Doppelate - "Four Feet Up The Stairs" - (5:57) 118 BPM
Rhode, Brown & Leo Woelfel - "More Drama" - (5:38) 126 BPM
Marco Lazovic - "In The Jungle" - (5:17) 120 BPM
Review: Slam City Jams is an upcoming label from Munich, and its third release provides a platform for emerging house music talent. First up is production pair COEO, who are best known for their releases on Toy Tonics. "Never Going Home", their contribution to Volume 1, is an off-beat, slinky electronic groove that features a moody bass and warm, warbling melodies. By contrast, Doppelate's "Four Feet Up The Stairs" is more in keeping with classic deep house, thanks to its gentle keys and reflective composition, while on label owners? Rhode & Brown's "More Drama (Less Hysteria)", the release moves into the warm and squelchy electronic disco the Dutch West Coast. Rounding off this impressive EP is Marco Lazovic's Chicago-influenced "In The Jungle".
Review: Shir Khan's Black Jukebox series rolls ever onwards, in the process serving up another bumper selection of groovy house cuts built around extensive disco samples. This 15th edition begins with a pair of collaborations between Illyus and Barrientos: the disco goes stadium house pump of "Camel Brotha", and "Just Bad Shit", where the duo teases out a killer groove before whipping off the shirt and going disco crazy in the closing minutes. In contrast, Purple Disco Machine and Lorenz Rhode's sunny filter disco jam "Birds" feels breezy despite its' loopy construction, while Danye S's contribution, "In The Streets", is hazy, blissful and soft focus. Its' glistening guitar lines are particularly delightful.
Review: Compost Records' 25th birthday celebrations will soon ratchet up a notch or two via the release of an epic vinyl box set of rare cuts and fresh remixes. Before then, there's the small matter of this fourth "Overture" EP. Nu-disco don Purple Disco Machine offers up a pair of colourful, peak-time ready remixes of Lorenz Rhode's P funk influenced stomper "Back" (the talkbox-sporting Vocal version being our pick), while Liquid Phonk joins the dots between deep house and synth-heavy disco on the suitably gorgeous Starwalk. Arguably best of all, though, are the skanking Spiller vocal and Dub remixes of Truby Trio cut "Make a Move", which brilliantly join the dots between vintage ska and 21st century deep house.
Review: A quarter century has passed since Michael Reinboth founded Compost Records in his home city of Munich. To celebrate the imprint's 25th birthday he's commissioned a bumper selection of reworks of back catalogue tracks, releasing the results over a trio of EPs. This second volume begins with Balearic specialist Phil Mison's synth-heavy nu-disco revision of Siren's modern NYC disco cut "The Way", before Ewan Pearson steals the show with a sublime vocal version of Tomasz Guiddo's "Hide" rich in pulsing, arpeggio-style synthesizers, lilting horns and elastic disco bass. Arguably best of all, though, is Gerd Jansen's rework of Lorenz Rhode's "Back", a stomping, full-throttle interpretation that gleefully harks back to the early days of Italian house and turn-of-the-90s synth-pop.
Review: Bavarian hipster house hooligans Public Possession and their Serie compilation are here to combine music by label artists and friends, showcasing a broad spectrum of audio entertainment. Their brand spanking new Serie A features some great cuts: a trance inducing collage by Rhode & Brown entitled "Black Cardigan", a pop build up by label staples Tambien, Swede Mr. Tophat's homage to an almost forgotten communication medium (the answering machine!) and one damn heavy acid tool in the form of Obalski's "Achim" .
Review: As you'd expect, the latest volume in Dirt Crew's regular Deep Love compilation series features far more hits than misses. As with previous installments in the long-running series, Deep Love 2017 is mostly made up of previously unheard material from label favourites and like-minded guest producers. Highlights come thick and fast throughout, and include the horn-laden Latin disco-house brilliance of M.ono's "Jamas", the jazzy, Compost style broken beat deepness of Felix Leifur's "Record", the loved-up shuffle of Loz Goddard's impeccable "Now is Where We Are" and a touch of 21st century jazz-funk/deep house fusion by Ponty Mython. Also worth a listen is the contribution from Sheffield beat-smith Thatmanmonkz, who once again delivers a hazy chunk of ultra-deep, soul-flecked dancefloor bliss.
Review: Hearty congratulations to Michael Reinboth, whose Compost Records' imprint recently celebrated its 25th birthday. As a way of marking this momentous occasion, the label has conjured up this expansive compilation, which offers up a blend of fresh remixes of label classics, overlooked revisions, bonus cuts and the odd hard-to-find classic (see Move D's superb "Hurt Me", which first appeared on the imprint in the mid-90s). Highlights are plentiful from start to finish, with Roman Flugel's throbbing rework of Beanfield's "Human Patterns", I:Cube's LFO-influenced re-make of A Forest Mighty Black's "Fresh In My Mind", Joakim's funk-fuelled acid take on Marbert Rocel's "Dance Slow" and Die Orangen's wonderfully druggy interpretation of Marsmobil's "Sometimes I Don't Regret" all catching the ear.
Review: On their Deep Love 2018 compilation, you'll find label stalwarts to newcomers alike for respected Berlin imprint Dirt Crew. Their seventh compilation in the series, the label claims that it is the most complete in terms of sound and flow - and will blend in perfectly with that laid back, late summer mood. From moments of dusty and chilled-out deepness courtesy of Lorenz Rhode or Felix Leifur, lo-slung acid jams like Ponty Mython's "It's All Understood" or funked-up disco house like Frenchman S3A's "Modern Soul". Elsewhere, we have got the kind of slinky and sensual tech-house you've come to expect from the label - best exemplified by Canadian Dan Only or Jaxx Madicine's particularly sublime "Blue Bird". Essentially, it's more of the fine quality you've come to expect from this house music institution.