As the title makes clear, experienced re-editor and remixer Alkalino's latest outing - an expansive seven-track affair - features some of his hush-hush reworks of a wealth of well-known tracks. There's plenty of guaranteed floor-filling material on show throughout, including a slightly pitched-down, Clavinet-sporting rework of New Order's most celebrated dancefloor anthem ('Tell Me How Do I Feel'), a trippy and druggy take on an old KLF favourite ('Mu Mu'), a sub-heavy excursion that blends bits of various classic cuts ('I Know You Wanna Do It'), a low-slung deep house treat ('Ruff N Stuff') and a dark, deliciously bass-heavy peak-time workout ('Jack Area').
New York City-based artist Jovoon, with release on labels like Clone, Rush Hour, and his own label, Goldtone Records is bringing his soulful and deep house style to the re-energized NYC label Nu Groove. Jovonn immediately sets the tone its infectious bassline and hypnotic melody of 'Raise Up (Raise Up High)', using piano chords and vocal samples create a warm and inviting atmosphere. 'Sunday Ride' brings a more relax atmosphere with a groovy bassline and minimalistic percussion while the chunky "WHAT" is sure to get the dancefloor moving. The EP closes with "Let The World Dance," a track that is full of energy and drive featuring big room bass and a plunging sub that is guaranteed to make an impact.
Dixon & Ame's esteemed Innervisons imprint returns with its annual round up of the very best in advanced house and emotive techno on the 15th edition in its Secret Weapons series. They have once again done a fine job of curation, with all artists representing its distinct sonic aesthetic, with highlights coming from: Chloe Caillet on the deep and introspective electro cut "Moonwalk", rising Israeli Tal Fussmann really nails the label's futuristic vibe on the suspenseful "Persona" and esteemed Dutch duo Glowal give you another taste of their intelligent indie-dance sound on "Figures". Elsewhere, the ever impressive Floyd Lavine takes a more experimental path on his hi-tech cut "Blackalicious" (feat Wayne Snow) and Spanish producer EdOne delivers the mandatory serving of dancefloor drama on the sublime "Mjolnar".
Over a 30-year career, Steve Bug has released an incredible amount of club-focused music, much of it genuinely brilliant. Given that he's successfully turned his hand to deep house, tech-house, hip-house and techno, it's always a bad idea to and guess what he'll serve up next. So, what's on offer on 'Piano FM', his second EP for Aus Music? A real mixture of peak-time ready cuts, that's what. For proof, compare, and contrast the foreboding bass, glassy-eyed female vocal snippets, bouncy pianos and snappy beats of 'Piano FM', with the deeper but no less weighty 'The Moment', where raw analogue bass and jazzy stabs catch the ear. To complete a fine EP, the long-serving German producer opts for a classic US deep house vibe on the warming and loved-up 'Use Me'.
Russian veteran Mike Popov AKA I Gemin comes to Iner's St Petersburg-based DOBRO label with four deep house jams that'll serve you equally well for post-club chillin' or for keeping 'em moving through till sun-up. 'Afterlife' centres around a looping guitar hook, rolling drums and treated soulful vocal snatches, while there are more treated vox on the similarly styled 'Tears I've Cried'. You then get two quite different mixes of 'The Time Is Right' itself to choose from: the Original's a gloriously moody, jazzy slo-mo funker, before Berlin's Siggatunez drags it onto the dancefloor with tuff, driving beats and heady synth washes.
Prolific producer UC Beatz adds another record label to his CV via a first outing on Dam Swindle's reliable and much-loved Heist Recordings imprint. It's an expansive, five-track affair, with two of the highlights being high-profile collaborations: a deliciously cowbell-rich chunk of vocal deep house pleasure with Mariana Trench (the brilliant 'Make Me Feel'), and the warm, starry, sunny and deliciously percussive 'Free' (with Tour-Maubourg). Elsewhere, opener 'Orchid's Wish' is a bold and attractive chunk of post-disco-house hedonism full of swirling orchestral samples and looped vocal snippets; 'Blu Thang' is a breezy slab of early morning deep house classiness; and 'Purple Corner Fig' is a joyous house roller that sounds like it could have been made in the late 1990s.
About Deep House: Deep house can trace its roots back to Chicago in the mid 1980s, when pioneers such as Larry Heard and Marshall Jefferson began to deviate from the more driving 'jacking' sound of early house music by including more melodious, atmospheric and musicallt advanced elements inspired by a combination of jazz, soul and jazz-funk.