Review: Putting out all matter of house, techno, rave and bassline wares since 2015, Shall Not Fade is home to the likes of Mall Grab, Rick Wade and Earth Trax to Big Mizz! The label now gives rise to Adelphi Music Factory, a house duo outta Sheffield inspired this time by old school rave, slowed up hardcore, twisted jungle and two step rhythms. Add some Detroit techno and you're met with Joy & Fantasy, a four-track EP recreating modern Hacienda vibes in "Area 39" to some slamming chord driven house in "The Comedor". UK touches abound in the driving, crowd pleasing "Cuba' (tip!) alongside the pumping, dubbed out and club-ready "Jura". Adelphi Hit Factory
Review: Earlier this year Sheffield house act Adelphi Music Factory found a debut on Shall Not Fade with the Joy and Fantasy EP. It marked something of an official debut for the producer who before then only had a run of self-released 12"s and the odd track on Ministry Of Sound. Gaining some extra traction with these Cuba remixes, across the board AMF throws down a happy house and chord heavy sound just like back in the day that sits alongside a seriously smooth, techy and soulful Felipe Gordon remix, tip! Harrison BDP goes minimal still in his mix, touching on acid and bleep inspirations that sits next to a melodic and tropical remake by Germany's Tilman. Havana calls!
Review: Adryiano Richter's trademark brand of dusty, sample-based deep house with strong funk/soul leanings has landed him a great reputation and releases on the likes of Heist, Soul Notes, his own Cestraw and current it label Shall Not Fade. This is actually his third release for the label in less than a year which is particularly impressive, we must say. The Dream With EP is possibly the German producer's finest offering yet; although probably only a child when the emerging sounds of French Touch came up in the late '90s, he's managed to recapture the zeitgeist incredibly well 20 years later. The funked-up soul power of "Got U Lovin" or the neon-lit rapture of the title track with their clever loops and crunchy SP1200 style drums would make legends like Cassius or Alan Braxe stand up and notice. The infectious DJ tool "All Damn Nite" calls to mind classic DJ Sneak or Phil Weeks.
Review: To kick-start what looks set to be a busy year for the Bristol-based label, Shall Not Fade's first missive of 2020 comes courtesy of Adryiano, an artist who has been on their roster since 2017. He begins in confident mood via the snappy, bass-heavy disco-house bump of "Want You To Feel", where rousing horn lines home into view in the second half of the cut to add extra excitement, before switching to a more bumping, U.S-influenced deep house sound on the superb "Just A Beat" (check the killer synth bassline). "Illusions of You (Afterwork Mix)" is a tough but ear-pleasing deep house box jam, while closing cut "Memor1e5" is a simple-but-effective fusion of ambient chords, crackling aural textures and driving drums.
Review: Last year, Big Miz delivered one of the most overlooked albums of the year - a rugged full-length debut full of wild machine music for dancefloors that like it raw and ragged. The Dixon Avenue Basement Jams regular treads similar territory on "Short Stories", an acid-fired four-tracker that marks his first appearance on Shall Not Fade. Choose between the twisted acid eletcro of "Barn Shot", the dark neo-trance throb of "Primordial Soup", the rubbery but alien-sounding deep house haziness of "Dance MF" and "Awake", a surprisingly bright and breezy affair that places restless, expansive and all-action classical style piano and synthesizer motifs atop a subtle but sturdy beat.
Review: Finding his music wedged between the likes of Rick Wade, Byron The Aquarius and Ejeca, Glasgow's Big Miz takes up residence again on Shall Not Fade, delivering six six-minute numbers that dive into the depths of house and techno tipped by its Detroit electro mainframe. Classic strands of epic electro find their place in the acid reflections of "HMS Jawside" with upbeat Italo flavours making their way into "Glass Sandwiches" alongside the stripped-back bassline funk of "Pay Me". Some more tongue in cheek material makes its way to frenetic rhythms and disorientating synths of "Downloaded For R Hawtin", with the slightest of acknowledgements in it arrangement going to Lil Louis' "French Kiss". Pucker up.
