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A G's Last Dance EP
A G's Last Dance - (6:40) 120 BPM
Panic 03 - (6:40) 120 BPM
Cherish - (6:50) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Coop - (6:18) 122 BPM
Played by: Kastle
4LUX 1801D
04 May 18
Deep House
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Blood, Sweat & Tears
Magic Box - (6:01) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Cirrus Strategy - (7:38) 126 BPM
The Grinder - (5:54) 120 BPM
Priceless Vibes - (7:46) 120 BPM
Review: Blood, Sweat & Tears marks the first outing of 2017 for one of UK deep house's most prolific producers. Predictably, the Cardiff-based studio don is in fine form throughout, peppering a bouncy and bass-heavy groove with razor-sharp rave riffs (see "Magic Box"), before indulging his jazz and jazz-funk influences on the rich and fluid "Citrus Strategy". The producer's love of mind-altering peak-time workouts is explored further on "The Grinder", where simple TB-303 stabs ride a stomping, percussion-heavy rhythm, track, while closer "Priceless Vibes" sits somewhere between the fluttering bliss of vintage Larry Heard and the loose-limbed swing of UK garage.
4LUX 1701D
24 Nov 17
Deep House
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Mood 2 Create
Tell Me - (5:20) 122 BPM
Keening Note - (5:34) 122 BPM
State Of Trance - (6:03) 121 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Is Phanta C? - (3:51) 122 BPM
4LUX 1701
19 May 17
Deep House
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Live At The Basement
Sugar Honey Baby - (5:35) 115 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Drop It - (6:30) 120 BPM
I Know - (6:16) 118 BPM
Live At The Basement - (5:30) 122 BPM
Righteous Men - (6:38) 118 BPM
Eastside Shuffle - (7:04) 118 BPM
Not Tonite - (6:52) 111 BPM
Shake Up Theme - (6:40) 115 BPM
Uh La La - (4:38) 124 BPM
Jazz 4 Ya - (5:28) 117 BPM
Burning Up - (6:10) 126 BPM
You - (6:42) 124 BPM
Played by: Alkalino, Vhyce
Review: Since the tail end of the noughties, Alex Agore has sporadically used The Shake Up Connection alias to deliver deliciously hazy deep house cuts built around original disco, soul and boogie samples. Live At The Basement was originally released back in 2009, and here gets a deserved reissue on 4 Lux Black. There's naturally much to admire, from the cheery, horn-wielding disco-house positivity of "I Know", and vibraphone-laden deep house bounce of "Righteous Men", to the sun-kissed warmth of "Shake Up Theme", and drowsy, boogie-driven "Uh La La". He also delivers some tasty jazz-house in the shape of "Jazz 4 Ya", and goes all Gospel on album closer "You".
4LUX 026B
25 Nov 16
Deep House
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Not Tonite
Live At The Basement - (5:30) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Eastside Shuffle - (7:04) 118 BPM
Drop It - (6:30) 120 BPM
Sugar Honey - (5:35) 115 BPM
Not Tonite - (7:00) 111 BPM
4 LUX022B
21 Oct 16
Deep House
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Rain - (6:30) 123 BPM
A Promise - (6:02) 124 BPM
U Talkin - (6:06) 116 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: Having spent much of the last half-decade developing his brand of stripped-back acid house revivalism, Arttu Sellman has decided to switch things up. For this release on 4 Lux Black, he's donned the alternative Lump alias - last seen in 2010 - and moved further towards musically rich and densely layered deep house. Both "Rain" and "A Promise" blend traditional deep house tropes with more organic musical samples - think electric guitars, bluesy vocal samples, and such - and throbbing synthesizer basslines inspired by '80s electrofunk. He goes even further on the EP's standout moment, "U Talkin", which expertly combines killer blues, funk-rock and disco samples to create a throbbing deep house pumper.
4LUX 021B
07 Oct 16
Deep House
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You Got Me
Righteous Men - (6:38) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Shake Up Theme - (6:40) 115 BPM
Untitled - (6:34) 118 BPM
You Got Me - (5:17) 115 BPM
Review: You Got Me marks the 4 Lux Black debut of The Shake Up Connection, an Alex Agore alias that pops up sporadically, last appearing on vinyl only imprint Vakum. It's a predictably assured and entertaining collection, with Agore delivering four fine, club-ready house cuts. Both "Shake Up Theme" and "You Got Me" draw heavily on disco and boogie for inspiration, whilst retaining the warmth and low-end pressure of quality deep house. "Untitled" is a thickset, jazz-flecked bumper, rich in Rhodes riffs, rolling bongos and simmering soul samples, while "Righteous Men" is a Detroit style, groovy deep house number complete with all manner of tasty, jazzy flourishes.
