Stomp Your Love (Pete Dafeet deep rhythms dub) - (7:30) 120 BPM
Superuschi - (8:30) 119 BPM
Fetzomat - (6:46) 120 BPM
Review: German duo Liquid Phonk may have been doing their thing for the best part of 15 years, but their releases are surprisingly sporadic. Even so, they've released on some notable labels - Compost Black Label amongst them - and here pop up on another, Loughbrough's Lost My Dog. They kick things off with "Stomp Your Love", a quietly soulful, dreamy chunk of dancefloor deep house that should induce more than a few "eyes wide shut" moments. Pete Dafeet remixes that track, turning in a tech-tinged late night deep house dub that emphasizes the trippy elements of the duo's original. Elsewhere, "Supersuchi" is a breezy contemporary take on classic piano house, while "Fetzomat" is the aural equivalent of a bracing walk along a popular beach.
Review: Since making their debut on Lost My Dog last year, Mountal's profile has risen dramatically (thanks, mainly, to the success of a sneaky remix of Pharrell's "Happy"). This sophomore EP builds on their debut, delivering five more chunks of undulating, bass-heavy deep house. Highlights are plentiful, from the "Bar A Thym" style cowbells, riffs and rolling grooves of "Nothing To Undo" and sub-heavy, UKG-influenced wobble of "Masterkill", to the deep and dreamy flex of the extra-intoxicating title track. That track is given the remix treatment by US house veteran Mr V, who drops two contrasting versions; the tech-tinged deep house shuffle of his Sole Channel Mix, and the sparse-but-attractive electronics and minimal-influenced rhythms of the 2AM Mix.
Review: Rhythm Plate's long-await debut album, Off The Charts, delivered in spades, offering a vivid mix of tracks rooted in deep house, electrofunk and disco. Here, some of the album's strongest moments get the once over. There are two contrasting versions of Frank H Carter III hook-up "Not Like That", with Art of Tones analogue-heavy tribute to rave-era house just edging out Hot Toddy's slick, nu-disco-does-deep house take. Demarkus Lewis delivers a shuffling,hip-wigglin' take on soulful Clyde collaboration "Bring It All Back", while James Dexter's version of "Keep A Light On" is the epitome of classic deep house. Best of all, though, is YSE's epic, 12-minute reinterpretation of "Yeah X 10", a glorious fusion of bumpin', low-slung analogue house and strutting P-funk.
Review: Some 15 years after dropping their first 12" on DiY Discs, Matlock-based deep house eccentrics Rhythm Plate have finally got round to producing their debut album. It is, pleasingly, tons of fun, mixing chunky, goodtime deep house flavours with all manner of influences, from Italo and spiraling space funk (see the excellent "Digital Entry"), to wonky Balearic pop ("Not Like That"), vintage Chi-town vocal house (Clyde collaboration "Yeah X 10"), deep soul ("Keep a Light On"), Plantlife-ish flash-fried psychedelic funk (the brilliant "Cut Price Air Cut") and frankly hard-to-describe electronic silliness (the bizarre but brilliant "King of Rubbish"). For those who've watched their (slow) progress over the years, it's confirmation of their oddball brilliance; for newcomers, it should be an entertaining treat.
Review: It's been nearly 14 years since Matt Rhythm and Ant Plate's first release on DiY Discs. The fact that they're still going strong isn't too much of a surprise, as they've always been one of the East Midlands' finest exponents of eccentric deep house. "Satellite" is typically quirky, fusing their usual hallmarks (wonky electronics, tough drums, bassbin-bothering low end) with a curious, autotune-clad vocal. While decent (especially Jacob London's disco-flecked remix), it's B-side "Bring It All Back" - featuring old pal, electro-soul vocalist and fellow Mantis Recordings graduate Cyde - that really hits home. Soulful, woozy and sugary-sweet, it's a delicious blast from the past. The accompanying shuffling, broken house rework from Q-Burns Abstract Message is great, too.