Milton Jackson - "Requisite Vocal Science" - (5:05) 120 BPM
Zoo Look - "I Can't Deny" - (6:49) 122 BPM
Review: Tsuba's occasional Night Trax series continues, this time delivering cuts from label regular Milton Jackson and newcomers Zoo Look (previously seen on Join The Dots and Morris Audio). Glaswegian veteran Jackson goes deep and fluid on "Requisite Vocal Science", layering simple but pretty melodies over woozy chords, shuffling beats and tech-house touches. Zoo Look's "I Can't Deny" is an altogether breezier affair, with a dancing bassline and skipping, garage-influenced beats underpinning hazy chord progressions, distant vocal samples and watery electronics. It's the kind of track that will slip into lots of different sets, from deep house and UK bass, to tech-house and late night sleaze.
Review: Now into its fifth year, KGW's Shall Not Fade imprint has long been a reliable source of dusty deep house and rugged, warehouse-ready workouts. To kick-start 2020, the label has decided to celebrate this facet of their output via an expansive compilation of previously released highlights. There's a peak-time ready feel from start to finish, with our picks of a very impressive bunch including the bustling, riff-heavy techno pump of KETTAMA's "In The Garage", the sunrise-ready, melody-heavy bliss of Harrison BDP's epic "Watching The World Go By", the sleazy, acid-fired growl of Big Miz's "Primordial Soup" and the dusty-but-sparkling, emotive rich broken house brilliance of Contours' "Fifth Planet". In a word: essential.
Review: Mulletover head honcho Geddes' No Fit State label is still going. This time he's got London duo Zoo Look onboard, who've previously released on Tsuba and Sccucci Manucci so you know what kind of deep tech house grooves to expect. First track "Hurricane Run" is peak time tech house that's as deep as it is adrenalised, with dreamy chords contrasted by a trippy and delayed melody and a sturdy beat. "A Little Closer" is more on the deep house tip with more dreamy house keys, deep rolling bass and ethereal chords supporting a tough beat. "The Mind Gap" goes even deeper, this time swapping the 4/4 beat for a smooth breakbeat, dreamy chords, druggy pitch shifted vocals and trippy sound design. Finally "Feel" features a sampled dialogue backed by an ethereal tech house accompaniment, perfect for the closing set.
Review: London-based duo Zoo Look (Join The Dots/Tsuba/No Fit State) serve up four deep and dreamy jams for Shall Not Fade's sub-label Lost Palms. Kicking off with the sultry groove of "Love", followed by the groovy title track that's perefct for the summer and covered in that perfect sheen of dust and mandatory saturation. Finally "Red October" goes for more melancholic vibe, powered by its broken beat and evocative chords.
Review: Zoo Look follow up on their welcome return (the Similar Steps EP on Lost Palms) with this choice drop for Lazare Hoche, the Parisian bastion of all things deep and housey. Zoo Look has lost none of their charm as you can hear on the sultry and seductive "Sight Unseen", while "The Reason" sees them exploring dubby realms to enchanting effect. "Tranmission7" brings an intriguing broken beat flavour to the rhythm section, capturing a mood somewhere between techno, electro and dubstep and dipping it in honey for a sweet finish. Then Malin Genie steps up with a masterful remix of "Sight Unseen" that works some Detroitian flavours into the mix to great effect.
Review: We are seeing so many new faces start to emerge out of the futuristic blend between bass and breakbeat, with this new drop from Zoo Look courtesy of E-Beamz being a perfect example. Featuring two belters, this is a great representation of the originality and class that Zoo Look brings to the table, beginning with the constantly expanding, breaks-driven rhythms of 'Direct Contact', which allows a pulsating acid-like moog to play the lead with great success. On the flip it gets even more interesting with 'Ravioli Ocean' giving us a glistening soundscape, stuffed with smooth arpeggios and organic sounding drum breaks to inject some nostalgic energy into any setlist. Amazing work!