4LUX 020B
23 Sep 16
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Prop EP
Throwback - (5:39) 114 BPM
Turns Me Off - (6:51) 122 BPM
Repair My Head - (6:10) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Force Carrier - (6:27) 120 BPM
Played by: Richard Rossa, Adham
Review: Since 2008, Kazuki 'Kez YM' Yamaguchi has been a reliable source of club-ready deep house, delivering regular releases for the likes of Yore, City Fly and Faces. Here, he returns to his roots, appearing on Gerd's 4Lux label for the first time since unveiling his quietly impressive debut EP, Sweetly Confused. Highlights include the conga-laden, Theo Parrish-ish shuffle of "Turns Me Off", and opener "Force Carrier", whose mighty percussion track layers loose, African drumming over a formidable kick-drum pattern. Arguably best of all, though, is the snappy-but-deep warmth of "Repair My Head", which sounds like a long lost Chez Damier jam.
4 LUX1602
27 May 16
Deep House
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Inna Parte
Inna Parte - (6:18) 127 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Wiggly Eyez - (5:42) 127 BPM
X Ray Shit - (5:26) 125 BPM
Played by: Trevor Benz
Review: The second release in the same week from Arttu sees him draw again on classic house and techno influences. The title track draws on the reduced end of Chicago house, with frequency-shifting acid tones unraveling over pared back kettle-drums. "Wiggle Eyez" marks a change of tact and is similar to the release on Jack for Daze, with the Berlin artist drawing heavily on the raw sound of 90s techno to craft a relentless, grinding analogue workout. Closing track "X Ray Shit" is like an amalgamation of these two sounds; based on rattling drums and acid-soaked bleeps, it proves that Arttu is one of the most skillful modern interpreters of timeless music.
4LUX 1601
25 Mar 16
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What's Up Girl?
What's Up Girl? - (5:09) 125 BPM
Tao (Yang) - (5:09) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Donut Breakin' - (5:39) 124 BPM
Love Gate - (5:09) 128 BPM
Review: Since 2013, D-Ribeiro has delivered a range of chunky, undeniably fuzzy blends of techno and deep house for labels such as Midlight, SD and Finale Sessions. Here, the Rotterdam producer makes his debut on Gerd's 4 Lux Black imprint. There's a glitchy, hissing, bass-heavy feel throughout, with Ribeiro showcasing his love of dancefloor-friendly loop-funk, modern soul samples and woozy chords. While the standard remains high throughout, there are notable highlights. Opener "What's Up Girl", built around chopped-and-looped R&B vocal samples, starry electronics and an undeniably bumpy groove, is particularly strong, while the similarly soulful, wayward boogie-house thumper "Donut Breakin" sounds like it would cause commotion on the right dancefloors.
4LUX 1502
16 Oct 15
Deep House
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Catch The Sun
Catch The Sun (feat Madafi Pierre - Deep mix) - (6:01) 120 BPM
Stop (Playing With My Heart) (feat Madafi Pierre) - (7:06) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
The Loft Party - (6:02) 125 BPM
Blacker - (5:44) 120 BPM
Catch The Sun (feat Madafi Pierre) - (6:56) 125 BPM
Review: Analogue-loving deep house sort Nicholas Lammatteo re-ignites his working relationship with Gerd's 4 Lux label, a year on from the well regarded Love Someone 12". Like that track, the original version of "Catch The Sun" - featuring the evocative vocals of Madaffi Pierre - is warm, breezy, quietly soulful and hugely influenced by classic US garage. The alternate Deep Mix, though, sounds more like vintage Larry Heard - all ultra-deep pads, analogue bass and woozy electronics. Elsewhere, there's more bluesy deepness in the shape of "Stop (Playing With My Heart)", a dash of party-hearty, classic NYC goodness ("The Loft Party"), and a fabulous fusion of twinkling keys, sleazy sax samples and cymbal-heavy rhythms ("Blacker").
4LUX 1501
29 May 15
Deep House
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Sexy Mothasucka
Sexy Mothasucka (Alternate version) - (5:58) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Sexy Mothasucka (original 2007 mix) - (6:15) 122 BPM
Sexy Mothasucka (Alternate instrumental) - (5:58) 122 BPM
Sexy Mothasucka (original 2007 instrumental) - (6:15) 122 BPM
Played by: DJ Sneak
13 Mar 15
Deep House
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Love Someone
Love Someone (feat Shaun J Wright) - (6:00) 122 BPM
Love Someone (Underground Mentality dub) - (5:33) 123 BPM
Message - (6:09) 123 BPM
J.U.N.E. - (5:36) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: While Italian producer Nicholas has always been obsessed with classic house - be it the piano-laden release of early '90s Italian productions or the New Jersey bump of later period Nu Groove - he's more than capable of producing deep house laden with soulful intensity. That's what's on offer across these four tracks, beginning with the heavy bass, dreamy chords and sensual vocal (provided by Shaun J Wright) of "Love Someone". The Italian wisely provides a darker, chunkier dub of the same track, before exploring acid and sprawling pianos on the deliciously effective "Message". Finally, "J.U.N.E" features an attractive blend of hazy freestyle vocals and cute Rhodes keys riding a fizzing, late '90s US deep house groove.
