Review: Tech-house, minimal and deep tech have a lot to answer for: deep house grooves of a more soulful bent are a lot harder to find these days, so lovers of such will definitely want to check for this three-tracker from Copenhagen-based Johansen, which comes to you courtesy of the mighty Large. The original mix can be filed under 'deep house' or 'US garage' as you see fit, while the remix from Brighton's Scott Diaz pushes us firmly into the latter camp and is 100% pure bump, with skippy beats, chopped-up vox and cool, Rhodes-y keys. The very mid-90s-sounding, diva-wailed 'Give It Up' completes an EP that'll delight the proverbial "proper 'eads"!
Review: Two US house veterans team up on an EP for long-running Chicago label Large Music, and the results are every bit as good as you'd expect. 'True Blue' is presented in two mixes. The Original is a rolling, understated deep house groover, leaning strongly to the disco/garage side of things and sporting some deliciously warbly organs as well as off-kilter keys reminiscent of early Kerri Chandler/Madhouse material. The dubbier, more stripped-back 'True Blue Two', meanwhile, could have been purpose-built for UK garage floors circa 1995 with its tuffer drums and cut-up vox. Obvious peaktime thrills may be in short supply here, but the proverbial 'heads' will be mesmerised.
Review: Deep, soulful house is the order of the day generally on this collab between Chicago veterans Santiago and Frank Solano, but there's still plenty of variety to its three tracks. 'After Glow' is a mellifluous, midtempo number redolent of classic Naked/Om with its hefty b-line and dreamy female vocal. 'Tribute' is a touch sprightlier in the BPM department and has a bumpin', cut-up, garage-y feel, while finally 'Uptime' is a slice of late 90s-style filter disco that should work well on a certain Mediterranean island this summer. Large main man Jeff Craven's A&R skills clearly haven't dulled one iota, even after 27 years in the game!