Review: UK label Shabby Dolls, the brainchild of Matt Swift, comes through with new artist Es Q after a string of releases by the likes of veteran Nail and Ste Roberts, among others. Es Q sounds instantly singular thanks to the versatility of "Tail Wainds", a clubbed-out house banger with heavy percussion stabs, a deep bassline and garage vocal shots. "Workin' Hard Or Hardly Workin'" is similarly banging, but this time the track takes a more Chicago approach thanks to that bumpy bassline and raw, intricate drum machine bric-a-brac. Swift and elegant DJ tools.
Review: Veteran producer and DJ, Nail Tolliday, had a bit of a protracted lost weekend there for a while, but within the last few years has resurrected his career in fine style. Here he continues to bring the heat with a hefty nine-track release, Nite Music, literally bursting with deep sizzling bangers. Some of the many highlights include the fizzy laser disco of "Sup??", the skippy synth-washed house of "Flytes" and the perky strings of snazzy closer, "Lunar Views".
Review: Matt Swift's Shabby Doll imprint has enjoyed a strong 2014, delivering quality singles from the likes of Nail, South West Seven, Ste Roberts and James Welsh. Here, Swift turns to fast-rising, LA-based Londoner Urula, AKA producer Taylor Freels. Opener "Banshee Boardwalk" builds a killer deep house cut around a classic rock break, with hazy chords and picturesque melodies slowly stretching out over the crunchy, live-sounding groove. There's a classic piano house feel about the hustling "Heaven Unlimited", while Daj hook-up "BeforeHandMan" is a classic chunk of Detroit-influenced tech-soul at a deep house tempo. Finally, James Welsh remixes the latter track, turning it into an alien chunk of foreboding deep house soul.