Since launching in the spring of 2016, the Ourselves label has barely deviated from its tried-and-tested blueprint. As with previous offerings, this EP serves up a quartet of cuts from deep house producers on the rise. Our highlight is probably the rubbery disco-house jazziness of "Sisters" by Snacks, which offers a perfect balance between horn-heavy sample manipulation and fluid new instrumentation, though Jan Ketel's Rhodes-heavy roller "Charles De Gaulle" isn't far behind. Elsewhere, Siggatunez layers attractive vibraphone solos over a swinging late night house groove on "The Chase", while Luvless pepper a tactile deep house groove with late night riffs and glistening guitars on opener "Cluster Love".
Since 2013, Pusic Records' occasional EPs have all followed the same blueprint. This sixth release sticks to the template, delivering more hazy, soul-flecked warmth that sits somewhere between deep house, broken beat and jazzier, more experimental flavours. M5K's "Phase Em Out" neatly fuses spacey electronics and wonky, off-kilter hip-hop beats, whilst Snacks' "Between You & Me" laces bold, jazzy piano lines and sweaty, diva vocal samples over a bouncy deep house groove. There's a little more Chez Damier style bump to Woodcut's "The Projects", which Hodini also reworks - in a loose and jazzy broken house style - under his Hulk Hodn alias. Finally, Funkyjaws' reaches for the stars with the rising synth lines, breezy melodies and cymbal-heavy beats of "Burr".
Following a run of releases from L'Enfant and Feirertag, Kraak & Smaak's Boogie Angst label turns its attentions to the music of Snacks, a production unit that helped launch the Magic Jams label in 2014. This four-track EP is full of life and bursting most is the soul of "We Want Love" which feels like some kind of post-futurist amalgamation of Moby mixed with John Legend and early Hotflush records. "Get Me High" merges R&B with Prince and Stevie Wonder-influenced pop, while "Chatter" is less about the vocals and more about dope keys and chords. And for DJs out there, an extended mix of the title track comes as a bonus.
After recently notching up three years in the business, HFN Music offshoot Hafendisko is in celebratory mood. So much so they've put together this first split EP - trailed as a "mini compilation" - featuring a trio of new cuts and another chance to savour Ewan Pearson's epic, Italo-influenced electro-disco reinterpretation of Kaspar Bjorke's "Apart". Of the new material it's Snacks' deep and rolling, warm and soul-flecked house jam "Easy" that stands out. That said, there's something deliciously sweet about the lolloping synth bass, cut-up vocals and drowsy chords of Unkwon's "Everything", while Deo & Z-Man's "Penelope" is a breezy, bongo-laden delight.
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