Review: Deep dream business from Parisian brAque as he returns to D.Ko with three more delights and a dope refix. "Mouvance" is a sassy, breezy chugger with hazy wafts of horns and vocals keeping the hypnosis factor strong. "Briscard" keeps it slinky, trippy and heavily filtered with a clever sample lick buried beneath the slaps and tickles. "Luciano", meanwhile, whips up a funk storm with stuttering beats, slippery guitars, short sharp human elements and a gradual blast of euphoria that cuts through mid-way. If that's not enough, kindred spirit Mudabons ups the tempo and adds a splash of cosmicity to "Mouvance". Sublime.
Review: Following up his breakthrough EP titled Early Reflections which came out on D.KO in late 2014, young French artist Flabbaire is back with a full length titled It's Just A Silly Phase I'm Going Through, but we hope it's not because we think he's doing an absolutely grand job. Soulful, dusty and emotive Midwest U.S. style of deep house that calls to mind classic Sound Signature or 7 Days Entertainment type stuff. Starting off in truly impressive fashion with some bittersweet, ghost in the machines type journeys like on "Sweet Spot" or "Headspace" there's also some stoned cosmic/balerica kind of stuff too like on "La Greve Des Etoiles" or "Bruxelles" but it's the classic Windy City vibes of "Berggasse 19 (Spiritual mix)" and "Album 5" which are really on the money if you ask us.
Review: D.KO regular Ralph "Flabaire" Maurani returns to the label with his sophomore album. Given the quality of his 2016 debut, It's Just a Silly Phase I'm Going Through, hopes are naturally high for this follow-up. Happily, Bandwith is superb, with Maurani working his way through a range of dusty deep house and blazed, MPC style beat cuts while retaining an attractive rhythmic looseness and dreamy melodiousness throughout. Check, for example, the gentle acid lines, bustling beats and glistening electronic melodies of "Life & Times", the slowly unfurling early morning bliss of ambient techno cut "The Royal Scam", the woozy, Rhodes-laden techno bounce of "AM/PM" and the surprise space-jungle shimmer of "A Storm in Heaven".
Review: Having previously popped up on the first compilation release from Paris label D.KO, Flabaire now gets a whole release over which to impart some flamboyant housey goodness. "Local Control" is a sassy number rich with Moog-esque synths intoning a decidedly funky message, while "I Think You Do" has a more thoughtful temperament that lets delicate piano keys meet with the steady ticking drums and warm bass. "Chartreuse" gets the twitchy funk back in place for all kinds of micro-shuffling goodness, and then "L'Orphee" opens the EP up in a final bow led by illustrious synth strings and a bouncy low end both emotive and eminently groovy in the same instance.
Review: Sexy Parisian deep house: what more can we say? D.KO are the right crew for the job, as we'll explain. Local lad Flabaire has appeared previously on Serie Limitee and Organic Music. "Biblife" is sombre and soulful deep house reminiscent of the emotive style of legends like Pepe Braddock or Schmoove. Paso Music head honcho: Paso, also appears here with the deep and sultry groove of "I Never" which is perfect for the early evening or afterhours alike. Petr Serkin gives the track a pretty decent remix treatment too, retaining the deep funky groove but with some help from some dreamy pads and cowbells which work a treat. Ma Rey's "Quartier Sex" is definitely the fiercest offering on here; tough and thumping peak time house reminiscent of Phil Weeks.
I Found Your <3 On The Floor (-4 Electro Cut) - (1:38) 113 BPM
Cox_nAtt A6d - (3:08) 136 BPM
Personnal Communication (mix 2) - (6:34) 146 BPM
Lonesome Walk - (4:05) 130 BPM
Where Has Gone That Feeling? - (7:11) 154 BPM
Ambian Twerk - (10:52) 155 BPM
Review: Eliott Forin is the producer behind the Foreign Sequence alias and follows last year's Thousand Frustrations long player with his latest left of centre album. Are Faces.. sees him experiment with styles as diverse as electro, ambient and lo-fi electronics to put out an unusual, idiosyncratic work. From the lazy, hazy textures of "I've Been Searching You", Forin moves into unpredictable areas such as the high-pitched vocals on the quirky electro of "Lost In My Sentences Again", before moving into the frazzled, lo-fi"I Found Your <3 On The Floor (-4 Electro Cut)". Detroit is also represented as a source of inspiration on the deeper electro of "Cox_n?t A6d, while he also makes nods to IDM with the abstract "Personal Communication (mix 2)".
