Review: Riding high on the buzz he has generated in the last twelve months, Max Graef delivers this album to Tartelet as a man very much in demand. His style, fuelled on the foundations of sampling funk and soul to a brilliantly modern end, has more space to breathe on this LP, but still the fundamentals remain. "Itzehoe" struts on a lazy jazzed-out sizzle of drums and beautiful Rhodes notes while "Tamboule Fudgefunk" punches its way through woozy synth work and a righteous beat and "Drums Of Death" struts on a perfect disco groove replete with live instrumentation, but there's a wealth of other tempos and styles all shot through with the homespun jazz charm that Graef has made his own of late.
Review: Wayne Snow comes through with his softmore release for Copenhagen's Tartelet Records, a label which has featured the talents of Brodinski, Brandt Brauer Frick and Wareika, among many others. The EP kicks things into motion with the starry broken beats of "Interlude", a strangely funky and bluesy affair, while "Rosie" itself is a gorgeous hip-hop kinda groove with Snow's own r&b vocals riding high in the background. "Drunk" ups the tempo and enters broken albeit housier terrains in true Detroit spirit (it reminds us of Kyle Hall's early output). "Rosie" is also remixed by Nu Guinea Paradise and Hurbert Daviz, the former into a house-ridden beast and the latter into a heavy-bottomed dub-hop tool. Tuned up and ready for the killing.
Review: This is a special EP because it marks the first results of the recent collaboration between Parisian Afro-beat label, Comet, and Danish deep house imprint, Tartelet. The music reflects this unique fusion by pairing the remarkable vocals of Nigerian-born songwriter Wayne Snow to soulful house. It's a sublime release with the Metro Area-esque soulful punk-funk-disco house of "Red Runner" leading the charge. Remixes come courtesy of Glenn Astro & INMYRMIND (raw, off kilter house) and Session Victim (trance-ish prog euphoria). "Under The Moon", however, is a deep and eerie skewed-funk grind.
Review: Three years ago Tartelet offered up a tasty compilation of previously unheard cuts, with all sales revenue going to charity. "The Second Best Time Is Now" follows the same formula, with sales income going to the Natural Resource Defence Council. Musically there's much to admire throughout, from the hazy reggae/blues/trip-hop fusion flex of Wayne Snow and Digitaluc's "Worrying State", to the deep intergalactic electronica of Glenn Astro's "Taking Care of Business", via the dreamy, synth-heavy jazz-funk of Space Ghost's "Groovin" and the Orb circa 1991 goodness of Dirk 81 and N.O.T.E's brilliant "Cosmic Plastic". Great music for a good cause: what more excuse do you need to stick it in your cart?
Review: Brownswood Bubblers provides a platform for unsung heroes and emerging talent from the Worldwide underground. The series distills the stream of exciting new artists that have become semi-permanent fixtures in Gilles' playlists and DJ sets of late to create a suite of perfect bumps.The compilation is now in its twelfth release and there's some real gems on this edition: just some of the highlights are: the soothing inner city blues of Selbeyone's "Are You In Peace?", Kathy Hoskins and the legendary Paul Randolph's magical soul excursion "Could You Be Me?" (channeling the vibe of Roy Ayers' Ramp project) or The Pendletons with the wonderful "Gotta Get Out" which will give you your funky acid nu-jazz fix, for sure.
Nothing Wrong (Ge-ology In Reverse Reflip) - (10:00) 118 BPM
Nothing Wrong (Byron The Aquarius live mix) - (4:20) 105 BPM
Nothing Wrong (James Braun Club mix) - (6:50) 118 BPM
Nothing Wrong (Ge-ology In Reverse Reflip Semi instrumental - Digital Exclusive) - (9:58) 118 BPM
Review: A low slung funk jam gets a fresh lick for the summer. Berlin-based vocalist Wayne Snow brings you a new remix EP on Tartelet Records. Taken from Snow's superb album Freedom TV released earlier this year. The original version of "Nothing Wrong"' was produced by Neapolitan duo Nu Guinea and has been stripped back and reversed by GE-OLOGY for the first extended mix. Next Byron The Aquarius goes slow for a new "Live Mix" adding a rubbery bassline, live drums, Rhodes and synths that nod to a certain Kool & The Gang 1974 hit. The EP is rounded out by Tartelet affiliate James Braun, who takes the original straight back into the club with an upfront dancefloor mix.
Review: Since first pitching up on Tartelet Records back in 2014, Wayne Snow has proved adept at joining the dots between dusty, left-of-centre deep house and silky modern soul. Freedom TV is the Berlin-based artist's debut album, and sees him further explore the loose, languid and effortlessly soulful style he's been developing over the last three years. While the album does contain some 4/4, floor-ready explorations, these tend towards the eccentric, MPC-driven style successfully explored by the likes of Seven Davis Jr. For the most part, Freedom TV is heady and intoxicating, with Snow's slick and emotion-rich vocals riding scratchy, sample-heavy backing tracks that meld deep house style electronics with future funk, R&B and neo-soul style grooves. The results are uniformly excellent.