Review: We were very impressed by the first instalment in Jamie Trench's 4 Sides series, which delivered a trio of classic-sounding house cuts rich in subtle references to vintage US house jams. Trench has flipped the script slightly on this similarly impressive follow-up. First he wraps wonky electronic lead lines and chiming melodies around a smooth groove on 'Breaking Time', before reaching for vibrating analogue bass, bleeping melodies and sweaty drums on the deep-but-engaging 'Flashing Lights'. Arguably best of all though is 'Relax a Lil' Bit', a rolling and atmospheric chunk of club-ready deep house that makes excellent use of slightly creepy vibraphone melodies, scratchy hip-hop samples and swinging, cymbal-heavy house beats.
Review: Jamie Trench's most recent EP for Roots For Bloom, February 2021's Raw Materials, was really rather good, so hopes are naturally sky high for this speedy following up - the first of a series of singles under the 4 Sides banner. He's at his positive and colourful best on opener 'The Ripple Effect', a classic-sounding deep house number piled high with mid-90s US garage organ sounds, crunchy machine drums and deep, warming bass. Trench continues on this retro-futurist theme with 'If Jack's In The Box, Who's This?', a more sensual affair where clanking melodies and breathy female vocal snippets weave in and out of a tidy broken house groove, before offering bolder, more bass-heavy old school thrills in the shape of chiming closing cut 'Untitled Dreams of Rootfops'.
Review: Jamie Trench may not be the most prolific producer around, but what he does put out is always of the highest quality. For proof, check out this belated return to action on Roots For Bloom. He begins in confident mood via the jazz-flecked, drowsy deep house bounce of 'Music Speaks For Itself', a cut he later re-imagines as a bluesy slab of late night jazz-house deepness ('Jazz Speaks For Itself', which makes superb use of short female vocal snippets and some mazy, muted trumpet motifs). Maxwell also has a go at transforming 'Music Speaks For Itself', serving up a chunkier, more bass-heavy take full of crunchy drums, dreamy chords and filtered electric piano stabs, while 'Laisse-Moi' is a slightly higher octane trip into hypnotic, sub-heavy deep house territory.
Review: Roots For Bloom chief Jamie Trench is back with more tough rolling and groovy tech house on his new EP 'The Timeline'. There's an urban/hip-hop inspired aesthetic throughout which was right up our alley. The lad gets his swing on proper with the dusty late night deepness of "Velvet Curtains" and similarly the suave "He Ain't Dead", elsewhere he shows his true UK roots on the ravey and breakbeat driven power of Let Me See You Work " which was probably our pick of the fine bunch.
Review: According to our resident statistician, the "Meander Line EP" is Roy Vision's debut solo EP. The Paris-based producer is fine form throughout, offering up a quartet of quality club cuts that gleefully pay tribute to various vintage styles of deep house. The most arresting of the lot is acid-powered closing cut "Ro Run", where wild and psychedelic TB-303 lines bubble away atop sweaty machine drums. That said, we'd expect more DJs to reach for opener "Steel True", a bouncy and chunky affair that recalls the glory days of both Chicago "boompty" and New Jersey garage. Elsewhere, "Sideways Struttin' (The Path)" is a breezy, sub-heavy affair, while "The Way" is a warm deep house cut smothered in reverb-laden Rhodes chords and tasty analogue bass.
Review: Thanks to spins from Ben UFO, amongst others, hype has been building around this release for a few months. It comes from Glaswegian debutant Adam Zarecki, who has conjured up one of the most blissful, life affirming and effortlessly funky chunks of deep house/disco fusion we've heard for some time. Lead cut "Yesterday's" is superb; a breezy, sunshine-friendly blend of undulating bass guitar, jazzy electric guitar riffs, bluesy vocal samples and swinging dancefloor drums. It's utterly ace and could well turn out to be one of the runaway underground hits of 2019. Virtual flipside "Pretending", a slightly busier chunk of string-laden disco house smothered in Jimmy Smith style jazz-funk organ solos, is also rather good.
