21 Nov 16
Behind Time (original mix) - (4:49) 116 BPM
Candour (original mix) - (4:48) 120 BPM
Quarters (original mix) - (4:37) 125 BPM
Quarters (David Lodge remix) - (4:53) 125 BPM
Review: Taiwanese imprint Fruit Of Life now present Culture Ville, who hail from the Western Australian mining town Perth and serve up their debut EP named Behind Time. The title track features sublime harpsichord melodies and soothing tabla rhythms, optimised for perfect states of drifting on the dancefloor. "Candour" is a much more emotive affair with its Jeff Mills like sonar bleeps and suspenseful strings helping you surrender to the void. Finally "Quarters" goes for that dusty, MPC hip-hop inspired deep house, in the vein of Glenn Astro or Max Graef before getting a nice remix by David Lodge.
22 Aug 15
Anamnesis (original mix) - (9:08) 119 BPM
Anamnesis (Dr GoFast Raw edit) - (5:09) 123 BPM
Anamnesis (Wish & Consyn remix) - (7:40) 118 BPM
Review: Having previously championed the "fruitier end of nu-disco", no to mention slo-mo chuggers, Fruit of Life moves further towards deep house via a debut from D*A*S*H. In its' original form, "Anamnesis" combines the woozy, dreamy feel of wall-of-sound deep house with the sparkling synths of nu-disco, and the starlight appeal of nu-Balearica. DrGoFast provides the first remix, beefing up the bottom end considerably whilst introducing some sparkling, Italo-disco influenced synthesizer arpeggios to push the action forwards at a pulsating pace. Wish & Consyn take a different approach on their melodious deep house remix, concentrating more on the original's picturesque elements with decidedly ear-pleasing results.
15 Apr 13
Freak, Yeah! - (5:04) 118 BPM
Freak, Yeah! (Freekwency rework) - (4:37) 118 BPM
Freak, Yeah! (house dub) - (4:47) 125 BPM
Freak, Yeah! (Heather Wilson's Hi NRG mix) - (4:18) 128 BPM
Review: If Del Strange has a fetish, it's one for the dancefloor sound of early 80s New York. Considering it was such an inspiring sound and era, it's certainly a case of who can blame him? "Freak Yeah!" is an out of control electro-boogie jam, like mid-80s Cameo wrestling with Paul Hardcastle over one of those wiggly key-tar things. Of the three remixes supplied, we reckon it's all about the deep 'n' low Freekwency rework or, depending on your mood, the blistering Divine let loose in a bathhouse abandon of Heather Wilson's hi-NRG mix.
22 Jul 15
Giuseppe Di Granados - "The Lazy Threads" - (5:12) 81 BPM
Javi Gomez - "Bad Times" - (5:49) 110 BPM
Jona Saucedo - "Untitled" - (4:49) 86 BPM
Mr Capman - "From The Bottom Up" - (4:39) 100 BPM
Review: Generally renowned for their brave support of the fruitier end of disco in the face of disapproving purists, Fruit Of Life have embraced a new direction for this compilation - dub. It's an intriguing artistic curveball for the label and one that largely works. The fastest track of the four featured here just hits 110 bpm, so it's a relaxing ride throughout. Highlights include Javi Gomez's suspended disco throbber "Bad Times" and Mr Capman' crunchy looper "From the Bottom Up".
21 May 16
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04 Nov 13
Foreplay (original mix) - (6:21) 114 BPM
Foreplay (Earl Grey Sexual Deviant remix) - (5:00) 114 BPM
Foreplay (Evol Ai remix) - (6:18) 117 BPM
Foreplay (Ilya Santana Walpurgisnacht remix) - (6:54) 114 BPM
Foreplay (Dan Solo remix) - (6:30) 114 BPM
Foreplay (Earl Grey Sextrumental mix) - (5:00) 114 BPM
Played by: Richard Rossa, Joseph Terruel, Dan Solo, Dynamicron (Los Grandes/Our Nights), Tulioxi, Inigo
Review: The general sound of the Fruit Of Life label straddles the (rather large) divide between chin stroking linear nu-disco and hi-NRG. It's a commendably brave position to take, considering how serious and dull disco has become in certain quarters. "Foreplay" is unapologetically camp - an accelerating slice of arpeggiated 80s hi-NRG that would make Bobby Orlando proud. There's plenty of remixes too: the best of which is Ilya Santana's sleazy, pulsating LA night drive laser mix. Boom!
