Review: Running Back's occasional One Swallow Doesn't Make a Summer EPs are always worth a listen, not least because there's no filler or fluff - just a string of tried-and-tested club workouts from a variety of artists. Volume three in the series begins in muscular, pumped-up fashion via some sweat-soaked Italo-disco-meets-Hi-NRG revivalism from Berlin twosome Cryk, before Snad takes over via the rubbery synth-bass, sparkling synths and jaunty breakbeat house grooves of 'The Most Euphoric Moment of My Life'. Voon's 'Brando' is a cheeky fusion of bubbly Euro-disco bass, unfussy machine beats and surging synthesizer melodies, while Lukas Lehman's 'Juno Cuts a Caper' expertly joins the dots between dreamy deep house and shimmering, life-affirming synthesizer soundscapes.
Review: The latest offering on Chopstick & Johnjon's label comes all the way from India. SNAD is the pseudonym for Shyam Anand, who is also the brains behind the Goa-based label Gandu. While those type of associations with dance music usually conjure up images of all-night trance parties and tie-dyed garb, "Buttery" inhabits a different universe. Granted, it is hypnotic and tripped out, but it takes its cues from 90s deep house. Sensuous pads and keys unravel over a laid back, languid groove, albeit with tight drums and percussion, while a make vocal in the background mutters away 'all right'. Available only in digital format, "Buttery" is as deep and hypnotic as modern house gets.
Review: Suol's latest recruit is Chicagoan Snad, a producer who last year contributed rock solid cuts to compilation style EPs on Minibar and, more impressively, Smallville. Happily, there's much to set the pulse racing here, most notably the bubbly synth bass, drum machine handclaps, swirling chords and sun-ripe melodies of lead cut "Home Away From House". Elsewhere, "Deep Looking" sees him smother another crunchy, bustling drum machine groove with oceans-deep pads and liquid electronics, while Nick Stoynoff collaboration "Cut!!!" [sic] delivers a near perfect balance between chunky, jacking fare and leisurely, head-in-the-clouds deep house fluidity.
Review: In the sales notes sent to record stores, Smalleville has described this multi-artist affair as "a club night from start to finish". Certainly, the four tracks are pleasingly varied, moving from the 109 BPM bliss of Makybee Diva's untitled dream-house shuffler, to the energetic acid house/deep house fusion of "Monkeys On My Roof" by L'Amour Fou, a collaborative project whose members include the legendary David 'Move D' Moufang. Elsewhere, Arnaldo delivers a near perfect chunk of Detroit techno inspired deep house hypnotism ("Screaming With A Blocked Nose"), and Chicagoan producer Snad combines sweaty, bumpin' grooves and becalmed synthesizer motifs on the excellent "Excerptz".