Review: Starting off as a funk and old school hip hop DJ on the Dublin circuit, George Feely has since made the transition to the electronic side of things, taking his productions into housier and discofied territory as heard on his new one for Roots for Bloom's 23rd edition. From the lo-slung and sleazy mood lighting of "Never You Mind" to bubbling up some hot chocolate via the totally funked-up "95 Hustlaz" and the lush and hazy expression in deepeness at the end that is "Far" - here's a funk ridden shakedown from start to finish, one for the more lively parties you might even play at.
Review: Milton Keynes' favourite son is back on his Roots For Bloom imprint, with some upfront tech-house grooves. His new Spectrum EP features the sleazy, afterhours deep bounce of "That Teebs" - a slang reference to that infectious TB-303 bass that wobbles throughput. Second original offering "As You Enter The Room" delves deep into the exotic with its hypnotic tabla rhythms plus faint disco and psychedelic undertones - we were really digging this one. Following up great releases on the label by the likes of MarzAttacks, Laesh and Folamour - RFB continues to bring the goods.
Review: MarzAttack are Frenchmen Alexandre and Mathieu who present their debut EP for Jamie Trench's Roots For Bloom imprint, run out of Milton Keynes. These two talented producers channel the very best of late '90s U.S. style deep house - think DJ Rasoul, Glenn Underground, Blaze or even Todd Edwards. The sense of swing much attributed to the latter is very much evident on the sexy "Keep It" featuring Bro, some sexy late-night mood lighting (not so usually attributed to the Down Under's hippie home) on "Byron Bay" and of course "Deeper Love" which in its own right is super smooth and sensual - but it's all about homeboy Folamour's funked-up and jazzy kinda somethin' which will really bang the party!
Review: Fresh from outings on Abandon Silence and Bress Records, former Neo appartus artist Lucas Welle makes his debut on Roots For Bloom, a label renowned for the quality of its output. He immediately hits the ground running with "Lets Do It", a wonderfully groovy chunk of classic deep house rich in relaxed electric piano solos, nagging vocal samples and bongo-powered percussion hits, before joining forces with Jamie Trench for the cheery, bass-heavy disco-house celebration of "Ya Dig". Welle doffs a cap towards late '70s disco-funk and jazz-funk on the wonderfully punchy peak-time roller "Boogie & Co", while closer "Feel Like" is a sweaty, full-throttle workout that layers familiar-sounding chords and disco samples over a muscular rhythm track.
Review: Not all artists notch up a breakthrough release, so it's heartening to see Yann Polewka - a producer whose previous outings have promised much without making much of an impact - resurface on Roots For Bloom with a very impressive four-tracker. The producer's stated "French Touch" influences are evident among the breezy disco-house/soulful house shuffler of opener "Toute La Vie Pour S'aimer", while the cheery and filter-rich "All I Do" has all the makings of an underground disco-house classic, even if the sampled vocals tend more towards the R&B end of the spectrum. Elsewhere, "Luv Me, Baby" is a rush-inducing loop jam with dizzyingly high levels of positivity, and closer "All Around" is a huggable chunk of early liquid jungle/deep drum and bass dreaminess.
Review: Between them, Rudder and Kresy have released material on a rather impressive list of labels, including Hivern Discs, Large Music, Freerange, Nurvous and Papa Records. Given this rock solid track record, you'd expect this collaborative outing on Roots For Bloom to be stacked with deep house gold. It is, of course, starting with opener "Stateless", where mutilated organ notes, fluttering electronics and drowsy chords ride a bumping groove. "Boulevard" brings a little more late night flavour via elongated chords and a Detroit techno influenced house groove, while "Holdin' On" is a womderfully woozy and summery affair full of eyes-closed vocal samples and fireside-warm sounds. Finally, they reach for the Chicago acid bass and drum machine hits on analogue deep house treat "Release Myself".
