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My Blue House - (6:57) 127 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Forever In Love With You - (7:16) 120 BPM
   
You Look Delicious - (6:49) 125 BPM
   
Play - (4:59) 125 BPM
Review: Under the Akufen alias, Marc Leclair was one of the undoubted deep house stars of the early 2000s - a "micro-house" and "digital disco" pioneer who served up a swathe of killer releases. Since returning from a near decade hiatus in 2012 Leclair has not consistently hit those highs, but he's still capable of crafting quality cuts - as this fine EP proves. Check first the breezy bounce of "My Blue House", where sun-kissed piano riffs and sweet synth-strings dance jauntily above a typically swinging groove, before turning your attention to the smooth micro-house deepness of "Forever In Love With You". "You Look Delicious" sees Leclair add spacey jazz electric piano solos to a deep and glitchy groove, while the Surface-sampling "Play" sits somewhere between digital disco and skittish electro.
QSB 04
29 Apr 19
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Crackazat - "Lindop Circles" - (6:36) 115 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Saine - "Prime Chops" - (6:10) 102 BPM
   
Nachtbraker - "Totally Not Mystique" - (7:09) 112 BPM
   
Gnork - "Chord Tool" - (5:26) 120 BPM
Review: The Quartet Series label is born out of the collaboration between like-minded house enthusiasts, four producers who share a similar vision of club music and who have each earned their stripes on different labels. First up, we have Local Talk's Crackazat with "Lindop Circles", a gloriously laid-back house chiller with a funky twist, Quintessentials contributor Saine goes for the proper 'chug' approach on his wavy "Prime Chops" tune, "Totally Not Mystique" by Apparel Music's Nachtbraker is a woozy, bass-heavy stomper, and Gnork heads straight to the warehouse with his minimal, Chicago-filtered "Chord Tool". Ah, yes.
QS 001
02 May 16
Deep House
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Macho Culture - (5:15) 128 BPM
   
Muscle Mass Increase - (5:18) 127 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Proper Sauna Chill - (5:15) 127 BPM
   
Krepkiye Bitsepsy - (6:28) 127 BPM
Played by: Nachtbraker
Review: Since debuting earlier in the year, Kuzma Palkin has delivered a handful of releases that explore the murky middle ground between experimental house and techno and intriguing eletcronica. There's a similar feel to this first outing on Quartet Series, with opener "Macho Culture" offering an ear-catching blend of distorted, loose-limbed machine drums, descending analogue motifs and icy, occasionally melancholic electronic melodies. The Russian producer's love of stabbing, dirt-encrusted basslines comes to the fore on skewed deep house shuffler "Muscle Mass Increase", "Proper Sauna Chill" channels the spirit of warehouse-ready rave music whilst sounding more like dub-fuelled deep house, and "Krepkiyeye Bitepsy" sounds like Maurice Fulton's Syclops project with a jazz-flecked electro twist. Impressive stuff, all told.
QSB 03
08 Dec 17
Deep House
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The Dream Sequence - (4:49) 102 BPM
   
Flambo - (6:26) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
NSFW - (3:18) 130 BPM
   
LOL - (1:40) 152 BPM
   
Randy - (6:46) 127 BPM
   
Stranger - (1:42) 123 BPM
   
Driving Me Lazy - (2:49) 85 BPM
   
You Can't Run - (5:57) 68 BPM
   
Just Doing My Thang - (4:42) 105 BPM
   
Innaspace - (4:52) 70 BPM
   
Aliens - (8:03) 122 BPM
   
Horsepony - (3:45) 86 BPM
   
When You Wake Up - (1:27) 148 BPM
Review: Given his productivity over the last four years, it's rather a surprise to find that "When You Find A Stranger In The Alps" is Mautits Verwoerd AKA Nachtbraker's debut album. Predictably, the sometime Heist Rand Dirt Crew producer is in fine form throughout, serving up an expansive, 13-track set that effortlessly flits between sparkling, melodious deep house floor fillers ("Flambo", "Randy"), reggae-tinged club tracks ("NSFW"), bouncy techno ("You Can't Run"), soul and disco-inspired mid-tempo shufflers ("The Dream Sequence", "Just Doing My Thing"), funk rock smashers ("Aliens") and a surprisingly large number of ambient interludes and MPC-driven beat-scapes. In other words, it ticks a lot of boxes whilst remaining enjoyable and entertaining throughout.
QSLP 01
01 Oct 18
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Small Towel People - (5:56) 127 BPM
   
