Review: Marcel Vogel makes his first appearance on Shall Not Fade, joining forces with previously unheard vocalist/producer Tim Jules for an expansive EP of high-quality, musically rich workouts. They begin by hooking up with Alexander Arslan on 'If You Don't Love', a wonderfully tactile, soulful and organic-sounding slab of vocal deep house, before enlisting the help of Khadija on the mid-tempo boogie-house shuffle of 'This Is When I Leave'. Hector Winjbergen lends a hand on the synth-happy, bass guitar-propelled brilliance of 'Why Don't You Leave Me' (an instrumental mix of which is tucked away at the end of EP), while 'Like a Fish In The Water' is a hard-boiled, bluesy house stomper full of addictive Clavinet licks and not so subtle nods to Prince style purple funk.
Review: Fouk member Johannes Peeman has delivered some superb solo EPs as Junktion, including killer outings on Times Are Ruff, Sleazy Beats Black Ops and, most regularly, OUTPLAY. Here he returns to the latter label with his first fresh EP in almost 18 months. Peeman hits the ground running with swinging, loose-limbed sample-house workout 'Just a Disco Thing', where jazzy bass, tight organ stabs, sparkling synths and funk vocal snippets cluster around a superb broken house rhythm, before opting for a chunkier, woozier deep house sound on 'Real To Me'. Elsewhere, 'I Got Somebody (Yeah Man)' is a rolling deep house warmer blessed with squelchy synth-bass, while 'Tribute' is a superb slab of detailed, musically expansive deep house with an exquisitely dreamy, head-in-the-clouds finish.
Review: Believe it or not, 15 years has now passed since Barry Christie AKA Milton Jackson first appeared on Freerange Records. He recently returned to the imprint for a collaborative EP with his long-time friend (and studio buddy) Shir-I-Khan, and here delivers his first solo missive for Freerange since 2015. There's plenty of highlights to be found across the pleasingly strong five-tracker, from the locked-in late night bump of 'Remember' - a proper after-hours affair featuring subtle nods to Pepe Bradock's 'Deep Burnt' - and the sparkling, sun-kissed lusciousness of 'Lockdown Love', to the chugging mid-tempo bliss of 'Adriatica' and the pitched-down synth-pop/electronic disco shuffle of 'Miami Voice'. In a word: gorgeous!