Review: Following up great releases on Holic Trax, Love Potion and his very own GWM Records, Ukrainian label Manuscript Records presents 10 tracks of classic deep house on this album from Japanese producer Mr Takeshi Fukushima aka Takecha. Voices features soulful and emotive numbers inspired by the glory days of NYC house, such as the deep swing of "FBM", getting off-kilter with the moody soul claps of "Find", then going for a more understated vibe on the late night dub of "Let's Move Around". There's diversity within his repertoire, with the dusty urban sounds of Berlin style MPC house on "Loose Down" and finding a middle ground somewhere between electro and UK broken beat UK "Mr Timemachine".
Review: Next up on Vincent Inc.'s Manuscript Records Ukraine is Peter Mac: an international producer and DJ originally from Canada who resides in Brazil, with previous releases on Kolour, Batavia and M-Sol. His latest offering comes in the form of "Variations" (2021 Version), a slinky and hypnotic excursion through the progressive house sound, with an undeniably balearic tinge to it. Enhancing the track's groove dynamics is remixer Paul Hamilton (Bonzai Progressive/Suffused) who takes the track down a tech house route; it is more upbeat, driven by a funked-up bassline and with stronger syncopated beats.
Review: When he's not DJing and producing as Vincent Inc, or running Manuscript Records, Igor Visotskiy also works as a photographer and interior desgner. He's clearly a man of many talents, something that's also evidenced by the musical variety on an EP packing three heavily sample-based cuts that blur the lines between 'homage' and 're-edit'. Opener 'Kyoto Disco' is about as smooth, sultry n' soulful as disco gets before it's just soul again, 'You Got Me' channels 80s boogie vibes and sports some very cool, Scritti Politti-ish use of vocal FX, while finally 'Schizophrenia' takes us into late 60s deep funk territory. Classy stuff all round.
Review: Vincent Inc's Ukraine-based Manuscript imprint bring us a new outing from London producer Nigel Hayes that's definitely gonna turn a few heads on the dancefloor! Without its vocal, 'Stop' would be a perfectly playable, if unexceptional, little deep house roller, augmented by a breakdown with an almost junglistic b-line - but it's the Supremes vocal bites (from 'Stop In The Name Of Love', or possibly a cover version thereof) that give the track its USP. The label boss's Spaceway Mix, meanwhile, is a tripped-out, genre-defying small hours excursion par excellence - prepare to have your consciousness expanded!
Review: Russian producer Muteng comes to Ukraine's Manuscript with a varied three-tracker. First up is 'DMMF', which is a housed-up re-edit of The Headhunters' classic 'God Made Me Funky' from back in 1973, and which would slot neatly into deep house and funk/disco sets alike. The EP's other original cut, '4 Gladys', operates in quite different musical territory, topping an ominous synth-bass throb redolent of new beat/EBM (albeit at a house tempo) with what appears to be the acapella version of Gladys Knight's 'Neither One Of Us' from 1972. The package is then completed by a chugging, midtempo remix of 'DMMF' from label boss Vincent Inc - think ALFOS or Beyond The Wizard's Sleeve.
Review: A Dance Mania original G returns. Take one listen to the sweet chords and genius simplicity of tracks like "Economy Of Motion (Vincent Inc Morning mix)" and you can see why his sound and career has not been lost to the ages. Somewhat resurrected by Rush Hour in 2014 with a return EP after a 12 year hiatus, this progenitor of the Chicago house sound has seen a slew of releases make their way back to labels like Pulp, Traxx Underground most recently Vincent Inc's Manuscript. Cruising 120BPM grooves, light chords and sweet pads dominate this EP for the Ukranian label, with plodding basslines giving extra weight to the sunny strands of "Symbiosis" too. Percussive and tribal touches define "Cassandra's Dream" in a cosmic swell of rich and synthy waves that compliment a four-track EP reminding us that a sweet and soft side to Chicago house still lives!