Kippendijen - (6:23) 124 BPM
   
Zomaar - (7:31) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: Somewhat surprisingly, this three-track EP marks Nachtbraker's first solo salvo on the Quartet Series label he established in 2016. Happily, it's a bold and thrill-packed affair, starting with the wild, jazz-funk-goes-disco-house flex of opener "Small Towel People", which peppers a pounding house groove with stratospheric synth solos, jazz-fired double bass and all manner of quirky, energy-packed samples. Elsewhere, the sweaty jazz-house-XXL vibe continues on shoulder-swinging smasher "Kippendijen", whose bombastic beats are perfectly matched by a relentless bassline, before "Zomaar" sees our hero effortlessly join the dots between jaunty, MPC-driven hip-hop beats and drowsy, chopped-up deep house.
QST 02
05 Mar 18
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Flambo (Central remix) - (7:48) 130 BPM
   
LOL (Frits Wentink remix) - (5:03) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Just Doing My Thang (NB's Evolutionary mix) - (6:36) 126 BPM
   
Horsepony (Nemo Vachez dub mix) - (5:48) 128 BPM
Review: Nachtbraker's latest rock-solid EP features previously unreleased remixes of tracks from his 2018 album "When You Find A Stranger In The Alps" by some of his musical friends and acquaintances. The headline-grabbing rework comes from Wolf Music regular Frits Wentink, who brilliantly re-imagines "LOL" as a rubbery, off-kilter fusion of broken beats, tropical vocal snippets, dreamy chords and P-funk-fuelled synth sounds. Elsewhere, Central gives "Flambo" the French touch treatment, Nachtbraker himself reaches for the squelchy acid bass on an off-kilter deep house "Evolutionary Mix" of "Just Doing My Thang" and Nemo Vachez's dub mix of "Horsepony" is the kind of dubbed-out ambient techno stroll that stirs memories of classic early '90s releases.
QSRMX 01
25 Oct 19
Deep House
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Nachtbraker - "Doble" - (7:27) 122 BPM
   
Laurence Guy - "Love & Be Loved" - (5:29) 119 BPM
   
Tommy Vicari Jnr - "Aplomb" - (7:15) 124 BPM
   
LK - "Honey" - (4:37) 113 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: The comic book-inspired Quartet Series returns to action, with another four studio superheroes joining the label's unofficial 'League of Extraordinary House Producers'. Returning hero Nachtbraker kicks things off with "Dobie", a quirky foray into percussion rich, jazz-house territory that packs serious dancefloor punch. Laurence Guy successfully breaks up the beats on the deep and woozy "Love & Be Loved", while Tommy Vicardi Jnr works his DJ Sneak style beats and cut-up samples hard on the deliciously energetic "Aplomb". Finally, LK doffs a cap to R&B, hip-hop and Detroit deep house on the pitched-down 4/4 shuffle of closer "Honey", which should appeal to those who enjoy the work of Marcel Vogel, Inkswel and Andres.
QS 004
12 Dec 16
Deep House
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Been There Come Back - (5:20) 127 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Portamento 101 - (4:07) 126 BPM
   
Final Dinner - (5:53) 123 BPM
   
Eighty Ain't - (4:27) 129 BPM
Review: Quartet Series is back with the Bodybuilder Series after Scott Franka inaugurated the series in Spring. Here label boss Nachtbraker sourced some serious production talent from Eindhoven, The Netherlands. It's the Portamento Boys' first ever release, characterized by catchy melodies, quirky vibes and warm analogue grooves. First offering "Been There Come Back" is a neon-lit/ nu-disco journey to the stars that will appeal to fans of Smalltown Supersound. "Portamento 101" is described best by the label themselves. It "feels like you're playing the 1986 version of Outrun on your Sega." Finally, the slow burning groove of fittingly titled "Final Dinner" gets deep with spangling arpeggios, dusty classic drumcomputer beats and an unabashed nod in general to '80s Italo.
QSB 02
15 Sep 17
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Presentiment (feat Mika Blaster) - (6:09) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Something More - (6:35) 123 BPM
   
Wu Impact - (7:39) 125 BPM
   
Influences - (7:24) 126 BPM
Review: Props to Quartet Series for recruiting the hugely talented S3A, a sample digging producer whose dusty and quietly soulful take on deep house rarely disappoints. Interestingly, he's in a sleazier and more percussive frame of mind on EP opener "Presentiment (featuring Mikka Blaster)", a bustling and heavy affair which wraps a skipping, tribal-influenced rhythm track in bumping bass, swirling strings and sharply edited orchestral samples. The disco-sampling hustle of "Something More" is similarly chunky and upbeat, while "Wu Impact" remains funky, focused and fearsome despite the presence of glassy-eyed soul vocal snippets and densely layered samples. If that's not enough to set the pulse racing, the 4/4 UK garage influenced bounce of "Influences" should put a spring in your step.
QST 03
07 May 18
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S3A - "Antois Benime" - (5:38) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Ponty Mython - "Lovin You Is A Pleasure" - (5:44) 115 BPM
   
