Review: Parisian pair Politics of Dancing have decided to celebrate the 5th birthday of their namesake record label by release a string of EPs containing unheard tracks from friends and contemporaries. Naturally they feature on "Part 1" with "Peace", a deliciously deep early morning workout that wraps dreamy pads and dubbed-out synthesizer riffs around an especially huggable electronic groove. There are naturally plenty of highlights elsewhere across the EP though. Check first Boris Werner's "Omar Coming", a chugging and bass-heavy affair rich in mind-altering electronic effects, funky bass and layered percussion, before gaping in wonder at the New York, mid-1990s vibes of Djebali and Stephan Bazbaz's "J'Adore". The contribution by Rowlandz, a thickset number that matches a chunky groove with jaunty Clavinet stabs and electric piano flourishes, is also luscious.
Review: France meets Germany as, on this latest from their P.O.D Cross label, French crew Politics Of Dancing team up with Berlin's Cab Drivers and Sebo K, separately, on one track apiece. 'Politics Of Dancing X Cab Drivers' is a deep/tech house chugger, underpinned by solid kicks and throbbing bass, and topped with intricate, shuffling percussion and barely-there synth bleeps. 'Politics Of Dancing X Sebo K' operates in similar territory but has more of an eyes-down feel, a more prominent topline and smoother percussion sounds, making this the pick for 3am deep house floors while the Cab Drivers collab will rock more minimal-leaning spots
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.
Review: Since setting up the P.O.D Cross label last year, production duo Politics of Dancing has delivered a series of killer collaborations with such esteemed contemporaries as Franck Roger, Djebali, D'Julz, Cab Drivers and Sebo K. They're at it again here, joining forces with two more well-regarded music makers in a dancefloor-ready style. First they get together with Chris Stussy to serve up a rolling, punchy and potent chunk of attractive peak-time deep house rich in undulating synth-bass, dreamy chords and sumptuous electronic riffs. Rising star Sun Archive lends a hand on track two, a smoother, soul-fired slab of driving deepness built around crunchy machine drums, spacey pads and whispered vocal samples.
Review: Since inaugurating their collaboration-focused P.O.D Cross label a couple of years back, production duo Politics of Dancing have showcased studio hook-ups with artists including Sebo K, D'Julz, Djebali, Cab Drivers and Crhis Carrier. They begin their latest two-track missive by joining forces with Talman Records founder Okain to deliver a boisterous, bass-heavy bounce through chunky drums, deep sub-bass, dubbed-out synthesizer motifs and drowsy aural textures. They're next joined by born collaborator Rowlanz, whose recent releases have all been in cahoots with like-minded producers. Their collaborative cut fuses the dreamy, ear-pleasing sonics of hazy deep house with the rolling, glitch-sporting grooves of quality tech-house. It's an undeniably alluring affair.
Review: This is the third 'best of' from Phil Weeks' Robsoul in just five months - the label celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2020 - but the quality standard remains high. Featuring several of Weeks' own productions alongside cuts from the likes of DJ W!LD, Jordan Peak and Chris Stussy, the album covers an impressive range of house ground, from filter disco (see, for instance, Weeks/Hector Moralez/Fries & Bridges collab 'Peep Game') to chunky, eyes-down 3am throbbers (Politics Of Dancing's 'Hi Soul') to Weeks & Kid Enigma's retro, electro-tinged 'Love Me Right'. As such, it's a package that warrants investigation by househeads of many persuasions.
Review: Politics Of Dancing continues celebrating its fifth anniversary with a cast of crucial house warriors keeping the flame burning bright. First up is Chris Stussy, who whips up an especially funky concoction with the bubbling "Monday 8th", before DJOKO and T Jacques dub things out in style with the swirling but thumping "Directions". The ever-prolific Michael James appears with "Solstice", a mystically tinged deep house bumper laden with zippy sound FX and sprinkled with subtly swung groove. Jamahr completes the set with "Underwater", a deep immersion bath of sound that edges towards classic techno while keeping the groove on the straight and narrow.