Review: Jacques Renault and Marcos Cabral's OTP Party Breaks series has always been a reliable source of floor-filling edits and reworks. This installment is arguably one of the strongest releases in the series to date. Cabral kicks things off with his edit of "Latin Box", a formidable chunk of titanium-clad proto-house business that evokes images of sweaty New York basements and Chicago warehouses. Renault continues the theme on his synth-heavy homage to the 'proto' era, "Love Reaction" - all razor-sharp drum edits, cut-up vocal stabs and fierce freestyle synths. Crate-digger and renowned editor Kon provides some sublime loopy disco on "No Mistake", before WooHoo steal the show with the low-slung disco house monster "Nightwalker", a cut-and-paste fusion of elements from familiar (and lesser-known) disco cuts.
Review: Appearing for what seems to be the first time on Runaway's On The Prowl label, Evan Stalker brings a fulsome analogue house sound that calls upon the ice cold disco updates of Metro Area and nails them to a tougher kind of floor jam. "Downtown 91" is an impeccably toned workout with the perfect amount of everything; it's dark, sexy and made for the blur of a packed dancefloor. Lead track "Parkway" takes a more mellow approach, but leans heavily on the forceful presence of the bassline to anchor the airy synths, while Runaway cool things off even further with a polite reworking.
Review: The latest OTP Party Breaks release, offered up by Marcos Cabral and Jacques Renault's On The Prowl label, sees Andy Ash rock some very meaty disco edit work on the sophisticated funk of "Get Loose", while "You Show Me" and "Love Me Straight" bear more of a sparse, strictly studio sound with the latter especially sporting some very wide-eyed, Detroit influenced pad chords. With a Deep Space Orchestra mix also included, this is as ever an OTP release not to be missed.
Review: Runaway's reliable On The Prowl Party Breaks series returns with a trio of mind-altering house bangers from mysterious newcomer Epithet. Lead track "Bluenote" is the real killer. Taking influence from vintage New York house and twisted, rave-era basement bumpers, Epithet laces haunting female vocal samples and sharp synth lines over a formidable groove. It's clearly designed to cause maximum impact in dark spaces, which is no bad thing. "Lightpipe" is, if anything, even spookier, like some long lost Red Zone Dub spiked with Hammer horror strings and foreboding chords. A striking package is completed by a great Roberto Rodriguez rework of "Bluenote", which recasts the original is a jazz-flecked NY garage bumper. Splendid.
Review: Having given us bumpin' NY house, disco-flecked revisionism and Simoncino's deep Euro-grooves, it's not always easy to guess what Runaway will release next on their On The Prowl imprint. In truth, few would have predicted an EP of dubbed-out analogue house and eyes-wide-shut deepness from Italian producer Giorgio Luceri. As ever, there's much to admire, from the smacked-out, discordant riffery of "Basement 6D22" to the midtempo, borderline Balearic grooves and melodies of "Far Away". Best of all, though, is "Like This 6D22", a chunky, E'd-up deep houser whose chords and atmospherics recall the halcyon days of Italian house.
Review: Runaway seek out a selection of fine production talent to rework them for a tidy release on On The Prowl. Whilst Tensnake might be about to take an unforeseen swerve towards the forgotten West London bruk sound on a forthcoming remix for Mark E, his reinterpretation of "Chapter IV" remains resolutely within the slow burning house template indebted to the 80s era upon which he made his name. It's brash in its intent and contains several Technicolor swerves which will make the floor sweat. Demonstrating their keen eye for new talent, Runaway handpick L.I.E.S duo Two Dogs In A House to give "Chapter II" a grittier, lo fi warehouse feel that buries the horn stabs in a dark analogue funk. Just wait for the build up and melt down! Finally, DJ Kaos tackles the same track twice, bringing the big room jack vibes in full effect amidst a familiar pulsing bassline.
Review: For those who missed it first time around, Jacques Renault and Marcos Cabral's Stories EP (recently reworked by Tensnake and others) makes the transfer to digital. As the title hints, Stories is a touch more intricate and delicately textured than some of their previous work, offering tracks that calmly ebb and flow rather than simply work a groove. This is perhaps most obvious on "Chapter Two", a delicious late night deep houser that benefits from some cool jazz keys, heavy stabs and warm chords. See also the straightforward late night NYC bump of "Chapter 3" and the blissfully Balearic organs and dubbed-out freestyle drums of "Chapter 4", which impressively rounds off a pleasingly varied collection.