4LUX 1404
03 Nov 14
Deep House
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Jump - (6:17) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Elevation - (6:00) 124 BPM
Intergalactic Jam - (6:10) 123 BPM
Bootsy's Nightmare - (6:04) 125 BPM
Here We Are Again - (6:09) 124 BPM
Review: Chesus seems to be in a happy place right now. Certainly, there's a confident and outgoing feel about his second outing for 4Lux under the Earl Jeffers alias. All four tracks feel like the product of enjoyable studio sessions, and almost bristle with celebratory release. "Jump", which recalls the disco-inspired bump of early '90s New York house whilst adding sturdier bottom end, leads the way. Following close behind is "Elevation", a carnival-friendly fusion of pounding percussion, snaking synths and booming bass. "Intergalactic Jam" is a warm and rich exercise in stargazing deep house, while the curious "Bootsy's Nightmare" is hard to pin down. Listen carefully, and you can hear influences from UK funky, UKG, kuduro and ultra-deep house.
4LUX 1403
10 Oct 14
Deep House
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I Feel It Comin' On
I Feel It Comin' On - (5:39) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
I Feel It Comin' On (BassnDirt mix) - (6:02) 125 BPM
I Feel It Comin' On (Ovis Remix) [feat. Matthew Kirkwood] (Ovis remix) - (5:29) 124 BPM
I Feel It Comin' On (Bass'nDirt dub) - (6:02) 125 BPM
Beatattak - (4:40) 124 BPM
Review: Man of many monikers Gerd returns to the NY Stomp alias he last used in 2012. "I Feel It Comin' On", featuring Matthew Kirkwood, is a sparkling chunk of revivalist US house, with pianos and cut-up soul vocals riding a classic bassline and stomping, basement-friendly beats. There's a couple of more UKG-friendly revisions in the shape of the Bass'N'Dirt Remix and Dub, while Ovis gives the original a thunderous makeover - all raw drum machine beats, powerful sub and cut-up, hands-in-the-air vocals. There's also a solid bonus cut, "Beatattak", in which Gerd laces chopped-up freestyle vocals and dreamy chords over a skipping, US garage style rhythm.
22 Aug 14
Deep House
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Broken Snare EP
Broken Snare - (5:52) 121 BPM
Poltergeist - (5:53) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
The Bullet - (5:56) 124 BPM
The Feeling (feat Beaumont Livingstone) - (5:41) 123 BPM
Review: Dutch producer De Sluwe Vos hasn't released that much to date, but his previous releases on Soulfood and Extended Play (both released last year) were pretty good. Here he drops his first EP of 2014, this time for Gerd's 4 Lux Black imprint, and there's much to admire. "Broken Snare" - a heavy, left-of-centre analogue drum jam that sounds like a marching band wigging out to early Phuture - is particularly potent, but there's plenty more reasons to be cheerful throughout the EP. The twinkling melodies and bumpin, in-your-face grooves of "Poltergeist", for example, or the Belgian '90s techno-influenced house wonkiness of "The Bullet". Far-sighted Beaumont Livingstone collaboration "The Feeling" is pretty darn tasty, too.
4LUX 1402
06 Jun 14
Deep House
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Gang & Gang
Gang & Gang (Alden Tyrell & Gerd remix) - (6:07) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
D-Sibe (Marquis Hawkes Basement Jam remix) - (5:07) 123 BPM
About The Groove - (6:25) 120 BPM
D-Sibe (Marquis Hawkes' Cocktails On The Lawn mix) - (6:34) 122 BPM
Gang & Gang - (5:56) 124 BPM
D-Sibe - (6:03) 122 BPM
Once Again - (5:54) 124 BPM
4LUX 1401
02 May 14
Deep House
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Slaned - (6:23) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Lima - (6:17) 123 BPM
Shu - (6:26) 120 BPM
Review: Belfast's Kristian Conor may be a relative newcomer, but this debut EP for Gerd's 4Lux Black imprint bristles with confidence. His style - bold, bassy and jacking, with a decent amount of analogue dustiness to the production - is engaging and floor-friendly, with little kowtowing to contemporary trends. The three tracks here variously reference vintage dub house (the pleasingly becalmed and hypnotic "Shu"), early '90s bleep and Chicago jack tracks ("Lima"), and early Belgian techno and late night deep house (the heavyweight "Slaned"). All are excellent, and suggest that Conor could be a producer to watch in 2014.
