Review: For this reviewer's money, Demuir is one of the finest house talents to have emerged in the past half-decade or so, and this latest three-tracker for long-running French label Robsoul doesn't disappoint. 'Love Against The World' is a deep-but-pacey jazzual groove that's bookended with vocal snips from Gil Scott-Heron's 'Home Is Where The Hatred Is', 'You Be Doin' It' is a loopy, almost Sneak-y affair (though sensitive ears may baulk at the "bitch" lyric) while 'Pull Up On Meh' is a more funktified cut and will definitely get those asses shakin' out on the floor. Good stuff all round.
Review: 10 months after he last graced the long-serving label, Lebedev returns to Robsoul Recordings with his fourth EP for the popular French imprint. The Russian producer is in predictably fine form throughout. He first takes us 'Back to 1992' on a loopy, filter-sporting chunk of Chez Damier style U.S deep house with added saxophone samples, before opting for weightier sub-bass, crunchier drums and tighter, shorter horn samples on the sweaty box jam that is 'In Practice'. Best of all though is title track 'Lullaby', a gorgeous, sample rich deep house loop jam piled high with dewy-eyed soul vocal samples, sweet disco snippets, sweeping filters and chunky drums.
Review: Since making his debut on Rhyme Nor Reason in the summer of 2020 via the ultra-deep dancefloor shuffle of 'Don't Leave Me Daddy', Marlon George has been surprisingly quiet, with two contributions to a multi-artist EP being his only release of note. This Robsoul label debut is therefore well timed. George is in fine form throughout, first opting for an R&B-tinged dusty deep house vibe on sample-heavy title track 'Intimate FR', before opting for a higher tempo, heavily filtered vocal samples and bustling beats on 'Spanish Joint (Cassette Mix)'. 'Mamma's Love' sounds like an imagined collaboration between Andres and Derrick Carter, while 'Theo' is groovy, deep and woozy in equal measure. Bespoke box jams for deep house DJs who like to get locked in the groove.
Review: After spending the first few months of 2021 serving up EPs on Rhythm Section, Too Many Rules and Cruise Music, Lebedev returns to Robsoul Recordings with his third release on the long-serving French imprint. The prolific Russian producer is in predictably fine form on drowsy and hypnotic opener 'Dancing Under The Moon', a chunky slab of locked-in deep house goodness rich in swirling string samples, soulful 1970s vocal lifts, booming bass and shuffling sample-house beats. 'Deep Magic' is another hazy, sample-rich affair, with rubbery bass guitar, rising horn snippets and woozy chords catching the ear, while closing cut 'Random Affair' is chunky, tactile, groovy and ideally constructed for 4AM plays.
Review: Pierre Cocordan started his production career as Dan Corco 20 years ago with a string of Motor City inspired techno and electro releases, but in recent times he's gravitated towards deep house. He's in straight up celebratory house party mode on this celebratory Robsoul Recordings outing, offering up a quartet of cuts that mostly combine chunky, club-ready beats with samples from vintage disco, Italo and new wave tunes. He opens with some swinging, loose-limbed disco-house in the shape of 'Lets Jamming Right'[sic], before delivering some far-sighted deep house/Motor City techno fusion via EP highlight 'Spring Tales'. 'Temptation' is a muscular chugger that successfully tools-up a classic Italo-disco jam, while 'The Way I Feel' re-imagines a much-loved '80s boogie classic as a Tiger & Woods style loop jam.
Review: Phil Weeks' long-running French house/deep house label Robsoul Recordings round up the best of their 2020 output in one high-VFM package. As per Robsoul's MO generally, you won't find a lot in the way of navel-gazing introspection or pointless, self-indulgent experimentalism here - Robsoul have always specialised in dropping beats to move your feets and this year's crop doesn't disappoint! The wonky, jazzy garage of The Mekanism's 'Signs', the raw jack of Joss Moog's 'So Good So Fresh', Demuir's strutty hip-houser 'Nice And Dutty' and Jade Cox's looping, west coast-ish 'Realise' are just some of the highlights of a fine collection.