Review: On The Prowl return with an EP stacked to the brim with classiness - as Jacques and Marcus enlist a who's who of the current discognoscenti to embellish their I'm A Cliche drop "Dead Dog Farm" with some new sounds. First up is everyone's favourite post punk icon who will teach you how to cook (seriously check his website) Sal P, who teams up with Sean Bee for a suitably horizontal dubscape that actually features spoon based percussion from the Liquid Liquid man! Coyote take a similarly languid skank approach on a remix that is best described as sprawling. Those wishing to be slapped out of this slumber will find solace in the opposing remixes from Andy Ash and Simoncino which add the requisite bumping rhythms - with the latter's 80s twilight boogie jam sensation particularly fine.
Review: The OTP Party Breaks series rarely disappoints, and this four tracker from Runaway man Marcos Cabral is no exception. It showcases a number of tasty reworks of forgotten proto-house, deep house and electronic disco gems, offering retro grooves perfectly suited to contemporary dancefloors. The real killer is "Better Think Twice", a delightful vocal excursion that bears all the hallmarks of the Paradise Garage circa 1988. "Just Like Good Love" is a long, loping house tweak of a simmering soul nugget, while "Do To Me" and "Hot Stop" pit clattering syn-drums and nasty synth bass against all manner of classic melodies and proto-house synths.
Review: Liverpool-based producer Andy Ash has something of a rising reputation within deep house circles, thanks largely to a string of crackly, low-end heavy releases for the likes of FOTO and Boogie Originals. This new EP for Runaway's On The Prowl follows a similar formula to his previous releases, fusing heavyweight bass, acid-influenced percussion and dark, nocturnal atmospherics. The murky "Another World" just edges out the sharper "Focus", but both provide solid deep house thrills. Nicholas and Runaway man Marcos Cabral remix "Another World", with the latter's ghostly take just edging out the former's slo-mo rework.
Review: The debut release on the Party Breaks offshoot of the always classy On The Prowl label set the tone with epic reimaginations of music from the New York City of days gone by for contemporary dancefloors. It's safe to say that volume II, compiled by label co-chief Jacques Renault, will further solidify OTP Party Breaks' potential as one of 2010s best imprints. Doubling the sucker punch with four edits that dip into different genres and play out like textbook examples of how to slay a dancefloor (you'd expect nothing less from someone who has released music on Rekids, DFA, I'm a Cliche, RVNG, Wurst, Chinatown and Mule). Setting the uptempo mood is "In The Middle of The Night", a subtley nuanced edit of a slice of classic late 70s disco from Jet Brown that adds some neat percussive chops to what is already a lovely warm melody. Fans of Tensnake's recent "Coma Cat" will be all over "Love & Happiness", a dirty basement jam that reworks a mid nineties collaboration between Louie Vega and long term muse India to perfection. Renault's production nous is on evidence with "Miranda" which begins with some very Switch-esque production before dropping into a massive jack of a tribal house groove with several little changeups to keep the dancefloor on its toes. The EP ends with "My Baby Loves Me" which amps up the 80s sax house to the max. More must have material from the record vaults of Jacques Renault.
Review: On the Prowl launch their new sub label with help from legendary New York house producer, Marcos Cabral. "OTP Party Breaks Volume 1", which also features collaboration between Cabral and Shux, drops two tracks of the warm, disco flavoured, deep house that is currently making a storm over in New York City.
This first release is poised to set the tone of the whole imprint, who are expected to put out distinctly NY flavoured records from the city's favourite artists and producers. Marcos Cabral from Runaway certainly fits the bill, having also released on the likes of DFA, I'm A Cliche, Muke and Rekids, he is a true legend on the city's house scene. He collaborates with Chinatown Records partner Brennan Green on the EP's opening track, "Lifetime Groove," an epic twelve minute journey through laid back and groovy disco house. It has a classic feel right from the start with a retro bassline but with Balearic overtones and a dubby, feel good sentiment.
On the flip, Cabral lays his hand to Lil Louis' classic garage house track "Club Lonely." It is a simple rework, using straight forward loops and samples. The chord stabs keep the club vibes strong as repetitive saxophone flurries continue to build the tension. Bringing the 90s anthem up to date, Cabral gets a mainstay of Runaway's set on record at long last.
Marcos Cabral brings us a slice of classic New York house on "OTP Party Breaks." By merging the old sounds of the city with the new, he has managed to make a lasting impression in the now. This will get everyone up on their feet.