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".
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.