Review: For the fifth release on Roots For Bloom, Michael James delivers 3 bumping cuts of very much dance floor orientated music. The opener 'Infinite State' gets you moving straight from the off with some edgy stabs and serious groove. 'High Roller' carries on, upping the tempo but maintaining the direction, while 'Freeze' is a more techno-influenced track, but still holding that underlying groove.
Review: Constant Black continues its superb string of releases with this latest outing for the imprint's close affiliate Michael James, an outing of deep minimal grooves. "Bosh!" starts things out just how you would expect with a title like that, strong punching swinging rhythms ready to sway any party. "Pol" and "Hallucinate" keep the momentum going with sleek minimal works.
Review: Michael James' "Winds Of Change" EP was a big look for Constant Black, and now the eminent minimal house label draws on a hit list of sharp shooters to deliver some deadly remixes. Huerta is up first with an angular but rolling dub twist on "Catch Me If You Can", before Nick Beringer pings things in a wonderfully hazy direction with his "7am Dub" of "Stormy Skies". Pascal Benjamin gets into a tight, focused funk on his version of "Reservoir", and then Jorge Savoretti flies in an Ethereal Dub of "Catch Me If You Can".
Review: The crisp tech house machinations of Constant Sound continue apace with this excellent transmission from the ever rising Michael James. "The Story Unfolds" leads the way with a set of slick and slender rhythms locked into a quintessential minimal house swing, with plenty of subtle micro sampling bubbling away between the beats. "VSHL" has a chunkier disposition, using bolder percussive strokes that punch in unison with the wobbly synth lines. "Perseid" is a trippy affair loaded with zippy effects and dubby effects, and then "H15" rounds the EP out with a resolutely deep 4/4 meditation.
Review: Burnski and Jon Woodall's Constant Black sub-label follows up a strong opening gambit from Noha with this single from Michael James. It's a refined exercise in minimal house with plenty of warmth and character woven in between the sleek, shuffling beats. "010101" bubbles away on melodic delay ripples and slow drifting pads, while "020202" gets into freakier territory with its nocturnal sound set. "030303" is the dreamiest jam on the record, reaching skywards with its soft synth tones while that insistent groove rolls away underneath. As far as classy minimal house goes, it doesn't get any better than this.
Review: Michael James strolls up to Constant Black with yet more of that refined minimal house goodness, throwing down all kinds of late night freakery to get bodies moving in the club. "Angels" is utterly funky without having to spell it out, keeping the drums simmering at a micro level and using a haunting vocal thread to fill out the space. "Seven" meanwhile is a busier affair, bustling with rhythmic accents that bring a very different kind of funk to the party. "Flightmode" then sends the EP on its way with an uplifting cut that sounds as though it came from above the clouds.
Review: Having made his debut on Roots For Bloom back in 2013, Michael James was made to wait for another opportunity to impress. That came last year via a trio of highly regarded releases on Constant Sound and its Constant Black offshoot. Things are clearly going well, because he's now served up his most expansive collection of tracks to date: a seven-tracker featuring a variety of club-ready treats. Check, for example, the low-slung, bass-heavy tech house creepiness of "Catch Me If You Can" and "Winds of Change", the gently spacey bump of "Stormy Skies" and the fluttering late night dreaminess of "Dog Day Afternoon", where stretched-out chords recline over a chunky, dub-influenced bassline.