4LUX013- 09
04 Apr 14
Deep House
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Let's Take It Back (NY Stomp Remix)
Let's Take It Back - (7:26) 122 BPM
Review: Ah yes, another blistering clusterbomb from our favourite Dutch label, Gerd's infamous 4 Lux! Lavonte's Groove steps into the limelight with a jittering, shuffling house work for peak time. It's one of those that'll grab your jaw and lock it into paralysis before you can say "tune!". This one is sure to be a certified burner on the floor in the coming months...
4LUX 019B
14 Mar 14
Deep House
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Eurotrash EP
Spanner In The Works (Alden Tyrell & Gerd remix) - (6:25) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Spanner In The Works - (5:53) 125 BPM
Spanner In The Works (Nicholas remix) - (6:09) 125 BPM
Spanner In The Works (long version) - (7:25) 125 BPM
4LUX 013- 08
21 Feb 14
Minimal/Tech House
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Decisions - (6:42) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Monster (feat Kofi Tarris) - (5:58) 121 BPM
Beyond Corruption - (6:42) 120 BPM
Thunder & Lightning (feat The Organ Grinder) - (6:09) 122 BPM
Review: Chesus rounds off a solid year, in which he impressed with a 12" on Local Talk, by dropping another quartet of bumpin' revivalist US garage jams with his usual UK twist. Lead cut "Decisions" bases the action around a killer jazz vocal sample, working up a sweaty groove with the addition of heavy beats and pulsating sub-bass. "Monster", featuring Kofi Tarris, is a little different, offering a near perfect blend of Soundstream style heavy disco loopiness and bumpin' New Jersey bottom end. "Beyond Corruption" is sparse, groovy and bass heavy, and arguably nearer to his work for local talk. Finally, pal The Organ Grinder lends a hand on "Thunder & Lightening", a deeper, more atmospheric take on the classic Mood II Swing sound.
4LUX 013- 07
13 Dec 13
Deep House
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Variety Playhouse
Orange Sky - (6:40) 123 BPM
Deeper Soul - (6:03) 122 BPM
Around This Town - (7:07) 118 BPM
Around This Town (LAteliers around amsterdam mix) - (5:54) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Played by: Mike O'Mara, Ed NIne
4LUX 018B
21 Aug 13
Deep House
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Stronger - (6:34) 120 BPM
Stronger (Dark dub) - (6:33) 123 BPM
Stronger (Quell A Little Rougher remix) - (6:23) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Stronger (alternative vocal mix) - (6:32) 123 BPM
Review: To put it bluntly there's two types of deep house - the boring, safe linear stuff and the stuff made by Nicholas. This young Italian has been reversing the negative image of his hometown Perugia for quite a few years now and it's all down to the deep but edgy productions that he comes up with. All three versions of "Stronger" are awesome: the original with its caressing dreamlike vintage New York vibes, the electro-bass bounce of the alternate vocal mix, the pumping muscle mary-isms of the Quell remix and our favourite, the seductively doomy dark dub. An essential release.
4LUX 013-05
26 Jul 13
Deep House
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The Dancing Angel
Steam Roller (feat Chesus) - (6:04) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Breathe - (8:55) 122 BPM
The Driver - (6:19) 122 BPM
Order In The House - (6:20) 122 BPM
Played by: DJ Sneak, DJ Sneak
4LUX 013-04
12 Jul 13
Deep House
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4lux Black Box Series: Part 4
Kirill Tipo - "Feel The Broken Line" - (6:18) 113 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Leyo & Special Mike - "Don't Stop (The Tape)" - (5:06) 120 BPM
Leyo - "Love You More" - (5:41) 105 BPM
Played by: Vermelho
4LUX 017B
21 Jun 13
Deep House
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Luv Thang
Luv Thang (feat Jessy Allen) - (7:21) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Girls Can't Swim - (6:21) 126 BPM
Luv Thang (instrumental) - (5:55) 125 BPM
4LUX 013-03
31 May 13
Deep House
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Need No More
Need No More (NY Stomp remix) - (6:44) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Frankly - (7:04) 120 BPM
Scrimpin' & Pimpin' - (7:09) 123 BPM
Frankly (dub) - (7:44) 120 BPM
Need No More - (7:14) 124 BPM
4LUX 016B
03 May 13
Deep House
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Private Collection
I'll Be There - (5:26) 121 BPM
Don't Make - (6:20) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
What You Like - (6:02) 122 BPM
U Deep Me - (6:15) 123 BPM
Review: It would be fair to describe Italian producer Enrico Mantini as a "veteran", given that he put out his first 12" way back in 1992. In fact, one of the highlights of that EP - "What You Like" - is featured here, alongside another superb chunk of Italian deep house/garage fusion, "I'll Be There", from 1993. Both tracks have stood the test of time well, and their original '90s flex is the perfect antidote to today's retro-futurist house culture. The undisputed quality of these tracks is put into sharp focus by the EP's two new Mantini cuts, which while solid and playable don't quite have the same unpolished appeal as his original '90s work.
