Doppelate - "Four Feet Up The Stairs" - (5:57) 118 BPM
Rhode, Brown & Leo Woelfel - "More Drama" - (5:38) 126 BPM
Marco Lazovic - "In The Jungle" - (5:17) 120 BPM
Review: Slam City Jams is an upcoming label from Munich, and its third release provides a platform for emerging house music talent. First up is production pair COEO, who are best known for their releases on Toy Tonics. "Never Going Home", their contribution to Volume 1, is an off-beat, slinky electronic groove that features a moody bass and warm, warbling melodies. By contrast, Doppelate's "Four Feet Up The Stairs" is more in keeping with classic deep house, thanks to its gentle keys and reflective composition, while on label owners? Rhode & Brown's "More Drama (Less Hysteria)", the release moves into the warm and squelchy electronic disco the Dutch West Coast. Rounding off this impressive EP is Marco Lazovic's Chicago-influenced "In The Jungle".
Review: Instrumental deep house from the soulful/jazzy end of the spectrum is the overall MO on this four-tracker from Berlin's Westcoast Goddess. Opener 'Satisfaction & Clarity' centres around pulsing synth chords and dense strings, 'Soul Out Of Time' is a midtempo affair with tinkling keys shining out over multiple layers of percussion, 'Open Heart' is lighter and airier, marrying Jersey-style organ chords to some fine jazz-funk meanderings on guitar and keys, while finally 'In Search Of Darryl P' comes on like early 80s boogie's darker cousin. The production's a little on the busy side but these are four solid tracks all the same.