Review: Since making his debut eight years ago, Cairo-based Fulltone has offered up occasional EPs that tend towards the gleefully melodious, emotive and tech-tinged end of the deep house spectrum, making him a perfect signing for Lee Burridge and Matthew Dekay's All Day I Dream imprint. There's plenty to get your Serotonin levels rocketing across the EP, starting with the picturesque lusciousness of 'Love in Space', where twinkling synthesizer melodies rise and fall atop a shuffling, tech-tinged deep house groove. 'Castles in the Air' is warmer and woozier musically, with crunchier drum sounds and more nods towards the melodious end of tech-house, while 'Happy Accidents' is a bubbling tech-house roller smothered in gorgeous piano motifs. Finally, 'Oceans of Wisdom' cannily joins the dots between electro, deep-tech and flowery progressive house.
Review: Over the years, Gorje Hewek has released numerous singles and EPs on All Day I Dream, almost all of them alongside long-time studio partner Izhevski. On debut album Collages he's largely operating solo, though there's no discernible dip in quality. Musically, it's as melodious, colourful and mood-enhancing as you'd expect, with Hewek wrapping tech-tinged deep house beats and warm, smooth basslines in all manner of vibrant melodies, chords and exotic instrumentation. There are a handful of quietly impressive collaborations - see the picturesque, sub-heavy Lost Desert hook-up 'Aya' and fragrant M.O.S joint production 'Amulet' - but for the most part it's the genuinely solo efforts the linger longest in the memory. If you dig the melodious All Day I Dream sound, then you genuinely need this album in your life.
Review: Since emerging on Shanti Radio a few years ago, Russian producer Makebo has made multiple contributions to All Day I Dream's popular label samplers. Here the Moscow-based artist delivers his first EP for the imprint, kicking things off in style via the lolloping but locked-in drums, hazy female vocal snippets, twinkling pianos, swelling orchestration and warming riffs of 'Skyline'. 'Whale' features bolder strings, longer breakdowns, double bass and more tech-tinged grooves, while 'Dark Places' is smooth, deep and alluring with some wonderfully melancholic and poignant musical elements catching the ear. Rounding of a rock-solid EP is 'Freedom', another toasty fusion of deep tech-house and deep house that boasts a lengthy, sunset-friendly breakdown two thirds of the way through.
Review: Here's something to savour: a rare solo outing on All Day I Dream from label co-founder Lee Burridge. The former Craig Richards collaborator hits the ground running with opener 'Satelite Girl', where melancholic lead lines, ghostly chords and blissful electronic motifs rise and fall over a smooth beat that sits somewhere between deep house and tech-house. There's a more outer-space feel to the dreamy, drowsy and atmospheric cut that follows, the picturesque and pleasing 'Diving Bell', while 'A Hymn For Your Dreams' is a chunky, deep tech-house treat. Tim Green provides the obligatory remix, brilliantly re-imagining 'Satellite Girl' as a sparkling slab of ultra-melodic dancefloor positivity.
Review: If it's emotive, melodious dance music you're after, All Day I Dream's twice-yearly 'sampler' compilations are hard to beat. 2021's edition of their Winter Sampler series is another cracker and offers an attractive mix of previously unheard treats from both established label regulars and relative newcomers. There's naturally plenty to set the pulse racing throughout, from the warming haziness and rising melodies of Somelee's 'Sansara' and the Isolee-influenced bubbliness of Mono Electric Orchestra's 'Antartica', to the glacial electronics, deep chords and shuffling grooves of 'Endora' by Slow Hearts. Additional highlights include the pitched-down chug of Qess's 'Sarraqa', the rushing bliss of Nopi's fittingly titled 'Unforgettable Dawn', and the twinkling lead lines and bass-heavy grooves of Paul Deep's 'Aeras'.
Review: Over the last few years, All Day I Dream has successful carved its' own post-progressive house dancefloor niche, largely via a string of singles and EPs that prioritise atmospheric chords, tactile grooves and ear-catching melodies. Here they begin 2021 with a slightly surprising release: a first full-length from one of their cherished artists. The Beauty of a Polaroid ticks many of their usual boxes - shuffling deep house and deep breakbeat drums, picturesque piano motifs, immersive pads, African and South American-influenced percussion here and there - but successfully balances Powel's natural dancefloor urges with tracks tailored to sofa-bound headphone listening. The result is a gorgeously musical and wonderfully melodious set that deserves to be appreciated as one dreamy, life-affirming whole.