4LUX 013-02
12 Apr 13
Deep House
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Hypnotherapy - (6:17) 123 BPM
Cruising Andromeda - (6:56) 123 BPM
Freedom Dance - (7:08) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Above It All - (7:30) 120 BPM
Drums In The Deep - (7:12) 123 BPM
Fashionable Friends - (5:54) 114 BPM
Slum Dunk - (5:52) 115 BPM
Got Good Love - (6:53) 122 BPM
Adulthood - (8:08) 123 BPM
Adrift - (5:00) 134 BPM
Hyphen - (6:34) 118 BPM
Kamaitaichi - (6:25) 126 BPM
Nocturnal Dialectics - (6:09) 122 BPM
Satyre For A Sapphire - (6:46) 114 BPM
Lucid Dreams - (6:33) 120 BPM
Path Of Spheres - (6:27) 120 BPM
Request A Riot - (6:39) 128 BPM
In The Club (Gerd remix) - (7:33) 123 BPM
Got Good Love (Nicholas remix) - (6:36) 120 BPM
Calvary - (6:15) 124 BPM
House Of Cards - (6:11) 122 BPM
House Of Cards (bonus beats) - (6:52) 121 BPM
In The Club - (8:03) 123 BPM
4LUX 015B
22 Mar 13
Funky/Club House
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Things Of The Past
Things Of The Past (original) - (6:32) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Things Of The Past (NYC club mix) - (6:42) 125 BPM
Forever Feel It - (7:04) 120 BPM
Now Is The Time - (5:59) 123 BPM
Forever Feel It (The Other mix) - (6:25) 125 BPM
Review: Italian producer Nicholas has a well established working relationships with Gerd's 4Lux imprint, gracing them with numerous 12"s and his Still Playing House LP in recent times. His return to the label sees a development in production, forgoing the reliance on vocal samples that have been a staple of his rise to prominence in favour of working with a vocalist. Stee Downes, said vocalist, will be familiar to anyone who keeps abreast of contemporary house, having worked with Lovebirds and MCDE previously. Both the original and NYC Club versions of their collaboration "Things Of The Past" are superbly crafted deep house movers, with the latter Jersey style bumper one for the Bicep fans. Check "Forever Feel It" too for some sublime funk sampling.
4LUX 013-01
08 Mar 13
Deep House
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Smiley Face - (6:59) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Project (feat Jessy Allen) - (6:42) 118 BPM
Universe - (5:43) 123 BPM
Heaven - (6:20) 123 BPM
Played by: Groove Armada
Review: Catapault Records' regular The Organ Grinder brings his particular brand of hustlin' garage revivalism to Gerd's 4Lux Black label. In many ways, it's a bit of a curveball from Gerd; The Organ Grinder's fuzzy, funtime jams are a far cry from the considered deepness usually found on the imprint. It could be a masterstroke, though; certainly, the bold chords, vocal cut-ups and booming low-end pressure of "Smiley Face" suggests so. There's some deeper revivalist US garage business in the shape of the sinewy "Project", while "Universe" is thrillingly rush-inducing - all big riffs, acid bass and bumpin' beats. "Heaven", meanwhile, gets just the right balance of distorted grooves, MDMA builds and seductive vocal hooks.
4LUX 012-07
18 Jan 13
Deep House
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Junopolis EP
Rain Dance - (6:06) 118 BPM
Junopolis - (5:43) 122 BPM
Tefnut (Tyrell reWork) - (5:51) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Tefnut - (6:04) 120 BPM
Spazio 93 (bonus track) - (6:55) 120 BPM
Review: Deep house badboy Joe Drive makes his debut on Gerd's, 4Lux Records. We're so happy to see him release on such a prolific imprint and these four tracks are nothing short of amazing..."Rain Dance" is a slow-moving house bomb riddled with short, chopped-up vocal samples and a seriously twisted melody riding beneath its crispy percussion elements. The title track, "Junopolis" is a classic Chicago number, where luscious Juno chords bounce proudly amid that classic fist-pumping beat style, but Alden Tyrell's remix of "Tefnut" is some serious business. A gnarly bass line is torn inside out and left to growl uncontrollably next to a menacing snare which cuts straight through the core of the track. The original of "Tefnut" is comparatively milder; soft bongos meet with outrageously addictive chords, but Drive never loses that darker edge that make his tracks so enticing. Big release!
