Review: Previously, label-hopping twosome Amentia has largely delivered EPs that blur the boundaries between deep house and tech-house. This time round, though, the former jazz pianist and percussionist have opted for a far more melodious and dreamy approach. Opener "Victoria", for example, opens with an intoxicating, flute-laden ambient intro, before slowly morphing into a becalmed ethno-house shuffler. The use of fluttering flutes and melodious percussion instruments (marimba, xylophone etc) continues on "Antilope", while title track "Miracle D'Hwange" sounds like a particularly psychedelic cut from the Italian dream house era. The package also boasts two tasty remixes: a chugging, dreamy and slow motion rework of "Victoria" by Carson, and Armen Milan's slick, outer-space tech-house interpretation of the title track.
Review: Fresh from fine recent outings on Music For Dreams, Beat & Path and Earthly Delights, Be Svendson pitches up on Sol Selectas with a chunk of notably percussive and gently tribal deep house. Svendson's original version of "Getula" is particularly impressive, with the Danish producer peppering a dusty, drum rich 108 BPM house groove with exotic instrumentation, humid melodies, dubbed-out electronics and richly atmospheric chords. It's Balearic in feel, but a little more deep and dusty in tone. KMLN provides an even deeper interpretation, where Svendsen's Turkish style instrumentation slowly rises above the kind of dusty, locked-in groove that was once the preserve of Nicolas Jaar.
Review: Last seen (and heard) collaborating with Hesselberg on Nazca, Dandara is a Switzerland-based producer best known for combining heavily electronic deep house with live percussion and elements of tropical music from Africa and South America. His latest EP for Sol Selectas follows a similar trajectory, moving between Innervisions-esque fare (fine opening cut "Atumbe"), looser and more percussive vibes (the warm and toasty "Caracal", which includes some rather nice electronic melodies) and the kind of spiritual house warmth more often associated with "Moja". Each cut comes with an accompanying remix. They're all strong, though our pick is Kilk and Frik's wonderfully tropical deep house take on "Caracal". It's a touch slower than Dandara's original mix but arguably twice as good.
Review: The Copenhagen based, Norwegian DJ and producer Mikkas Skulstad is better known as Djuma Soundsystem - and has appeared for the likes of Noir Music, Chapter 24 and Crosstown Rebels. Skulstad returns for a terrific new journey on Los Angeles based Sol Selectas with "Saguaro" - a moody and atmospheric expression in minimal/tech-house that will take you deep into the exotic. Citymatine and Aether Club resident Sobek then follows up with an emotive rework that is right in line with the label's aesthetic. Second original offering "Kawahagi" similarly gets some ancient and folkloric vibes into the fold, followed by more remixes - California native Kincaid's rendition getting some 303 acid in action, while ascendant duo Fake Mood's remix gets some hypnotic polyrhythms in full effect.
Review: The latest EP on Sol Selectas sees deep house sort Hraach join forces with fellow Ready Mix contributor Armen Miran, whose recent Lost Found EP was an altogether more Balearic excursion. Given the common ground between the duo, it's unsurprising to find that "Inevitable Ending" is a drowsy and atmospheric deep house affair, with twinkling, xylophone style instrumentation and Middle Eastern melodies riding a smooth house groove. On "Aldebarran", the pair ratchets up the atmosphere a notch or two, with Miran contributing the melancholic piano flourishes that perfectly compliment Hraach's chunky deep house groove. The EP closes with something of an epic; a 14-minute remix of "Inevitable Ending" from Viken Arman and Goldcap that offers a chugging, psychedelic taste of the exotic.
Review: KMLN (Kameleon) are an Italian-Canadian duo, formed in Berlin but now based in Los Angeles and appearing on fellow Los Angeleno Sabo's Sol Selectas imprint. The exotic "Alhambra" will appeal to Crosstown Rebels fans with its exotic instrumentation over deep atmospheric tech house vibes. "Walam" continues on its venture deep into the exotic using arabic vocals and more exotic instrumentation over a sultry deep house groove. Berlin tech house hero Nico Stojan steps in to do two remixes of "Alhambra" that nail that Kater Blau vibe. How could they not, after all: he's a resident there! The "Going To Japan" remix keeps it deep and retains the shaman in the desert style vibes of the original, but the "122 Rework" makes it more up tempo and dare we say, progressive.
