Review: GruuvElement, a talented DJ/producer originally from Romania and now based in London, has been making waves with his stripped-back, crisp productions in the percussive-driven house music genre. He has worked with various labels such as Crosstown Rebels, Solid Grooves Raw, Deeperfect, MUSE, and VIVa, showcasing his evolving sound. His latest project is a collaboration with Manolaco, a Roush talent, on Clarisse Records for their 'The Way You Love Me' EP, released under Damian Lazarus' Rebellion imprint. The EP features three smooth collaborations, with the title track 'The Way You Love Me' designed for quality dancefloors and real house lovers. The resonant vocals, delicate Balearic drums, and a killer bassline quickly capture listeners' attention and make the track's infectious groove hard to resist. The EP's second track takes things deeper into the night, featuring chunky low-ends, playful guitar riffs, spiralling electronics, and more hooky vocals. Finally, 'Melancholy' presents Latin-influenced percussion arrangements, jazzy interludes, and a commanding lead Romanian flute, resulting in a captivating and moving final production.
Review: New label Rebellion kicks off with a brand new artist series and it launches with the one like Jedi. A hugely prolific artist over recent years - usually spotted serving up EPs that weigh over five or six tracks - here Rebellion reduce him down to two undiluted, heavyweight bangers. 'Alien Intelligence' is a sharp and spiky stepper laced with tension and dramatic splashes of strings. 'As If' booms with more swagger, big burping basslines and sudden twists into a sunny-side funk. Join the Rebel Alliance today!
Review: Following some great releases on Bondage Music and Creature, ascendant Milanese DJ/producer Cristina Lazic returns to Rebellion, following her recent release on the Souls Vol.2 last year. Here she delivers an accomplished three-track EP for the Crosstown Rebels sub-label, beginning with the bouncy tech house roller "Burning", before getting deeper on "Jazzy Feeling" and going for one more expression in late night mood music on the seductive groove of "Mirror".
Review: After the success of the first edition back in April, Damian Lazarus' Rebellion presents the next edition of its new series. Rebellion presents SOULS Vol.2 continues on with the themes of spirituality, featuring appearances from label regulars and debutantes alike. Berlin-based Russian Yulia Niko is up first with the bass-driven minimal tech house of "It's All In My Mind" which is led by a mesmerising vocal, Italian talent Cristina Lazic serves up the low slung deep house groove of "Leap Year" and elsewhere Landikhan (Thunder Nights Madrid) makes an appearance with the slo-mo nu disco of "Power Of Life" with MoM.
Review: Following months of solitude away from touring, disconnected from technology and returning to nature, Frenchman YokoO went back to the studio inspired to create new music that was different to what he had been known for. This Jivanmuktih EP for Diynamic offshoot Rebellion showcases the continuation of his sonic explorations, and a transition further into his creative self. Indeed tracks like "Higher State" are quite the departure from what we're used to on this sublime dub house journey, while the bass driven minimal house of "Spiritus Sexualem" is a collaboration with Atlanta-based Bobi Stevkobski. Finally, rest assured the title track is more reminiscent of his usual work, on this dreamy and evocative deep house journey that is perfect for a Sunday afternoon open air.
Review: Four irresistible orders to dance here, coming courtesy of Israeli producer Adam Tenenbaum AKA Adam Ten, and brought to you by LA-based Crosstown Rebels sub-label Rebellion. 'We Move' is a mid-paced throbber centred around a fat, squelching bass synth and a "we move" female vocal, 'Mita In Reverse' is a low-slung machine funker with exotic, chopped-up fem vox, 'The Queen' stirs deep, tech, prog and disco house influences into one surefire 3am groover while 'Hamakor' closes the EP on a tuffer, struttier note. The EP as a whole has a far greater funk sensibility than most in its field, and as such deserves checking immediately.
Review: Since making his debut on Defected's DFTD offshoot via the popular "Baby Sing a Song EP" back in 2017, Danny Minchella AKA Rogue D has gone on to release music on a number of high-profile labels, most notably Hot Creations. Here he offers up his second single on long-serving Crosstown Rebels offshoot Rebellion. The headline attraction is undoubtedly "Burning", a boisterous, sweaty and breathless chunk of low-slung house built around minor-key electric piano stabs, a restless dub disco bassline and impassioned vocal samples from an old disco-funk gem. Elsewhere, "Coming Home" is another driving, low-slung disco-punk-goes-disco-house treat, while "Nights" is a glassy-eyed, suitably celebratory disco-house number.
Review: Caracas-based Adonis Rivera is beginning to establish himself as one of the country's leading electronic musicians. With previous releases on Besworx, Oblack Label and Oceanic Recordings, he crossed paths with Damian Lazarus and was invited to become part of Rebellion - one of his biggest influences. Hence, this new one on the label marks a huge milestone in the ascendant Venezuelan's career. Featuring two wicked tracks, the first killer in the form of the bleepy "Access", a slinky and hypnotic tech house cut that's perfect for the late night, followed by the mesmerizing deepness of "Subversive" which packs a real punch with its less is more style of groove.
Let The Drum Speak! (feat Rachel) - (7:34) 126 BPM
Expressions In Dub Love - (6:51) 125 BPM
As We Dance - (8:33) 123 BPM
Review: Legend of the New York City dance music scene Joeski is back on Damian Lazarus' Rebellion, with yet more typically rhythm heavy tech house work outs on this fittingly titled new EP. He explains how he and vocalist Rachel shared a clear vision of creating a track to personify the sound of the drum, experimenting in the studio until they achieved the eerie vibe they wanted. "Let The Drum Speak!" is an evocative and mesmerising cut that utilises sublime syncopation in various layers, and processed with incredible dub delay effects and splashes of white noise for dramatic effect. Prepare to reach near tribal moments on this one! This is supported by additional cuts such as the moody and ultra deep "As We Dance" and the darkly bass-driven "Expressions In Dub Love" which is perfect for the afterhours.
Review: Damian Lazarus' Rebellion label always has an interesting surprise up its sleeve from one release to the next - and he certainly ain't letting up here! New York City house royalty Harry 'Choo Choo' Romero - he of Subliminal Records fame - steps up to present the label's 66th release in the form of "Afro Horn". Let this atmospheric afro house epic transport you to the dancefloor, awash in hypnotic melodies and polyrhythms, tension and suspense. This is backed up by sublime deep house journey of "R.W.P." - a heartfelt and emotive affair that's sure to cause some glassy eyed moments on the dancefloor.
Review: Germany's Nico Stojan, an alumnus of labels such as Ou?e, Connaisseur and Suara, teams up with the mysterious Timujina? here to produce three tracks that come from the proggier end of the deep house spectrum. 'Oktoberfest' tops an ominous growling bassline with a spoken female vocal in a language we can't actually identify, augmented by weird 'n' wibbly synth sounds. The midtempo 'Satsang' is a more melodic affair, redolent of Balearic prog of yesteryear with its plainitive Spanish guitars, while 'High Altitude' is another moody, proggy chugger that stands out for its Middle Eastern-sounding female vocal.