Review: Big one here this week on the ever reliable Knee Deep in Sound, with label chief Hot Since 82 teaming up with the legendary Miss Kittin on new single "Naboo" taken from last year's Recovery LP. The deep, late-night mood music of the original featuring Kittin's sensual vocal is backed up by Dance System's loopy and funked-up rework calling to mind DJ Sneak, Cecille label chief Nick Curly teams up with ascendant Londoner Jansons for a riveting funky house makeover reminiscent of the late '90s, and the surprising addition of Dorothys Fortress - who follow up their great release on Southern Fried last year here with a neon-lit synthpop rendition.
Review: After spending the early portion of her career delivering digital-only slabs of peak-time goodness on Toolroom Records, Maxinne (real name Maxine Garman) makes her bow on Knee Deep in Sound. 'Outta My Head' is seriously heavy and big room-ready, with Garman layering old school piano stabs and echoing vocal snippets atop snappy drums and a brilliantly booming bassline. The track is cannily constructed, too, with a lengthy breakdown leading to a pandemonium-inducing drop. Garman joins forces with DJ Rae on 'Control', where another low-slung groove is peppered with more delay-laden vocal samples and a winding, mind-mangling TB-303 acid line.
Review: Since label chief Hot Since 82 opened his set at Exit Festival with "Flow", there has been real interest in this new release on the ever reliable Knee Deep In Sound. The track itself comes courtesy of new Spanish artist Scoom Legacy, who has had previous releases on Terranova and Solar Distance. A glassy eyed and bittersweet expression in deep house that's perfect to be played at sunset, it is backed up by a second offering in the form of "Escape", which takes a moodier and energetic turn on this slinky and hypnotic tech house cut.
Review: Despite major setbacks such as a pandemic and economic decline, it's been another massive year for Hot Since 82 and the Knee Deep In Sound label. Just as it says on the tin, this is 2020: The Review - and where to start? Maybe with the label chief collaborating with acclaimed UK pop outfit Rudimental on the evocative acid drama of "Be Strong", the ever reliable James Solace with the infectious tribal house of "Time", Denney serves up the soulful melodic house epic "Reflections Of Time" and likewise Sam Holland provides some killer funky house on "Disco Dancer". Oh, and who could forget the punchy peak time tech house of ItaloBros' massive "Spacey".
Review: With up an impressive debut on Cocoon's Dots & Pearls series, followed by a great one on Christian Smith's Tronic Music back in September, rising Romanian Radu Dracul returns with his newest release - which comes courtesy of the mighty Knee Deep In Sound. It's all aboard the acid express on the ultra euphoric "Dance System" which will propel you from the dancefloor into the stratosphere, while second offering "Limelight" goes for a loopy and funked-up disco house route, much in the vein of DJ Sneak's DJ tools circa the late '90s. Keep your eyes on this ascendant Transylvanian producer heading into 2021.
Review: While dancefloors have largely stood still throughout 2020, it hasn't made much of a dent in Knee Deep In Sound's musical output this year. Label head Hot Since 82 - better known as Daley Padley - takes care of their latest sonic dispatch on his sophomore long player. While last year's '8-Track' was dedicated to the passing of a close friend, the recording of 'Recovery' was a similarly cathartic process, with Padley describing the process as a therapeutic experience that enabled a more positive headspace. From the deep and slinky mood music of "Eye Of The Storm" featuring the sensual vocals of Liz Cass, to some surprisingly wonderful collaborations: "Body Control" features fellow UK tech house royalty Jamie Jones and the legendary Boy George on the mic reminiscing on the scene's good ol' days, while acclaimed outfit Rudimental support Padley on the aci-washed deepness of "Be Strong".
Review: Deep, discofied house without even a whiff of fromage is what you'll find on this two-tracker from UK producer Sam Holland, coming on Hot Since 82's Knee Deep In Sound. 'Desires' loops up wukka-wukking funk guitars and a female vocal "I wanna" microsnip: it's a simple affair, but has the kind of surging, pulsing feel that makes seven minutes fly by while subtly raising energy levels. Centred around a hefty bass loop, 'Unity' leans a little more towards classic late 90s filter disco - though still without being in any way brash or obvious - and as such is probably the pick for peaktime play or more commercial floors.
