Review: There's much to admire on this second remix EP from rising label Black Key, not least Moodtrap's delightfully rubbery, synth-laden deep house tweak of Giovanni Damico's "Love Me". It's fluid and tactile - all warm chords and bluesy vocal samples - but with enough rhythmic pulse to keep a dancefloor interested throughout. The rest of the EP features reworks of Milton Jackson's "5 Cities". The reliable Andy Ash delivers the best version, layering deep garage chords and liquid melodies on top of booming drums and a sub-bothering bassline. Tom Sevinski's super-deep tweak is also worth a listen.
Milton Jackson - "Requisite Vocal Science" - (5:05) 120 BPM
Zoo Look - "I Can't Deny" - (6:49) 122 BPM
Review: Tsuba's occasional Night Trax series continues, this time delivering cuts from label regular Milton Jackson and newcomers Zoo Look (previously seen on Join The Dots and Morris Audio). Glaswegian veteran Jackson goes deep and fluid on "Requisite Vocal Science", layering simple but pretty melodies over woozy chords, shuffling beats and tech-house touches. Zoo Look's "I Can't Deny" is an altogether breezier affair, with a dancing bassline and skipping, garage-influenced beats underpinning hazy chord progressions, distant vocal samples and watery electronics. It's the kind of track that will slip into lots of different sets, from deep house and UK bass, to tech-house and late night sleaze.
Review: Amazingly, it's been eight long years since the release of Freerange's first Colour Series compilation ("Yellow"). A few things have changed in that time for Jimpster's label, but his commitment to musically rich deep house remains. That's much in evidence here, particularly on the contributions from Andre Lodemann, fast-rising starlet Mic Newman and Jimpster himself (whose woozy "Late Night Blues" is his best for some time). There's also a distinct old skool feel to some of the cuts, with Alexkid's percussive "Class of 95" and Milton Jackson's robust "DS1" offering plenty of vintage US house flavour. The real standout, though, is Arithmetic's' "Time", which sounds like a long lost deep house anthem.
Review: Consistently strong purveyors of quality house music, Freerange are back with another of their colour-based compilations. The Makam remix of Attica kicks things off in style, as breezy drums bolster a Rhodes riff that sounds uncannily like the intro of Roy Ayres "We Live In Brooklyn Baby".
Mr Morning's Slave takes things a little deeper, using some expansive Techy pads to build a huge sound around some minimal Afro-beat drums.
Freerange head honcho Jimpster contributes a mix of Milton Jackson's The Rhythm Track and the effect is similarly deep and devastating.
Pezzner also gets the remix treatment, this time from Justin Martin, who peppers his slow-building Brooklyn New York with cut-up vocals and subtle, whisper quiet sirens.
There's so much quality on show here, it's hard to pick a favourite from the 12 tracks. Two standouts though are Nikola Gala's I Get U, which builds with a timeless female vocal loop, and then swaps it for percussion to set the groove off perfectly. And closing track I Wanna Love You by Elmar Schubert and Vincenzo also deserves checking out - a heart-stopping slow Balearic number with a cloying vocal and tons of warm synth tones. All in all, another quality comp from Freerange.