Review: Proud Yorkshire label Hudd Traxx have been putting out a reliable stream of quality deep house since 2005, with artists like DJ Sneak, Rick Wade, Iron Curtis, Jay Bliss and Agnes just some of the many names to appear on the label. This 46th release features three debutants, while the fourth name, J.T. Donaldson, spearheads the release with a wishy-washy, bassline driven deep house vocal cut "Got Myself Together". Hudd Traxx provides Dusseldorf producer Maximiljan with his first physical release with the track "Son Of A" which merges the linear 909 house style of Norm Talley with smooth chords and cheeky vocals similar to the now defunct Swiss house duo Azuni. But most interesting for the label on this release, it's the two new names in Professional Gigolo and Tuneon that prove Hudd Traxx still know where to look when it comes to unearthing new and vibrant talent.
Review: Old hands Tapesh and Maxmiljan join forces once again, this time for a six-track EP of warming deep house sounds. Opener "Be Down" laces a classic Status IV boogie vocal over a deep but jaunty backing, while "When We Were Young" fixes classic late night riffs and vocal samples to energetic, boompty-ish beats. "Do It Again" is a little reminiscent of classic darkroom garage given a 2012 makeover, while "Stole My Love" can't decide if it's a hypnotic, late night shuffler or sweaty, arms-raised raver. "Haunter" is similarly confused, but makes a better fist of it by again pinching a classic electrofunk-era vocal and whacking it over some formidable drums. "Go Ahead", meanwhile, is the tightest and most well thought-out track of the lot.
Cunnie Williams - "Spirit" (MAW mix) - (9:41) 126 BPM
Deep Course - "Alive" (First dub) - (7:23) 125 BPM
Cunnie Williams - "Saturday" (feat Monie Love - Rulers Of The Deep remix) - (7:06) 128 BPM
Review: Peppermint Jam have been successfully housing it up for about 20 years now. Lately they've been releasing a slew of compilations and this one explores the deeper end of their output. Despite the specific remit, it still covers a surprising amount of ground: from the haunted urban D&B of "Lay It Down (Triads mix)", funky Latin house "A World Celebration", smooth, luxurious deep house "Look Inside" and super ecstatic jump up party anthem "Check It Out". Looks like 'deep' can mean a lot of different things to a lot of different people.