Brett Johnson - "BrMr Smarty Pants" - (6:11) 125 BPM
Rhythm Plate - "Keep Moving" - (6:37) 125 BPM
Review: Hudd Traxx 3rd installment of their 10th Anniversary series comes from Eddie Leader, Hector Moralez, Washerman, Brett Johnson & Rhythm Plate. Label owner Eddie Leader delivers a deep & moody house groover with the slick vocals of long time Hudd Artist Hector Moralez, aptly title 'Way Back'. Washerman picks the pace up with 'Twilite', which is reminiscent of legendary Detroit label Underground Resistance, and adds to the continued diversity of this project. Brett Johnson's 'Mr Smarty Pants' is re-released after gaining plays from the likes of Laurent Garnier and an edit by Dyed Soundorom. Closing out the EP are 2 of the most underrated Producers in the business; Rhythm Plate. 'Keep Moving' was Overshadowed by 'Inside Me' on the 'Robbin Hudd EP' in 2007 but is given it's time to shine on 'Now & Then Part 3' and is a fine addition to the 10 Year celebrations.
Review: It's been nearly 14 years since Matt Rhythm and Ant Plate's first release on DiY Discs. The fact that they're still going strong isn't too much of a surprise, as they've always been one of the East Midlands' finest exponents of eccentric deep house. "Satellite" is typically quirky, fusing their usual hallmarks (wonky electronics, tough drums, bassbin-bothering low end) with a curious, autotune-clad vocal. While decent (especially Jacob London's disco-flecked remix), it's B-side "Bring It All Back" - featuring old pal, electro-soul vocalist and fellow Mantis Recordings graduate Cyde - that really hits home. Soulful, woozy and sugary-sweet, it's a delicious blast from the past. The accompanying shuffling, broken house rework from Q-Burns Abstract Message is great, too.
Review: Some 15 years after dropping their first 12" on DiY Discs, Matlock-based deep house eccentrics Rhythm Plate have finally got round to producing their debut album. It is, pleasingly, tons of fun, mixing chunky, goodtime deep house flavours with all manner of influences, from Italo and spiraling space funk (see the excellent "Digital Entry"), to wonky Balearic pop ("Not Like That"), vintage Chi-town vocal house (Clyde collaboration "Yeah X 10"), deep soul ("Keep a Light On"), Plantlife-ish flash-fried psychedelic funk (the brilliant "Cut Price Air Cut") and frankly hard-to-describe electronic silliness (the bizarre but brilliant "King of Rubbish"). For those who've watched their (slow) progress over the years, it's confirmation of their oddball brilliance; for newcomers, it should be an entertaining treat.
Review: Rhythm Plate's long-await debut album, Off The Charts, delivered in spades, offering a vivid mix of tracks rooted in deep house, electrofunk and disco. Here, some of the album's strongest moments get the once over. There are two contrasting versions of Frank H Carter III hook-up "Not Like That", with Art of Tones analogue-heavy tribute to rave-era house just edging out Hot Toddy's slick, nu-disco-does-deep house take. Demarkus Lewis delivers a shuffling,hip-wigglin' take on soulful Clyde collaboration "Bring It All Back", while James Dexter's version of "Keep A Light On" is the epitome of classic deep house. Best of all, though, is YSE's epic, 12-minute reinterpretation of "Yeah X 10", a glorious fusion of bumpin', low-slung analogue house and strutting P-funk.