Review: This pair of Brazilian producers first impressed with their 2010 "Balaka" 12" on Cecille Numbers. Here they pop up on Raw Cutz with a tipsy selection of gently undulating grooves and bright-eyed deep house sparklers. With six tracks to choose from (including decent remixes from Dubshape and David Ponziano), there's plenty to admire - not least the emotion-rich, tear-jerking throb of lead cut "Need U". Check, too, the touchy-feely late night sunshine of "Gotta Keep On" and bass-laden old skool pulse of "Bump" - especially since the latter impressively twists a sample from "Pull Up To The Bumper" into a haunting late night groove.
Review: As the world goes a bit crazy for the nuptials of Britain's monarch-in-waiting, Scottish deep houser Ali Ooft offers up his own Deep Wedding. Thankfully, there's nary a union jack bowler hat or horse-faced royal in sight. Instead, we get a hypnotic crescendo of endless guitar and synth loops, heavyweight beats and chunky deep house bass. While the elements are simple the sheer force of the build is enough to cause pandemonium (though probably not at wedding receptions). Wedding presents come in the shape of remixes from Mirror People and Huxley, whose heart-tugging, piano-laden version evokes memories of Frankie Knuckles in his late 1980s pomp.
Review: Like much of Soul Minority's previous work, "I Get Deep" is unquestioningly deep and heavy. Comparisons with early Motor City Drum Ensemble are almost inevitable; "I Get Deep" boasts that rich mix of off-kilter chords, chunky bottom end and heady late night bounce. The smart original -arguably the strongest of the five tracks -is backed with a solid selection of remixes. There's a slightly more subdued Alexkid rework, a piano-laden stomper from El Mundo & Satori, a hypnotic afterhours excursion from Familia Loca, and a swirling, Detroit-influenced take from Replika. The latter adds a delightfully sparkling finish, elevating a deep groover into something altogether more effervescent.
Review: The Raw Cutz label seems to be on a roll at the moment, with a new release - invariably either deep house or a kind of deep house/nu-disco fusion - every other week. Here they showcase the work of Seville-based duo TWICE. Perhaps predictably, "Bahia Beach" is a solid chunk of mid-set deepness that benefits from some deliciously snappy percussion, gravelly vocal samples and subtle synth washes that ape gently lapping waves. There are some tasty remixes, too, including a bleep-happy, tech-tinged head-nodder from Rob Mello and a strung-out, atmospheric builder from Alex James (presumably not the bass player from Blur). Jackin' bonus cut "Grandmother" is worth a spin, too.