Review: The tempo is high and the trance vibes are up on Joe Davis Junior's debut seminal Detroit label Submerge. This three-track release is a high intensity listen, and "Theory Of Light" is smooth, jacking and intergalactic. "DTW To Frankfurt Main" pays homage to Sven Vath's home town and it's a heroic session of synths and melodies that will make you want to work out in lycra, while "Electro Minded" is a rambunctious production of criss-crossing beats and spacey bleeps.
Review: It's to Submerge and UR's credit that they can still deliver music that is exciting and challenging. Leader begins with "EF's Back", a brilliantly moody slice of hip-hop noir, with nasal, blunted vocals set to chilling strings. By contrast, "Funny" is a high-speed jazzy techno track, the sensuous notes striving to keep up with the runaway tempo. But Submerge has remained true to its roots here, and Mr DE rolls out the wiry electro funk on "Technobob" and "Technobass", the latter bringing an air of mystique with it. He also delivers breathless deep techno on the dreamy, soulful vocal-led "All for Granted".
Review: Submerge release yet another full-blown leviathan of a compilation for all you Detroit addicts out there! This has literally got it all, ranging from classic rhythms like Underground Resistance's "Timeline" or Disco D's infamous electro monster "SOS", and even various re-ups from DJ Assault's vaults, such as "Dick Ride" and the hip-hop filtered "Same Ho"; to lesser known beasts by the likes of DJ Zap, DJ Godfather and many others! There are over thirty pieces here, so take your time and enjoy. Whatup doe!
John Douglas Quartet - "Afreakville" - (3:44) 123 BPM
John Douglas Quartet - "Love Deffered" - (13:12)
Review: A finer schooling in contemporary Detroit soul you will not find; Mr De - AKA ghettotech legend Ade Manior - digs deep and curates another fine collection from his label's back cat. Each track is a highlight, from De's own electroboogie theme tune to his deeper, more emotion-rich house projects as Renaissance. Naturally Underground Resistance's Galaxy 2 Galaxy joints are a major drawer; if the proto-anthem "Jupiter Jazz" and the more meandering robo cloud jazz of "Inspiration" aren't in your collection now is the time to get up to speed.