Review: For their fifth release, the Marseille-based Ravanelli Disco Club crew has turned to the combined talents of Scruscru last seen and heard on Nomada Records and Jehan (a regular contributor to the always on-point Star Creature label). Title track "Teuf De Ouf" is giddily cheery and sees the pair wrap warm Rhodes stabs and jazzy horn samples around a bustling groove that arguably owes a debt to the jazz-house era work of St Germain. Joe Corti weighs in with the obligatory remix, offering up a smoother and chunkier deep house version that makes much more use of twinkly electric piano sounds. Elsewhere, "Jive Y'all" is a warm, sample-heavy fusion of jazz-funk sounds and disco-powered house grooves, while "Lawka Chudes" is a deeper take on the pair's favoured jazzy house sound.
Review: Six tracks here from Russia's Scruscru (AKA Anton Bogomolov) that blur the boundaries between deep house, jazz, funk and lounge music. 'Faineant' is a tripped-out slice of uneasy listening, 'Les Tricheurs' brings the jazz-funk vibes, 'Day Drifting' is a leftfield jazzer, 'A Toda Velacidad!' is downtempo and lounge-y, 'Lamantin's Dream' is an involving sofa/headphones-based listen, while 'Za So Cho' is the closest thing to a straight-up deep house cut on the EP, albeit with strong hints of electro in the mix. Those are, however, the loosest of ballpark descriptions: this EP is a truly unique-sounding ride that'll take a few listens to really sink in.
Review: With this EP, Minor Notes Recordings welcomes sometime Vintage Music and Nurvous artist Scruscru to their growing family. As with the producer's previous releases, the emphasis is on bumpy house grooves, tweaked eyes-closed vocal samples and just the right amount of disco hustle. We're particularly enjoying opener "Finding All Your Love", where a tweaked and cut-up vocal snippet sweetly rises above a delay-laden, head-in-the-clouds deep disco-house groove, though the skipping US garage drums and impeccably deep vibes of "Romantik" also leave a long-lasting impression. Elsewhere, Vintage Music chief Sunner Soul lends a hand on the Daft Punk-on-sleeping pills wooziness of "Chewing Gum", while Black Loops provides a chunky rub of "Finding All Your Love" that's as heavy as it is pleasingly melodious.
Review: This three-tracker marks the Vintage Music debut of Scruscru, a producer who has been quietly going about his business for the past couple of years. Like much of Vintage Music's catalogue, there's a summery warmth and gently sun-kissed vibe present throughout. We're particularly enjoying the colourful guitar riffs, twinkling melodies, wonky electronics and metronomic deep house drums of trippy, dubbed-out shuffler "Burevestnik (feat. J Balanov)", though sumptuous Balearic deep house closer "Sormowskie Zori" - all bustling drums, cascading echo-laden guitars and eyes closed melodies - is also rather good. That said, the title track's combination of crunchy snares, tactile melodies and swirling disco samples also ticks all the right boxes.
Review: Sunny side up: Saint Petersberg's Sunner Soul returns with another exceptional, groove-kissed selection. Taking the lead with four of his own works, we're treated to lavish strings on "Feel So Good", our trousers are charmed off by the sultry jazz feels of "Soul Liberty", we're drowned in soaking wet filtered finesse on "Swindle Mode" and teased with the lolloping conga/bass groove on his edit of "Sweet Honey". Meanwhile last year's critically received newcomer Scruscru gets busy with a delicious sample over some chunky-assed jacking beats. Can you dig it?
Review: Belarus' Iner launches a new label with a strong cast of international names all pushing a deep and distinguished strain of house music for those who want soul and invention in equal measure. Tilman is up first with 'Sweet Dreamer', a mellow, looped up roller. Sune's 'Flutes' takes a breezier approach shaped out by fluttering jazz funk motifs. Yann Polewka celebrates the sweetest Philly strings and some classic vocal licks for a disco-infused burner you can't help but love. Iner himself keeps things loose and organic on the wonderful 'Respectfull Kind Music', while Scruscru goes for a sleek approach to chopped up funky house. That leaves it to Buzz Compass to get heady and hazy with the bass-leaning cuts coursing through 'That Nighter'.
Review: Saint Petersburg scene stalwart Sunner Soul once again opens up the vaults of his Vintage Music imprint and serves up a selection of solid summery grooves, soul-flecked grooves, disco-charged jams and intoxicating, floor-friendly re-rubs. The bulk of the material comes from the man himself, with highlights including the breezy, horn-toting sunshine funk warmth of "Rescue of Time", the starry jazz-funk synths and rubbery house grooves of "Swindle Mode" and the loopy, synth-laden boogie-house bump of "Music Freak". Elsewhere, Lolita Kox's "I Think I Love You" is a deliciously beefed-up and celebratory rework of a stone cold disco classic and Scruscru's "Burevestnik" is a deliciously swinging, full-throttle take on a jazzy disco-funk obscurity.