Review: Guiseppe Moribato dons his Abyss hat for some more deep house adventures, this time on Ben Watt's now veteran Buzzin' Fly imprint. In its original form, "Birdsong" is a delightfully simple concoction - little more than blissful jazz pianos and a few vocal samples attached to a snappy, floor-friendly groove. Yet it sounds fantastic - a real tear-jerking chunk of deep house for the head and the feet. There's a brilliant downtempo version, too (think early Aqua Bassino on F Communications, if you can remember that far back), called the Flowers & Sea Creatures Remix. That's worth the admission price alone.
Review: It's easy to see why Buzzin' Fly boss Ben Watt was impressed by this debut single from Capetown based producer Alex Blaxx. Not only is the production assured and floor-friendly, but it also features a number of intricate touches that suggests a high level of musical ability. The "Raw Demo Mix" of "The Evening News" is particularly good. Based around a hissing, cymbal-heavy groove and vocal cut-ups from a familiar Whitney Houston pop classic, it impresses with its slick vibraphone solos, long, drawn-out chords and touchy-feely atmospherics. The "Straight House Mix" is almost as good. Percussive bonus cut "Brian Fantana" is pretty tasty, too, providing a deep house take on the South African kwaito sound that proves, beyond any doubt, that Blaxx is a serious talent.
Review: Montreal-based downtempo duo Flowers & Sea Creatures are an odd but inviting proposition. Fusing the Thom Yorke-ish vocals of singer/songwriter Graham Baxter with the subtle alt-electronica explorations of producer Kosta Megalos, they have a sound that rarely neatly fits into one pigeonhole. This debut album features a mix of traditional semi-acoustic fare, bubbling techno-influenced songscapes and slo-mo deep house (including productions by The Revenge and Ewan Pearson). That it hangs together impressively is testament to the duo's skill. Comparisons with Radiohead are a little off the mark but certainly relevant; if Thom Yorke and co were inspired by European deep house rather than crunchy British electronica, they may sound a little like this.
Review: Buzzin' Fly uncover a promising new talent in Frenchman Alain Ho, with this interesting debut EP. 'I Remember The Future' is both laidback in its grooves yet dramatic in melodies, with deep bubbling undertones and sparse percussive flickers. On the flip 'Would You Be There' is equally as complex with some trippier elements. Although not the most floor friendly, both of these will appeal to fans of lighter progressive, and make for perfect afterhours sizzlers.
Review: Tevo Howard seems to be in something approaching a rich vein of form currently, with countless EPs drenched in excellence for his own Tevo Howard Recordings imprint as well as the likes of Buzzin' Fly and Rush Hour (the collaborations with his dad for the latter in particular). It's little surprise that Ben Watt has invited Tevo back for a second Buzzin' Fly release after his successful debut The Age of Compassion last year. And the three tracks that make up the Monument EP are a near perfect example of Howard's various strengths as a producer, though "Conditional Love" is an undoubted highlight. The track bumps along with a gloriously quirky quality, its warm analogue groove embellished by an array of delightful percussive and rhythmic touches.
Review: With previous releases on Internasjonal, Dirt Crew, Mirau and Permanent Vacation to his name, Neil 'Mano Le Tough' Mannion is clearly a producer on the rise. Here he brings his melody-driven, musically layered take on deep house to Buzzin' Fly, a label that has forged its reputation on promoting similarly melodic fodder. "Stories" is delightful, a kind of gently undulating deep house fairytale that quietly rises and falls over seven spellbinding minutes. "Take It Back" and "From The Start" offer more straight-up dancefloor potential whilst retaining a similar level of inventiveness (the later, for example, features a great guitar breakdown).