Review: Swiss deep house hero Ripperton leads the way on this split 12" from Character. "I'm Gonna Make You Love" is trippy, dreamy and epic deep house smothered in layers of mesmerising strings and pads and some soulful male house vocals. Detroit legend Niko Marks is back too it seems; he's teamed up with Carlos Nillmns on "The Night Not To End" featuring the the thought provoking spoken word poetry of Keter Darker (the new Gil Scott Heron some Chicagoans say!) over a seriously dusty deep house jam. They also offer us "Dark Ages" which goes for the classic, late nineties filtered disco house vibe.. and done damn well!
Review: Over the last two decades, Niko Marks has been responsible for a wealth of evocative, musically rich deep house and techno, most of it released on ultra-limited CDs via his U2X Productions label. Here, he rejoins fellow Detroiter Carl Craig's Planet E imprint, some 14 years after releasing his sole EP for the imprint. Day of Knowing is typical of his work. Featuring his impeccable, jazz-fuelled keys work, the album's nine tracks smoothly fuse elements of deep house, Motor City techno, soul, and jazz-funk. As a result, it's a wonderfully warm and musically rich collection, jam-packed with the kind of material capable of moving the heart, feet and head.
Review: "!Kollections" banner. Each focuses on a certain aspect of the long-running label's vast back catalogue. The fourth edition, for example, focused on disco. "Reflections", the latest volume, is not as tight stylistically and instead gathers together tracks that tend towards the deep, poignant, beautiful and melancholy. There are many treats amongst the 27 showcased selections, with highlights including an impeccable chunk of string-laden downtempo pop from DJ Tennis and Fink, a dreamy slice of loved-up house warmth from Lone, the bustling, dream house era Mediterranean holiday memories of Mugwump's "God is Gracious" and the thrusting, big room-friendly late night hypnotism of Dubfire's "Dust Devil".
Review: Delsin's house imprint reaches number four with Dusseldorf's Andy Vaz at the helm for "Don't Lose Your Mind", complete with vocal contributions from Niko Marks. The Soul vocal mix does exactly what it says on the tin, with a track that sounds like it came straight out of a 30 year old time capsule, with a deep bassline and smoky saxophone solo, whilst the House dub mix adds glittering keys to the mix and holds back on the vocal but loses none of the charm.