Review: Despite infiltrating the radar of wider acceptance with appearances on Rush Hour, Planet E and Bosconi, The Oliverwho Factory remain a resolutely underground operation who refuse to sacrifice the sonic principles of their early material on their own Madd Chaise Inc label. That's probably why the Detroit duo appealed to the Dolly imprint, with Before a booming induction into this trusty 12" label. The distinct grit and relentless energy that's a trademark of The Oliverwho Factory is present and correct on both versions of "Before" with the A Side "original mix" almost crumbling under the weight of the booming bassline. Shonie C's vocal provides some nice contrasting light here, while the "deep mix" uses it more sparingly as release from the heavily pressurised jack hammer drum programming.
Review: There's something weirdly old skool about I Can See, the latest missive from boy-girl house duo The Oliverwho Factory. Yet there's no aping of classic acid or Chi-town jack sounds, or even a fashionable nod to dreamy early deep house. No, this doffs a cap to mid '90s NYC tribal (a la Tenaglia), with viciously heavy percussion and echo-laden diva vocals taking centre stage. There are also some swishy pads and neat deep house touches to ensure a contemporary feel, but the overriding impression is of a lost classic re-invented for contemporary floors. To these ears, that's no bad thing.
Review: After the brief dalliance on Planet E that was Night Lights, The Oliverwho Factory turn in some equally splendid dusty techno meets lunar electro for Rush Hour. "Galactic Transit" starts in rattling Theo Parrish style fashion, little more than spinal syncopation and booming bass hits before setting off for the stars via Shonie C's cooing refrain. The point where her vocals float over a surfeit of glistening pads is a blissful moment that continues to build and builds before somehow twisting into a futuristic electro jam as the end nears. The second version removes the vocals, which only serves to highlight the hypnotic effect of the track. Big tip!
Review: A second sampler for Ryan Elliott's newly dropped Panorama Bar 06 mix opens with "Take It Slow", a rugged house jam of the finest order from The Oliverwho Factory and proceeds to take in cuts from former label manager Nick Hoppner, Deadbeat, Dettmann and Sushitech mainstay Makam. Individually the standard of these exclusives is remarkably high and it will be interesting to see how Elliott has slotted them all together for the free to download mix. If we had to guess, Deadbeat's superb glistening house burner "Woah" would make an appearance towards the end thanks to his high tempo, whilst Dettmann's swirling layers of ambience on "Light" feel very much like a set opener.