Review: Sol Selectas' first Global Entry compilation, which hit stores earlier in 2021, was a fine collection of deep, dreamy and otherworldly music with a distinctly psychedelic slant. This follow-up is similarly mind-altering in tone, initially flitting between stripped-back throb-jobs (Sabo's 'Togi Trip' and Timboletti's decidedly druggy - if cowbell-sporting - 'About Frogs and Birds'), creepy nu-disco chug (Be Svendson), feverish world music/deep house fusion (Hot Oasis), languid deep house warmth (Paax). As the collection progresses, the beats get marginally bolder and the basslines weightier, with further nods towards hypnotic tech-house, trance-inducing late-90s ambient techno workouts and percussion-laden dancefloor tropicana.
Review: Fresh from an exotic, otherworldly outing on Camel Riders - the Arabic tech-house squelch of 'Lari Plays Guitar' -Laroz pitches up on Sol Selectas with some heady, off-kilter house. The star attraction is arguably 'Miombo', a bouncy fusion of tech-tinged Afro-house and warped, wild synthesizer lines that once again showcases his ability to utilise underused synth sounds and rubbery rhythms. Sam Shure provides the accompanying remix, peppering a slipped Afro-house groove with a wealth of cowbell sounds and wayward synthesizer motifs. Elsewhere, 'Laganga' is a deeper, dreamier and smoother take on tech-house/Afro-house fusion, while Rodrigo Gallardo's remix of that track is a gentle tropical house treat.
Through The Valley (original mix) - (7:52) 112 BPM
Busurman (German Brigante remix) - (7:02) 110 BPM
Through The Valley (KEENE remix) - (6:25) 121 BPM
Review: Two tracks, four mixes and two very different stories here. Zuma Dionys is a producer from St Petersburg, Russia who calls his sound "progressive ethno electronic" - a label that works a lot better than "deep house" when it comes to describing the chugging, midtempo, globally-inspired electronica of the two originals here! So for the purposes of this page it's really up to the remixes to do the heavy lifting: the Keene Remix of 'Through The Valley' flirts with progressive/melodic tropes while foregrounding the Arabic-style vocal, but it's German Brigantie's sleazy, squelchy lo-slung rerub of 'Busurman' that's the must-check.
Review: Featuring three originals from Satori himself and six other re-imagined cuts from the Sol Selectas back catalogue, Re:Imagined as an idea was conceived during a 10-hour set Satori plays in his hometown every year. With the music on display here dipping into a cultural melting pot of exotic sounds and diversity that's put through a filter of progressive, jazzed-laced and acoustic house, enjoy eastern-themed motifs in "Stone Flower", balearic guitars in "Tiniri" to the watery tabla rhythms and chant music of "Deep In The Mountains". Alternatively find poppier vocal numbers in "Obatala" to the summery, folky waltzes of "Heliocentrist" to the post-sunset vibes of "Marimbora". World music for the Ibiza dreamers.
Review: Channelling earthly spirits more than ever before on this latest Summer Sol compilation is a vast collection of artists who are clearly deft in the art of combining traditional and acoustic elements with amplified production processes of the modern day. Filled with deep and techy sounds all the more, this compilation brims with the spiritual klang of ancient percussive teachings, tasteful pan pipes and plucked strings from the world over. Find this alongside epic basslines in Yamil's "Hedia", Ayala's jazz-tipped "Spectre" to the slower-motion and chugging beats of "Vimana (feat Helia Jamali)". And for that dubby tip, we suggest "Shantallion" by Novalima & Israel Vich.
Choopie & Golan Zocher - "Papaya In Ibiza" (feat Laroz Camel Rider - original mix) - (8:24) 121 BPM
Review: According to the label, Global Entry is a place for psychedelic, left-field music, and it sounds like they have succeeded in their approach. This compilation starts with the slightly ominous, mid-tempo chugging groove of Iorie's "Dangerous Love", before moving into "El Teatro de lso Suenos" from PAAX (Tulum). Based on a similar tempo, it goes deeper, with evocative vocals unfolding over piano keys and a melancholic groove that calls to mind Ibizan sunsets. Anthony Middleton of Audiofly fame adds some techy beats on "Energy is Currency" but even here the mood remains reflective thanks to the use of dreamy synths and a female vocal intoning the words to Simon & Garfunkel's evergreen the Sound of Silence.
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: 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: 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: 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.
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: 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: 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.
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".
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: Sabo's Sol Selectas is focusing its sound on deep mystical dance music, guiding its listeners into the future with positive intention. The Hidden Oasis EP coming from the land of Oz, is the result of a series of collaborations between Uone from Melbourne and Western in Sydney. These two deep tech house jams are inspired by primitive sounds, but maintain a modern feeling with layerings of instrumentation juxtaposed with sizzling synths. The duo capture a unique electronic sound while maintaining an organic vibe. Fellow Australian, and co-owner of Multi Culti Records, Dreems, delivers a psychedelic pitched down interpretation of "Tribal Paradise". "Gold Sacks River" is a dark journey track with a mandatory wonky synth lead and geared for some serious dancefloor drama, but quite fitting then that Berlin's true master of the art Jonas Saalbach steps up to the challenge and shows us all just how it's done.
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: 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".
Review: Unders enjoyed a rather productive 2015, delivering a string of releases for such labels as Play, Sincopat and Groove On. Here, the Dutch producer tries something a little different, eschewing his usual squeezable deep house and Euro-tech influences in favour of the kind of pitched-down, spaced-out dancefloor psychedelia that usually goes down a storm at A Love From Outer Space parties. "Syria" is an intoxicating, hallucinogens-fuelled trip to the Middle East, full of drifting Arabic flutes, foreboding bass, bubbling electronics and undeniably unsettling vocal samples. Satori ups the weird factor further on the accompanying remix, offering up sharper electronics, looser drums, and longer breakdowns.
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.