Review: Argy originally rose to prominence during the mid-00s minimal boom, but as this release demonstrates, his focus has since shifted to deeper house. "Let's Play" features the soulful vocals of Blue Jay, coupled with a steely percussive rhythm and subtle acid builds. It's haunting and distinctive, an effective and impressive modern take on Chicago and New York house. The ever popular Butch has been tapped for a remix, and he turns the original into a churning chord-heavy reshape, bristling with insistent high hats. Rebirth has also asked Echonomist to provide an interpretation and the Greek producer obliges with a chugging, dub-heavy take, led by cavernous conga drums and woozy filters.
Stop (San Proper's Play Plause Eject remix) - (9:29) 121 BPM
Stop (Swayzak remix) - (13:08) 121 BPM
Review: Venetian DJ and producer Francesco Sperotto aka Kaysand got his start with Grammophono,a deep house band in which he was the singer/songwriter and drummer. On another fine EP for the brilliant Italian imprint Rebirth, he teams up with Blue Monday for the deep down and dirty electro house of "Stop" featuring gritty synth arpeggios, dusty drums and sleazy vocals. Amsterdam prankster San Proper's "Play Pause Eject remix" gets more funky, dusty and generally lo-slung on this great rendition while the legendary Swayzak's version is an epic hypnotic techno journey over its full 13 minutes duration.
Review: Bocca Grande is a musical collaboration between Tokyo artists Kousuke Ishida and Yuka Kobayashi. Ishida has a long history with electronic music, producing since the age of 16, while Kobayashi is a classically trained pianist. As you would expect, this collaboration, previously explored on the Cray And Pinky single in 2008 bears some rich fruit, flitting between the bumping house of opener "Abend" to the downtempo hip-hop of "Below My Hands" and dusky slo-mo grooves of "Even If". It's undoubtedly Kobayashi's piano playing that steals the show however, with his upwardly spiraling melodies on "Slow Gravity", improvisational keywork on "Room In A Clutter" and jazzy tones of closer "As Adele" all contributing to what is a one-of-a-kind album.
Review: Frankfurt house hero Butch is back on the ever reliable Italian imprint Rebirth alongside Cvogt - son of the renowned German violinist K.Vogt, He started as an academic student of piano and saxophone, but the discovery of electronic music gave new impetus to his creative personality. Butch saw the potential talent and they started to collaborate. This will be their second hook up since 2016's terrfifc "Bliss". Perhaps a reference to an estemmed Offenbach base club, "Live At RJ" is a melodic and emotional expression in deep house no doubt geared for weepy moments on the dancefloor. This is followed by a beatless Reprise which takes the vibe of ambient balearica that's perfect for back rooms or Sunday summer open air parties.