Neotnas - "Something Will Never Happen" - (6:40) 133 BPM
Review: D.KO's tidy new EP is a multi-artist affair, featuring two tracks apiece from Russian producer Neotnas - last seen getting Slow & Steady on Soundtravels back in 2014 - and Lagaffe Tales member Jonbjorn Finnbogason. The latter handles the virtual A-side, first fusing samples from BB&Q Band's electro-era soul classic "Dreamer" with gentle acid lines and subtle deep house textures on "Hrwgo", before unfurling the breakbeat-driven, bass-heavy acid house/deep house fusion of "Seagate". As for Neotnas, he doffs a cap to the foundations of liquid funk - think very early LTJ Bukem and Blu Mar Ten releases - on the dreamy "Ocean Gliding", before fusing the low-end swing of two-step garage with the eyes-closed bliss of proper deep house via tasty closer "Something Will Never Happen".
Review: Hailing from Paris (where else?) Mad Rey is a producer who must be permanently in the mood for love - making the most sultry and raunchy deep house going. Every release on his D.KO label has been frisky as hell, and now we get a whole nine tracks of his saucy joints to cavort with. Highlights include the hazy bootycall beats of opener "Bounce", the haunting disco-noir temptress "Minnestoa Fats" and the smooth late 80s sax-tasy house of "Balabushka". An impressive long player if ever there was one!
Review: Since Quentin Leroy made his vinyl debut with "Quartier Sex" five years ago, he's gone on to release acclaimed material on such labels as Rekids, Money $ex and, of course, D.KO. Yet as this first digital edition of his celebrated debut proves, his productions were always on the money. For proof, check the sample-happy snap of "Double Jeu", where angular analogue bass and Chicago style jacking drums come accompanied by spacey synths and funk-fuelled riffs, and the hypnotic, reliably relentless pump of late night stomper "Royal Bar". Elsewhere, Leroy impresses with a lolloping saunter through deep and woozy house territory ("Real Shit") and doffs a cap to Vibraphone king Roy Ayers on the jazz-funk/deep house fusion of "Tribute To Roy Ayers".
Review: Although he's occasionally made guest appearances on other labels - most notably Rekids, Money $ex and Vertv - Quentin Leroy AKA Mad Rey has been a key member of the D.KO family since the label's launch six years ago. Here he returns to the French imprint for the first time in two years with a predictably solid collection of cuts. Four of the six cuts are designated as dub mixes, with the French producer variously offering up techno-tempo loopy deep house ("Never Know"), Mella Dee style techno-disco ("Bon Souvenir"), warehouse-ready ghetto-tech sleaze ("Go Fast") and lo-fi Chicago jack on steroids ("Balle Perdue"). Elsewhere, "Le Dermier Mot" is the kind of drowsy deepness found on Aphex Twin's "Selected Ambient Works Volume 1", while "Make It Right" is a breezy piano-house treat.
Beaucoup Nice - "Esclavage" (Paso remix) - (5:17) 131 BPM
Review: There's something pleasingly matter-or-fact about D.KO's latest compilation style EP, which arrives with little fanfare or fuss but an assured sense of purpose. Label regular Mad Rey sets the tone with "Alfa", a driving but spacey chunk of peak-time deep house that wraps stabbing string riffs, jazzy synth bass and floatation tank pads around a bustling rhythm track. Leo Pol ups the tempo a little on the sumptuous, sunrise-ready deep house/electro fusion of "For The Femmester", while LB aka Labat offers up the kind of dusty, warm and meandering sample-house cut that we'd expect to hear from S3A. If that's not enough to wet your whistle, check the woozy deep house musicality, bustling broken beat rhythms and dewy-eyed vibes of Paso's remix of "Esclavage" by Beaucoup Nice.
Review: Fresh from their grinder and ready to roll, D.KO regulars Mad Rey and Mezigue present some "Spliff Shit". It's Mad Rey who handles side A, first serving up a rolling chunk of fliter-heavy, sample-driven deep house rich in loopy orchestral strings and head-nodding disco instrumentation ("L'anguille (Dodson beat)"), before diving deep into crystal clear seas on the wonderfully evocative and hazy "Afterwork". Mezigue, meanwhile, raises a few eyebrows - in a positive sense, of course - with the skittish 148 BPM beats, analogue Motor City bass and classic deep house chords of "House Mezique L'Homme Du Temps", before wrapping acid lines and loved-up electronics around a no-holds-barred techno rhythm on EP highlight "New DWN With It Version 1.2".
Nex Lead 1ER Sur La Rey Deauxbord Suiveur De Gosses - (3:47) 68 BPM
Stupide Junky (Nique Bien Ta Daronne) - (6:34) 85 BPM
Je Vous Salue Marie - (5:43) 126 BPM
Bouge Ton Gros Boule D'AsniArres C'est Mon Investiture - (4:16) 156 BPM
Je Ne Me Deplace Qu'en Ascenseur Ou Baskets Lumiares - (5:23) 150 BPM
Je Vous Envoie Tous Mes Vaux - (4:49) 126 BPM
Review: Having impressed with a couple of on-point singles last year, D.KO Records founder Mezigue deivers his debut album. As you'd probably expect, it's an entertaining and subtly eclectic affair, with the French producer giddily flitting between loose, jazz-funk influenced house jams, sweaty ghetto-house (see "Accunes Nouvelles D'Alexis"), electrofunk-fuelled "braindance" business, jazzy techno, boogie-tinged deep house, acid-fired Aphex Twin style madness and drowsy, organ-rich electro. It's an arresting and largely off-kilter affair, but one loaded with neat musical touches. For example, barely a track passes without Meringue tweaking an acid bassline or laying down a kaleidoscopic, boogie style synthesizer solo.