4LUX 012-06
23 Nov 12
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4lux Black Box Series Pt 3: Second Game
Still Strangers (original) - (6:08) Biggest-selling track on this release
Telling Everybody (original) - (7:04)
She Knows (original) - (6:48) 114 BPM
Second Game (original) - (6:26) 110 BPM
Review: Aussie producer Johnny Herring brings his Sellouts project to 4Lux Black. As with previous excursions, Second Game ripples with deep, midtempo disco intent - all hypnotic grooves, barely-audible vocal samples, warm cords and touchy-feely soul samples. It's a relatively common sound - think early Nicholas or Ooft's edit-inclined work - but one that Herring does better than most. Opener "Still Standing"- all head-nodding disco-soul grooves and filtered vocal loops - is probably the standout, though the far deeper title track and near-Balearic bliss of "She Knows" are almost as good.
4LUX 014B
16 Nov 12
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Cruising Andromeda
Got Good Love - (6:53) 122 BPM
Got Good Love (Nicholas remix) - (6:36) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Cruising Andromeda - (6:56) 123 BPM
Hyphen - (6:34) 118 BPM
Played by: Ennio Styles
4LUX 012-05
02 Nov 12
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Lune Eclaire (remixes) Part 1
Patecatl (Morning Factory remix) - (6:22) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
She Likes Analog (Zadig remix) - (5:34) 118 BPM
She Likes Analog (Zadig Bonus beat) - (5:16) 122 BPM
4LUX 013B
19 Oct 12
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Set You Free
Summin Bout Drums (original mix) - (5:45) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Summin Bout Drums (Basic Soul Unit remix) - (6:57) 121 BPM
Set You Free (original mix) - (5:35) 120 BPM
Summin Bout Drums (Angry mix) - (6:27) 122 BPM
Summin Bout Drums (Basic Soul Unit bonus mix) - (7:01) 120 BPM
4LUX 012-04
05 Oct 12
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What It Is
Yellow - (6:26) 110 BPM
Gimme - (6:12) 105 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
What It Is - (3:52) 104 BPM
4LUX 012B
21 Sep 12
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House (Gerd's New Vox remix) - (5:08) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
House (Arttu instrumental) - (6:08) 124 BPM
House (Jacob Korn instrumental) - (5:49) 129 BPM
Review: Second time around for Gerd's "House", a track originally recorded many years back with Nu Groove legend Lamont "Elbee Bad" Booker (a compilation of whose classic moments is imminent on Rush Hour). This is in many ways an accompaniment to last year's release, and features instrumental versions of the excellent reworks by Attu and Jacob Korn. The latter's woozy deep house take arguably works better without Booker's rambling vocal, sounding like a future underground house classic. Best of all, though, is Gerd's own New Vox Mix, which is so raw, analogue and uncompromising that the mix actually distorts on several occasions. Proper house music, and no mistake.
07 Sep 12
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Holdin' On
Holdin' On - (6:24) 112 BPM
For The Gilrz - (7:16) 117 BPM
Homage - (7:14) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Homage (Ravy Bonus Beat) - (5:53) 120 BPM
Tryin' Hard - (5:40) 120 BPM
Played by: Fragedis, Superbreak
Review: There are echoes of classic Parisian deep house moments in this bluesy EP from current Paris resident S3A (Sampling as an Art). "Holdin' On", for example, evokes memories of both loopy filter house and, more pertinently, the early works of St Germain (circa Boulevard). "Homage", particularly in its "Ravy Bonus Beat" guise, goes further towards classic French disco-house territory, sounding not unlike a grown up take on early Casius or Stardust. Meanwhile, "For The Girlz" expertly loops up some disco-funk grooves and soulful scat vocals, throwing in some additional percussion and classic US garage stabs to keep the party moving.
4LUX 011B
24 Aug 12
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4lux Black Box Series
Glengoyne - (6:28) 115 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Disregard - (6:57) 115 BPM
Self Proclaimed - (7:06) 108 BPM
Played by: Lovewithme
Review: A new series from Gerd's usually reliable 4 Lux imprint opens with three tracks of claustrophobic deepness from Club Lonely man and sometime Kolour Recordings artist Quell. All three tracks are typical not just of his productions, but also the warm, late night fare promoted by 4 Lux. Opener "Glengoyne" sets the tone, delivering a hypnotic shuffler built around sweaty percussion and a notably dubby bassline. "Disregard" goes deeper still, carefully working an intoxicating dub house groove and melancholic pads for seven spellbinding minutes. "Self Proclaimed", meanwhile, is like a ray of sunshine on a cloudy day - all lazy slo-mo beats, sweet chords, occasional electrofunk synths and deliriously Balearic riffs.
