Review: 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".
Review: 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.
Review: 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.
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".
Adam Port - "Tonight" (Adam Port 12" Autobahn edit) - (6:14) 122 BPM
Skatebord - "The Bells Of Mist" - (9:29) 111 BPM
Tensnake - "Freundchen" - (6:11) 121 BPM
Pale Blue - "The Math" - (5:50) 124 BPM
Sandboards - "Nothing But A Freak" - (5:16) 120 BPM
Cubenx - "First Wave Front" - (7:24) 122 BPM
VIMES - "Mind" (Reprise) - (8:45) 115 BPM
Various - "Future Disco Vol 10: Complete, Repeat, A Disco Drama" (continuous DJ mix) - (1:08:46) 120 BPM
Review: The Future Disco crew has described this tenth volume in their popular compilation series as "the closing of a chapter". In effect, though, it's business as usual, with the un-credited compilers gathering together their usual mix of nu-disco, Balearic-minded floor-fillers, and house cuts inspired by original disco and boogie. Among the many highlights you'll find the deep disco wooziness of Snacks' "Matinee", a throbbing Tiger & Woods remix of Kraak & Smaak's "Way Back Home", the bombastic disco-techno of Adesse Versions' "Explain It", and some Italo-disco influenced Scandolearic business from Skateboard. Oh, and DJ Koze's anthem-like Disco Edit of Lapsley's "Operator", which is undoubtedly one of the dancefloor success stories of 2016.
Review: Not content with serving up regular doses of ear-pleasing nu-disco, the Future Disco crew has decided to start sound-tracking days spent lounging on the beach. Somewhat predictably, this second Beach Life selection is packed with seriously steamy, sun-kissed grooves. While this epic digital package does contain two (un-credited) DJ mixes, the real joy is the expansive - not to mention eclectic - selection of DJ-friendly, unmixed tracks. Check, for example, the sun-down, jazz-funk influenced bliss of Folamour's "L'homme Loup", the head-nodding lounge warmth of Snacks' "Daydream", the gentle Balearic nu-disco of Sirs, the lo-fi deep house haziness of DJ Boring and COEO, and the sand-in-the-shoes shuffle of Eli Escobar's delicious remix of Kraak and Smaak's "U R Freak". Throw in a swathe of tasty, laidback but floor-friendly deep house jams and you have a solid collection of serious summer jams.