Review: West Coast producer Artruro Garces has been quietly been going about his business since the turn of the Millennium, releasing solid, club-ready material on a wealth of labels. For his sixth outing on Robsoul Recordings, the San Jose-based producer has served up a quartet of tracks that sit somewhere between classic West Coast chunkiness (think Onionz, Hipp-E and Halo etc.), the disco-fired bounce of DJ Sneak, and the kind of woozy, bass-heavy, tech-tinged deep house that Robsoul regularly releases. We're particularly enjoying the rubbery disco bass, restless cowbells and filter trickery of opener "Catch Me", though drowsy, piano-sporting deep house roller "Homebase" is also pretty darn good.
Review: Part 2 begins in a much more chipper mood. "Calais Douvres" seems to spill a joyous attitude out of every hole. A bristling beat and hollow percussion sets the tone from the off before Carrier's signature groove swings in and sweeps the listener off their feet and on a fun filled ride. "Quadrilette" keeps a similar attitude, but this time adds a churning bassline that is so raw you can hear it rattling away at its deepest depth. Tribal-like percussion adds the funk and the tone is lightened further by the female vocal as made famous by Til West's "Same Man." Ending with the drum led "Le Divan Japonais," the release saunters into a rhythmic groove. Sub bass murmurs beneath the percussion at first but then makes itself more prominent as Carrier lets loose.
As a child, Carrier was exposed to all the classic sounds of the 60s and 70s through his parents. Yet as an adult, he discovered the techno raves of the early nineties. Both of these influences can be heard in Carrier's music, as he attempts to bring the best parts of both sounds together into one place. He manages this task with a seemingly natural ease here.
At a time where the boundaries between genres are continuing to blur, Gosse De Paris, both parts 1 and 2 make their own conclusions on the formula of modern electronic music.
Review: DJ W!ld returns to Robsoul to get into the groove with four brand new tracks on his Pesto Di Disco EP. Grooving through soulful, funky and percussive house and techno, the Parisian touches on the sounds of funk and disco to deliver a thoroughly danceable quartet of tunes.
Review: Parisian staple of the Robsoul camp Joss Moog is back on the label, with some good ol' fashioned disco deviance of the loopier persuasion. This follows up a string of great releases recently for the likes of Pura, Exotic Series and of course his own Ondule imprint which he runs with Around7 & Jean Ce. From the lo-slung and ergonomic funk attack of "Neverland", the deep and sexy mood lighting of the title track (which is perfect for the late night) or even the soul and swing-fuelled garage jam "Yellowstone" that's perfect for those life-affirming moments on the dancefloor. Moog delivers the goods as always.
Review: Under the Krewcial alias, Pascal Garner has enjoyed an interesting career. He first rose to prominence in the late '90s as a hip-hop beat-maker, but for the last few years he's excelled at what his bio describes as "sample-based boom-bap house". If you want to know what that sounds like, check this expansive EP on Robsoul. It begins with a heavily chopped and filter disco-house cut in the French Touch style ("About You") and ends with a driving slab of early morning house rich in ear-catching piano riffs and chopped-up vocal samples. In between you'll find four more reasons to be cheerful, with the low-down sleaziness of "Davis", bustling "Nighttrain" and relaxed disco-house bumper "Flash" standing out.
Review: After a 13-year hiatus, former Bent man Nail Tolliday is back making house music. For those who loved his efforts for DIY and Classic back in the '90s, this should be something of a much-check release. There's much to admire, from the woozy organs, subtle disco flex and rolling drums of "Bullizzy Dub", to the rolling '90s revivalism of "Breezy", and the picturesque, spiraling "Rosesdub", which builds an intoxicating groove around dreamy vocal samples and delicious organs. Last, but by no means least, is "Monday Brew", a near Balearic trip into summery deep house territory.