20 Mar 16
Mirage (original mix) - (7:29) 105 BPM
Mirage (Wilo Schubarth dub) - (7:11) 99 BPM
Mirage (Tonight mix) - (6:24) 110 BPM
Review: Sexy deep house for trendy, inner city cocktail bars, velvet rope and all; courtesy of Mexico's Joseph Terruel. No doubt this guy is a fan of Harbour City labels like Hafendisko or Steve Bug's Dessous imprint, which is all over this release and we can appreciate that. The original of "Mirage" is sleek and slinky and with enough swagger to get early evening revellers of the dancefloor. The Wilo Schubarth remix really nails it in a druggy, afterhours type of vibe with its low slung groove, woozy pads and warbled vocal samples. Finally the "Tonight" mix is rather sombre and stripped back with those hypnotic chords and simple beat all working to perfection along with the looped vocal refrain.
22 Oct 15
It's Only Love Doing It's Thing - (6:24) 96 BPM
The Guest - (5:03) 115 BPM
The Uninvited Guest - (4:27) 115 BPM
Review: Don't worry, Joseph Terruel hasn't started covering Simply Red, but the Joy Of Sex-style cover of the It's Only Love Doing Its Thing EP does reveal a nod to bearded 70s-style sauciness. The title track is nearly seven minutes of sultry swingers party disco, with a little house Viagra to add a little extra thrust. Elsewhere. "The Guest" is perkier, looped funk and "The Uninvited Guest" is all about retro hazy strings and soothing Fender Rhodes chords.
19 Feb 16
Gonna Be There - (7:20) 122 BPM
Stop The Feeling - (7:10) 125 BPM
Disconnect Me - (4:29) 115 BPM
Show Me Low - (7:00) 105 BPM
Review: Turkey's Mario Robles is the latest catch for sharp-eared label Fruit Of Life who are whirring themselves into a smoothie over his Gonna Be There EP. Their excitement is justified of course because this release is gonna attract some serious heat over the next few months. There are four original cuts, all of which are killer - "Gonna Be There" is deliciously sleazy, low-pitched after hours house, "Stop The Feeling" is bouncy and melodic piano house, "Disconnect Me" is a bleepy atmospheric abstraction and "Show Me Low" is a moody and melancholic head-nodder with Balearic undertones. Wow!
20 Apr 16
Review: For the uninitiated, Paul "Ploxeb" Trevino is a producer of deep house, tech-house and nu-disco fusions from Mexico City. He's previously released music on Art Room and Dash Deep, and here makes his debut on Fruit of Life. Title track "Boxlife" is typical of his style, effortlessly joining the dots between the smoothed-out grooves of deep house, the bold synthesizer melodies of nu-disco, and the low-end shuffle of European tech-house. Amuary Trevino hook-up "Art Room" is a more obviously late night affair, with vintage, Inner City style riffs, snappy drum machine handclaps and dubbed-out synth lines all catching the ear.
21 Jun 15
Played by: 80's Child
Review: Hailing from Mexico, Jona Saucedo is a nu-disco don with a penchant for re-working vintage saucy dance tracks. Here he tackles not the early Madonna jam of the same name, but another "Burning Up" that clearly stems for a similar time and place (New York, early-'80s). With an infectious and warm sounding rhythm section, some quirky electro-boogie synths and some steamy, hushed vocals this is one heady party joint.
14 May 13
Got The Power - (7:00) 92 BPM
The Truth - (7:57) 99 BPM
Now It's Jazz - (7:23) 97 BPM
Black Diamonds & Pearls - (7:21) 102 BPM
My Heart My Hand - (6:52) 92 BPM
Review: American producer Softmore specialises in the sort of twinkly, laidback, partially horizontal fare that sits somewhere in between slo-mo deep house, hazy Balearica and winding downtempo beats. It's a formula, pepped up with the odd sneaky sample (opener "Got The Power" bites an old Bee Gees favourite), which guarantees fine late night fare. There are neat musical touches all over the place (see the subdued jazz guitars on "The Truth", or the muted horns on "Now It's Jazz", a kind of tribute to Boulevard-era St German), which add to the smoky sense of release. In many ways, it's quite a nostalgic release - this kind of gear was once all the rage - but that only adds to the fun.
21 May 15
Slave To The Rhythm (original mix) - (6:08) 100 BPM
Dropping Down (Softmore remix) - (7:07) 92 BPM
Dropping Down (original mix) - (9:45) 89 BPM
A Dark Day Like Today (original mix) - (5:15) 99 BPM
Played by: 80's Child
Review: Since delivering a quartet of sensual, slo-mo house EPs way back in 2011, Mexican producer Joseph Terruel has been surprisingly quiet. In the last four years he's released just one solo single, last year's well-received Tool For Love EP on Hotbox Boogie. Slave To The Rhythm, then, is a welcome return, and sees him further developing the dreamy, tactile, slo-mo and mid-tempo deep house sound we've come to love. The impressive "Dropping Down" (which also gets the remix treatment from Softmore) is the audio equivalent of a tantric sponge bath, and arguably the EP's strongest moment. That said, the darker, slightly uncomfortable "A Day Like Today" is tasty, too, while the title track is as breezy and lovely as you'd expect.