Review: Calabrian duo Italobros are back, after some great releases on Cocoa, Black Seven and Time Bandits in recent times. Their latest one hereis on the mighty Knee Deep In Sound, and is evidence that these guys have really found their stride and is sure to cause a buzz on lockdown dancefloors. It's titled "Spacey" and much like its name suggests is a trippy affair, executed in typically slinky and hypnotic fashion. This is supported by the funky house slammer "La Via En Rose" which channels the zeitgeist of late '90s filtered disco classics on imprints like Defected and Soulfuric.
Review: Spanish techno overlord Oscar L is the latest to be introduced to the Knee Deep In Sound label with this Anima single. Sending in two burning techno tracks that wind their way through a progression of sailing synths and filtered basslines, lead number "Anima" takes the high road through its peaking synths, techno beats and uplifting melody that build and explodes in dramatic trance-like fashion, whereas "Dimension" goes low with its club-centric groove, deeper atmospheres and searing leads notes.
Review: The unstoppable force that is James Burnham returns under his James Solace alias, with three pumping tracks on the 'Shine' EP for Knee Deep In Sound. The retro jack of the roaring vocal house number "Time" features a familiar vocal from a Detroit classic, repackaging this as an anthem for another generation. This is followed by the slinky and evocative mood music of "Lime" which makes for perfect summertime euphoria (in isolation, of course) until finally the title track ends things on another soulful and uplifting note, featuring life affirming vocals and hypnotic pads over a smooth deep house groove.
Review: Following up releases on Hot Creations, Stereo Productions and Crosstown Rebels, Leeds-based Denney is back with this new thriller on Knee Deep In Sound - returning to follow up 2018's terrific Serenade EP. Packed with more surefire sounds for long hot hedonistic nights on the White Isle, such as the saxophone-driven mood music of "Reflections Of Time" (a progressive house epic if we've ever heard one!) followed by the trance-inducing tribal groove of "Check The System". This one calls to mind the sounds of the legendark New York City institution Twilo at the turn of the millenium.
Review: Three quite different house cuts make up this three-tracker from Italy's Mirco Sonatore & Domenico Berardino, AKA The Deepshakerz. 'Falling Down' itself is a contemporary-style peaktime number with a raspy, pop-style female vocal. The more driving, tribal-tinged 'Body To Body' - the standout to these ears - uses a chopped-n-looped diva vocal that's suspiciously reminiscent of Korda's early 90s Italo-house classic 'Moving Power To The Music', while there are more tuff tribal beats on 'Give My Soul', but here married to soulful male vocal snips and a nagging synth riff that give the track something of a Strictly Rhythm kinda feel.
Review: Daley Padley aka Hot Since 82 returns with a new single featuring London-based singer/songwriter Liz Cass. The release comes as Padley announces 'Recovery', his hotly anticipated new album which is set for release in the autumn. "Eye Of The Storm" follows the landmark single "Make Up" which dropped in April and marked the 100th release from the man. A deep, slinky and sensual groove that perfectly supports Cass's seductive vocal, it is perfect mood music for the early evening and a welcome change of direction for the Knee Deep In Sound chief.
Review: With two previous releases on the Tronic label to date, UK producer Ronnie Spiteri makes his way to Knee Deep with some dubby, tripped out and stripped back techno tracks. Entering warehouse mode with "Carnage" and its confetti bomb drops, Spiteri goes harder still on "Barracuda" with booming drums, deep vocal snippets strafed by playful licks of acid. The highlight of the EP though remains in the title track with its rolling rhythm, meditative dialogue, stuttering synths and shuffling club groove.
Review: MadTech regular Jhonnson is not quite a newcomer to Knee Deep In Sound - the producer contributed to a number of their compilations over the years - but this is still his first full EP for the label. He begins with title track "Lost In Mogana", a punchy and occasionally pounding slab of peak-time house hedonism that peppers a chunky, "French Kiss"-influenced groove with restless piano slabs, swirling strings and enveloping electronics. He heads towards moodier big room territory on "Strangers", offering up the kind of muscular, mind-altering fare that was once the preserve of Danny Tenaglia during the Twilo era.
