Review: Having recently made his bow on one hugely respected deep house label, Freerange, Simon Hinter is now ready to debut on another: Quintessentials. The headline attraction of a highly impressive EP is arguably 'Alright!', a chunky, bass-heavy club jam built around chopped-up vocal samples, funk-fuelled guitar riffs, deliciously weighty bass, addictive string sweeps and crunchy drums. KRL remixes, successfully transforming the track into a wonky chunk of Red Rack'em style deep house eccentricity that's as bold as it is ear-catching. Elsewhere, 'Wanna Make Love' combines a bass-heavy house groove and cheery synthesizer melodies with dusty old disco and jazz-funk samples, while 'Club Friday' is a pleasingly positive slab of warming, old school US deep house revivalism.
Review: After spending much of the first half of the last decade quietly building up a reputation, Simon Hinter has been almost silent since 2016. It's therefore heartening to see him finally return to action with arguably his most high-profile release yet: a fresh EP on the effervescent Freerange Records. All four tracks are suitably strong, particularly thickset, bass-heavy opener "Tired Up", whose explicit, female spoken word vocals, filtered loops, chunky bass and jazzy flourishes reminded us a little of the work of Thatmanmonkz. "Heaven & Hell" offers a sparkling, life-affirming take on glassy-eyed deep house hedonism, while "Lifestreams" adds some welcome nods to jazz-funk and disco while retaining a classy house vibe. To round things off, Hinter returns to a jazzier deep house flex on "Looking Back".
Review: After recently notching up three years in the business, HFN Music offshoot Hafendisko is in a suitably celebratory mood. So much so, in fact, that they've put together this first compilation, featuring a mix of previously released cuts (see Ewan Pearson's epic, Italo-influenced electro-disco remix of Kaspar Bjorke's "Apart") and brand new jams. Highlights are pleasingly plentiful, and include the moody, low-slung deep house jazz of Simon Hinter's "Easyweezy", the picturesque beauty of Yannick Labbe's immaculate "Sugar Coated Insult", and the bouncy, beatbox electro-with-a-twist brilliance of Jimmy Edgar's synth-laden rework of Tiger Fingers' "Little Drummer Girl".