Confusion (& My Mother Say remix) - (6:25) 120 BPM
Review: French digital deep house label Neo Apparatus is back with a new one by Brian Que-Soul, a rising DJ/producer from South Africa with releases previously on Xpressed Acoustics, Tainted House Records and Vibe 'N' Soul. His latest offering titled "Confusion" is sensual and evocative deep house just the way you like it. Basically, perfect mood music packed with slick rhythms, dubby bass with ethereal pads. It receives a terrific rework by label boss & My Mother Say which takes it into more cerebral territory with its infectious 303 acid wiggle. Closing out this nifty three tracker is one more expression in bittersweet and melancholic mood music in the form of "Sonic Vision".
Review: French producer Ivan Cattaud, better known as & My Mother Say, covers an impressive range of deep house ground on this three-tracker for his own Neo Apparatus imprint. The wonky, warping title track could lead you to suspect M. Cattaud spent lockdown with nothing but a bunch of old Madhouse records for company, but the next track 'Recall' flips the script and harks back instead to the earliest days of Chi-town deep house. And then finally there's 'Take Another', which has a more laidback and mellifluous feel but also rocks a hefty 90s-style bassline. Something for everyone, then!
Review: Blue Chords is French keyboardist Steve Faets - you might have seen his YouTube piano cover of 'The Bells', as shared by Jeff Mills himself - and here he comes to Neo Apparatus with a superb three-tracker that'll delight lovers of deep house and classic US garage. 'U Rock' centres around looping funk guitar, organ chords and a sampled female (Ruby Turner?) vocal, 'Requiem Song' itself brings the organ parps well and truly to the fore, marrying them to a spoken, male French vocal, while 'Hey Man' takes us into jazzier, St Germain-esque territory with more fine organ work, another diva vocal and brushed snares a-gogo.
Review: French imprint Neo Apparatus are back with this impressive three tracker to kick off 2021 in style. Steve Faets aka Blue Chords revisits the timeless New Jersey garage sound on the swing-fuelled and sexy groove of "Shuffle Cuts" featuring an irresistible soulful vocal, while emerging young producer Immersif (Nothing But) delivers the deeply spiritual life music if "Le Villemus Underground" which will mesmerize you with its dynamic polyrhythms. Closing out proceedings is label boss & My Mother Say, who goes for that classic late nineties deep house vibe on "Revolution".
Review: Alfonso Bottone AKA Wearing Shoes, an Italian-born producer who's based in France, serves up two original tracks here before handing both over to & My Mother Say for some remix justice. 'Candy Rush' in its original form is a laidback but still quite uptempo deep house groover with disco and lounge influences, while the remix from & My Mother Day lowers the BPM and has a dusty, funk-hop kinda feel. 'I Love You' is an even more lounge-y cut with a soulful male vocal, before & My Mother Say's re-rub takes the track into very deep, late-night territory.
About That (& My Mother Say remix) - (5:42) 124 BPM
Review: Bninjas has been in fine form this year, offering up a range of rock-solid (and sometimes sensational) EPs on Kolour Recordings, Deep Clicks, True Deep, Happy Days and Piston Recordings. Here he makes his bow on Neo Apparatus, serving up a mixture of dusty, chunky deepness (the minor key chords, MPC-house beats and smooth bass of 'About That'), dreamy deep house warmth ('Back Up', with its hypnotic beats and 'Deep Burnt' style strings) and loopy, tech-tinged peak-time workouts (the weird vocal samples, glitch-laden beats and squelchy synth-bass of 'My Music'). Arguably best of all though is the sumptuous &My Mother Say remix of 'What About', which adds extra deep house depth, delay-laden chords and a little late-night shuffle to Bninjas' original cut.
Review: Following up some top releases from the likes of Lotcha, & My Mother Say and Andrew & Cole, Eric Bezanson aka ACG is back on French label Neo Apparatus, with a new deep and hypnotic release after the success of his first EP. There's a diverse array of moods and grooves on the Crystal Basement EP, from the emotive and introspective Chicago style deepness of "Cointelpro", to the dubby and hypnotic afterhours entrancement of "My Oh My" or the Moodymann inspired jazz bar loops of "Played Out" - this sure is a promising release. Hailing from the United States, ACG is also the manager of Open Sound, an underground deep house label from Minneapolis.
Review: A deep house V/A four-tracker here from French label Neo Apparatus that will appeal to the more purist/traditionally minded side of the scene. & My Mother Say kick things off with 'Agent 005', a looping, shuffle-y near-instrumental that's flecked throughout with funk guitar licks. Bajazo's 'Sacred Geometry' is an eyes-down, 4am kinda cut with perhaps a TINY hint of prog, while 'Kabar' from Freakiss is a drummier workout with both male and female vocal snips. Completing the package is Lotche's trippy, afterhours-friendly 'Outside', which has a distinct mid-90s New York vibe. Definitely one for the proverbial "heads"!
Review: Ivan Cattaud's deep house label Neo Apparatus bring us a three-track EP from fellow French producer Lotche, who hails from N?mes (the birthplace of denim). 'The Dusty Track' features a sampled disco/funk vocal and rides deceptively pacey 4/4s. 'Mosaique', in contrast, has shuffling drums and more of leftfield/jazzy kinda feel, with indecipherable spoken female snippets by way of a vocal, while the strangely titled '-2.0' heads deeper into the same territory and will appeal to nu-jazz/broken beat and deep house lovers alike. There's perhaps no obvious standout but all three cuts are very playable and will suit those who like it smooth 'n' soulful.
