Review: Here, Aussie deep house maestros Tim and Gavin Carter further enhance their rising reputation with a superb EP for Tsuba. "Loving You Is Easy" is snug and warm, with its razor-sharp disco strings (smothered in plenty of filters) and horns perfectly complimenting the dense, toasty groove and vocal samples. It sounds a little like Tom Trago's early material; it's perhaps fitting, then, that the Dutchman provides a stellar remix, making more of the original strings and horns. There are two superb bonus cuts, too, with the African drums and voodoo chants of "Come Back Underground" just edging out the woozy sweetness of "Wake Up & Cry".
Review: Having previously impressed with 2011 releases on Rush Hour (the excellent Full Disco Jacket) and Black Catalogue, Australian producers The Carter Bros bring their brand of enveloping, deep disco-house to Melbourne Deepcast. Predictably, it's all of a high standard, with much to enjoy. Opener "Anything You Want From Me" impresses with its mix of deep, melancholic house and sweet disco samples, while "Bamboo Hoo" is an impressive exercise in the wonky potential of dub house taken to its logical conclusion. Better still is the disco-acid hoedown of "Star Time", while "Down For The Count" slowly builds from a shuffling, snare-heavy groove into a disco-sampling deep house groover.
Review: South Australian duo the Carter Bros have their 2009 LP, originally released on local Adelaide label Cuckoo Music, pressed to vinyl thanks to Kevin Griffiths' Tsuba imprint. Laced with a Parisian motif the album dips and dives between cleverly sampled filter house, one-take analogue super sessions and Detroit love. A cavorting dancefloor essential.
Review: 10 Years of Kevin Griffiths respected house imprint already? You bet and they're celebrating in style with some staples of their artist roster in the form of Amsterdam's Detroit Swindle with their bleepy and bumpy tech house jam "Not Another Sometimes", UK underground stalwart now based in Berlin Matthew Styles is back too with the soulful, hi-tech melodicism of "Off The Grid" and Adelaide heroes Gavin and Tim Carter are on form as always with the dirty, jackin' and downright funky "Tempting Fate Disco" whose loopy disco goodness will set any dancefloor on fire.
Review: While Modern Underground Music Volume 1 may be a cumbersome title, it's certainly accurate. You see, this split EP is unflinchingly contemporary and touches on a multitude of styles and sounds. There's some loose, off-beat, hip-hop influenced instrumental action (Artie Strongman's delicious "Impressed To Dress"), some fuzzy analogue house gear (the Disco Nihlist-ish "Chasing Rainbows" by Fholston Paradigm) and even a dash of spacious, slightly cosmic hip-house (Monty Luke's "Through The Galaxies"). The Carter Brothers also dazzle with their trip back to the days of loose-limbed techno (check the Detroit riffage and tribal drums on "Ritual Business"), while Kuru goes all crunchy and spooky on the excellent "The Draconian Hybrids". Top stuff.
Review: You wouldn't think it, but it's almost 10 years that Tsuba has been in the game, and their first release dates back from 2006. The Australian label has put out some of the finest material in recent years, thanks in part to the present remix series that they have started offering more recently. Number 7 in the catalogue contains all the usual quality from the leading house and techno makers of today; our picks are Delano Smith's remix of Hector's "Hide", Soulphiction's raw version of "That Freak Stuff" by Detroit Swindle, Legowelt's gorgeous reinterpretation of Fernando's "Sometimes", and legend Mr Fingers' remix of "Aquamarine" by the always on-point Sebo K. A heavy compilation and up there in this week's staff picks!