04 Mar 13
String Orchestra (original mix) - (5:40) 115 BPM
String Orchestra (Sonicvibe flip) - (7:20) 109 BPM
String Orchestra (Eddie Hu dub) - (7:28) 114 BPM
String Orchestra (Futurewife cut) - (4:10) 117 BPM
Dubstrumental (original mix) - (2:19) 76 BPM
Played by: George Kelly, Keep Schtum, FINGERMAN, Dave Allison (Editorial), Chris Deepak, Juno Recommends Deep House, Moustache Love, Joseph Terruel, Futurewife, Djs: Most Charted - Deep House, Don Crisp, Dynamicron (Los Grandes/Our Nights), Lovewithme, Inigo, Future Feelings, Grass Green, Reed & Radley, Numoment, VinylAddicted, SHMLSS
Review: In his previous outings for In The Woods and Bust A Dub, Joseph Terruel has proved adept at blending atmospheric, slo-mo house grooves with hazy disco samples and touchy-feely melodies. On this latest release for new label Fruit of Life, he ups the tempo, resulting in a jaunty, atmospheric groover that bristles with cut-glass strings, dreamy vocal samples and jazzy guitars. It's a rather delicious concoction, all told. Remix-wise, there's a plethora of reworks to choose from. There's some filter-heavy deep disco-house from Sonicvibe, a bubbly nu-disco dub from Eddie Hu and a delightful slo-mo "Dubstramental" from Terruel himself.
23 Sep 15
Review: Mexican producer Amaury Trevino has enjoyed a fairly low-key start to his career, releasing EPs on Food of Life and Crossworld Academy. Here, he steps up to Fruit of Life with arguably his most impressive release to date. He begins with "Doppleganger", a deliciously evocative number that blends bouncy synthesizer riffs with soft-focus vocal samples, shuffling deep house grooves, spacey, Detroit-influenced chords and bubbling electronics. There's a slightly different feel to the drowsy, low-slung "Menschen", where vocalist Glisser chats - and occasionally sings - over a classic, US house-influenced groove. It's deeper and dustier, but in many ways even more appealing than "Doppleganger".
22 Oct 16
Tell Me What You See - (8:17) 112 BPM
You Will Show A Smile In Your Face - (11:19) 108 BPM
Time Feels So Vast - (4:38) 125 BPM
23 Sep 16
Sugar - (10:05) 119 BPM
Sugar (Joseph Terruel Dope Sugar mix) - (5:42) 119 BPM
Sugar (Victor Eich Ain't Always Sweet mix) - (9:13) 118 BPM
Review: It's been a long time between drinks for Victor Eich. Sugar appears three long years after his debut EP, the atmospheric Downtown Beat on Thirteen Moons Recordings. "Sugar" is something of an epic: a ten-minute chunk of woozy, bass-heavy deep house laden with fluid electronic motifs, weary vocal samples and, as the track progresses, psychedelic TB-303 acid lines. The original version is accompanied by two contrasting remixes. Joseph Terruel abandons his slo-mo house past in favour of a hypnotic, locked-in, tech-tinged dancefloor stomper, while Eich delivers his own alternate take - the looser, deeper and exceptionally atmospheric Ain't Always Sweet Mix.
20 Jan 16
Played by: Superbreak
Review: Willo Schubarth has been successfully doing his thing, largely without hype or praise, since 2012. Previously, he's delivered cuts that blend the dreamy end of deep house with the kind of tactile sounds and beats more often associated with tech-house. Here, he throws clear nu-disco and Balearic influences into the pot, too, resulting in a trio of hazy, ear-pleasing concoctions. The almost ultra-deep "Feel" is particularly delicious, while the heavily compressed "Azula" is more hypnotic than an evening with Paul McKenna. Best of all, though, is the breezy and cheery opener, "The Bay".
13 Aug 13
Spacetime - (7:36) 120 BPM
Ramontique (with Tobias Ruffler) - (6:05) 88 BPM
Sunday - (6:36) 120 BPM
Review: According to his bio, German DJ/producer Domenique Xander earned his stripes playing hip-hop, before switching to house sometime around 1990. Here, he delivers an EP of stargazing deepness for Fruit of Life. Opener "Spacetime" could arguably be described as horizontal house. While it bobs along at a solid tempo, its warm combination of sparse, sparkling elements, woozy chords and nu-disco grooves suggests laidback, eyes-closed listening rather than drunken shape-throwing. "Ramontique", co-produced with pal Tobias Ruffler, goes even deeper, sounding like Dam Funk producing spaze-jazz. On "Sunday", Xander wipes the sleeping dust from his eyes and stumbles towards the dancefloor with a decidedly hip-wigglin' chunk of intoxicating deep house.