Kora (CA) & Nic Falardeau - "Wahiba" (original) - (7:21) 115 BPM
Kora (CA) & Nic Falardeau - "Wahiba" (Powel remix) - (8:03) 115 BPM
Review: Kora (Kindisch/Earthly Delights) is an artist project blending diverse sounds and stimulating textures, a place where organic elements and modern means collide. It is home to a traveller on a lengthy voyage. He serves up a deep and esoteric groove that is just perfect for drifting on a rooftop: yes we are hinting at it being played at an All Day I Dream Party! Montreal's Nic Falardeau hopes to mould music into whatever shape his creativity sets. While sticking to the roots with organic sounds, Nic aims to blend genres with instruments and create a soulful sound that can belong only to him. He collaborates with Kora on the track "Wahiba" where they serve up and deep and lush arrangement that is evocative as it is melancholic and channels that Crosstown Rebels sound perfectly.
Review: Sol Selectas is pleased to welcome back Mexico's Metrika for his first solo EP. Journey Through My Past tells the musical story of the artist, capturing all of his knowledge and experience into the creation of these three original songs. The moody "Yo Naca" is a deep tribal house journey featuring vocals taken from a traditional Icaros ceremony. For the remix, the label invited back their friends Matanza from Chile. Elsewhere, "Oda A Un Bata" features recordings of a traditional Cuban percussionist living in Mexico City, who had revolutionized ancient drumming techniques and the terrific EP closes out with the moody dancefloor drama of "Once Upon A Triplet" (original).
Review: Dubsided has been the usual home for Nadastrom's output, the shady tech house head who has been delivering the goods over the last five years, but Soul Side feels like his natural home, a perfect ground for the mesmerising sonics of a house tune such as "Jupiter", most likely spawning its sounds from the mythical Roland synth. "Chivas" is our choice on here, though, and its rigged percussion pattern takes us to a territory that we very much love at the moment, an improvisational space jam for the deeper moments in a set, and a groove that can be enjoyed both off and on piste.
Review: Los Angeles transplant from NYC DJ Sabo serves up a great long player courtesy of his own respected Sol Selectas imprint entitled Vibe Quest. Leap deep into the exotic across the album's dozen or so tracks. As he describes himself, the album is "a sonic landscape that crosses several musical borders with mixtures of tropical poly-rhythms, warm bass frequencies, rich percussion." Sounds good already right? Our favourites were the dark and woozy Afro house of "Coconut Mantras", the sexy dancefloor drama of tech house slow burner "Sure & Pure", "Fantastico" which is definitely the most high octane offering and we must certainly mention the two bass heavy explorations of latin exotica performed alongside Nadastrom & Melo such as "Hang On" and "Timbiqui Hasta DC".
Young Wisdom (Blond:ish Club Rework) - (6:59) 118 BPM
Young Wisdom (Birds Of Mind remix) - (6:27) 116 BPM
Review: The 50th release on Sol Selectas comes from the label founder himself: Sabo. The LP features the musical talents of a mother and son: as represented by the title Earth & Sun. Twenty year old Elijah Sage plays the ancient Ravanhatta string instrument on the opening track "Young Wisdom" while his mother Nikila Badua provides the vocals. Nicola Cruz from Ecuador; who is fresh off some great releases including an album on Multi Culti, delivers a stellar remix of "Obatala" taking us high into the Andes Mountains. German duo Blond:ish transform "Young Wisdom" into a psychedelic tech house trip, while Paris' Birds of Mind take you on a voyage into the deep with their ethereal reinterpretation of "Young Wisdom".
Review: Sol Selectas Records specializes in deep tribal dance music, incorporating folkloric sounds and ancient rhythms, bringing them into a future electronic realm of deep house. Label boss Sabo released his album entitled 'Vibe Quest' back in 2016 and it now makes a return in the form of this remix package: which is rather impressive and worthy of your attention. Highlights on here include German tech house hero Acid Pauli's Singing Sequencer remix of "Singing Game" which is a woozy mid-noughties style minimal groove that's suited perfectly for the after hours. Multi Culti boss man Thomas Von Party's esoteric acid remix of "Drop That" is perfect for the raindance! Elsewhere, Los Angeles power duo Nadastrom return with a brooding remix of the title track and the legendary Alexi Delano makes a surprising appearance: the Swedish NYC transplant provides a hypnotic techno rework of "Force 4 Movement" while another legend in the form of Miami's Oscar G (who teams up with Lazaro Casanova) with a jacking remix of "Afro Fuego"
Review: Los Angeles based Sol Selectas specialises in deep tribal dance music, incorporating folkloric sounds and ancient rhythms, bringing them into a future electronic realm. This couldn't be embodied any more than on the celestial and esoteric groove of "Tiniri" by label boss Sabo and Amine K. This is sure to get some dancefloor drama happening - perfect for when the smoke machine and strobe lights come on. Hamburg hero Matthias Meyer steps up for remix duties and delivers a driving yet restrained perspective with added dancefloor dynamic - and working those hypnotic elements of the track superbly. If you're seeking more flavour, tune in to the deep dive into the exotic that is "Amanar" with its splendid sitar tones and rich tabla percussion workout.