Review: Azeem revisits a 20-year-old collaboration with Attaboy, which first came out on Toko Records back in 1998 and is now re-presented in six brand new mixes. Balaur & Collate maintain the dreamy, dubby feel of the original, while the Baeka Remix strips away layers of sound, letting the soulful vox and garage-y piano shine through. Ivan Fabra's rub is reminiscent of Daft Punk's 'Around The World', the Silly Willy Jacked Out Mix is stuttery and glitchy, Orkus serves up a more 'traditional' deep house pass and then finally the Erhan Yilmaz Mix drops the tempo and takes us into more Balearic, headnoddin' territory.
Review: Marcelo Ferreira aka (Marc-lo/C-LO) is from Florianopolis, Brazil, having always been a big fan of true deep house music. With previous releases on Estufa and Gold Dome Records, he presents three classic standards of the sound on his debut South Wind EP with Fabro (aka Jack D.) Features the evocative late night deepness of the title track with its sweltering steel drums providing an added touch, the sensual spirituality of "Sand Dunes" and some funky groove business packed full of dancefloor dynamics on "4AM at Lagoon" calling to mind the hypnotic sounds of early UK tech house.
Review: Manuscript is Vincent Inc's label for the finest deep disco, funky jazzy house, nu-disco, techno and downtempo music. The label's next release comes from Jack Bowditch aka Collate, who has been moving through the dance music circuit for many years now and has found himself creating some great music under this new alias. He teams up with the enigmatic Balur on the deeply dubbed-out and hypnotic journey "Panspermia", which is backed up by the rolling and swing-fuelled ethereal tech house of "Major Vibe" - this one's reminiscent of hot sounds coming out of Ukraine/Russia at present by the likes of Silat Beksi or (iO) Mulen.
Review: Two contrasting cuts make up this EP from Ukraine's Vincent Inc and regular collaborator Lola Allen. 'Cafe Tropical' itself is pure space lounge-y bliss, complete with laidback geetar from the west coast jazz-funk school of thought, easy listening-style chorus'd (and mostly non-verbal) fem vox, a gloriously cheesy 80s sax line and the occasional Joey Negro-esque stab. 'Tribal Jazz' takes us down a completely different path - as the name kinda suggests, though aside from some fine muted trumpet work this brooding, percussive number is definitely more 'tribal' than 'jazz', conjuring pith-helmeted excursions into the deepest and darkest of jungles.
Review: Vincent Inc is a stalwart of the Ukrainian scene: as a DJ, producer, mastering engineer and label owner he's worked with or played alongside everyone from Tom Moulton to Kevin Saunderson to Marc Cotterell, and owns, we're told, over 50,000 records. Here he brings us a single-track release on Manuscript - the flagship of his stable of four record labels. His CV may range from nu-jazz to ambient, but Lola Allen collab 'Funky Hysteria' is a fairly 'traditional' disco-houser, dripping in funk and sporting a looping "let's do it" female vocal - albeit the breadth and depth of his experience shines through in the quality of the production.
Review: Hot on the heels of their tech-tinged collaboration on Vandalizm Musique, Collate and Ballaur join forces again on Ukrainian imprint Manuscript. They're in fine form, too, with epic opener "Spinning Voices" offering a bubbly, undulating journey through hybrid deep house/tech-house pastures full to the brim with subtle acid lines, spacey chords, dreamy pads and looped female vocal samples. There's a similarly warm and hazy feel to second cut "Spictrum", where a nagging bassline and bumpin' beats come wrapped in sunrise-ready electronics, toasty chords and more cut-up old school vocal samples. Throw in some refreshingly positive synthesizer flourishes of the kind once found in Italian dream house records and you've got another tried-and-tested winner.
Review: Ukrainian label Manuscript has enlisted the services of a trio of top talents to remix Crimean studio don Vincent Inc's "Abstract Life" single. Julian Sanza steps up first, delivering a driving chunk of dub-disco/deep house fusion rich in sparkling synthesizer lines, sun-kissed chords and his own rubbery post-punk bass. U.S deep house veterans Mateo and Matos wrap drifting vocal samples, lilting electronics and warm Fender Rhodes chords around a chunky groove on their fine interpretation, while DJ Ra-Soul opts for a brighter and breezier deep house vibe on a remix that benefits greatly from a squeezable synth bassline and some undulating TB-303 style acid motifs.