Jules. Two of these - the swinging, energy-packed gospel-house heater "I Got Jesus" and the mid-tempo bluesy disco chug of "Fuck The Bass Up" - are arguably amongst Vogel's most potent tracks to date. Elsewhere, "Got To Know Jesus" is a deliciously bass-heavy broken beat/gospel cut-up, "If You Like" is a drowsy chunk of deep house hypnotism and "Close The Door" is a solo-heavy chunk of disco-house positivity.
Review: Sometime re-editor Marcel Vogel has spent the last couple of years enhancing his original production credentials, delivering super-soulful and ultra-deep EPs that draw on his well-known love of deep house, disco and hip-hop. He's at it again on "If You Like", a thrillingly dusty, MPC-house style rub that laces on-point hip-hop vocals over a sumptuous, slightly off-kilter deep house groove and killer disco bassline. It's accompanied by a solid instrumental version, a breezy Brazilian disco style take from reliable Swiss crew Alma Negra (check the glistening jazz guitar solos and carnival style freestyle vocals) and a deep disco gem of a remix of "Brown Curls" by modern disco maestro Patchworks. Given the quality on show throughout, this could be Vogel's strongest release to date.
Review: The unstoppable Vogel machine is back on Lumberjacks with another serving of soul-soaked house goodness to warm the cockles as we step into Spring. This time around he's called on one of the great house vocalists of our times, Khalil Anthony, to lay down a vocal on "Brown Curls" that melts over Vogel's peppy, organic production. Nebraska bring a deeper, chunkier flavour to the track with their remix, and the results are just as captivating. Anthony's also on hand to croon over "You Are A Star", an equally simmering jam with more of that dusty house pressure from the deep end of the pool, while "Those Moments" finishes the record off on a funky, instrumental tip.
Review: On the latest Lumberjacks missive Marcel Vogel invites one of the strongest house vocalists of modern times, Khalil Anthony, to lend his distinctive croon to a loose-limbed slice of low-riding funk. "Dance The Blues Away" is a gutsy, full-bodied production that shows off Vogel's instrumental skills at their strongest, and Anthony's vocal rolls on in the many-layered mix perfectly. BB Boogie injects a little disco stomp to the track for the first remix on the EP, while Julien Dyne gets to turn out a remix and a dub. Both Dyne's efforts tap into a Detroit house feeling, all dusty sample loops and a laid back, smoky mood. It's a record made up of killer soul-soaked house music from start to finish.
Review: Lumberjacks In Hell just keep on trucking, this time calling upon the legendary skills of Karizma in setting their latest EP alight. "Work It Out" is a fiery slice of gospel choppery, whipping up a fevered line in vocal insistence that hardly needs a rhythm section to make you move, but still has the necessary goods underneath the hood. Marcel Vogel follows a similar tact on "I Got Jesus", spacing the jam out and working a bit more groove, but certainly tapping into the same spiritually enhanced vein. Karizma then returns to make an aptly named "Stomp Dub" of the track, rounding off an absolute beast of a party record.
Review: Man of many labels Marcel Vogel turns out some of his most impressive material on Intimate Friends, bringing other talents into the fold to share in his vision of soul, funk, disco and house how it should be done. Having released the Human Beings album last year, Vogel invites a stellar cast to come and remix several tracks with predictably fantastic results. NY*AK enlists the honey-coated Rhodes skills of Mark Hand on their version of "Human Being", and it's an absolute joy to listen to. Meanwhile SoulPhiction gets into an equally heart-warming groove when he tackles "Always Isn't Only". Soul Clap meanwhile bring a little more party functionality to "Moonchild" before Simba offers up a very different, low-slung and laid back version.
Human Being (feat Tim Jules & Khadija) - (4:15) 86 BPM
Always Isn't Only - (3:46) 103 BPM
Always Isn't Only (Dear Earth remix) - (3:36) 103 BPM
Doin It (feat Milos Gersi) - (3:42) 128 BPM
I Wonder Why (feat Khadija & Tim Jules) - (1:47) 132 BPM
Moonchild - (3:42) 87 BPM
Moonchild (Reginald Omas Mamode IV remix) - (3:41) 83 BPM
Body To Body (feat Milos Gersi - Jordan's mix) - (3:59) 80 BPM
Review: You will no doubt have spotted Marcel Vogel's handiwork steering the good ship Lumberjacks In Hell, or perhaps even his choice edits under the Em Vee banner, but increasingly the Dutch artist is turning to his own name to get some fine records laid down outside the realms of pure edit territory. This second outing on Intimate Friends comes on like a mini-album of sorts, with eight tracks made up of remixes as well as originals. It's a powerful step on for Vogel, touching on a grounded variation on neo-soul with a house kick in the rhythm department. Soulful vocal spots from Mey, Milos Gersi, Gianni Tam, Khadija and Tim Jules all add to the sensation, heading away from the dancefloor as an expansive EP for all time.