Review: US legend Baker teams up with Cuban producer Casanova for a three-track, five-mix EP that operates largely in tribal/Afro territory. Opener 'Makossa' rides an insistent, stuttering tribal rhythm, topped with a chanted male vocal: as the track progresses, horns are added and the backbeat gets ever more electronic-sounding as they ramp up the FX. 'Dale!' is another tribal jam served with or without another male vocal chant, which leaves just 'BT's Happiness' to flip the script, being a full-phat disco-houser that borrows a snatch of vocal from Cuba Gooding classic 'Happiness Is Just Around The Bend', and that's available in vocal or dub form as you see fit.
Review: Dutchman Bas Roos is the latest producer to contribute to Exploited's Shir Khan-curated Black Jukebox series. He kicks off a fine EP via "Downtown", a lumpy, bumpy chunk of dusty, piano-laden peak-time goodness driven forwards by bustling drums and a killer disco style bassline. You'll find more blissful piano solos on the similarly hustling, low-slung "One Way", which also makes great use of impassioned disco-soul vocal snippets and restless handclap samples. Elsewhere, "Take Life Easy" is an impeccable hybrid of jazzy disco samples and swinging deep house percussion, while "Ugly House" sounds like a long lost collaboration between Kevin Saunderson's Inner City Project, Chez Damier and Sheffield-based dusty house specialist Thatmanmonkz.
Review: Shir Khan unleashes another thrill-a-minute selection of disco-inspired workouts to get the dancefloor swinging. Bas Roos and Guy Steve kick things off with the good-time breeze of "Piece of Soul", where jazzy electric piano solos and ricocheting vocal samples ride a lolloping disco-house groove, before Freiboitar makes a stomping, French Touch style disco-house monster out of samples from one of the best-loved disco records of all time. Over on the flipside, Claus Caspar and Steve Philips whip their shirts off, reach for the poppers and lay down a stupendous slice of muscular late night disco-house. Featuring heavy, Moroder style arpeggio bass, razor-sharp disco strings and meaty house loops, "Sex Sells" is something of a sweaty party-starter.
Review: Another selection of tracks from label boss Shir Khan's Black Jukebox. It's a solo outing this time round from Mallorca's Hurlee (Poetry In Motion/Apparel Music) who provides some excellent twists on the label's brand of self described 'terrace house' formula. Featuring the sexy and lo-slung disco deepness of "So Happy" which will appeal to all you Robsoul and Ondule fans out there, the looped-up and superbly filtered funk of "Without Me" and finally the late night mood lighting of "Somebody To Love" which truly is 'mature house' if we've ever heard such a thing.
G. Markus - "The Man From Planet Jazz" - (7:19) 123 BPM
Review: Good on Shir Khan. The Berliner known to his mutter as Jan Simon Spielberger does a fine job, running deep house label Exploited as well as holding down a residency at local institution Watergate plus hosting a weekly radio show on Radio Fritz for over eight years. On his latest various artists' compilation, we have some straight up, feelgood house vibes courtesy of the man with one serious neck tattoo; Spaniard Iban Montoro who teams up with Jazzman on "I Believe" also Rotterdam's Bas Roos turns in the very early Motor City Drum Ensemble/Raw Cuts sounding "Midnight People". Worthy mention also to G Markus from the Cayman Islands (supposedly!) who serves up "The Man From Planet Jazz", a smooth and sexy lo-slung groove for the late night.
Review: Shir Khan's Black Jukebox series rolls ever onwards, in the process serving up another bumper selection of groovy house cuts built around extensive disco samples. This 15th edition begins with a pair of collaborations between Illyus and Barrientos: the disco goes stadium house pump of "Camel Brotha", and "Just Bad Shit", where the duo teases out a killer groove before whipping off the shirt and going disco crazy in the closing minutes. In contrast, Purple Disco Machine and Lorenz Rhode's sunny filter disco jam "Birds" feels breezy despite its' loopy construction, while Danye S's contribution, "In The Streets", is hazy, blissful and soft focus. Its' glistening guitar lines are particularly delightful.
Review: Since first pricking our consciousness six years ago, Kyodai has delivered a string of fine EPs for the likes of Freerange, Poker Flat, Mule Musiq and, most regularly, Local Talk. "The Clone" marks the Berlin-based twins first appearance on Exploited since 2014. It's something of a winner, with ear-pleasing piano riffs, elongated synth-strings and a TB-303 acid bassline wrapping themselves around crunchy, club-ready beats. As usual, there's clear progression throughout the track - a couple of breakdowns, new elements that drop in the second half of the track to emphasize its floor-filling potential etc. - and unfussy production that doesn't strive too hard to be clever.