Review: Nebel is the German word for 'nebula', astronomically speaking, or a mist or haze more generally - a fitting enough title for a track that, while quite driving in the beats department, still has something of a hazy, dreamy feel. The work of a Berlin-based Brit who's known for her releases on Lobster Theremin (and who's also the daughter of a well-known northern soul DJ), 'Nebel' is a cut that'd work on deep and progressive/melodic house floors alike, its densely layered synths underpinned by warm, resonant bass that powers everything along while chipmunk-y, almost PC Music-ish vocal microsnips add a dash of human warmth at the top end.
Review: Last year, London DJ crew and party promotion outfit SlothBoogie delivered one of the compilations of the year, a wonderfully eclectic and on-point set entitled Dancing With Friends. According to the crew, they spent even more time carefully curating this welcome sequel. You can tell, too. Kicking off with the tactile, slow-burn deep house yearning of Soul Won's '96 to Albert Park', the 21-track collection ambles, strides and jogs between soul-flecked deep house (see Kemback's brilliant 'I Know What You're Thinking'), driving nu-disco (Jesse Bru), swirling deep jackers (Erik Ellmann's 'Private Talk'), loopy disc-house haziness (the always excellent Felipe Gordon), jazz-flecked acid squelch-alongs (Pablot), deep space sample house (Sam Irl) and high-octane, peak-time insanity (The Revenge). Simply brilliant.
Review: 13 months after making his SlothBoogie bow via a contribution to the imprint's excellent Dancing With Friends compilation, former ClippArt and 13th Hour contributor Soul Wun delivers a fine contribution to the label's SB Jamz series. He begins in ear-catching mood with 'Piero's Strings', a superb fusion of jazz-house and deep house blessed with - you guessed it - some seriously luscious strings, before offering a dustier, deeper and more bass-heavy take on ultra-deep jazz-house (the impeccable, early St Germain style warmth of 'Japan Theme'). Speaking of St Germain, the French veteran would no doubt approve of the deliciously atmospheric and shuffling 'Lily Flower (Adele)', which remixer Jesse Bru later gives a slightly chunkier (but no less emotive) spin. Head-nodding downtempo workout 'Sun Lady Statement' completes a fine package.
Review: The latest missive on SlothBoogie's Jamz offshoot comes courtesy of Lowres, a Russia-based duo who already have releases on Minor Notes and Housewax to their name. There's much to enjoy across the EP, beginning with the musically expansive and intricately produced 'Janwary', a superb sample-house excursion that wraps filtered orchestral samples and twinkling jazz piano around a chunky deep house groove. Title track 'Mechta' is a deeper and warmer excursion notable for the pair's use of interesting percussion sounds, while 'Morozenhoe' sits somewhere between dub house and Afro-tinged jazz-house. Also impressive is closing cut 'Trenerovka', another patchwork sample-house excursion featuring typically sub-heavy bottom-end.
Review: One of London's most highly respected underground electronic music crews, SlothBoogie encompasses a DJ collective, radio show, a regular party series and of course a label. For their 12th edition they've got Southern Italian native and Berlin dweller Nanni Barnaba aka Ruff Stuff, who is a fine example of nominative determinism. With a penchant for tough 808 drum patterns, and arrangements which echo the spirit of 90's Chicago - he was the perfect choice. The Dubby Tales EP features the emotive "Still Warm" and it's melancholic Larry Heard/Alleviated vibe, more chunky Juno 106 basslines await on the acid inflected soul of "Agosto" and "Moto Continuo" channels the hi-tech soul of classic Detroit.
Review: To celebrate notching up ten years in the game, London blog and party-turned-record label SlothBoogie has decided to offer-up their most ambitious release to date: an epic collection of previously unheard cuts from a mixture of imprint regulars and like-minded friends. There's naturally plenty to set the pulse racing throughout, with highlights including the sparkling jazz-funk-meets-deep house sunshine of Levan's "U R Beautiful In The Face", the deep, breakbeat-driven dreaminess of Philippa's "That's What I Mean By Free", the piano solo-heavy disco-house bump of Leatherette's "Your Love", and the dub disco-meets-acid house heaviness of "Rewind Run" by Pablot. Throw in similarly impressive contributions from Kassian, Luvless, Casino Times and Soul Wun (the classic jazz-house of "Thank You, St Germain") and you have a must-have collection.