Review: We first became aware of VICTHOR via his contribution to All Day I Dream's summer 2019 sampler compilation. It seems fitting then that the little known (but fast rising) artist has returned to the imprint to release his first full EP, a collaboration-heavy affair that outs mood and melody right at the forefront. He first joins forces with Romanian tech-house type Bross on the smooth, semi-symphonic peak-time melodiousness of 'La Caminata', before getting Alex Twin on board for 'Amarr', a similarly attractive affair that adds Middle Eastern and North African instrumentation to a gorgeous deep house groove. There's a similarly exotic, mind altering feel at the heart of Christian Lepah collab 'Sundar (Newman Retouch)', while fully solo outing 'Walk Away' is deliciously dreamy, loved-up and musically detailed.
Review: We've been impressed by Maxi Degrassi's output this year, which has included melodious, must-check EPs for Sag & Tre and Melody of the Soul. Pleasingly, the Argentine producer appears to have stepped it up another notch on this fine four-tracker, which marks his debut on All Day I Dream. He begins by adding South American percussion, chiming lead lines, ethereal female vocal samples and spacey synth sounds to a chunky beat on 'The Love Goes First', before reaching for the pianos on the deeper, warmer and hazier dancefloor bliss pf 'String of Feelings'. 'About Energies' is a smooth, string-drenched treat, while closing cut 'Keep Moving' is dreamy, tactile and wonderfully hypnotic. Undeniably one of All Day I Dream's best EPs of the year - and that's saying something.
Symptom Of The Sound (extended version) - (8:58) 123 BPM
Nothing Else (extended version) - (8:07) 121 BPM
Nothing Else (Hoj's Blue Sky edit) - (8:46) 121 BPM
Review: As well as co-founding All Day I Dream, Lee Burridge is also co-owner of the Tale of Tone label, alongside DJ/producer Hoj. Here the latter makes a relatively rare appearance on All Day I Dream, working alongside rising star Newman of I Love fame for the very first time. 'Sympton of the Sound' is typical of both artist and label, with waves of simmering chords, blissful melodies and sunrise-ready sounds rising above a locked-in, tech-tinged deep house groove. While also atmospheric, alluring and laden with a mixture of evocative electronics and synth-strings, the extended mix of 'Nothing Else' is slightly moodier and hazier. This is also true of Hoj's accompanying 'Blue Sky Edit', a hypnotic, mid-set revision that makes great use of processed vocal loops and additional percussion.
Review: More typically deep, dreamy and melodic house tackle here from Lee Burridge's All Day I Dream stable, but this time served with an Afro twist, as Birmingham-based producer Pippi Ciez teams up with Idd Aziz, a Kenyan vocalist who's worked with the likes of Youssou N'Dour, Angelique Kidjo, Alpha Blondy and Salif Keita. The Original is the more floor-friendly of the two rubs, thanks largely to its deep, rumbling bassline, but both are pretty laidback and would be perfect for kicking off those warm-up sessions and longer mixes. Burning Man is taking place virtually this year anyway - spin this, and you're virtually there!
Review: Lee Burridge and Matthew Dekay's All Day I Dream label have successfully carved out their own very particular niche in the house music canon over the past decade or so, specialising in melodic, mellifluous grooves coming from that place where deep house, progressive house and Balearic/chill-out/downtempo blur into one. And here, they serve up a 12-track compilation that sticks more or less entirely to that same blueprint. As such, it's perhaps unlikely to win them many new converts, but with cuts from the likes of Mass Digital, Squire and Death On The Balcony, fans of the label will be more than satisfied.
Review: Lee Burridge's All Day I Dream bring us a three-tracker by Tel Aviv's Roy Rosenfeld, coming from that place where the boundaries between deep and melodic/progressive house get decidedly blurry. 'Lift Of Love' itself tops a light, rolling tropical groove with constantly evolving synths that are one-part muzak (hence, presumably, the title) to one-part 'Star Trek', while elsewhere 'Veetoo' has the dreamy, floaty feel of Balearic prog and 'Honey' treads similar ground but in a more sunrise-friendly, "the morning after the night before" kinda way. It all makes for very pleasant listening - just add sunshine, sand and a certain Mediterranean island for maximum impact.