Review: Big time player for the likes of Defected, Off Recordings, Simma Black and Saved, Dutch DJ and festival specialist Franky Rizardo debuts on Knee Deep In Sound! Arriving on Hot Since '82's label with this two-track Sprinkler single, Rizardo looks to trance, minimal and techno with warmer housey atmospheres, most overtly in this single's alternative number "You" through its funkier groove, mellow rhythm and bassline flow. If timed well "Sprinkler" should set off the ice canons with its massive melody, tearing synth progressions and epic peaks pushed over the line with jungle and breaks.
Review: Knee deep in sound is Jean-Paul Adolph, aka JPA, an Australian producer emerging last year with two releases on the blistering hot digi label Circa Trax. Making the transition to Hot Since 82's label, JPA turns in two techy numbers of mainroom house, with lead track "Intuition" filled with twinkling synths, white noise builds, huge, morphing basslines, and a touch of dub techno replete with cowbell percussion! On the flip there's "Atmosphere", a more dubbed out rhythm section with a peak time groove that's strafed by heavy 909 hi hats, breathy vocal textures and excellent filter mechanics. Go deep with some colour.
Review: He's appeared everywhere from Suara, Ellum Audio and We Are The Brave, to Beard Man and even Ben Sims' Hardgroove, but now the ever reliable Anthony Cardinale aka Avision is back with this absolute belter for Knee Deep In Sound. "Taking Over Me" exists as a trilogy of sorts, with the pummelling first version taking care of business with its rolling 909 rhythms and pop-inflected croons, mixed with a Chicago ghetto house attitude in the vein of legend DJ Funk. This is further streamlined next with Part 2's bouncier and more emotive club mix, while Berlin's Chambray, hot off that collaboration with Laurent Garnier last year, takes the track down a deeper and more sensual late night route - for something a bit different.
Review: With releases on labels like SCI+TEC and Moda Black to his credit, Habischman is fulfilling his desire to tell evocative musical stories. This release on Hot Since 82's imprint is no different to his previous work; hooking up with Atora, he delivers the skipping garage beats and soulful vocals of "Gone". On "Apex", the mood is deeper, as the London-based producer builds layer upon layer of atmospheric electronics over a rumbling bass and a swirling acid line. The title track is the most uptempo track here, with a lean rhythm and dramatic synths coming together to create a deep but effective house track.
Review: When they clicked at a showcase organized by Richy Ahmed last year, Ben Rau and the Jansons decided to join forces in the studio and make music together. This two-tracker showcases the first fruits of their collaborative labour. Lead cut "The Player" is particularly potent, with the fast-rising producers wrapping razor-sharp, mind-altering acid lines and sweaty female vocal samples around a booming, bass-heavy big room house groove. They change tack on "Le Fonque", employing dreamy electronics, breathless vocal snippets and jaunty, funk-fuelled bass on a touch chunk of mid-set deep house with definite funky house flourishes. It's nowhere near as muscular and breathless as its predecessor, but every bit as alluring.
Review: A resident of The White Isle going on a couple of years now, Nicola Porra aka Elkins is the latest newcomer to emerge from the Knee Deep In Sound powerhouse. As a DJ, the Sardinia native takes listeners on an electrifying journey with his signature sound of melodic deep house, accented by groovy Afro influences. These sonic aspects are definitely apparent on his debut release, with the slinky and hypnotic groove of "Elements" sure to invoke a higher state of consciousness on the dancefloor, while the moody and powerful impact of peak time cut "Uluwatu" still retains an undeniable progressive house vibe - and is just as emotive.
Review: With releases this year coming from Athea, Huxley and Hot Since 82, Knee Deep In Sound has been a go to portal for contemporary house and techno-isms. This compilation lifts highlights from the label's 2019 catalogue and pool of artists with label owner Hot Since 82 leading the way with "You Are The Light". Contributing deeper trance elements and bouncing basslines is "Tilted" also, while other ndeniable house, dub techno and vocal numbers come from Maxinne, Miane and Freddie Frampton. And with 2020 still not here yet, Huxley too delivers a delectable percussive number in "Evolution".
