Review: The inspiration from Dubble D's latest release comes from a source that has been mined many times in house music - the church. Over tight claps and a lean funk guitar riff, the UK producer co-opts a sassy vocalist to discuss 'growing up in the church of Christ'. In case Dubble D felt that he was in danger of alienating his atheist fans, the vocalist then delivers a more secular message that 'in honour of the love for the people. . . we're going to lay it down... we gotta give love... '. Ashley Beedle's re-version sees the house veteran add some upbeat disco vibes and make the most of the guitar funk line.
Review: The Detroit based Kolour Recordings reach their sixth release with Manchester's Moodymanc's latest jazz infused house ensemble, "Gretsch". The title track sees the producer merge a rolling bassline with jazzy, soulful sincerity, lush piano chords and brass instruments. Michael J Collins turns in a more stripped, dubby down version before Manchester At Work's summer mix of "Thief" slows the EP down to just the thud of its dubby beat and the persistent, stretched piano chords. "Bitz" is much funkier with quick percussion and a delightful horn wavering over the top.
Review: Well Cut Records return with another deluxe release with Dubble D presenting under his "Moodymanc" monniker. He opens with "Comfort Me", a deep and gritty sounding soulful jam, followed by a 're-touch' of "War and Peace", a deep and dirty disco dance floor monster which has done serious damage in the past. Luke Solomun continues with his "Love and Death re-make", toughening up the drums and adding some analogue twists to take the energy levels up to the point of frenzy! The record closes with "Hashtag", a no nonsense, tough Chicago inspired groove which plays backdrop to a conversation between Snoop Dog and G Unit about the music game today which we thought said a lot about the state of play in House music today! A "beatapella" is an addition to the digital version of the release for those DJs who want to get more creative with the message!
Review: Well Cut Records is the new label project from Danny Ward, known mainly for his releases and productions as Moodymanc, Dubble D and as part of 2020Soundsystem. The label aims to be a showcase for various production projects and collaborations from Danny and to live up to its moniker by releasing records that will appeal to more discerning record buyers and DJs by staying true to the roots and aesthetics ofhHouse music whilst exploring its many shades and colours! This debut release perfectly captures the Well Cut approach, pairing two Moodymanc productions with collaborations between Ward and newcomer Lenny Middles.
Review: There's definitely something special about this latest release from Tsuba, seeing as it features a remix apiece from two genuine legends of US house, Larry Heard and Chez Damier. It's the latter's version of Sascha Dive's "Jus Groove" that really hits the spot. Damier unfurls an epic, floor-friendly version built around a relentless but pleasingly loose US house groove - all sturdy but loose percussion, warm organs, darting synths and subtle strings. Once you get locked in, you'll be there for the full 10-minute duration. Heard, meanwhile, offers a typically deep, melodic and intoxicating take on Moodymanc's "Black Paint". Like much of Heard's work, it's almost astonishingly melancholic.
Review: Steve Bug's Dessous imprint is one of the best and most consistent deep house and minimal labels going. On Dessous Best Kept Secrets Volume 2, the follow up to 2007's first instalment, they prove it yet again with a compilation that charts both the current and future sound of the label. Full of emotion, warmth and soul, the release serves as a true indication of the label's ethos as a whole and leaves a lasting impression on the listener.
David Durango has been making impressive appearances on Dessous and Poker Flat of late. So much so that the young half Swiss, half Spanish producer was chosen to open this compilation with the first of his three offerings on the release. "Juegos Fantasiticos" opens proceedings with some warm, deep house that sounds as comfortable as it does laid back. "Striptease" showcases Durango's more upbeat side before "Human" delves into a minimal aesthetic courtesy of deft high end percussion, low bass squeezes and acute phaser work.
Alongside smooth, chord-laden house like "Le Groove Rhodes" from Rene Breithbarth and Claire Ripley's "Labyrinth" we get the techno influenced twisted synths of Moodymanc's "Omlette" and the darker more driving sound of "Merise" by Andrade. "New Road FM" by Burnski brings the groove with some cosmic, jacking twists and Graeme Park closes the release with his slo-mo house remix of Ryo Murakami's "Just For This."
Dessous Best Kept Secrets Volume 2 takes you on a delightfully soulful and rhythmic journey of their label. Although the compilation never strays too far away from their signature sound nor breaks any new barriers, it does an expert job of bringing you the vintage and emotive deep house that has made the imprint so special in the first place.