Review: Despite their fairly deep and tech-tinged roots, Drumpoet Community have a tendency to get anthemic every now and then (see AFMB's spine-tingling "Backup Days" from a couple of years back). This two-tracker from up and coming producer Gianni Siravo is one of those occasions. Lead cut "Basement Chord" is a real shirts-off affair - a riotous, basement-friendly combination of bumpin', boompty-influenced low-end bounce, Detroit-techno influenced hissing hi-hats, rave-era riffery and nagging piano hooks. It even has some sharp, high-end strings and whispered vocal samples. It's not so much big but gargantuan! The accompanying "Basement Dub" tones it down a touch, focusing on the groove for darker late night moments.
Review: Before dropping releases on Nite Grooves, Izu and Deep Down Slam, Gianni 'Washerman' Siravo was a regular contributor to Drumpoet Community. The Awakening marks his return to Alex Dallas and Ron Shiller's imprint after three years away. There's plenty of playable fodder on show, from the techno-influenced, acid-and-organs stomp of "Traction", to the early trance influences, Italian style dreaminess and throbbing rhythm of "Still Life". "Aurrora", too, is decidedly Balearic in tone, despite its' deep house construction, while "The Awakening" follows a darker, more European path. While its' cymbals scream "Detroit techno", its jaunty synth stabs and undulating electronics recall vintage Frank De Wulf productions from the turn of the '90s.
Review: It's been almost a year since Gianni Siravo's last outing as Washerman, the rather fine "Basement Chord". Here he delivers two more basement-bothering late night stompers in his inimitable style. Both "Sneaker Girlz" - an exercise in energy-raising peaktime stomp, with just enough late night hyponotism - and "Siren Chords" sound like echoes of a more innocent age, when this kind of hissing, driving, darkroom funk was all the rage. It's "Siren Chords" that most impresses, though, with its bouncing riffs, bleep-era bass and relentless air-horns delivering the kind of rush-inducing thrills rarely found in today's shiny house productions.
Review: Patrick Luca's Spanish imprint Saft re-reissue an early outing from Washerman, AKA Italian producer Gianni Sivaro, who's since gone on to become a regular on respected deep house imprints such as Drumpoet Community and Deso. First out in 2012, the EP consists of three tracks coming from that place where deep house and US garage blur into one, with skippy rhythms, sax parps, lingering pads, jazzy Rhodes flourishes and soulful vocal snippets very much in evidence throughout. If you dig the likes of Chandler, Trent, Damier and Heard, you're definitely not gonna be disappointed with this one!
Review: Quality deep house labels aren't hard to come by these days, meaning the fledgling Deep Down Slam Records has its work cut out for it, but given the strength of this first release the label should have no problems establishing themselves. First up are the talents of rising house producer Washerman, whose jam "Tell Me" kicks things off in a 90s New Jersey house style, albeit one filled with a contemporary production nuance that makes it stand out amongst the crowd, while "Come Closer" offers a similar cut with good time chords which owe a considerable debt to French touch house. Meanwhile, No Matter What don James Johnston provides two expectedly thumping house cuts; "The Music" combines belting piano chords with rubbery strings that pull you in deep, while the tribal feel of "On The Ground" is accented by some alluring Motor City melodies.