Review: Originally the Colombian label's third vinyl release, Nomada Records returns with the second chapter of their White Series: a split EP with six tracks of driven and raw hip-hop infused deep house. Mexico's 4004 contributes the sexy/dusty late night deepness of "K Juice" and for something more adventurous - the woozy and off-kilter jack of "Tetsuo Switch". It is then over to Colombia's Jonalho who serves up the sensual and lo-slung jazz bar vibes of "1&2" and for something more uptempo -try the funky soul power of You Are Doin' It" which respectfully samples the Godfather himself.
Broken Cigarretes & Rum (original mix) - (6:53) 124 BPM
Old Skull (SofaTalk remix) - (6:45) 115 BPM
Echo Pads (original mix) - (6:46) 122 BPM
Review: The wild-eyed Discoholycs are back on Nomada with another fine selection of hybrid boogie sketches, and all things FUNKED-OUT! This time, the disco freaks are joined by Joint4Nine, and they deliver five outrageously freaky cuts, starting with the spoken words of "Roberts Jamintro" - a tune that the likes of Dilla would be proud of. "Old Skull" and "Broken Cigarettes & Rum" are equally funky, yet the pace verges towards the broken beat end of the scale, entering the dance floor domain. All spacey and utterly wavy. Check the Sofa Talk remix of "Old Skull", too, you'll be thanking us for having given you an EP you can play from start to finish.
Review: Double the fun here, as fast-rising Colombian imprint Nomada serves up tasty tracks from two different artists. Donnie Moustaki's two cuts expertly combine dusty, hand picked soul, jazz and deep funk samples with skewed, MPC style house beats (think Andres, S3A, Moonrise Hill Material etc.). Last Nubian takes a similar but notably deeper and fuzzier approach, with universally impressive results (for the record, our pick is the jazzy samples, hushed chords and hypnotic beats of "Curacao Upon Thames"). The remix package is ace, too. Joint4Mine doffs a cap towards jazz-funk/deep house fusion via a deliciously toasty take on "Curacao Upon Thames", while the IntroBeatz version of Moustaki's "Celestial Brew" expertly smothers a bumpin' groove in woozy horns and twinkling electric piano solos.
Review: Hotmood may well be the hardest-working outfit in the nu-disco scene right now. The Mexican combo have already accrued a sizeable discography and show no signs of slowing down. Predictably, there's plenty to enjoy on their latest outing for Nomada. There are three tasty original cuts to choose from: the lolloping mid-tempo disco cheeriness of "Disco Flava", the sleazy and sweltering "Brazilian Groove" and the sublime, jazz-flecked summer sunshine that is "Psychomania". To complete another strong package, Felipe Gordon delivers a bouncy and loopy, peak-time disco-house rub of "Disco Flava", before Discoholycs invite us to bathe in sunshine via a deep but groovy, jazz-house-propelled tweak of "Psychomania".
Review: A warm welcome back to impressive Icelandic producer Ilo, who here makes his first appearance on Colombian imprint Nomada Records some 11 months after his last outing on Tensnake's True Romance label (the must-check "Restart" EP). As you'd expect, he hits the ground running with EP opener "Home", a driving chunk of organ-sporting peak-time goodness rich in jazzy guitar flourishes, restless disco bass, cut-up female vocal samples and snappy machine drums, before upping the tempo on the equally jazzy but more undoubtedly more bass-heavy house workout "Whatever It Takes". The organs return to the fore on the deeper, woozier and altogether hazier "The Horns", while closing cut "Do Better" is a deliciously sleazy, percussive and sub-heavy late-night jack-track smothered in hissing, jazz-style cymbals.
Review: At six tracks deep, the latest volume in Columbian label Nomada's "White" EP series is an expansive affair. The first three tracks come from Phuture Shock Musik regular Karmasound, who first delivers some Rhodes and sub-bass heavy deep broken beat action ("Atrapado") before riffing on deep, Latin-tinged broken deep house ("Raices") and jazz-funk/broken beat fusion (the superb "Chichen Itza"). Lesser-known producer John Tareugram then takes over, confidently striding between drowsy, sample-rich deep house (the wonderfully groovy "Glorieux Passe"), insanely bass-heavy cut-up house heaven (stab-happy standout "Laiton Sphere") and skipping jazz-house pressure ("Paul & Dave").
Review: Six tracks here from Russia's Scruscru (AKA Anton Bogomolov) that blur the boundaries between deep house, jazz, funk and lounge music. 'Faineant' is a tripped-out slice of uneasy listening, 'Les Tricheurs' brings the jazz-funk vibes, 'Day Drifting' is a leftfield jazzer, 'A Toda Velacidad!' is downtempo and lounge-y, 'Lamantin's Dream' is an involving sofa/headphones-based listen, while 'Za So Cho' is the closest thing to a straight-up deep house cut on the EP, albeit with strong hints of electro in the mix. Those are, however, the loosest of ballpark descriptions: this EP is a truly unique-sounding ride that'll take a few listens to really sink in.
Review: There's plenty to get the blood pumping on this seven-track mini-album from The Mechanical Man, an Italian producer who has been blurring the boundaries between styles since making his debut on Ghetto Rhythms Records in 2015. As usual, many of the tracks defy easy categorization by melding elements of different styles (see languid, lolloping opener "True Happen (I Wish)", which sits somewhere between pitched-down U.S garage, acid funk and mangled electrofunk), while others display his intrinsic grasp of loose-limbed dancefloor dynamic (rap-sporting broken beat number "Reality"). It's a mixture that makes for a highly entertaining EP, with our favourites including the bruk/deep house fusion of "Falling Love", the sample-heavy, jazz-funk-goes-house flex of "Get To The Break", and the deep, dreamy and dubby vibes of ScruScru's top-notch remix of "Reality".
Review: Like its immediate predecessor, the latest volume in Nomada's "White" series offers up three tracks apiece from two different producers, in this case Ugly Frankie and Mangabey. The former kicks things off, offering up jazzy and swinging, everything-but-the-kitchen sink sample-house ("Don't Step On His Feet"), bass-heavy, jazz-funk influenced deep house ("Everybody Know That Jimmy Know What They Know But Jimmy Don't Care") and bustling, off-kilter brilliance (the undeniably jazzy "I Need To Dance, Now"). Mangabey, meanwhile, first fuses jazz-funk and shuffling deep house ("Wooden Flowers"), before successfully breaking up the beats (the deep and funky "Unless") and doffing a cap to vintage U.S deep house (EP highlight "No Q", a cut rich in distant vocal samples, heavy sub-bass and jaunty Rhodes riffs).
Review: Just in case you've forgotten Nomada Records - it has been 18 months since their last release, after all - the Bogata-based imprint has offered up this compilation style reminder of the label's established deep house charms. It's a very impressive - not to mention eclectic - return to action, all told, with highlights including the chopped-and-screwed deep house bump of Jonahlo's "Crudo", the wonky and blazed warmth of 4004's "Part 1, Part 2 and More" (think Rhythm Section International, and you're close) and the hybrid Italo-disco/disco-house/jazz-funk heaviness of Nico Saav's "Can't Do My Thing". We'd also recommend listening to the mid-tempo hip-house brilliance of Felipe Gordon's opener, and the heady, roll-another-fat-one blunted beats of Lucien Magual's "Lluvia".