NY*AK - "Lovess" - (7:42) 100 BPM
   
D-Ribeiro - "Mansa II" - (5:22) 124 BPM
Review: Complete with superhero comic book cover art, Quartet Series go on to explain that for the second outing in their Series, French fry and Parisian Concrete resident S3A (Sampling As An Art, Faces) infuses the good guys with some positive energy. They're not wrong; this one is reminiscent of MCDE's Raw Cuts series; pure disco cut-up goodness. Ponty Mython's "Lovin' You Is A Pleasure" goes for more of the tropical, low-slung house vibe to fuel exotic daydream fantasies while Newcastle's NY*AK does slo-mo house good a proper covered in the right amount of dust and smokiness.
QS 002
11 Jul 16
Deep House
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The Gym - (5:24) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Toenail - (6:00) 123 BPM
   
Sorry - (4:31) 124 BPM
   
Street - (6:12) 123 BPM
Review: Nachtbraker's Quartet Series label was founded to serve up EPs containing tracks from four different artists. Here, the imprint changes tack slightly, instead delivering a quartet of cuts from one artist: debutant Scott Franka. He sets out his stall via the title track, where bold chord progressions - played on some particularly starry synths - rub shoulders with iron-pumping acid bass and restless drum machine hits. Elsewhere, near Balearic melody arpeggio lines and eyes-closed pads combine to create a positive mood on the bumping "Toenail", the producer cannily doffs a cap to ghetto-house on the bass-heavy, cut-up thrills of "Sorry", and takes a trip into broken house territory on the acid-driven madness of "Street".
QSB 01
20 Mar 17
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Faster Than Light - (6:05) 127 BPM
   
Y'all Feel That Honey (Paradise mix) - (6:42) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
What Can U Do For Me - (6:00) 118 BPM
   
Vamos A La Playa - (6:34) 122 BPM
Review: Having previously set out their stall via a series of well regarded multi-artist EPs, Quartet Series has decided to offer regular contributors a chance to release solo singles. The first comes from Parisian producer Tell. He begins with the driving, bass-heavy grooves and undulating synth loops of "Faster Than Light", before tipping a wink to Behaviour-era Pet Shop Boys and vintage Italian house on the wonderful "Y'all Feel That Honey (Paradise Mix)". "What Can You Do For Me" is a superb slice of jazzy, US garage-influenced deep house bliss that makes use of a much-loved boogie-era vocal, while "Vamos a la Playa" is a fluid dancefloor treat smothered in jazzy guitars, rich chords and soft-focus sax lines.
QST 01
15 May 17
Deep House
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Tell - "Hope Springs Eternal" - (5:29) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Darko Kustura - "Messier Object" - (5:35) 113 BPM
   
Loz Goddard - "Home" - (6:58) 120 BPM
   
BAL 5000 - "The Acid Is Mine But I Share" - (6:49) 120 BPM
Review: Thanks to two superb EPs, Quartet Series - so-called because each release features a track each from four different artists - has already established itself as a must-check label. Predictably, there's more sonic gold to be found on the imprint's third EP. Tell kicks things off with "Hope Springs Eternal", a woozy, kaleidoscopic, garage-inspired bumper smothered in electronic positivity, before Darko Kustura moves further towards early Floating Points territory with the loose, warm, fluid and spacey "Messier Object". Loz Goddard's fine "Home" successfully melds crispy drum hits, undulating melody lines and rich chords with a bluesy vocal sample, while Bal 5000 impresses with the psychedelic, outer-space madness of "The Acid Is Mine But I Share".
QS 003
10 Oct 16
Deep House
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L'inizio - (3:15) 146 BPM
   
Upset - (4:55) 112 BPM
   
Crash Of The Web Era - (4:24) 79 BPM
   
The Motion Pictures - (4:30) 92 BPM
   
Tecladista - (5:17) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Area - (4:34) 114 BPM
   
Late Night Job - (6:17) 120 BPM
Review: Two years on from the label's launch, Nachtbraker's Quartet Series imprint is really hitting its stride. This expansive, seven-track mini-album comes courtesy of debutant Verner. It's a pleasingly eclectic affair, with the previously unheralded producer successfully turning his hand to becalmed ambient ("The Motion Pictures"), jazz-funk synthesizer action ("Area" and the beat-free "L'Inzio") and heavy dancefloor synth-funk ("Tascladista"). Naturally, there's also a swathe of tasty deep house cuts on show, with highlights including the rubbery futurism of closer "Late Night Job", the mid-tempo sunshine of "Upset" and the dusty, percussion-heavy early morning sludge of "Crash of the Web Era". Impressive stuff, all told.
QST 04
02 Jul 18
Deep House
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