Review: Given their track record, it's no surprise that Black Loops' first outing on Shall Not Fade delivers the deep house goods. Our pick of a very strong bunch is "Badmanthing", a quirky chunk of rubbery deep house-funk built around a bold, memorable bassline, though the skipping drums, meaty bass and tweaked New Jersey garage motifs of "Plastikhaus" are also hugely alluring. Elsewhere, "No Fear" is a notable fusion of bounding house beats, darting jazz-funk synth sounds and simmering synth-strings, while EP opener "I Know You" is a more classic-sounding slab of deep house cheeriness. This expanded digital edition also contains two collaborations with Ruff Stuff: the thickset, acid-fired bounce of "Rock and Roll", and the colourful deep house/electrofunk fusion of "Is Electro Still A Thing".
Review: For his first outing since the release of his superb debut album last year, Byron The Aquarius has chosen to throw his lot in with Shall Not Fade, a Bristol-based label that has consistently put out some of the best house music around over the last few years. The Atlanta-based artist has naturally delivered the goods, confidently strutting between crunchy analogue deep house jazziness (the synth-and-piano-laden opener "Feelings Is It Real"), 21st century broken house/jazz-funk fusion (the jacking drum machine fills, Kaidi Tatham synth motifs and acid squelch of "Age of Ultron (MDMA Mix)"), spacey deep techno futurism ("Techno Is Black (Respeck)"), woozy deep house warmth ("Falling In Love (Dub)") and intergalactic downtempo beats ("CyBoTrAx").
Review: Having spent much of the last year playing around with tropical rhythms and collaborating with African musicians, Tom "Contours" Burford seems to be coming of age as a producer. For proof, check this inspired EP for Shall Not Fade. It's nominally a deep house release, but the set's three original tracks are much more nuanced and imaginative than that. Check, for example, the polyrhythmic instrumental passages and layered tropical percussion that marks out the jazz-funk/house hybrid "Lisbon", or the humid-but-intergalactic sci-fi house of "5th Planet". Standout "North West" - all lilting horns, music box melodies and soft-touch percussion - comes accompanied by a fine remix by Kaidi Tatham, who delivers some Herbie Hancock-influenced broken beat business.
Review: Last heard offering up revivalist rave business on Homage (the must-check "Scary Eire"), Irish rising star DART debuts on Shall Not Fade with a similarly nostalgic four-tracker. Opener "Stop For Nothing" is particularly striking, with DART adding creepy, reverb-laden synthesizer lead lines and celestial chords to a sweaty, jacking techno groove. He opts to emphasize relentless synth-bass, spacey electronics and mesmerising melodic motifs on the Orbital-esque "Hit & Run", before raving it up once more via the pounding beats and sci-fi synthesizer sounds of "Shutdown". His love of fusing intergalactic melodies and bustling breakbeats - as outlined on his previous EP - is the main attraction of similarly strong closing cut "Plugged Outro".
Review: While Shall Not Fade has succeeded in part by building a roster of up-and-coming artists, the Bristol-based imprint is not shy of serving up an EP from a familiar favourite now and then - hence this label debut from sometime Freerange, Lost Palms and Let's Play House artist Demuja. There are five fine tracks to enjoy, from the squelchy bass and sustained chords of atmospheric deep house bumper "Do It", to the warm and rolling peak-time positivity of bustling EP closer "Tokyo". Elsewhere, we'd suggest checking the sublime chord progressions and bustling beats of "Can't Stop" (a track that rekindles memories of Deep Dish classic "Stay Gold") and the piano laden, pitched down bliss of EP highlight "Those Who".