Review: Most instalments in the Shag Edits series tend to see Jamie Trench (Roots For Bloom label boss) cantered in a four-way action scenario with other equally endowed (musically) talents. Here is now different, with Trench slipping between the sheets to deliver the dirty and edgy jacker "Take Off Your Shirt". He's joined by L'Atelier, who delivers a handbaggy rework of an old vogueing classic, whilst Oli Furness turns in a fuzzy, distorted, loop-heavy diva disco jam, "Always Go Back Again" and Ghetto Chords takes control with closer, the super-upbeat Latin house shimmy, "Along The Way".
Review: More cold funk badness from Roots For Bloom's perennial Shag edit series. We let rip with a broken funk salvo as Oli Furness teeters on hip-house with a g-funk roller "Kick It", Jamie Trench continues with a rhythm that wouldn't have gone amiss on a Public Enemy jam on "Woody Dunked". For more of a boompty-boomp Chicago punch it's all about Bress Underground who twist up a big sample with jacking energy while Oli closes the show with a big swooning serenade. Proper.
Review: Roots For Bloom's consistently on-point SHAG Edits jams continue with typically steamy results. Ethyene takes the lead with a big swooning string sample and shuffling Buckethead style beats, LK brings up the rear slowly and smoulderingly with a delicious slo-mo cosmic chugger, Georgi Barrel's "Up The Hill" is another big sample groove with more than a whiff of Sneak's "Can't Hide From Your Bud" to it. Finally David Moran closes the show with the sexiest jam of the set; the boogie breaks badness of "Weak". Strong
Review: Roots For Bloom boss Jamie Trench has decided to mix things up a little on the latest edition of the Shag Edits series, supplementing one of his own contributions with cuts from three label debutants. His "Where The Party At" is a brilliantly ballsy, bass-heavy fusion of classic funk breaks, 45 King style samples and booming house beats, while Reese Johnson makes merry on the heavyweight disco-funk-goes-house slammer "Let's Dance". Bristol-based Alfresco Disco regular J Morrison snuggles up to the Godfather of Soul on his bumpin', subtly executed funk head-nodder "Brown Eyes", before G Markus brings proceedings to a close with the acid-laden deep house/disco fusion that is "BING!".
Review: England's Roots For Bloom imprint has been pushing straight-up deep house since 2012, and they've been known to pull new artists out of the hat on a regular basis. This time, Mara Lakour gets her debut and she delivers four exquisite cuts, starting with the swingin-jack that is "Clark St", followed swiftly by the jazzy tones of "Casablanca". Flip the wax over and you got the pumping Chicago flavor of "A Tribute To GU" - that's Glenn Underground in case you didn't notice - and the moodier, more ethereal vibes of "Livin' Proof". A class act.
Review: Roots For Bloom hits its tenth release and welcomes Carlos Sanchez & Alex Kaddour to the label. This EP is made for the floor, it's no nonsense, groove-based house music at its best. Delayed vocals and tough basslines drive "Black Freddie's Moustache" while on the title track and "Bank 16" low end pressure remains at the forefront of your attention, but this time layered alongside more mysterious synth lines and twisted vocals. With previous releases on the likes of 8Bit and Poker Flat it's easy to see why these guys will fit right in at the Roots For Bloom camp.
Review: The SHAG Edits hits Volume 4 welcoming David Glass, Timmy P and Two's Tones to the Roots For Bloom roster. David brings a big hitter with Tape Deck with its MC sampled vocal, Timmy's is drenched in sunshine for all the day parties this is sure to go off at and Two's Tones takes things on a jazz twist, with clever sampling but always that underlying groove that the Roots For Bloom label is known for. Fans of the previous releases wont be dissapointed.
Review: Roots For Bloom SHAG Edits series returns with volume 3. M.James brings us a track that will catch any music lovers ear. With the crisp percussion, delicate guitar riffs, a bassline that keeps evolving throughout and that vocal, this one ticks all the boxes. On the flip label boss Jamie Trench maintains the general feel for the record. This one focusing on a simpler yet just as effective bassline and obviously being heavily reliant on the sample being in the shag edits series. If you're looking for that record that stands out from the rest, this is the weapon you need.
