Review: Fred Everything's recent collaboration with the undisputed "voice of house", Robert Owens, was exceptional: a nostalgic chunk of vocal deep house greatness that boasted a number of sonic nods towards the hippy-house brilliance of San Francisco's Dubtribe Soundsystem. Here the Canadian offers up two new mixes inspired by classic Chicagoan acid house. The single-opening 'BDTW Acid Mix' adds Owens' inspiring vocals to an immersive backing track rich in wriggling TB-303 acid lines, chunky acid bass, crunchy, jacking beats and starry, deep space chords. Arguably even better is the accompanying 'Acid Dub', in which selected snippets of Owens' vocals rise above rougher, more angular acid lines, even more jacking drums and some deliciously glassy-eyed musical flourishes.
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Review: It's been a big and consistent year for Snatch! with this annual compilation series bringing it all together in the one spot once again. Off the bat, its tracks by Riva Starr & Santos with its kick drum surprise that take the lead next to legendary Detroit producer Aaron Carl being remembered through a Jamie Jones remix of an original ghetto house number by Parris Mitchell & Nina Kraviz! Don't sleep! Hi NRG house tracks feature too thanks to Ant LaRock, with broken beat rave antics coming from Genghis Clan next to dubbed out diva disco and gospel vibes straight outta Chicago from BiPolar Mind. Seriously, this year and the next: get your house, UKG, two step and ghetto tech wares here!
Review: Since Fred Everything has a track record of making rather good deep house, and vocalist Robert Owens has a bigger claim than most to be "the voice of house", you'd expect this 'I'll Take You In' to be rather good. It is, of course, with the pair conjuring up a warming, musically detailed chunk of deep house bliss that sounds like a saucer-eyed update of Dubtribe Soundsystem's 'Do It Now'. Fred Everything also provides two fine 'BDTW' mixes: the fluttering synths sounds and vintage Chicago house grooves of the 'Deep Mix', and a more stripped-back 'Vox Dub'. Best of all though is Martin 'Atjazz' Iveson's rework, which recalls the fluid synth sounds, jazzy flutes and intricate percussion programming that marked out his early 2000s work on Mantis Recordings.
Review: Poker Flat Recordings are back with another collaboration between label boss Steve Bug and industry veteran Cle (Martini Bros), with the addition of the legendary Robert Owens who brings his deeply soulful voice to the track "Not In Vain". The Windy City icon's unmistakeable, smooth- as-silk vocals will captivate you, against a perfect backdrop of slinky and hypnotic dub techno. The dub version does not omit the vocals, rather the mesmerising chords of the original to create a sensual and emotive deep house number - which is perfect mood music for the warm-up or afterhours alike.
Review: Apparel Music founder Kisk (real name Giuseppe D'Alessandro) has pulled off something of a coup here. The long-serving producer has persuaded Robert Owens, owner of the most distinctive voice in dance music, to provide some effortlessly emotional vocals to his latest single. In its original form, "Your Face" is a subtly Latin-tinged number that adds some gently summery swing and contemplative Robert Owens vocals to the St Germain deep jazz-house template. It comes backed by a high number of largely impressive remixes. Our picks include Mangabey's classic, jazz-flecked deep house revision, Loopazz and Casio Casino's hazy, ultra-deep rework, the even deeper SCSI-9 take, and the extra-percussive, outer-space jazz-house workout that is Hugo Mari's impeccable remix.