Review: The latest offering on Owen Jay's Batti Batti label features a cast of characters doing different but equally excellent things within the realm of deep house. Acasual is up first, presenting a reflective tour through lingering chords and swirling pads perfect for rainy spring days, while Tominori Hosoya goes one further with the soul-stirring ambience of "Thinking Of The Days". Kiddmisha & Apoena then set light with the restrained but utterly on-point depth charge "Dancin", and then Jonno & Tommo round the record out with the sultry "Mystic Feelings", making this a complete package of high grade house music from the heart
Review: With a rich assortment of fresh talent in their fold, the Blind Jacks Journey crew are doing a sterling job of representing the North Yorkshire region as an area of discerning taste in the cluttered realm of deep house. Gobi is up first with "White Dwarf", which comes on primal and nasty with its tough box beats and scuffed synth bass, sitting in stark contrast to the more elegant, searching ruminations of Lock Eyes' "Behinf". Tominori Hosoya is equally soothing as "Saki" drifts out in a haze of illustrious pads, gently twitching beats and brooding bass. Subjecktive's "Point Of View" spends plenty of time hovering behind the need to kick a beat off, letting soulful vocal slithers and mournful synth unfurl for a good long while before working some rhythm into proceedings.
Tominori Hosoya & Tomi Chair - "My Funny Daughters" - (5:50) 123 BPM
Deep Inquisitive - "Shiki" - (7:48) 126 BPM
Asian Psilocybe Foundation - "Light Line" - (7:27) 126 BPM
Takashi Watanabe - "Club Harie" - (7:59) 122 BPM
Review: Aussie DJ Hi-Shock has been running his influential Elektrax label for ages now, with its success eventually leading to the creation of a sub-label, Hypnotic, to cater for the deeper sounds he wanted to put out. Here he's reached out to Japan to source some new inspiration, featuring work from four separate producers - the synth pad-heavy minimal house of "My Funny Daughters" by Tominori Hosoya & Tomi Chair, the fuzzy contemplation of "Shiki" by Deep Inquisitive, the arpeggiated trance of "Light Line" by Asian Psilocybe Foundation and the swishy digi-washed fizz of "Club Harie" by "Takashi Watanabe".
Review: Coming off a year of releases from Black Life Smoke, Alex Albrecht and Francis Harris this fourth drop from Scissor And Thread's Tailored Cuts series brings with it music from their artists of the year with some added intrigue coming in remixes from LNS and Northern Electronics' Anthony Linell. Label boss Franic Harris too turns in a remix of Tomi Chair's "Heat Exhaustion" with the sound of synthesised pan pipes dancing over the top of a deep subby loop and rhythm track. Sophia Saze has her track "Alien" stripped back into a lighter atmospheric number rattled by rock hard drums. Alex Albrech's Melqueades project goes deep into forever piano territory with "Schaefer Street" while the distortion and sizzle of Black Light Smoke goes deep, deep and disco in "Hustle" and "In Gold".