Review: Regular collaborators Sierra Sam and Marcus Vector join forces again, this time for an elastic, tech-tinged deep house hoedown on Dirt Crew. Both "Cowboy" and "Indien" follow roughly the same template, layering cute, simplistic melodies and odd vocal cut-ups (male choral chanting in the case of "Cowboy") atop bumpin' bass and crystal clear percussion. It's a formula that provides plenty of quirky dancefloor thrills. Falko Brockseiper (crazy name, crazy guy) provides the standout remix, turning "Cowboy" into a swingin' freak house romp (check the re-freaked vocal samples). A deeper, darker rework from Varoslav rounds off a handy EP.
Review: Sierra Sam is back for Catz 'N Dogz Pets Recordings. The Dutchman in Berlin known as Sammy Goossens and Toys For Boys boss presents us with "Piano", a tough and booming groove with dark Detroit-style pianos rocking out over the top. This tracks builds a lot of suspense. Second offering "Residue" is also on the 313 high tech soul tip, this one's pretty powerful and could mix into a harder techno style set with its sonar melody, furious industrial beat and emotive pads.
Review: Sierra Sam is the kind of producer who releases on the right kind of labels. That is, his own brand of shady deep house has appeared on everything from Upon You to Supplemental Facts and even Contexterrior. This time he lands on the comparatively rougher-edged Holic Trax - home to EPs by the likes of Mr.G, Rick Wade, Chris Carrier - with four slices of glitchy, rustproof house music. The title track "Sage" is a beautifully unexpected 4/4 journey accompanied by breaks wild sonics, while "We Would" is jazzier, and "One More" head into techy mode thanks to its slice-n-dice percussion stabs and minimalistic melodies. There's also a Tomoki Tamura and Sierra Sage remix of "Essence", a starry excursion into deep beats, woozy cowbells and fuzzy low-ends.