4LUX 010B
10 Aug 12
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Lune Eclaire
Lost Afternoon - (5:49) 120 BPM
Damn She So Fine - (5:31) 116 BPM
The Old Way - (4:58) 116 BPM
Phobos Monolith - (6:27) 124 BPM
Xochiquetzal - (5:24) 117 BPM
Lune Eclaire - (4:56) 120 BPM
Late Nights In Neon Lights - (4:18) 113 BPM
She Likes Analog - (5:31) 116 BPM
Patecatl - (5:46) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Strange Things - (5:37) 120 BPM
Une Roseraie l'Hiver - (4:46) 121 BPM
Old Path Pt 2 Love A Long Circular Path (feat Keter Darker) - (4:48) 120 BPM
Impressions - (5:36) 120 BPM
Departures - (5:00) 115 BPM
Old Path Pt 2 Love A Long Circular Path (instrumental) - (4:48) 120 BPM
Played by: Carlos Nilmmns
4LUX 009B
27 Jul 12
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Life Goes On
Life Goes On - (6:33) 120 BPM
Life Goes On (NY Stomp remix) - (6:36) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
All I Can Give - (6:43) 120 BPM
Messed Up Generation - (6:36) 120 BPM
Review: Since he reworked big chunks of the Nu Groove catalogue for Needwant last year, Nicholas has shown signs of wanting to make his own intoxicating deep house influenced by the early '90s sound of New York. "Life Goes On" very much fits this remit, offering a heady blend of tactile deepness featuring samples from some familiar disco and soul favourites ("Rock Creek Park" being the most obvious source). "All I Can Give" sounds like a vintage New York-Chicago soundclash - all heavy analogue bass, trad garage chords and late night vocal snippets - while "Messed Up Generation" flits between spoken word iciness and Big Apple grooviness.
4LUX 012-03
13 Jul 12
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Thoughts On
Thoughts On (original 2008 mix) - (7:29) 120 BPM
Interlude In The Park - (3:57)
Oh, Come On - (6:06) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Thoughts On (2012 mix) - (6:34) 122 BPM
4LUX 012-02
29 Jun 12
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In The Gutter
In The Gutter - (5:26) Biggest-selling track on this release
Over - (5:32) 118 BPM
Crooked Sun - (5:55)
Super Love - (4:06) 115 BPM
Review: Given 4Lux's early history as a home for deep, soulful broken beat and jazzier flavours, this EP from Low Line Relay could be seen as something of a blast from the past. Sure, the production style is decidedly contemporary (check the crackly wooziness throughout), and there's an atmospheric trip into deep house territory (see the sunrise vibes of "Crooked Sun"), but for the most part it sounds like a cross between classic "bruk", wonk-hop and Moodymann-ish jazziness. For proof, check the Mr Beatnick-ish "In The Gutter", or the Rhodes-laden deepness of "Over". "Super Love" doffs a cap to classic house, but its cosy shuffle and muted rave sirens tell a different story.
4LUX 008B
08 Jun 12
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Soul Stream
Attic House - (6:14) 121 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Attic House (Gerd's re-arrange mix) - (6:15) 121 BPM
Soul Stream - (6:06) 121 BPM
Attic House (Snuff Crew remix) - (6:03) 123 BPM
Attic House (Snuff Crew dub) - (6:03) 123 BPM
Review: 2011 was a great year for Arttu Snellman, with acclaimed releases dropping on both Royal Oak and Philpot. Here he starts 2012 with another couple of impressive tracks, this time for Gerd's 4Lux imprint. "Attic House" (chuckle) has a suitably retro feel, with treacle-thick bass, beats and synth motifs sparring with hissing, Detroit-influenced hi-hats and a classic vocal sample. "Soul Stream" is arguably even more impressive, a kind of tooled-up version of classic Mr Fingers with the addition of Burrell Brothers strings and melodies. Remix wise, Gerd's stripped-down version of "Attic House" is solid enough, but it's the two suitably old skool basement bumpers from Snuff Crew that most impress; the dub, in particular, is decidedly raw.
