Review: With previous releases on labels such as DISKO, Urban Torque, Seven Music and Sccucci Manucci, Autodeep continue to preach the good word of deep house on Peppermint Jam with this wonderfully slow-mo jam. Bajka's cat-like vocals purr over the beats with decadence while the groove tickles with equal measures of funk and drama. Remix-wise Ripperton's shivering pad-soaked remix is reminiscent of early Deep Dish material. Kruse & Nurnberg opt for more a classical US garage feel while Lorie spaces things out on a deep, woozy chuggy flex. Lovely stuff.
Review: Peppermint Jam has gone reissue crazy of late, popping out vintage club tracks from the label's 1990s heyday. This latest release actually comes from slightly later - 2001, in fact - and sees long-forgotten production alias BMR (aka house heavyweight Boris Dlugosch and pal Michi Lange) join forces with slap-bass loving Brit jazz-funkers Level 42 for a cover of the latter's much-loved "Starchild". It's tastefully done, smoothly turning the original into a bumpin' chunk of uplifting vocal house with a twinkling, starry twist. There's a solid Dub included for those scared of vocals, as well as a good old-fashioned DJ tool in the shape of the hypnotic "Ping-o-pella".
Review: A canny reinterpretation of a song by '80s jazz-funk troupe Level 42, BMR's disco-house gem "Starchild" is put through its paces by Boris Dlugosch & Michi Lange Star, who pep up the drums and make the popping bassline the star on their revisit. DJ and remixer Bob Sinclar also comes through with a storming, club-rocking extension that majestically loops a hung note for an obscene amount of time over a French house beat.
Check It Out (Boris & Michi's Nu Club mix) - (6:18) 126 BPM
Check It Out (Boris & Michi's Nu Club instrumental) - (6:18) 126 BPM
Check It Out (Knee Deep Dub) - (5:45) 126 BPM
Check It Out (Sounds Of Life full vocal mix) - (5:36) 126 BPM
Check It Out (Sounds Of Life dub) - (6:58) 126 BPM
Check It Out - (6:04) 126 BPM
Review: Jacking funky house with more than a taste of silky Philly soul on this new release from the Peppermint Jam label. BMR's original gets pepped up nicely by Boris Dlugosch and Michi, while the "Knee Deep dub" makes great use of some affecting filter builds and showcases those tight disco loops once shorn of Felicia's commanding vocals.
Review: German electro-house supremo, Boris Dlugosch, has been around the block - producing killer tunes with his Peppermint Jam pals Mousse T and Michi Lange for around 20 years now. Here he takes time to present unreleased work (that extends far beyond that Moloko remix), including his and Mousse T's slick '80s disco take on Roisin Murphy classic "Never Enough", the slammin' joyful garage of DJ Spen's version of "Live Your Life Your Way" and the cool, sleazy grind of "Keep Pushin On". Quality stuff.
Review: It's been 12 years since Boris Dlugosch bothered the charts with "Never Enough", his radio-friendly disco-house collaboration with Moloko's Roisin Murphy. Back in May, Dlugosch's Peppermint Jam label released a swathe of new remixes; here, they present another five versions. Remix competition winner Kai von Glasgow opens proceedings with a brilliantly deep rework that sits somewhere between classic broken beat and two-step influenced deep house. German house veteran Ian Pooley provides a chunky, boompty-influenced Raw Dub, while FNM cleverly combines raging acid with string-laden disco on his rework. Elsewhere, Ricky Martioli takes the track into smoother, nu-disco influenced territory, and Sahin Meyer drops a tasty deep house tweak.
Review: To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Boris Dlugosch's debut single, "Keep Pushin" - something of a chunky, funky house anthem in its' time - a swathe of remixes were released last year. 12 months on, Peppermint Jam delivers three more reworks, each of which just missed the cut in 2015. Session Victim steps up first, utilizing snippets of the now famous vocal over a dreamy deep house groove, rubbery bass and subtle disco touches. Hyped disco-house twosome Purple Disco Machine deliver a bouncy Dub blessed with an extended, teased-out build-up and killer breakdown, before Oliver Dollar tips a wink to the French Touch sound with a tough, hard-edged disco-house Dub.
Review: Thirteen years on and this partnership between Boris and Roisin keeps on giving. Delivered as five startling reversions, each rub surges and struts with contemporary disco delight: Bini & Martini lay down two twists (one jacking, one pumping) Chocolate Puma's original 2001 remix still slams with turn-of-the-century cheekiness, Fusion Groove Orchestra opt for a slinkier soulful affair while Sir Piers & Ed Funk slap up a chugging mix complete with wah wah guitars and lavish strings. Quintessential house music: You can never get enough of this!
What 2 Do (Craveiro's Out Of Jersey mix) - (5:58) 128 BPM
What 2 Do (Craveiro's Out Of Jersey dub) - (7:09) 128 BPM
What 2 Do (Raw Artistic mix) - (6:05) 126 BPM
What 2 Do (Cue & A's Filtered Monkey dub) - (7:19) 128 BPM
Review: The project of DJ and producer Levent Canseven, Can 7's latest vocal disco-house nugget - featuring Angela Caran on soul vocals - is taken apart here by Craveiro on his glossy, old school "Out of Jersey" mix which comes replete with silky strings and twanging, popping bass. On a more downtempo vibe, Raw Artistic supplies a beautiful refix that takes out the kicks and 4/4 drive and instead wraps itself around Caran's floating vocal.
Review: It's been nearly a decade since the last material dropped from Can7, AKA Cologne-based producer Levent Canseven. This return - for old label Peppermint Jam - is a curious but rather good concoction; a chunky, floor-friendly house rendition of a famous Turkish poem with vocals from Eartha Kitt and traditional instrumentation aplenty. The short and punchy original is accompanied by a trio of club friendly remixes, with Unami, Hans Nieswandt and Levthand (that'll be Canseven again) stepping up to the plate. It's Nieswandt who most impresses, layering Turkish instrumentation and snatches of Kitt's vocal over a rubbery synth bassline, bouncy tech-house drums and booming percussion hits.
Review: Things are heating up for Chasing Kurt just ahead of their long awaited album release in September. "Cloud Dancer" is the title track of their forthcoming album. In its original version it's an evocative and slow burning journey to drift to. Hannover heroes Peppermint Jam managed to get Kiko Navarro to do two remixes: we think it's all about the smooth and slinky "Classic Vibe" remix to be honest. Also, Glasgow's favourite sons 6th Borough Project perform their magic on another remix. Theirs gets deep and emotive for late night life affirmation on the dancefloor. Both artists showcase how to handle a good vocal. Proper elegant house music!
Review: The fifth volume in Peppermint Jam's popular "Allstars" EP series hits home hard from the start, as DJ Meme and Brazilian legend Marcos Valle join forces to re-imagine sweaty Azymuth classic "Jazz Carnival" as a driving chunk of celebratory house mayhem. Lovebirds is up next with "The Path 2011", a similarly percussive workout that makes great use of steel band melodies and warm, deep disco bass. Matthias "Matty" Helibronn then gives a Teddy Pendergrass classic the re-edit treatment (albeit with the addition of some tasty new drums and a few well-placed filter sweeps), while The Reflex steals the show with an organ-heavy multi-track remix of Mandrill's 1972 funk shuffler "Ape Is High" (here re-named "Ape's Back In Town").