Review: Fresh from a gym-themed collaboration with former Wolf Music man Frits Wentink, DJ Boring returns to the warming bosom of Bristol-based Shall Not Fade. Surprisingly, it's his first outing for KGW's main label after a number of acclaimed releases on the imprint's Lost Palms offshoot. There's naturally plenty to enjoy throughout, from the glassy-eyed synthesizer positivity and hypnotic drums of sun-kissed opener "Exotic Feelin", to the heavy analogue bass, beefed-up tribal drums and 1990 style bleep melodies of peak-time slammer "Stuck in Russia". Elsewhere, "Found Love" finds our hero flitting between epic synthesizer breakdowns and a pleasingly jazzy synth-house groove, while "For Than" offers just the right balance between colourful, dream house style goodness and bumpin', Chicago style deep house bottom-end.
Review: If trad-style deep house and US garage are what floats your boat then you need to pick up this EP from Djoko immediately, because lead track 'Hooked On You' is the absolute BOMB and, marrying New Jersey keys and male soul vox to an uptempo driving rhythm, is surely destined to be huge on soulful floors this summer. Elsewhere on the EP, there are more garage-y overtones on 'Facettes' while 'Bad To The Bone' and 'Jode Lade' operate in more straight-up deep house territory (but still in classic US-style mode), and the quality standard is impeccable throughout. Superb stuff.
Review: Since making their debut on 1080p five years ago, Earth Boys (AKA producers Julian C Duron and Michael Sherburn) have carved themselves a niche as creators of dreamy, humid and often psychedelic electronic retro-futurism. They continue to mine this richly mixed-up, saucer-eyed musical seam on "Earth Tones", an album-length excursion that marks their first appearance on Shall Not Fade. Across the eight tracks, the pair treats us to dubby, Motor City-influenced deep space house (the sax-sporting "Sonama"), sub-heavy, breakbeat-driven U.S garage revivalism ("I Just Love It"), weighty early UK hardcore revivalism (standout "Amazon Prime"), jazzy dream house lusciousness ("Earth Tones"), turn-of-the-90s deep house revivalism ("Los Angeles") and immersive, late night dancefloor bliss ("Got It To Work").
Review: Barely a month has passed since Earth Boys delivered the saucer-eyed delight that was the "Earth Tones" album, but already Shall Not Fade has offered up a fully remixed, feature length set of alternative versions. That's no criticism though, because there's plenty to set the pulse racing from start to finish. Our highlights include the '90s drum & bass goes Balearic sweetness of Baltra's "White Cherry Gelato" mix of "Battery Boys", Interplanetary Criminal's stunningly dreamy late night UKG rework of "Amazon Prime", Soela's deliciously deep, hazy and life-affirming house take on "Los Angeles" - which incidentally reminded us of '90s Scottish deep house producer Aqua Bassino), and J Albert's bonkers-but-brilliant re-fix of "On a Limb", which is frankly impossible to accurately describe.
Review: With releases on Phonica and Echovolt to his credit, Earth Trax aka Bartosz Kruczyński now delivers his debut album for Shall Not Fade, the sister imprint of Lost Palms. It's a mesmerising affair that features the warbling acid of "Pandora's Box" and "Full Throttle" at one end of the spectrum and the atmospheric break beat techno of "I'm Not Afraid" and "Adhocracy" at the other. In between these two extremes sit irresistibly evocative cuts such as the rickety rhythms of "Fade Away" and the uplifting bass tones of "Copies Of Copies", making for a well-rounded and effortlessly executed debut album.
Review: In the early stages of his career, Gerry "Ejeca" McCartney was renowned for delivering deliciously rushing, glassy-eyed peak-time anthems. In recent times, he's added a few more strings to his musical bow, though he can still smash it out if he needs to. For proof, check out the opening gambit of this EP on Shall Not Fade, "BetterB", which flits between glacial, Biosphere like ambience and bustling, rave-igniting dancefloor pressure. That pressure is maintained via the acid bass-propelled, stab-happy house retro-futurism of "Never Should" and the slamming "Polar", which is sweatier than Neil Ruddock's jockstrap after five minutes on an exercise bike. Elsewhere, "Nation" is a slick and spacey slab of electro, and "Real" is a thunderous big room techno romp laden with warehouse-ready synth stabs.
