Review: Ohio house producer Teakup has yet to release a lot of music, but the few releases we have heard have all been superb. Happily, he's also on fine form throughout Sips Tea, his first outing on Brooklyn imprint Homage. He starts in confident mood via the Wurlitzer organ stabs and dense, heavily percussive deep house beats of 'Buckwheat (The Body Knows)', before successfully employing ghostly chords, funky synth-bass and smoother beats on 'Evaporate'. 'Ice Cream Spork' is spacey-and-funky and sounds like an early morning classic in the making, while 'What' is a breakbeat-driven chunk of light-night wonkiness. 'This Version' sees him sneakily add reggae vocal samples to an off-kilter electronic groove, while closing cut 'Dipthong' is a decent slab of deep house/tech-house fusion.
Review: An enigmatic producer delivers their latest work on the 'Post Meridian' EP, via Brooklyn's Homage imprint. Hailing from Atlanta, Stranded's material blurs the lines between post-punk, new wave, house and disco. The moody and low slung title track with its surf guitar and shuffling rhythm treads a similar path to Curses, and receives an introspective remix later by local hero Stefan Ringer (NDATL/People's Potential Unlimited). Elsewhere, the noir-ish swagger of "Cherry Fortune" or "Glass Shock" calls to mind UK legends Bauhaus during their 'Burning From The Inside' era.
Review: Fast-rising producer Demi Riquisimo - a native of Detroit who now resides in London - comes to Ryan Clover and Fabi Jujo's fledgling NYC-based Homage label with a two-track EP. 'Stride' itself opens with rock-solid 4/4s and tizzy hi-hats, then introduces a burbling bassline which paves the way for sweeping, filter disco-style strings that give the track a surging, energetic feel. 'Makossa', meanwhile, comes on like a fusion between deep house, 90s handbag and Italo-disco, with strings again doing a lot of the heavy lifting but helped out here by a funky-ass guitar line. Contemporary disco-house at its best.
Only The Strong (X-Coast Da Vibe mix) - (6:11) 135 BPM
Only The Strong (Big Miz remix) - (4:44) 130 BPM
Review: Debutant producer Dart could well be an artist to watch in the months and years ahead of this impressively assured debut is anything to go by. There's a strong "saucer-eyed down at the rave" feel to both of the wholeheartedly retro-futurist tracks on show. On "Raided", the Dublin-based producer wraps Orbital style line lines and blood-curdling screams around a thickset acid bassline and sweaty drums, before opting for a more stomping, warehouse-ready sound on the rush-inducing goodness of EP highlight "Only The Strong". That track's early '90s credentials are enhanced further on X-Coast's rushing, stab-sporting revision, while Big Miz's rework of the same cut re-casts it as a mind-altering trip through psychedelic acid house territory.
Review: Bass as a genre is clearly undergoing a period of rapid expansion, with new-found influence from sounds as far apart as techno and dubstep. This latest drop from Homage sees Will Hofbauer lay down some super smooth tech-influenced creations, kicking off with the delightfully delicate 'Caned', which also comes complete with a choppy UKG rethink from Desert Sound Colony. Next up, 'Whiplash' provides us with a more time-dance style take of proceedings, followed by lastly by the moogy bass tones and glittering arpeggios of 'Rocks Off'. Lovely stuff!
Review: This is the first release from Mr Sunshine, a new duo comprised of Luke Campion and fast-rising broken beat/bass music fusionist Jon Danvers-McCabe (AKA CoOp Selectors Assemble crew member Danvers). As you might expect, the resultant music is wonderfully sweaty and sub-heavy. Check first "U Don't Know", a 21st century take on speed garage that combines insanely weighty sub and wobble bass with heady female vocal samples and dark room sounds, before moving on to the intergalactic garage goodness of "My Knife", which is arguably even weightier. Elsewhere, "God Chord" is a strutting, sweat-soaked attack on the senses full of dancehall vocal snippets and gut-punching bass tones, while Justin Cudmore's "Vocal Dub" of "U Don't Know" sits somewhere between Todd Edwards and extra-percussive big room house.
Review: JVXTA's 'Rudy's Disc 31' EP came out on New York's fledgling Homage label last year, and now it's back with a fine set of remixes from Cinthie, Black Loops and K2K. First up are Cinthie's two takes on 'Brawn': the Jack Be Nimble Mix is a luxuriant vocal houser to rival the best the mid-90s had to offer, while the Jack Be Quick Mix strips things back and lets the rumbling bassline and nagging keys do more of the heavy lifting while keeping the vocal intact. More esoteric, jazzy pleasures await on Black Loops' reworking of the title track, while completing the package is K2K's chilled midtempo remix of 'State Of Nature'.
Review: Newcomer JVXTA has been spotted previously on his own label Hardmatter, but you wouldn't think it's early days for the UK producer listening to the assured NY house flex of his guaranteed dancefloor bomb "Brawn." It also stand to reason that promising new Big Apple house label Homage have reached out across the Atlantic to make a fruitful connection, resulting in a crucial grip of contemporary house jams with classic touches in all the right places. As well as the garage swing of "Brawn" there's uptempo strutting aplenty to be had with "Rudy's Disc 31," while "When We Kiss" takes things in a sweeter, deeper direction. "State Of Nature" throws down tribal percussion and woozy synths for a heady track that contrasts neatly with the other more upfront offerings.
Review: The second release on Homage comes from Chevals, and once again the vibe is quintessential deep house infused with more than a little soul stew. "See You When I Git My Heart Broken" has funk licks aplenty to keep the party popping, while "Please Don't" sees that as some kind of challenge to up the ante with even more sassy samples and sizzling strings. "Tres Racas" finds the Chevals getting a little more choppy in the drum department, and then "Big Man" finishes the EP off with a raucous African atmosphere to set the club alight.
Review: New York meets Brighton as both label and artist step out for the first time. This is a new, exciting realm for Homage, but they surely know they're onto a winner with the feel good disco edit tones of Tech Support. There are classics embedded into these fine jams, with "Feel It" coming on particularly summery in its laid back disco funk stylings. "Inside Out" is slightly more looped up, but no less uplifting, while "Clarity" heads into a more woozy, filtered groove that feels inspired by the likes of Theo Parrish's Ugly Edits. By way of contrast "Sugar" is a much more electronic affair that kicks with purpose while simultaneously reaching for the stars.