Review: It's timely that as Ornate Music reaches its milestone thirtieth release, it introduces another new face to its stable of deep house heavy hitters, that already includes names such as Leif, Miles Sagnia, Jayson Wynters and Dubbyman. All of whom, like new boy here, El Choop, earned their chops in the ranks at respected Welsh festival Freerotation. Unlike those other alumni though, El Choop's pedigree leans heavily on dub techno, as evidenced on previous releases for Default Position and Etui. This latest missive blends the best of both worlds, two crystalline cuts of the deepest house with subtle shades of dub. It's the sound of late-night drives, or stolen closed-eye, post-party moments. Closing out the release, there's a full-side remix of lead cut New Speak from deep house royalty, Nail, who opens up some Basic-Channel like space with a shot of DiY swing. Pure class.
Review: The Mysticisms label serves up a valuable reissue of the very first release from Nail, the long-serving UK house veteran as prolific now as he was back in the heyday of legendary Nottingham soundsystem DiY. "Cassiopeia" originally appeared on a compilation on Warp, but now it gets a full side of vinyl over which to unfurl its arcane 90s magic. Entrancing synth cascades and stuttering sampler mantras, throbbing b-lines and jacking claps all make for a holy grail deep techno track from the good old days, and Nail has given it a 2019 remix which brings the spiritual shenanigans of the original into a different kind of meditative, house-oriented context.
Politics Of Dancing X Chris Carrier - (6:41) 125 BPM
Politics Of Dancing X Nail - (7:34) 123 BPM
Review: Politics Of Dancing continue their adventures in the studio with friends and kindred spirits, this time teaming up with two tech house titans that paved the way for the sound they're immersed in today. Fellow Parisian Chris Carrier sounds right at home sparring with S.M.A.L.L and Paco on "Track 1", where an irresistible bassline groove underpins some acid licks that burrow deep into the night time frame of mind. Nail is the other partner of choice, and the UK veteran helps whip up a crisp and chunky workout heavy on the drums - a serious DJ workout for those craving solid gear for their sets.
ThorsteinssAnn - "Midnight At Taffey's" - (7:31) 126 BPM
Diego Krause - "Liberation" - (6:29) 126 BPM
Vicmari - "Who Could Measure" (feat Chann Of Amraah8) - (6:14) 124 BPM
Review: In which seven tracks by German deep/tech house veterans Paul Daniel and Jens Augustowsky (better known as Cab Drivers) get reworked by a selection of producers both well-known and slightly less so. Nail's chuggy, small-hours take on 'Me Dub' and Diego Krause's chunky, bass-y remix of 'Liberation', which has something of an early/mid 90s feel, will doubtless get the most attention here, but other highlights include the deep New Jersey vibes of A Scott & Chad's mix of 'Mrs J', the drifty, acid-flecked late night ride that is ThorsteinssAnn's remix of 'Midnight At Taffey's' and Mancini's wonky, squelchy remix of 'Jijilaja'.