Review: Bristol-based Shall Not Fade has recently made some shrewd signings, not least rising stars Earth Boys. They've also secured the services of another producer getting plenty of props, Colombian Felipe Gordon. The Bacate Exploration, his first EP for the West Country outlet, is predictably impressive. It sees him bounce between rubbery, Jazz-funk influenced disco/deep house fusion (the heady and addictive title track), acid-fired deep house jazziness (the slick and warming 'Deep (For You)'), classic-sounding US deep house warmth ('(To) Get My Shit Together'), bustling dancefloor funkiness ('The Five Ohh Seeex') and colourful, life-affirming house headiness ('Manzanero's Despair') - all while wielding his trusty bass guitar and some suitably vintage synths.
Review: Two weeks shy of 12 months since his last outing on Shall Not Fade, Rob Glassett dusts down the Fold alias and unveils his first single of 2019. As expected, Glassett starts in confident mood via the deep and drowsy "Some Common Sense", where a variety of vocal snippets and jazzy samples ride sweaty drums and a dubby bassline, before doffing a cap to vintage jazz-house on the sun-kissed breeziness of "Writers Anthem" (those of a certain vintage may recognize the main sample, which was used on a classic Ninja Tune release). "Onion Gravy" is a chunky, sample-rich deep house box jam of the sort popularized by S3A, while "Astral Planes" brilliantly joins the dots between intergalactic Detroit techno and dreamy, ultra-deep house.
Review: Hanna is Cleveland, Ohio's Warren Harris: a veteran producer with a career spanning 20 years who has released everywhere from Sublime, Track Mode, Paper Recordings and Sound Signature. He joins a growing list of underground heroes such as Rick Wade on the brilliantly created Shall Not Fade camp out of Bristol. Four soulful and emotive explorations in deepness await you On The Basis Of Deference EP. From the soothing urban blues of "In The Morning", "Psalms" with its creamy Rhodes chords and hypnotic vocals, or the bittersweet "Perhaps" which gets a remix by Cardiff veteran Earl Jeffers too.
Review: Keeping strong in 2020 is Harrison BDP who makes his full debut on Shall Not Fade following a recent offering for its sub-label, Lost Palms, and others like Berg Audio and Standalone Records. Covering all matter of techy, Detroit and housey inspirations in the title-track "Sound Expansion Meditation", "My Deepest Regret" sees Harrison BDP keep it dubby and minimal with a touch of future jazz. Uplifting, linear and cosmic sequences in "Real Love Don't Fade" with the darker trance of "Figures In The Smoke" lightened up by the piano keys in "Country Boy".
Review: Despite co-founding a label on which he can release his music whenever he wants (Brooklyn staple Let's Play House), Jacques Renault frequently showcases his wares on a diverse range of high-profile and well-regarded underground house imprints. He's at it again here, offering up a Shall Not Fade label debut comprised of five fuzzy, sample-rich peak-time workouts. His thickset beats, sweaty grooves and booming dub disco basslines variously get fused with heady Latin beats ("Shake It Fake It"); glassy-eyed disco instrumentation (the slamming "Down To It"); sparkling boogie synth riffs ("Gotta Know"); warehouse-ready stabs and echoing female vocal samples ("Machiato Makin") and Gwen Guthrie vocal samples ("Jazz Man").
Review: More throwback house sounds from the Shall Not Fade camp, this time courtesy of Irish producer Kettama (Unknown To The Unknown/Homage) who is really blowing up at the moment. The Eastside Ave EP clearly takes it cues from early '90s stateside sounds : the soulful and heartfelt bounce of the title track honouring the vibe of The Windy City, while "Majik" channels the vibe of classic Kerri Chandler. "In The Garage" sees him do his best impression of Mood II Swing, while "Falling Down" hammers the message home in timeless Jersey style.
