Review: Last year's Detroit Get Down EP showcased the very best of Galaxy 2 Galaxy keys-man Jon Dixon, a musician and producer who genuinely 'gets' the intergalactic tech-soul ethos of hi-tech jazz. On Vocal Sessions Volume 1, Dixon also proves that he can write and produce superb floor-filling songs, too. 'Feel Your Touch', featuring the sublime singing of L Renee, is a top-drawer chunk of bouncy Motor City deep house smothered in twinkling electric piano solos, while 'I Keep Falling', featuring Kenny Watson on lead vocals, is an impeccably soulful slab of atmospheric broken beat/deep house fusion. Of the accompanying reworks, we're particularly feeling the Kaidi Tatham style 'Brixton Mix'of 'I Keep Falling' and Jimpster's gorgeous, sun-splashed rework of 'Feel Your Touch'.
Review: Fresh from unveiling an EP of deliciously jazzy, soul-soaked house and techno jams on Visions Inc, sometime Galaxy 2 Galaxy keyboardist Jon Dixon returns to Underground Resistance's 4evr 4wrd label with an EP packed with guest appearances from fellow Detroit musicians. Moodymann and Kasan Belgrave both feature on opener 'On My Own', a sax-sporting chunk of driving deep-house jazz, while Britt Frappier and Ian Fink make their presence felt on the lusciously drowsy dancefloor deepness of 'Words Can't Express'. Elsewhere, 'How We Get Down (In Detroit)' is bumpin' and spacey in the best possible way, while there are two edits of 'Lisbon Nights': a wonderfully percussive, carnival-ready take by MinorINVENTION and a smoother, jazzier version from Darrius Quince.
Review: As part of Underground Resistance's legendary group Timeline, Jon Dixon has, since 2017, carved out a solo career via Carl Craig's Planet E and his own entrepreneurial 4EVR 4WRD label. Keeping the EP locked in a house and techno framework, get your sprinkles of keys in "While In Lockdown" to some heavy percussion and jazz in "Spider's Pocket". Heading into more linear territory is "12:03 IN 303" with the slightest touches of dub techno which falls nicely into the piano-tipped and bonafide Detroit deep house joint, "Lineage".