Review: Given that most of his releases have been collaborative affairs with one like-minded producer or another - most frequently Lee Berridge - it's little surprise to find that Lost Desert's latest EP is another one built around joint productions. Berridge naturally lends a hand on epic opener "Welch" - little less than nine minutes of tactile, warming and ethereal dancefloor - before he moves in a darker, tech-tinged direction alongside Simon Vuarambon on "Earth Before Humans". Bona Fire collaboration "No Strings Attached" is a percussion-rich shuffle infused with glassy-eyed, watching-the-sun-come-up-at-a-rave nostalgia, while "That Moment & You", co-produced by Amand, confidently strides towards hypnotic tech-house-meets-deep house territory. There's also a neat digital-only bonus in the shape of Lost Desert's stirring, progressive house style remix of DSF's "Mystika".
Review: The term 'playa house' seems to have fallen out of favour but it's still as good a way as any to describe the sound that Lee Burridge's All Day I Dream have made their own: a blend of deep, tech and progressive house elements, with the emphasis on evolving, meandering tracks to get lost in rather than instant hi-octane thrills. And that's very much what's on offer here. 'Grizzly' itself, with its marimbas, vaguely menacing synth topline and almost operatic vocal from Josefina Barreix, is the most obvious attention-getter but elsewhere on the EP you'll find three more deep groovers built for inner reveries in outdoor spaces.
Review: Dresden duo Slow Hearts come to Lee Burridge and Matthew Dekay's All Day I Dream with an EP packed full of deep, dreamy house that flirts with melodic/progressive tropes but stays just the right side of the line for the deep house purists. 'Eyepads' is served in gentle, Balearic-leaning Original and slightly beefier/proggier Tim Green Remix forms, 'Sands Of Time' is another drifty number with hand percussion, chimes and aquatic sounds, while 'Planaria' closes out the EP on a chuggier, more eyes-down note. An EP that'll please weary 5am dancefloors and home-listening herbalists in equal measure!
Review: A veteran of the electronic music scene nigh on 20 years, Frenchman Sebastien Leger returns to Lee Burridge's esteemed All Day I Dream imprint for his third release, with four servings of lush and ethereal deep house on the 'Secrets' EP. From the melodic/hypnotic bliss of "Ashes In The Wind" which is sure to cause some drama on the dancefloor, to an evocative trip deep into the exotic as heard on the vocal driven "Menabelle" or lose yourself in the utterly life affirming "Secret". This is the exact kind of mesmerising groove that you could imagine label boss Burridge playing, at a downtown rooftop party on a sunny Sunday afternoon - pure bliss!
Review: We tend to think of All Day I Dream's particular brand of melodious and atmospheric house music as being summery and sun-kissed, but as this second "Winter Sampler" proves, many of the label's tracks that sound just as good on crystal clear winter mornings. Musically, much of the material tiptoes the fine line between tech-house, deep house and what would once have been classic progressive house, with highlights provided by Zone+ (the drowsy and glacial dancefloor hypnotism of "The Muse"), Makebo & Anomita (the simmering bliss of "Symphonic Fantasy"), Katrinka (the deep, chunky Afro-house of "Mila") and Tim Green (the bubbly, snow-flecked electronics and Innervisions-esque grooves of "Sowa").
Review: Lee Burridge's All Day I Dream bring us this four-tracker from Russian duo Volen Sentir, known previously for their work on the Shanti Radio Moscow label. Deep house from the progressive end of the spectrum is the order of the day generally, with the contemplative 'C.a.m' kicking things off, 'Sonoman' a warm-up friendly headnodder, 'Kailas' daring to break out the pan pipes (and getting away with it!) and 'Sirun' bringing the EP to a close on a suitably laidback, blissed-out note. We might be heading into the depths of winter, but you can get yourself a dose of summer sunshine right here!
Review: Deep Afro-house vibes are the order of the day on this latest from Lee Burridge's All Day I Dream label - or at least, they are on half of it. The 72-second 'Intro', the Interlude version of the title track and 'Izingane' are really just straight-up African music, leaving two rubs of 'Back To Front' and 'Zappa' for househeads' delectation. The former features Xolisiwe on vocals, has the stuttering Afro drums you'd expect and is served in your choice of vocal and dub passes, while the latter edges closer to a straight-up (melodic) house sound, only the chanted vox adding a little African flava.
Review: A 14-track collection here from Lee Burridge's All Day I Dream. The title refers to the release date but also hints at what to expect stylistically, because the emphasis here is on hazy, lazy vibes that'll sound best served outdoors on a hot, sunny day, as deep house, deep prog and downtempo/Balearic collide in one very chilled package. Standouts including Double Touch's Middle Eastern-tinged 'Sunriser', Hermanez's deep tribal groove 'Third Decade' and the Indian-infused deep house of Sebastian Leger's 'Kanga', but really this is one of those albums that's best enjoyed whole, letting the soothing sounds ease away your cares...