Ssod Revolution Jamais Dans Les Charts - (4:34) 93 BPM
Plus Jamais Le Meme - (3:52) 100 BPM
Du Son Pour Mes Chaussures - (4:39) 138 BPM
Ligue De Defense Des Objets (Pcea remix) - (5:30) 69 BPM
Og Boss Master (Realite Certaine) - (5:16) 131 BPM
Bienvenue E Pantruche - (5:53) 133 BPM
Jtbgd92 - (5:39) 100 BPM
Review: D.K.O founder Mezigue has a fine track record of delivering deep house, acid and techno that tends towards the eccentric. It was brilliantly showcased on his 2017 debut album "Votez Mezigue", a set that also regularly veered off in all manner of different directions. "Le Meilleur Titre Pour Un Album" takes a similar approach, with the Parisian producer wrapping weird, ear-catching electronic riffs, buzzing acid lines and colourful synth chords around a variety of tight but varied rhythm tracks. Highlights include the spiraling drum and bass business of "Scod Revolution Jamais Dans Les Charts", the eyes-closed synth solos and retro-futurist piano house grooves of "La Celle-sound-cloud" and the drowsy, jazz-funk influenced, hip-hop tempo loveliness of closing cut "Jtbgd92".
Review: More dusty and distinguished deep house from the D.K.O crew, this time courtesy of longtime family member and sometime Ondule Recordings artist Paul Cut. Our pick of a very strong bunch is "Milky Way", an enveloping synth-laden drift through far-off galaxies underpinned by off-kilter broken house drums and a soul-warming bassline. There's plenty of fine fodder to be found elsewhere across the EP though, from the jazzy, sample-heavy bounce of lead cut "My Dear Deer", to the woozy, pitched-downn head-nod of hip-hop tempo shuffler "Think Twice". "Take Off", a groovy chunk of skipping late night deep house warmth, is also pretty darn good.
Review: Secret Value Orchestra's "Porta", the track chosen to promote the band's debut album, Unidentified Flying Object, tickled our fancy when it dropped earlier in the year. Happily, we can confirm that the finished set is rather good, too. They have taken a widescreen approach, delivering tracks that combine warm and melodious elements associated with both deep house and disco (rubbery electric bass, Rhodes keys, slick boogie synths, and so on) with a variety of rhythmic approaches. So, while a hazy and quietly soulful fusion of house and disco is their stock-in-trade, they also find space to include a fizzing D&B roller ("The Dog"), a dash of jazz-funk ("Superdriver") and some head-nodding hip-hop soul ("Get Enough").
Review: Not too often you'll hear a breakbeat on a deep house record these days but that's what underpins the excellent, dreamy 'Coast Line Thoughts' here, along with an M1 line you just wanna dive into and swim around in. If that's not working for you then Flabaire supplies a 4/4 remix, while the EP's completed by 'Pad Odyssey' - not convinced we really need to explain that one! - and, of course, 'Mind Motion' itself, another dreamy, late-night affair that, like the opener, refuses to be constricted by the 4/4 beat. Taking the EP as a whole, it's a quality deep house selection that's not afraid to take a few risks - what's not to like?
Flabaire & Siler - "Je Vais Bien Ne T'en Fais Pas" - (5:33) 110 BPM
Mud Deep - "Bill Morray" - (8:26) 80 BPM
Saint-James - "Time Paradox" - (4:07) 115 BPM
Security DJ - "Boaliketool" - (7:12) 130 BPM
Mandigo - "Les Maux De Mud" - (5:22) 140 BPM
Review: Parisian imprint D.KO has put out plenty of multi-artist EPs in the past, but few compilations that are quite as expansive as "Bircavia". We've not been able to assertain whether there's a theme, concept or specific reason for the appearance of the set, but in many ways it doesn't matter; the eight tracks are uniformly superb and that's reason enough to release a compilation. Highlights are plentiful, with standouts including the pulsating, funk-fuelled electro dreaminess of Aurele's "Numbers (featuring Amarou - V45 Vocoder Mix)" and Toke's "Ambavi", the deep and intergalactic drum and bass of Mud Deep's decidedly spacey "Bill Murray", the acid-flecked breakbeat mutations of Saint-James' "Time Paradox" and the ultra-deep and picturesque deep house hypnotism of Flabair & Siler.