Review: Man-of-the-moment Laurence Guy has been in a rich vein of form for a while now. In the last three years he's released must-have-music on Church, Monologues, Mule Musiq, Studio Barnhus and now Shall Not Fade. "The Sun Is Warm & Directly Above You" marks his first appearance on the latter imprint and contains three stunning tracks. Our pick of the bunch is undoubtedly the soft focus, slow-burn deep house emotion of the title track, a cut that sees him wrap yearning, high register male vocal samples, atmospheric vocal samples and atmospheric field recordings around a tactile, shuffling groove. "This Isn't My Best Life" offers a more energetic take on the same melancholic, piano-laden idea, while EP opener "Untitled Needs" is jazz-house for the Mall Grab generation.
Review: Two years on from an impressive first appearance on Lobster Theremin, Luz1e transfers to Shall Not Fade and notches up another rock solid label debut. She hits the ground round running with title track "Ridin", a bustling chunk of ghetto-house influenced breakbeat deepness full of warm chords and cut-up vocal snippets, before joining the dots between two-step garage, breakbeat and drowsy deepness on the arguably even better "Hyperfunk (Deep Break Cut)". She reaches for the alien, acid style electronics on the dreamy ghetto-tech rush of "Damn Boi", while "Early Reflections" is another ear-catching trip into woozy, glassy-eyed breakbeat territory complete with glacial pads and redlined analogue bass.
Keep The Faith (feat Poppi - Black Loops remix) - (6:58) 130 BPM
Review: While many labels have scaled back their release schedules due to the ongoing global pandemic, Shall Not Fade has done the opposite, delivering a higher-then-normal volume of top-quality releases. Their latest comes from Liverpool lads Matrefakt, whose label debut is as assured and impressive as their previous work on their own ATL imprint. Our pick of a very strong bunch is the driving, locked-in deep house-goes-techno stomp of "Almost As If", though the piano-heavy house retro-futurism of "State" and the acid-tinged "Act Accordingly" are almost as good. Also worth checking are "Keep The Faith", a throbbing and intoxicating vocal number that boasts some genuinely jazzy guitar samples, and Black Loops' loose-limbed (and surprisingly funky) accompanying rework.
Review: Warehouse Music boss Ryan Aitchison aka Mella Dee has previously stated that the early days of South Yorkshire's rave scene in the '90s - particularly around his hometown of Doncaster - has had a lasting influence. It is this dedication to preserving the zetigets of UK electronic music's heyday which has found him a fitting home on current 'it' label Shall Not Fade - the London based operation being absolutely obsessed with all things retro. For the Not Here To Make Friends EP, Mella Dee channels the spirit of Jeff Mills seminal early releases on the banging techno of "Heavy Coupla Weeks" and particularly The Wizard's Waveform Transmissions series on the strobe lit energy of "Spring" (420 mix) while "Run That" heads further south by looking to Birmingham's influence (namely that of Regis and Surgeon) with its pounding cyclicality.
Review: For the best part of a decade, Nicholas Lammatteo has offered up warm and atmospheric deep house that draws inspiration from great European and American dancefloor records of the 1990s. He's at it again on his second outing for Shall Not Fade. Much of the EP is informed by the glassy-eyed, sunrise-ready wonder of turn-of-the-90s Italian dream house, particularly the Key-Tronic Ensemble style closer "Meditation" and the utterly gorgeous and dreamy "Rainforest", which is so authentic some dancers might believe it was released on DFC in 1990. Equally impressive are "Message From The East", a bass-heavy workout that layers typically dreamy synthesizer chords and gentle, eyes-closed melodies atop rolling breakbeats and tactile bass, and the flute-sampling, acid-bass-sporting breakbeat house shuffle of "Meridian Dream".