Review: Brazilian born, Sydney-based DJ and producer Hoten started his music career at the age of 16 years old, when he was first introduced to clubbing and started playing at venues around town. He now presents his debut two tracker "Mind Games" on the British imprint Knee Deep In Sound. Although it's his debut for the label, boss man Hot Since 82 has been playing his tracks all around the world, as well as many other heavyweights in the industry. The title track is hypnotic, slinky and downright sensual and sure to cause drama on whatever dancefloor it's played on - with its come hither vocal. Hoten picks up the energy levels on next offering "Maps Of The Future" which takes an energetic deep house direction, full of captivating melodies and powerful drum programming.
Review: Hungarian producer Mario Domjan, AKA Collective Machine, returns to Knee Deep In Sound with two tracks that sit right on the deep/progressive house cusp, and would slide elegantly into sets of either style. 'Red Lights' itself centres around a nagging 'French Kiss'-like synth throb, augmented by disembodied fem vox, while the accompanying 'Horizon', is similarly redolent of classic Guerrilla-style prog from the early 00s, with a slightly chipmunk'd female vocal adding to the retro feel. Both are underpinned by rock-solid 4/4s throughout, making for a timeless EP that should appeal to house lovers of many different persuasions.
Review: Knee Deep In Sound chief Hot Since 82 is still riding on the success of his wicked '8-Track' LP, and not content to rest on his laurels, he's back in action with a single taken from the album - the dancefloor thriller "Tilted". A euphoric and mesmerising cut with progressive house influences, this one is sure to work the floor into a higher state of consciousness with its razor sharp bassline, neon-lit melody and altogether powerful groove. If that was not enough, Egyptian producer Raxon gets onboard with a riveting remix, taking the track down a slightly moodier and definitely adrenalised route with added dancefloor dynamics - it's a sure shot to drop right before the peak time.
Review: Next up on Hot Since 82's Knee Deep In Sound imprint are three underground cuts from Oscar L. The Iberian DJ and producer has a strong end to 2019 with this EP, as well as a remix on Adam Beyer's Truesoul label. All tracks will appeal to both house and techno lovers alike with a peak time energy running through the whole release. From the epic and evocative drama of "Fearless" with its soaring headrush inducing synth leads, the punchy in-your-face tech house of "Inferno" optimised with sturdy dancefloor dynamics and the handy back room dub of "Redemption" providing a bass-driven tool for DJs to handle any situation.
Review: After a long hiatus, London talent Freddie Frampton is back! His history in dance music stretches back to the acid house heyday and by 1991 he was DJing alongside the likes Seb Fontaine, Luke Neville and Craig Richards. Becoming a resident at The Emporium and Leopard Lounge, he appeared regularly at Bagleys, Ministry Of Sound, The Cross, Limelight and Tunnel Club, as well as setting up his own ventures. Making a return to production in 2018, he's certainly making up for lost time with this new thriller for Knee Deep In Sound. The Blend EP features the sublime progressive house magic of "Shine", the slinky and hypnotic tech house of "When You're Alone" and the tension filled dancefloor drama of "Miss Mouse" - which is perfect to lead into the peak time with its evocative, blues-style vocals.
Review: The ever reliable Knee Deep In Sound label returns this week with another certified banger by Ashley Raphala aka Shimza - the ascendant DJ and producer from Johannesburg, South Africa that has appeared on top labels such as Cadenza and The Djoon Experience in recent times. He serves up the utterly majestic and all-consuming dancefloor drama of "Kings & Queens" which is a perfect sonic scene for any serious DJs' sonic narrative. Next up, the slinky and hypnotic pre-peak time thriller "Fatback" rounds up a riveting two tracker which proves there's a lot to Shimza yet - definitely one to watch in the latter part of 2019 and beyond!
Review: Following up the success of the label boss's 8-Track LP, the ascendant Kron is up next on Hot Since 82's Knee Deep In Sound - a steady four tracker packed with some seriously dynamic tech house expressions. Where EP title may suggest something industrial, these tracks actually showcase the deeper, more melodic side of Hot Since 82's label output. From the moody tension and suspense of "Beginin", to the slinky and hypnotic late night groove of "Gainin" or the majestic and melodic journey of "Stepout" - this is just the beginning of this Portuguese producer's burgeoning career.
Review: Bournemouth-based Oliver Kight had an impressive run of release over the last few years for the likes of LW Recordings, Big Love and Simma Red. After a brief hiatus, he is back with a vengeance on the ever reliable Knee Deep In Sound with his new track titled" Crying Out" (Praying Woman). This sweltering and moody tech house cut reaches near tribal moments via its hypnotic polyrhythms - and those roaring diva vocals on top just add to its intoxicating vibe which will fully engulf the dancefloor.
