Review: The third volume in the Dance 2017 series is notable for featuring the first collaborative production from Giles Smith and James Priestley under the Secretsundaze moniker. Given that they delivered their first combined mix CD some ten years ago, "Motorway" has been a long time coming. It's also rather good, offering a hypnotic and wide-eyed blend of urgent, 128 BPM percussion, parping synth stabs, heavy bass and swirling string loops. It's not exactly Kraftwerk's "Autobahn" for the tech-house generation, but we sense the Robots would approve. Less surprising is Palm Trax's "Outflight", a positive and melodious chunk of synthesizer-heavy deep house goodness full of new age melodies, darting synth-bass and crunchy drum machine hits.
Review: Here's The 25th single from the Secretsundaze pair for their eponymous imprint, who after 18 years in the game continue to follow their hearts and not the hype. After an 18 month hiatus, Giles Smith and James Priestley deliver three tracks full of infectious energy of their new Stand Up EP, having previously released a killer split 12' with Palms Trax back in 2017. From the gutsy polyrhythmic stomp of "Mezcal" which reaches near tribal moments, to the soulful and utterly spiritual deepness of the title track to the arcane hypnotism of "Testing" which would really do down well at the afterhours - it's a terrific EP that follows in the tradition of label alumni Fred P or DJ Qu.
Review: The veteran London duo Giles Smith and James Priestley aka Secretsundaze debut on Live At Robert Johnson with pure deep house vibes. Here they serve up something with a bit more old school flair on "Gigantic Impossibly Large", which sees them channel a classic sound, particularly on the NYC dub which calls to mind that timeless aesthetic of early Statside house. The brooding tension and drama of OG's version sounds more reminiscent of today's dancefloor dynamics, while downbeat reductions exist in the form of the exotic and arcane 10 AM version and the slow burning boogie down antics of the B2 jam make a worthy addition also.
Review: After a bit of a hiatus and following up releases on the label from Silvestre, Carista, Eliphino and Joe Claussell, James Priestley & Giles Smith return on their eponymous imprint with the Devious EP. The title track is a deep and mysterious number featuring a bleepy bass, airy pads and subtle rhythms for an overall ethereal effect. This is followed by the emotive broken beat journey "Over The Edge" which will hypnotise you into submission, and closing out the EP is the bittersweet downbeat vibe of "Drifting". More terrific music from Secretsundaze,with the pair having also recently released on esteemed labels such as Live at Robert Johnson, Phonica and Mule Musiq.
Review: Having tickled our fancy last year with their first Secretsundaze production, "Motorway Jam", Gilles Smith and James Priestley return with their debut single proper. In its original form, "Still Hope", featuring distinctive spoken word vocals from Anthony Anaxagorou, is a sweeping deep house treat, with atmospheric orchestration rising above a chunky but shuffling rhythm track. Smith and Priestley deliver their own driving, bassline-driven peak-time revision (the "Poems In The Heart Floor Version") before handing over the parts to Detroit veteran Wajeed. Surprisingly, he revisits the tail end of the '80s on his warehouse-bothering, riff-dominated Hardcore Dub, before utilizing the duo's electronic orchestration to the full of the more musically intricate Motor City deep house vibes of the Searching Dub.