Review: Deep, dreamy house with just enough of an edge to make sure things never get bland, boring or overly polite is the order of the day on this single-tracker from French producer Ivan Cattaud, better known to the music-buying public as & My Mother Say (or And My Mother Say, if you're looking for him on social media). 'Flamingos' is built upon a solid bedrock of warm, rounded 4/4s and an unhurried rumbling bassline, atop which sit lingering pads and swirly sci-fi keys, and with its sense of restrained energy is as no-brainer a candidate for the warm-up as you'll hear all week.
Review: Last October, & My Mother Say main man Ivan Cattaud made his solo debut on Neo Apparatus, offering up an EP packed with bold and beautiful deep house tracks that tended towards the analogue and ear-pleasing. This sequel is, if anything, an even stronger proposition. Our pick of the bunch is undoubtedly the title track, whose ultra-dreamy chords, blissful melodies and tribal-tinged grooves evoke the humid, glassy-eyed rush of turn-of-the-90s Italian dream house. There's naturally plenty to get the juices going elsewhere on the EP though, including the piano and synth-bass-sporting snappiness of opener "Feel The Sound" and the quirky, off-beat electro shuffle of "404E".
Review: Minneapolis-based deep house producer ACG runs the Open Sound label, but here he comes to French imprint Neo Apparatus with a three-track EP. 'America' itself is a laidback shuffler with a lounge-ified disco feel and a looped-up Gil Scott-Herron snippet by way of a vocal. That's followed by the more space-y 'Low', one for drifting away to on the post-club sofa but still with enough energy for dancefloor play, while completing the EP is 'Whoah', an off-kilter, falsetto-vocalled midtempo funker that's vaguely reminiscent of early Kerri Chandler material or the output of France's own Qalamoto Records.
Review: For the second time this year, French producer Ivan Cattaud AKA & My Mother Say pops up on Neo Apparatus - the label that has released the vast majority of his work - with an EP of heady and occasionally spacey deep house treats. The producer's love of jazz-funk and fusion can be heard across the EP, but especially on "Cupcake", where jaunty electric piano chords, fluid bass guitar motifs and jazz guitar riffs bubble away above a deliciously deep and languid house groove. For peak-time plays, the low slung, disco inspired opener "Beautiful Day" looks the strongest selection - its dub disco bassline, echoing synth-flutes and heavy drums sound like they could create pandemonium on the dancefloor - while closing cut "Walking" is a Clavinet-sporting chunk of head-in-the-clouds house goodness.
Review: A collaborative EP here from French producers Ivan Cattaud (& My Mother Say) and Trecci, with each supplying one original and remixing the other's. & My Mother Say's 'Cosmic Trip' is a space-y deep house groover with a warping synth line and crowd noise, while Trecci's remix beefs up the beats and strips out the atmospherics for a tuffer, more floor-friendly pass. Trecci's own 'Skin Deep' then takes us into stripped-back funk territory, while the remix from & My Mother Say swaps the breakbeat for a 4/4 kickdrum and adds lavish piano chords. A dancefloor cert whichever track/mix you opt for.
Review: Over the last few years we've noticed a serious rise in the number of deliciously summery, sample-heavy deep house records coming out of Southern France. This bustling four-tracker from Aix-En-Provence-based Denyl Brook is another great example. All four tracks expertly combine weighty new rhythms with filter-smothered samples from tracks and musical styles that have influenced him. Check, for example, the bass-heavy peak-time pump of "You Make Me Feel So Good", where R&B and UK garage style samples come to the fore, and the slick sweetness of bumpin', jazz-funk-sampling deep house jam "Ready For Tonight". Elsewhere, opener "Funk You Please" is a hands-aloft disco-house anthem crafted from bits of a disco-funk classic, while "Festivite Locale" sees the producer work wonders with bits from an AOR disco/blue-eyed soul cut.
Review: Previously unheard producer Hermann Park apparently chose his alias in honour of an "urban park" of the same name in Houston, Texas. It seems rather fitting, because there's plenty of natural beauty to be found on this picturesque debut outing for Neo Apparatus. For proof, check tasty opener "What I Wanna Do", where twinkling piano motifs and woozy chords saunter around a tough and chunky house groove. With its lilting, morning-fresh chord sequence, spinet-tingling breakdowns and colourful lead lines, "January 15th" is arguably even more pastoral and picturesque. As for "Material", it's a darker and more otherworldly affair that would probably sound great in headphones while walking around a city centre park after dark.
Review: It's been a while since we last heard from Sure Cuts regular Keedo. In fact, this is the producer's first single for almost two years. In general, the EP is warm, hazy and groovy, with Keedo offering up a quartet of classic-sounding cuts rich in tough-but-swinging drums, bustling basslines and glassy-eyed instrumentation. In terms of peak-time plays, the standout is undoubtedly opener "Wounded Souls", a driving, bass-heavy affair blessed with smooth electric piano motifs and heart aching soul vocal samples. Elsewhere, the bouncy and breezy "Paris Montparnasse" sounds like the kind of New Jresey influenced early '90s deep house that would make Jeremy Underground go weak at the knees, while "I'll Do All I Can" contrasts a fuzzy, analogue-rich backing track with jazzy keys and dreamy chords.