Review: Over the last few years the partnership between former Tyrant mainstay Lee Burridge and mystery producer Lost Desert has resulted in a string of impeccable deep house releases. "Melt", their most expansive collaborative release to date, is similarly atmospheric, intricate and picturesque. They set the scene brilliantly via a trio of sublime ambient cuts (the new age bliss of "Melt" and epic "Lingala (Beatless)" being the standouts) before shuffling towards the dancefloor on the deep and languid "Rain". Simon Vaurambon lends a hand on the atmospheric, bass-heavy chug of "One", while regular vocalist Junior lends his honeyed tones to the string-drenched positivity of "Mibale". Elsewhere you'll find more sweet and seductive dream house treats, with "Christina, Daydreaming" providing a fittingly loved-up finale. Superb stuff!
Review: This fine EP boasts more "technicolour emotionalism" from the All Day I Dream camp, this time courtesy of Athens-based deep house producer DSF. He sets the tone via gorgeous title track "Mystika", a luscious chunk of melodious deep house breeziness rich in thickset synth bass, sweeping strings, marimba style lead lines and jammed-out Rhodes keys. "One With The Music" is, if anything, even more breezy and summery with a heavier bottom-end swing, while "Ammoudia" is almost anthem like in its string-drenched grandiosity. To round things off, the Greek producer offers up the Innervisions-style warmth of "Kyklades", another bouncy, string-drenched affair that comes complete with operatic style female vocals.
Review: Deep house comes in a variety of flavours these days and Russian producer brings us several of 'em on this four-tracker for Lee Burridge's highly respected All Day I Dream imprint. Opener 'Fairy' is a gentle, rolling affair that'll slip nicely into Balearic sets. 'Azure' operates in similar territory, but 'Secret Of Happiness' itself has more of a dancefloor-friendly edge and marked progressive/melodic tendencies. But arguably the standout here is 'Dream Together', a dubbier excursion aimed at 4am floors and post-club chillin' which stands out from the crowd thanks to an unusual vocal that's reminiscent of chanting monks.
Review: Ascendant Israeli producer Roy Rosenfeld has recently hit his stride, if releases on top labels such as Systematic, Kompakt and Trapez are surely any indication. His new one for Lee Burridge's All Day I Dream follows up last year's When We Were Innocent EP. The vibe on the Rumbaia EP sees the Tel Aviv-based producer follow in the footsteps of hometown heroes such as Guy Gerber and Shlomi Aber on slinky and melodic tech-house cuts such as the title track or "Megakraft", while he also demonstrates that he keenly has his finger on the pulse of the burgeoning local progressive house sound - on such atmospheric journeys like "Trip To Heaven" which go deep into tribal territory.
Newman (I Love) - "Menina Que Passa" - (8:36) 120 BPM
Essay - "Archangel" - (9:23) 126 BPM
Modd - "Evening Fog" - (9:11) 122 BPM
Review: A sampler collection here from All Day I Dream, the label set up in 2011 by Lee Burridge and Matthew Dekay to explore "beautiful, emotional and melancholic shades of house and techno". What you get are 13 tracks coming from that part of the spectrum where deep house and ambient collide, with just a hint of prog and the very deepest trance in the mix too - tracks that will be equally at home in the warm-up, on weary 6am floors or chillin' on the sofa. Standouts include Fulltone's 'A Whole Lot Of Winters', one of collection's more overtly floor-friendly cuts, and Hermanez's deceptively funky 'Ensina'.
Review: Next up on Lee Burridge's renowned daydream house imprint is French progressive house veteran Sebastien Leger. Although not having as prolific an output as he did throughout the late '90s/early '00s, it's all been about quality not quantity in recent times - first signalled by a tremendous return to form a couple of years back with his Jelly Bean EP for Systematic Recordings. Given Leger's experience in creating in deep, mellowed and entrancing sounds, there was no doubt in our minds that he could nail that perfect groove for All Day I Dream - and these three tracks are just perfect for drifting on a dancefloor atop a rooftop party downtown. The first track is an ode to the label and it's chief (if we've ever heard one) titled "Rocket To Lee's Little Cloud", followed by similarly slinky and melodic tech-house journeys like "Satellite" and the absolutely majestic "Underwater" which is as immersive as the title suggests.