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: 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: 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: 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.
I Don't Need To Have A Name (original mix) - (6:29) 119 BPM
Don't Play (original mix) - (4:27) 112 BPM
Funk You Up (original mix) - (4:26) 116 BPM
Funk You Up (& My Mother Say remix) - (5:51) 121 BPM
Review: This French deep house label is pushing a sound that's a fusion of raw breaks and tech-house sensibilities. This none more present than here on I Don't Need To Have A Name by A Brass K Da Bass. There are three feverish joints on offer from the almost vintage Sheffield warehouse bleeps of the title track to the menacing DJ Shadow-esque "Don't Play" and the light and frothy boogie strutter, "Funk You Up". & My Mother Say also appear, this time lending a minimalist punk-funk rework.
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: Neo Apparatus Records is a deep house label based out of France that has previously served up work by Julien Guzz, Goki and Lucas Welle but now present Grenoble based Apollo Powder of Sure Cuts Records, Carton-Pate and he's a Maison Underground resident. There's some some sexy late night deepness to be heard on "Solaris", dubby and emotive vibes on the sublime "Ataraxie" and some tougher/tighter tech house action on the lean yet sturdy "Secousse Hypnique". Absolute fire on this EP so keep your eyes on this fledgling producer.
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.