Review: Quell is a Greek producer based in Berlin and Rave Mouth is his latest release on These Days, a label run by fellow countryman Argy. This four-tracker does much to dispense with the German city's current predilection for streamlined, linear techno. Indeed, it seems to focus instead on the raw and grainy approach of early Bpitch and Boyz Noise. Chicago bass-lines mutate into noisy, clanging forms, drums pound and roll in an unpredictable manner and over the top samples are strewn throughout - just check the daft repetition that prevails on "Fehlerkultur". The only example of a more measured approach is audible on the title track, where Quell does a fine job at emulating jacking acid tracks.
Review: Few modern house producers have as much experience or kudos as Quell. The German artist as released on esteemed labels like Ibadan, 4 Lux and 20/20 Vision and now brings his musical vision to Yousef's imprint. The title track is reminiscent of 90s deep house, with dense filters and a bubbling, dubby groove underpinning a vocal sample that repeats the refrain 'take forever'. On "Susanne", he ventures into tougher, rougher territory, with a tough rhythm and close-to-abrasive percussion underpinning a vocal sample. Finally, there's "Siamese"; like "Susanne", it focuses on a stripped back approach, with insistent stabs replacing the vocal samples.
Review: Wearing his heart firmly on his sleeve, Berlin dwelling producer Quell gives us "Rugburn" (not literally) which takes Mr Fingers's Distant Planet as a starting block before delivering a shuffley, garage-inspired vocal house romp. Also aimed at the heart of the dancefloor is "Go Away, Humans!", which is all about deep 90s tribal hypnotics. An EP highlight, though, is Palace's absolutely slammin' minimal-garage-laser-tech rework of the title track.
Review: Room Service, a new Brooklyn-based label, introduces itself to the world with a boisterous party-starter by Quell, a Grecian producer now residing in Berlin. The four originals included here are no-nonsense, high-octane jams that vacillate between deep house and garage with touches of techno and disco thrown in for good measure and depth.
Review: Following the recent release of his debut album, Them Crowd Kids (Ibadan), Greek producer Quell continues to churn out top quality deep house at an impressive rate. This four-tracker for 20:20 Vision is full of high-grade moments, from the strobelight serenade of the hypnotic, classic-sounding "Don't Go", to the '89 Chicago jack-meets-early UK rave-meets US garage of the restless "Right". Quell's main strength is the ageless sound of his productions; "Loose Meanings", with its acid-tinged bassline, sweaty drum builds, yearning, tear-jerking chords and classic house riffs, sounds like it could have been recorded at any point in the last 25 years.
Review: Greek deep house producer Quell has been around the scene for some time, impressing with releases on the likes of Tsuba, 2020 Vision and Ibadan. The latter label have been particularly supportive - head honcho Jerome Sydenham is a big fan - and here present his debut full length, Them Crowd Kids. It's a typically impressive set, variously touching on classic US deep house ("Some Time"), mid '90s Mood II Swing style late night beefiness ("All I Have", "Them Crowd Kids"), deep afro-tech ("Forgive Me (Club Mix)"), jaunty afro-house ("Root Effect", with Sydenham), and fluid, heavily electronic dancefloor anthems ("Regret").
Review: Kevin Griffiths' Tsuba imprint came back with a bang in 2012, as this digital-only round up of label highlights proves. There are plenty of hot producers present - Sascha Dive, Huxley, Moodtrap, Mike Newman etc - as well as remixes by the likes of Gerd and Matthew Styles. Musically, it takes a broad approach to house and tech-house, flitting between groovesome late night moods (Hector's "Hide", Dive's formidably murky "Deja vu"), jaunty deepness (Moodtrap's excellent "Out of Time") and balls-out roughness (the jackin' sweatiness of Tazz and Bacanito's "Workin It"). Throw in a few pleasing surprises (6th Borough Project's heady rework of "Workin It") and you've got yourself a formidable collection.