Review: Given his meteoric rise over the past 18 months, it's no surprise to find Seven Davis Jr bringing his hard-to-pigeonhole brand of dancefloor soul to Ninja Tune. "Wild Hearts", his first release for Coldcut's veteran label, finds him in fine form, delivering the sort of dusty, off-kilter, floor-friendly effort that sits somewhere between the soulful, jazz-tinged deepness of Moodymann, the bumpin' swing of Derrick Carter, and the impeccable modern soul of Amp Fiddler or Peven Everett. It's arguably his strongest single for sometime, with the L.A-based producer's vocals riding a thrusting groove (blessed with rubbery jazz bass), warm organ chords and jaunty pianos. We await his LP for Ninja Tune with real interest.
Review: "Flavourism", a sparkling chunk of deep house hedonism featuring the vocals and fluid synthesizer playing of Seven Davis Jr, was one of the standout tracks on Detroit Swindle's recently released debut album. Here it gets a deserved single release alongside a trio of new reworks. Two of these come from off-kilter deep house hero Pepe Bradock, whose Bittersweet Mix douses Davis Jr's vocals in trippy dub delay and wraps them round a loose, crunchy and surprisingly chunky beat pattern. The long-serving Parisian also delivers a suitably trippy acappella version (the Spookapella), while Justin Barera and Will Martin join forces for a revision that adds a little garage swing and sun-kissed chords to the Dutch duo's sublime original version.
Review: A lesson in the full house spectrum from the super versatile Doc Daneeka, every shade and style of 4/4 floor science is explored across this four-track EP. Those looking for undiluted uplift should jump on the aptly titled "Together", those in need of a laser-snapping tech frenzy need to sign up to the spikey sermons of "Ghosttext" while those keen on deeper lucid dark soul need to pay attention to the two Seven Davis Jr collaborations. "What's It Gonna Be?" is straight out of the early '90s Strictly handbook while the kick drum-free "I Promise" is straight up street soul with heaps of potential for mix creativity.
Review: The second instalment of Brownswood's Worldwide Family series sees LA crate-digger Kutmah at the helm. A contemporary of The Gaslamp Killer, Gonjasufi and Flying Lotus (whose previously unreleased, Eastern-scaled "Samsfav" is included here), Kutmah mixes alt hip-hop like The Darkhorseman's "Taking Over Empires" with low-riding Dilla-esque funk such as Tehbis' excellent "Higher", and juke-tempoed haziness from Mono/Poly's "With Grace". Among these excellent 21 selections is also an unreleased Hudson Mohawke jam - "Are You Feeling Hot" - which fits in perfectly with the overall weird and warped slo-mo vibe.
Review: Man of the moment Seven Davis Jr recently consolidated his reputation for quality unpredictable productions on album, Universes. Here two album tracks, "Sunday Morning" and "Welcome Back" get the remix treatment. First up Kaytronik reworks the former as both a throbbing, looped house jam and a quirky Afro/carnival-esque 'Breaks Dub". Meanwhile Yoruba turns the latter into a deep and twisted analogue workout, the instrumental of which proving to be the more immersive listen.
Review: One of the undoubted joys of any new Seven Davis Jr release is its' unpredictability. This latest extended player is every bit as eclectic and eccentric as ever. While title track "Dancing On The Sun" is a wonky, chopped-up chunk of bass-heavy Chi-town techno, its' even more chopped-up rework - "See The Light" - is rubbery, soulful and throbbing, with Davis making great use of some particularly cosmic vocals. Elsewhere, "Church" sounds like intergalactic boogie dragged through a Motor City warehouse party backwards, while "Spliffs" sees him take a paranoid trip into the stoner stratosphere in the company of discordant guitar solos, freshly baked wonk-hop beats, and vocals that sound like they were recorded in an echo chamber.