Review: Noire & Blanche is a new sub-label from long established French imprint Delicieuse Records, whose catalogue is full of slinky deep house gems. EP number one comes from sometime Fauxpas Musik and Moonrise Hill Material producer Folamour, and features five loose, toasty tracks. Folamour excels at combining live instrumentation, choice samples, and swinging deep house beats. This is particularly evident on the glistening "You Never Told Me I'll Miss U That Much" (check the evocative guitar parts and hazy chords), but can also be heard on the soulful loop-jam "When U Come Into My Life", and superb opener "Lampadaire". Arguably best of all, though, is "Just Another Lonely Night Eating Sushi", which manages to be both bittersweet and strangely heartwarming.
Review: Bordeaux based Noire et Blanche follow up a great first release by fellow countryman Folamour with the debut of Australian producer Loure, who serves up four slices of sexy and jazzed up deep house for the late night. Opening track "In The Evenings" is reminiscent of Ludovic Navarre's works, while "Keep It Real" brings in the smooth four to the floor style assisted by some epic sax playing and glistening synths which calls to mind the classic sounds of San Francisco's Naked Music. Hidden Sphere's great remix of "In The Evenings" injects the track with a nice broken beat style that really compliments the jazz elements in a way that would make even Atjazz stand up and notice!
Deep Blues (Session Victim remix) - (6:21) 121 BPM
End Title (Art Of Tones remix) - (8:45) 120 BPM
Review: After making potted appearances on Power Plant Records over the years, Jesper Ryom makes the move to Delicieuse to drop three tracks of delicate house tones that tingle on the tastebuds. "Deep Blues" is as woozy and romantic a deep house cut as you could ever wish for with its laconic horn, illustrious keys and mournful blues vocal slices, while "End Title" takes a more big-room approach even as it samples instrumentation in its quest for melodic perfection. Session Victim are just the right kind of remixers for this sort of release and they take to "Deep Blues" with a respectful touch that works a few more samples into the mix and lets everything shimmer in a plush dub haze.
Review: Following up great releases by Folamour and Loure, Delicieuse sub-label Noire & Blanche hand the reins over to local producer Milan Tell - who follows up some great releases on Coastal Haze and Quartet Series. The Cool Bananas EP features a bunch of truly deep and sensual grooves for the late, night such as the smoky and o-slung groove "I Lost 200EUR In A Club" led by some smooth Rhodes action. More uplifting and sunkissed vibes on the splendid "Cool Bananas" (just in time for the Summer season) while the mesmerising "Camel Ride" will captivate you with its ethereal pads and strong, hypnotic polyrhythms.