Review: After starting his career like a whirling dervish, Hot Since 82 man Daley Padley has slowed down considerably in recent times. In fact, this expansive, eight-track collection of cuts is his most significant release for over two years. Padley hits the ground running with deep and picturesque tech-house shuffler "Vapours", before reaching for the wonky synth bass, Balearic house pianos and ricocheting percussion hits on "Tilted". A trio of typically tidy vocal cuts (including Jem Cooke-voiced former singles "Buggin" and "You Are The Light) follows before Padley unleashes the celebratory, sample-heavy peak-time madness of "Bloodlines". Cooke returns to speak seductively over some late night grooves on "Street Lights", while closing cut "Remains of the Day" is a near symphonic deep house rush.
Review: Following up a terrific effort by ascendant Brit Ronnie Spiteri, and Athea's Japan inspired release, the Knee Deep In Sound powerhouse returns with another energetic outing - this time by London-based rising star Maxinne Garman. The Brighton-born DJ/producer has had a terrific run of releases on Toolroom in recent times, in addition to Criminal Hype and her own imprint Red Alert. Features the slinky and hypnotic groove of "Dusk Til Dawn", the moody tribal tech-house of "Everything I Need" (featuring Niki Darling) which receives a funky and low slung rework by Manchester hero Darius Syrossian. Additionally, New York City's Avision bridges the gap between Detroit and dub techno on his electrifying version of "Let It Ride".
Review: Ronnie Spiteri is a young DJ from Southampton who's been tearing up the dancefloor at his residencies at Rhino, High Tide and The Time Tunnel in addition to releases on his own Kenja Records - plus top labels Mobilee, Truesoul and We Are The Brave in recent times. His new thriller "Riverside" comes from the ever reliable Knee Deep In Sound camp, and it follows up 2017's Multiply EP. A tough and steely dub techno banger with generous servings of white noise that's perfectly geared for those heads down moments under the strobelight. This is followed by the hypnotic and functional tool "Indian Rave Hand" and its captivating chord progression - sure to get the hands in the air!
Hangdrums Of Ginza (Fur Coat remix) - (7:15) 124 BPM
Review: Ibiza-based British DJ/producer Athea is back, showing off his distinct style of groove business for the ever reliable Knee Deep In Sound. Titled Hangdrums In Ginza, it is said to be inspired by a recent visit to Japan and includes many field recordings from the trip incorporated into the tracks. Let the music take you there on the title track, via its slinky and hypnotic action that's perfect for setting the vibe during the early evening. For something more euphoric and powerful, you could try the moodier aesthetic of "Contact" or get a fix of epic dancefloor drama courtesy of Venezuelan duo Fur Coat and their rendition of the title track.
Review: Berlin-based Aussie Kristin Velvet appears outside of the Arms & Legs label that she runs with Daniel Steinberg & Nils Ohrmann with this killer EP for Hot Since 82's ever reliable Knee Deep In Sound. Carrying the same infectious energy as last year's collaboration with Chicago legend Felix Da Housecat, "Rally 69" is a tight, bass-driven groove that works those percussive elements to hypnotic effect. This is followed by the dark and minimalistic "Echo Belly" that's sure to get those moments of tunnel vision happening under the strobe. Finally, British veteran Mark Broom (Beardman) then steps up to deliver a typically steely and austere rework up next.
For The Broken Hearted (feat Juno Rhodes) - (6:40) 125 BPM
Review: Former Crosstown Rebels, Get Physical Music and DFTD artist Emanuel Satie has built up a quietly impressive discography since making his recording debut in 2011. Here he continues to impress via what we believe to be his first outing on Knee Deep In Sound. There's much to enjoy about lead cut "Queens", an excitable peak-time romp rich in heavy analogue bass, bubbly TB-303 style acid lines, breathy vocal samples, sweaty drums and mind-altering electronic motifs. In comparison, virtual flipside "For The Broken Hearted" is an altogether breezier and more sun-kissed affair, with guest pianist Juno Rhodes bashing out mazy, life-affirming solos (think "Strings of Life") over another chunky, acid-fired deep house groove.