Review: In conjunction with the London based label celebrating its eighth birthday, Wolf Music return to the various artist format that sees them releasing forgotten gems and exclusive tracks from label mates. BRS' "Bouncing" was originally released back in 2000 on Sunshine Jones' Imperial Dub and is a firm favourite of the label for many years now. They see it as an opportunity to introduce it to a new generation of record buyers. Slovakia's Paradiso Rhythm self released "Greetings & Salutations" early in 2016 but Wolf have reissued it because it is, in their own words a 'killer record in every way.' Also of note: Ishmael & Medlar supply a collaboration recorded last year at the Red Bull studios and finally an updated version of KRL's "I Wanna Be With You" that was originally released on WOLFEP003.
Review: Delusions Of Grandeur have been relatively quiet on the release front this year, but they're back with a bang thanks to this latest collaborative effort from Dan Shake and Medlar. The former has gotten a name thanks to being the first non-Detroiter on Moodymann's Mahogani Music, while the latter has been pushing his disco-friendly take on house music largely via the Wolf Music imprint. They got two cuts on here, the first one being a boogie-leaning, hazy summer club jam in the form of "Walk", and the second one a jazzier affair with plenty of soulful vocals and tribal drums called "I On You". Philpot bossman Soulphiction takes care of transforming "Walk" into a pot of filter-licking madness, where the percussion is stretched and freaked out further out into the ether compared to the original. What a package!
Review: Since launching early last year, Jaymo and Andy George's Moda Black imprint has forged a reputation for delivering the sort of fluid, action-packed deep house that takes as much influence from synth-laden nu-disco as tech house, '90s garage and Visionquest-ish slickness. Here, the two bossmen curate a second label compilation featuring a mix of unreleased gems and recent hits. There's plenty to enjoy, from the classic late night wooziness of Eats Everything's "Jazz Hands" and Huxley's rolling, UKG-influenced "Diesel", to the Hot Creations-ish flex of Danny Daze/Maxxi Soundsystem collaboration "Karoline" and Medlar & Pedestrian's '90s US garage groover "TR Wilson".
Review: Fittingly, Wolf Music's 50th release comes courtesy of longtime label artist Medlar. There's naturally much to admire throughout, from the jaunty, sub-heavy bounce of opener "Novanta" - where a nagging, one-note synth hook careers around above elastic drums - to the jammed-out vintage synth lines, swirling nu-disco electronics and chunky, non-stop beats of similarly giddy closing cut "Monday Boy". In between, you'll find the deliciously odd and out there percussion workout "Pampas Drums", whose effects are undeniably mind-altering, and the breezy tropical house cheeriness of sun-kissed house stepper "Paloma". In summary: a pleasingly charming affair that ranks as one of Medlar's most loose, effervescent and off-kilter EPs.
Review: Having spent the last 12 months sharpening his disco credentials via a variety of re-edit EPs and sample-heavy "secret weapons", Medlar is back on Wolf doing what he does best. In this case, that means sparse, drum machine driven electro/proto house fusion ("Cascinari"), delay-heavy, stripped-back analogue house blessed with dreamy chords and grime style lo-fi synth-strings ("Nisantasi") and Ruf Dug style dancefloor sweetness seemingly created using forgotten old synthesizers, dusty drum machines and a solitary TB-303 ("Priet"). Excitingly, the EP's final track - a bustling fusion of beatbox electro rhythms, layered breakbeats, heavy bass and yearning chords - is a studio hook-up with similarly well-regarded producer FYI Chris.
Review: Medlar is the first producer to contribute some tried-and-tested secret weapons to the For Discos Only series, a project founded to share the kind of fully licensed, "secret mixes" and "private edits" that were once a huge part of DJ culture. Having previously got busy with the West End discography, this time round Medlar is mining the vast TK Disco catalogue. He begins with the fuzzy dancefloor sleaze of the Timmy Thomas and Queen Samantha-sampling "Shake It", which is accompanied by a gently pulsing, Italo-disco influenced rework by Mytron and Orfofo. Elsewhere, Medlar heads for spaced-out electrofunk pastures on the intergalactic, bass-heavy shuffle of "Tonight", before joining the dots between Jimmy 'Bo' Horne, King Sporty, dub disco and proto-house on the EP standout "Imaginary Dub".
Review: It's been two years since the release of Medlar's excellent debut album, Sleep. He's been relatively quiet since - an EP of 12" versions of album tracks and a collaboration with Dan Shake on Delusions of Grandeur notwithstanding - so this all-new four-tracker for Wolf Music is a timely release. Predictably, it's rather good, with Medlar moving further towards the jazzier end of the deep house spectrum in a similar vein to recent releases on Rhythm Section International. Highlights are plentiful, from the extended, beatless build up and twinkling pianos of "Dawn Chorus", and the Mood Hut style, ambient-influenced new age house revivalism of "Paradise", to the military drums and analogue electronics of "Loon". Best of all, though, is the sticky, humid, off-kilter jazz wig-out "Angel Race".
Review: Medlar, who also produces as Klic, drops his first solo EP for London imprint Wolf Recordings. Lush chords and woozy rhodes partner up with "uh-huh" vocal snippets and tribal percussion in "The Sun". James Brown "uh's" and basic synth progressions make up "Knockard Pearl", which receives a stellar Detroit Swindle remix of bolstered stabs that verge on rave. "Govern" lowers the BPM for a shuffled groove, maintaining the lo-fi brilliance of the rest of the EP. A secret weapon for the transitional DJ.
Review: If a week is a long time in politics, then a decade is the equivalent of a lifetime in dance music terms. It's for this reason that so many labels are keen to mark their tenth birthday with a special release, just as Wolf Music - one of the UK's most reliable deep house imprints of recent times - has done here. Instead of opting for all new material, the imprint has decided to gather together some of their favourite "Wolf slammers" - cuts that have always done the business on the dancefloor. There's naturally plenty to set the pulse racing throughout, from the loopy R&B/disco/deep house fusion of Fantastic Man's "Look This Way" and the fabulously analogue Chicago retro-futurism of KRL's "Nothing You Can Teach Me", to the sample-heavy, riff-happy bounce of Red Rack'em's "Do Or Die" and the bass-heavy stomp of K98's warehouse-ready revision of Thrilogy's "Heaven".