Review: Now into its fifth year, KGW's Shall Not Fade imprint has long been a reliable source of dusty deep house and rugged, warehouse-ready workouts. To kick-start 2020, the label has decided to celebrate this facet of their output via an expansive compilation of previously released highlights. There's a peak-time ready feel from start to finish, with our picks of a very impressive bunch including the bustling, riff-heavy techno pump of KETTAMA's "In The Garage", the sunrise-ready, melody-heavy bliss of Harrison BDP's epic "Watching The World Go By", the sleazy, acid-fired growl of Big Miz's "Primordial Soup" and the dusty-but-sparkling, emotive rich broken house brilliance of Contours' "Fifth Planet". In a word: essential.
Review: Love Notes reach their tenth release with a double pack from label regular tape_hiss. Following on from two crucial EPs that landed on the label last year, the Brooklyn artist steps up with eight cuts of purest heat that remind you just how much mileage there still is in no-nonsense hardware jams. There's a consistent mood of immersive, undulating house coursing throughout, with warm, punchy acid basslines offset by intricate percussion and dreamy pads that sit easy on the ears. "Folding Space" is a standout track with its delicate beats and refined lead lines, while "No Neck & Bad As Hell" brings a little electro bite into the mix, with stunning results.
The Vivian Girls (Patrice Scott remix) - (6:44) 124 BPM
Realms Of The Unreal - (5:52) 126 BPM
Review: Brooklyn's Tape Hiss is back with more retro house shenanigans on his latest release for the always reliable Love Letters From Brooklyn label. Starting out with the dusty and emotive acid of "Angelinian War Storm", there's yet more grooves reminiscent of the early Chicago aesthetic; like on "The Vivian Girls", a lovely homage to such classics by Mr Fingers and his Alleviated imprint. Detroit's finest Patrice Scott also delivers a wonderful remix of said track up next, before "Realms Of The Unreal" throws down one more brilliant 303 acid workout.
The Panic In Needle Park (Willie Burns remix) - (5:34) 120 BPM
Love Is A Dog From Hell - (6:42) 124 BPM
Traces To Nowhere - (6:43) 124 BPM
The Panic In Needle Park (Retrospective mix) - (6:40) 115 BPM
Review: Love Notes from Brooklyn is proud to present a brand new and promising young American artist in the form of tape_hiss. These three moody and emotive tracks fit in perfectly with the label sound Love Notes has been developing over their last few release. The Panic in Needle Park, the clear standout track, begins the EP with gloomy synth washes at a chugging, pitched down speed. That track is then ably reworked by fellow Brooklynite, Willie Burns, of LIES and WT Records, who breaks the beat up for a stunted and unique reinterpretation. On the flip, Love is a Dog From Hell brings a little acid to the proceedings, and Traces to Nowhere closes it out on consitantly dark and moody note. Literates will note the Bukowski references throughout. Another winner for this label.