Review: Robsoul head honcho and all round Parisian legend Phil Weeks is back with the seventh edition of Essential Beats and as always it certainly lives up to its name. Let's face it; he's up there with the likes of DJ Sneak when it comes to funky disco loops and these are a serious addition to any serious house DJ's sonic arsenal. There's some typically funky and soulful cyclicality by the man, on such gems as "A Woman Alone" or "Pacman's Revenge" whereas "I Can Make U Dance" or "Love 2 Love" get techy and sleazier. We particularly liked the closer "Natural High" which shows a tougher side to his productions - this gutsy groove can really bang the party! Might we add that there's a lot of familiar loops through these tracks that he's borrowed and utilised brilliantly.
Review: French house wizard Phil Weeks has been off the radar in recent weeks, but he's back on his own Robsoul imprint with the fifth instalment of the Essential Beats series, a division of the label reserved solely for the most effective of house loops in his production canon. There's eight cuts on here, all in Weeks' trademark style: blazing melodies and swinging beats from start to finish, the two gems being "P's Theme", a disco-flavoured nugget with masterfully sampled percussion, and "The Grind" for that itchy beat flex and Detroit house flair. Hot and wild...for the DJs.
Sonz Of The Pitch - "Favela Queen" - (6:57) 120 BPM
VICARI - "Pasci" - (6:58) 124 BPM
Review: Phil Weeks is without a doubt one the busiest people in the business, with a relentless release schedule on Robsoul that manages consistency, unleashing grooves of the funkiest, bumpiest and loopy variety, week in week out. It's time for another volume of Robsoul's Most Wanted, Vol 6 to be exact and it's an all-star affair as per usual! Highlights for us this time around weren't limited to: label mainstay Around 7 with the funky lo-slung groove that's fittingly titled "Word Of Low", Romanian wunderkind and rising star Guy From Downstairs with the thumping yet emotive soul jam "The Mesteacan", The Bosconi affiliated Minimono on the disco loops of "Buddy Now Buddy" and man of the moment Tommy Vicari Jnr with more quality as displayed on the simply uplifting "Pasci".
Hideto Omura - "Move It Like You Know" - (6:36) 122 BPM
Javi Bora & Le Vinyl - "La Danza" - (7:21) 122 BPM
Joss Moog - "4th Sign" - (6:39) 125 BPM
Nail - "Say Whut" - (7:22) 122 BPM
Phil Weeks - "We Need House" (feat Mike Dunn) - (5:15) 123 BPM
Review: Phil Weeks' notorious Robsoul Recordings is back with another long awaited volume of Most Wanted: Volume 4 to be exact. All the usual suspects are back to provide some seriously looped out and funked up beats which are worthy arsenal for any serious house DJs CDJs. Highlights are not just limited to: fellow Parisian legends Chris Carrier with the sexy "Inner Activist", DJ W!ld's signature discofied soul stylings on "All About You" and not forgetting D'julz "Ze Box" which perfectly sounds like the City of Lights after midnight. Honorable mentions also to UK legend Nail who serves up the balearic beats of "Say Whut?" and head honcho himself Phil Weeks teaming up with Windy City legend Mike Dunn on "We Need House".
Phil Weeks/DJ Sneak - "Class In Session 1" - (5:35) 123 BPM
DJ W!ld - "Brunch With Sinatra" - (6:05) 126 BPM
Joos Moog - "Forever Pimpin'" - (6:21) 126 BPM
Joos Moog - "Welcome To Ohio" - (6:39) 125 BPM
Prztz - "Blings" - (5:30) 128 BPM
The Sexicanz - "Bring Some Weed To The DJ Booth" - (5:25) 121 BPM
Review: Phil Weeks presents another volume of Robsoul Edits and after previously being compiled by the likes of D'julz and Chris Carrier it's now turn for Joss Moog who presents the usual suspects while giving credit to the edit. He did a brilliant job while taking the razor to Phil Weeks/DJ Sneak's funky disco loops on "Class In Session 1" and the dirty afterhours electro-house of Sexicanz "Bring Some Weed To The DJ Booth" and not to mention the red-edits of a bunch of his own tracks such as "Forever Pimpin'" (sexy and dusty deepness!) and "Welcome to Ohio" (Moodymann style jazzy goodness!).
Phil Weeks - "Jack To My Groove" (Around7 edit) - (5:46) 122 BPM
Review: Phil Week's Robsoul imprint launches its new Robsoul Edits series, inaugurated by up and coming Frenchman Around7. To quote Phil Weeks himself "whether its reworking for the dancefloor, tweaking for your tastebuds or looking to inject a new freshness to the funk, the best edits are always remembered". Highlights include edits of Dave Dubbz "Lost In The Past" which sounds like DJ Sneak circa Sneaky Trax II, Parisian DJ W!ld's deep groove "Disco & Shit" and probably one of the most needed edits of all: a splice up of Lorenzo's classic "Get Deep" from 2006. Nail of UK legends Bent also appears; Around7's edit of his track "Sweet Feet" from last year gets a pretty decent re-rub too, we must say.
Review: Something tells us that this compilation isn't about smoking mere tobacco. Perhaps it's the green-eyed bad boy on the cover brandishing a suspiciously plump 'roll up'. Or maybe it's simply because of the hazy, lazy and groovy 70s vibes contained within. Robsoul Essential has managed to overcome the munchies, get off the couch and actually find nine expert reworks of old disco joints. Highlights include the bleary eyed, organic hip-hop beats of "This Is What It Is" by Homequest, the deep, heady loops of "Six Flags" by Chris Carrier and the bonged-out neo-soul of "Mondae".
Review: This is the third 'best of' from Phil Weeks' Robsoul in just five months - the label celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2020 - but the quality standard remains high. Featuring several of Weeks' own productions alongside cuts from the likes of DJ W!LD, Jordan Peak and Chris Stussy, the album covers an impressive range of house ground, from filter disco (see, for instance, Weeks/Hector Moralez/Fries & Bridges collab 'Peep Game') to chunky, eyes-down 3am throbbers (Politics Of Dancing's 'Hi Soul') to Weeks & Kid Enigma's retro, electro-tinged 'Love Me Right'. As such, it's a package that warrants investigation by househeads of many persuasions.
Review: Next up from the Robsoul Essential crew we take in this stunning new selection as they present the sixth edition of Smokers Delight. It's jam packed with goodies across the hip hop scale, from the smooth yet soulful approach of Ladybird & JFilt on 'All I Wanna Say', to the almost breakbeat drumwork of 'Nightlife' from DJ W!ld and choppy rap stylings of 'Players' from El Pres Beats. It's a fantastic compilation, bringing together a tonne of different futuristic styles, glued together by their emotional sound design. There are a couple of instant favourites for us, including the killer minimal disco link up of Phil Weeks, Joss Moog & Around7 on 'What Can I Do?', alongside the boombap inspired drum work and techy phone melodies of 'Warned Bros.' from Homequest. It's a great listen start to finish!