Daniel Curpen - "Daddy Was A Thug" (Jamie Trench dub edit) - (5:37) 126 BPM
Daniel Curpen - "Daddy Was A Thug" (Jamie Trench remix) - (5:43) 126 BPM
David Moran - "Cut Loose" (feat Albert Vogt) - (6:44) 124 BPM
David Moran & Mark Crumbs - "Tha Bassment" - (7:18) 123 BPM
Review: Roots For Bloom bring in four new faces for the seventh release. We see label boss Jamie Trench deliver an edit and remix of 'Daniel Curpen - Daddy Was A Thug', and David Moran teams up with Albert Vogt for their track 'Cut Loose' and then collabs with Mark Crumbs for 'Tha Bassment'. The A-side sees Jamie bring a rolling dub edit to Daniel's original and then takes things a little darker for the A2 remix. David Moran's Cut Loose shows off the vocal talents of Albert Vogt which grooves along seductively, then Tha Bassment as expected brings things a little harder and more for those after hour spots.
Review: Mike Gill who has already featured on Roots For Bloom teams up with Taymor Zadeh to bring us the Coppin' A Feel EP featuring a John Dimas remix. "Coppin' A Feel" brings us a hard hitting groove with a hypnotic vocal line carrying the track. Loose percussion and bold tom drums really cement this to work on any dance floor. "The Message" is a more rolling groove with a strong Rhodes line that features later on really making the track evolve. John Dimas takes "The Message" and takes the atmosphere up a notch, with slick cut up vocals. This one will work in the early hours.
Waiting For (Skipson Just Waiting For That remix) - (6:06) 123 BPM
Waiting For (Jamie Trench Break The Tension remix) - (7:33) 125 BPM
Review: This originally slipped out on vinyl earlier this year, the second wax missive from promising deep house outlet Roots for Bloom. Largely focused on the claustrophobic, slightly paranoid end of the genre, it flits between bittersweet shuffle and intoxicating hypnotism throughout. Species Mille's original version of "Waiting For", featuring the weary vocals of Orson, is particularly emotive, but it's the remixes that hit home hardest. Mike Gill offers a bassy, garage-influenced take, while Skipson adds a little disco shuffle amongst the woozy vocals and deep house chords. The best remix, though, comes from Jamie Trench, whose jaunty version is quietly impressive.
Review: For the fifth release on Roots For Bloom, Michael James delivers 3 bumping cuts of very much dance floor orientated music. The opener 'Infinite State' gets you moving straight from the off with some edgy stabs and serious groove. 'High Roller' carries on, upping the tempo but maintaining the direction, while 'Freeze' is a more techno-influenced track, but still holding that underlying groove.
Review: Four up-and-coming artists appear on SHAG Edits Volume 2 which is kick-started by Rebel's "You Somebodies", a bassy piece of looping filter house meant for peak time play. Newcomer Riri throws down jazzy horns, marching snares and acoustic rimshots in a slow moving "Get It On", while Chocky's "I Like" features cut vocals caught between interchanging melodies of pulsating rhythms. Jamie Trench, responsible for the labels first EP, delivers sexy vocals in "Locks, Frocks & 2 Floating Sparrows", a laid back disco joint with the same summery vibe as balmy Miami night.
Review: Standing cannily for Second Hand Audio Gold, the SHAG Edits Vol 1 EP is the third release from Jamie Trench's blossoming Roots For Gold imprint and features plenty of that jacking house vibe from the man himself and some close friends. Trench sets the tone with "Velvet Curtains" which pairs crisp, forthright jacking rhythms with a procession of vocal samples, whilst close friend and fellow DJ partner Daniel Dalton opts for a more funk laden approach with "The Party People". Trench appears again later, teaming up with Angus Jefford for the bumping "Bringin' Tha Heat", and Mike Gill rounds out the EP with the more reflective "Inflatable Doll".