4LUX 012-01
13 Apr 12
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Still Playing House
Why Don't You - (6:35) 110 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
I Want To Thank You - (6:33) 115 BPM
All Night Long - (6:30) 120 BPM
Hold Us Back - (6:34) 110 BPM
Free To Be - (6:37) 120 BPM
Call Me - (6:48) 110 BPM
All I Need - (6:35) 114 BPM
Down To Nothing - (6:32) 120 BPM
Stay Together - (6:32) 110 BPM
Change - (8:01) 110 BPM
Flow - (7:23) 102 BPM
Look Beyond - (7:01) 110 BPM
Miss You - (6:05) 108 BPM
Still Playing House - (7:57) 110 BPM
All Night Long (Gerd Old School mix) - (6:17) 120 BPM
Free To Be (Hunee remix) - (6:33) 122 BPM
4LUX 007B
16 Mar 12
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Free To Be
Nicholas - "Free To Be" - (6:37) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Nicholas - "Free To Be" (Hunee remix) - (6:33) 122 BPM
Nicholas - "Down To Nothing" - (6:32) 120 BPM
Nicholas - "Why Don't You" - (6:35) 110 BPM
Review: Fresh from delivering an album's worth of Nu Groove remixes, Italian producer Nicholas pops up on Gerd's 4Lux Black imprint. The title track sets the tone for what follows, delivering a cockle-warming mix of old skool NYC house riffage, Italian house ambience and skippy, New Jersey garage percussion. If it was any more "classic", it would actually have been made 20 years ago. "Down To Nothing" and "Familiar Path" tread similar ground, offering wide-eyed, early 90s house for the permanently nostalgic. Hunee's remix of "Free To Be" offers a rougher, chunkier, late night take on the slick original, offering a delicious combination of rave riffage, acid bass and clattering 808 percussion.
4LUX 011-05
13 Jan 12
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Landing Lights EP
Landing Lights - (6:08) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
The Blues - (7:11) 119 BPM
St John's - (7:28) 122 BPM
Gloomy Stacks - (5:50) 122 BPM
Review: Johan Brandes' most recent EP for Gerd's 4Lux Black imprint, American Studies, was something of a slow-burning deep house delight. While this EP hasn't quite got the same instant impact, it may have greater longevity. Certainly, there's something distinctly classic about the drifting, emotion-rich deepness on offer here. Tracks like "St Johns" - with its spoken word samples and glassy-eyed glaze - and "Landing Lights" are perfectly pitched, offering both head-nodding grooves and heart-stopping musicality. "Gloomy Stacks", meanwhile, sounds like a lost track from the glory days of Naked Music. Such a soft-focus approach to deep house rarely works, but Landing Lights is a treat.
4LUX 006B
03 Jun 11
Deep House
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All Night Long
All Night Long (Gerd Old School remix) - (6:17) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
All Night Long (original mix) - (6:30) 120 BPM
All I Need (original mix) - (6:35) 114 BPM
Stay Together (original mix) - (6:32) 110 BPM
All Night Long (Nicholas long original mix) - (7:29) 120 BPM
Review: Having impressed with a few sultry slo-mo re-edits and the odd well-received remix, Nicholas pops up on Gerd's 4Lux label with a five-track EP of head-nodding house grooves. While fans of his loopy, disco-centric vibe will still find plenty to entertain (not least the pleasingly snug "All I Need"), All Night Long should appeal to anyone who likes their house bumpin' and groovesome. The title track itself is arguably Nicholas's best yet, a kind of fusion of classic US garage and 90s New York deep house - all hip-wigglin' bass, expansive piano solos and bluesy vocal snippets. Label boss Gerd remixes, dusting down the 808s and 909s for a vintage jack attack.
20 May 11
Deep House
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American Studies EP
My Obsession - (7:13) 126 BPM
The Good I've Done - (7:01) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Cigarboxmusic - (7:06) 126 BPM
Review: There are numerous approaches to deep house around, but few are quite as spellbinding as that offered by Gerd's 4 Lux Black label. Since setting up a couple of years back, the Dutch label has quietly set its stall out as a 'must check' imprint for those who like their music deep, subtle and oozing with unfussy emotion. So far, the label's clear stand out release has to be Erdbeerschnitzel's brilliant Suave EP, but this new three-tracker from label stalwart Johan Brandes - aka Native Rush - pushes it mighty close. It's a concept EP of sorts, with the 'American Studies' title referring to the various spoken word and vocal samples - all from vintage US sources - that litter the release. These are invariably well chosen and add an extra dimension - a cinematic sweep, perhaps - to Brandes deep and meaningful compositions. This is perhaps most obvious on "Cigarbox", which slowly bobs and weaves for eight timeless minutes. The grooves are wearily sub-aquatic, the melodies chilly and otherworldly. When the poetic, extended vocal sample kicks in, it adds another dimension to an already impressive composition. Then there's "My Obsession", a rolling, low-end heavy groove that pits well-chosen spoken word samples ("America, I refuse to give up my obsession") against relentless organ riffs, bowel-bothering bass and a classic US house finish. It's a fittingly American-centric ending to an EP that delights and entertains in equal measure.
4LUX 039
04 Feb 11
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