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: 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: Buoyed by the success of their recent creepy tech-house cover of Pink Floyd's "Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun", Bedouin pitch up on All Day I Dream with an altogether more picturesque collection of tracks. "Sight" explores similar sonic territory to that now infamous Floyd rework - think hypnotic beats, gently pulsing chords and quietly exotic instrumental flourishes - it's the looser, more obviously positive that stand out. Choose between the chiming melodies, rolling piano riffs and shuffling beats of "Straight to the Heart", and the subtle variations of the more fluttering "The Way Home".
Review: You'd expect a track called "Lovely Stars in Open Skies" to be decidedly picturesque. Unsurprisingly, Maher Daniel and John Charnis' original is just that - an intoxicating blend of stargazing melodies, bongo-laced deep house grooves, pads you can get lost in and evocative vocal samples. The label claims it's been "melting ladies' hearts", and it's not hard to see why. Endless label boss Luca Bachetti provides the remix, which is attracting plenty of attention thanks to vocal support from Dixon and Ame. It's a superb rework of the original version, full of shuffling, intricate rhythms, emotive melodies, sensitive builds and expertly timed drops. You'll be hearing it a lot over coming months.
Review: More deep house to drift away to at sunny, open air rooftop parties' courtesy of Lee Burridge and Matthew Dekay's always reliable All Day I Dream. This time from hot British duo Death On The Balcony who present the dark and atmospheric mood lighting of "Rivers Of Sound" featuring some major string symphonies, rich synth tapestries and a razor sharp baseline; ticks all the right boxes! The ten minutes long epic gets one amazingly immersive groove happening over its duration, while "Memories Of The Future" is the most straight up offering; this is sexy and slinky tech house for proper night people.
Review: The boundaries between deep house, progressive and techno blur on All Day I Dream 003. First up there's Mathew Dekay and Lee Burridge's "Holding On", which features dreamy synths, distended, ethereal vocals and a solid backing rhythm. Faut Pas Deconner's "Afterhour Olympics" is more stripped back to start with, but its reduced metallic drums soon give way to a cascading synth and a bassline so warm and spine-tingling, it sends out tingles with each passing bar. Finally, Dekay and Burridge team up for the dub version of "Holding On". Here, the rhythm is more firing and the filter energetic, while the chilling strings add an element of suspense to the arrangement.
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: More dreamy deep house for inner city rooftops again courtesy of Lee Burridge and Matthew Dekay's always impressive All Day I Dream imprint. At the controls this time is NYC stalwart Lauren Ritter with the Lark EP. The title track has all the hallmarks of an ADID track; mesmerising and crystalline pads, xylophone melodies and emotive strings that distill the best influences of German imprints like Kompakt or Dial into it. So does "Swoon", this is the kind of bittersweet headrush that someone like Michael Mayer would unleash on you mid set. "Murmur" incorporates elements of Romanian style minimal with its big rolling bassline and intricate rhythm arrangements complete with hypnotic elements. Great stuff!
Review: Following the fantastic reactions received for their previous collaborative EPs, Lee Burridge and mask-wearing man-of-mystery Lost Desert have decided to release a third EP single. They hit the ground running with "Loopyness", a pleasingly positive, fluid and sun-kissed chunk of rolling deep house/tech-house fusion full of cascading synthesizer lines, stretched-out chords and squidgy synth-bass. You'll find more dreamy, sunset-friendly warmth in the shape of "Botanic", where heady chords and yearning melodies flutter in and out of view. The duo completes a fine package with "12CC", where portions of extended ambient bliss make way for Innervisions style grooves and near Balearic electronics.
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: Berlin-based Argentine Leo Grunbaum has a reputation for atmospheric, soundtrack style deep house music that draws heavily on Balearica, tech-house and nu-disco for inspiration. Interestingly, this outing on All Day I Dream appears to be his first single for nearly six years. He starts in confident mood, wrapping Aerial East's deliciously atmospheric vocals around twinkling pianos and tactile, tech-tinged grooves on brilliant opener "Bloom". Safa provides a brilliant, Balearic-minded downtempo remix of the same track, full of Flamenco style Spanish guitars and swirling atmospherics, before Victor Magro joins Grunbaum for the rich, jazz-flecked deep house jam "Amarone". The wavering sax lines, metronomic grooves and foreboding chords of "Cruxes Credo" complete a fine package.
Review: All Day I Dream are back with more dreamy and drifting deep house that's purpose made for sunny, open air rooftop parties. This time it is the turn of masked mystery man Lost Desert and label head honcho Lee Burridge on the utterly sublime "Lingala", featuring the wonderfully exotic vocal talents of Junior. The we have Moscow heroes and close label affiliates Gorje Hewek & Izhevski throwing down an impressive remix which injects more subtle tribal percussion and warmer bass frequencies into the track for added dancefloor impact.
Review: Lee Burridge and Matthew Dekay's All Day I Dream started off as a party concept, then a music label of the same name which captured the sound of their decadent daytime rooftop parties around the world: their Stateside ones being the most raved about. Since then, they have defined their own aesthetic and you just know what one of their new records will entail: sun-kissed tech house on the deeper tip with evocative orchestral arrangements and blissed out vibes. Their new one comes from Frenchman in Berlin (by way of Sydney) Yokoo, who teams up with Retza on "Euneirophrenia" a slinky and sexy groove with the mandatory symphonies and some hypnotic bongos. On the flip, there's something a bit more upbeat and certainly more immersive on the dubby house of "Tarantism" while the rolling and bass driven "Yugen" proves the EP's finest moment.
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.
Review: Sebastien Leger's discography is vast, to say the least, but the French producer rarely releases anything that's not up to scratch. Happily, this two-track missive on the admirable All Day I Dream imprint could be considered one of his most ear-catching EPs to date. What's most striking is the blissful, synthesizer-driven melodiousness at the heart of both "Lost Miracle" - a ten minute chunk of head-in-the clouds loveliness that layers a rolling tech-house groove with tumbling piano lines and swirling synthesizer motifs - and "Dida". The latter is little less than stunning, with Leger employing both sweeping strings and (presumably sampled) fretless bass style sounds with brilliant results.
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.
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: 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: 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: Reflective of the atmosphere that prevails at party organisers All Day I Dream's daytime events, this collection eschews mushy ambience and plodding deep house in favour of a more sophisticated, adventurous selection. Powel's "Hor" is all abstract percussion and soothing melodies, while Lauren Ritter's "Glass Hours" is a sublime deep techno groove, brittle, beautiful and reminiscent of artists like As One. Meanwhile, Bedouin's "Flight of Birds" sees the compilation veer into mystical territories with wonderfully evocative fiddle playing unraveling over a pulsing groove and bongo drums. On Summer Compilation, All Day I Dream show that down-tempo dance music need not be synonymous with birdsong and dull sax solos.