Review: With summer fast approaching, Suol has decided to get ahead of the game with an EP chock full of sweltering, sun-kissed deep house treats. Atjazz kicks things off with the rich chord progressions, lilting synthesizer melodies and bouncy drums of sunset-friendly shuffler "Programme Sunlight", before label regulars Chopstick and Johnjon serve up the similarly positive and breezy "Last Night". Elsewhere, Matthias Vogt cranks out the languid, life-affirming pianos and blissful electronics on Balearic house gem "Chanterelle", M.Ono delivers a loved-up twist on loopy disco house, and Carlo drops a chunk of bumpin', bass-heavy goodness blessed with sun-bright guitar flourishes. Best of all, though, is Meggy and Tigerskin's "Bygone Eras", a slick and sultry chunk of sun-bright modern soul.
Review: Chopstick & Johnjon are Chi-Thien Nguyen and John Muder; head honchos of Suol Music based out of Berlin. Versions 2 follows up the first volume which was released back in 2012 and on this one we've got some really great grooves. Take for instance the sunny, bouncy and slightly retro flavoured deep house of "Keep It Real Son" which will appeal to fans of Tuff City Kids or Kim Brown. Also there's the cowbell driven nu-disco boogie of "I Need Your Love" which is absolutely infectious and "String For Fools"; definitely the most serious track on here and will create some sure moments of dancefloor drama with those strings reminiscent of hits like "Full Clip" and, well.. "Strings For Life" of course!
Review: Given that their discography stretches back to 2004, deep house lovers should know what to expect from Suol regulars Chopstick and Johnjon. Famed for avoiding scene fads and doing their own thing, the duo's cuts are rarely less than solid and club-ready. Further proof of their reliability is provided by the four tracks showcased here, not least the gentle looped stabs, glassy-eyed chords and inspirational spoken word vocal of "What is House Music". Elsewhere, "Salvation" is an ultra-deep excursion blessed with dreamy chords and snappy drum machine handclaps, "O-Negative" is a slightly more upbeat jog through intergalactic deep house territory, and "Catalisa" is a subtle and seductive tribute to New Jersey producers such as Ben Cormac and Nathaniel X.
Review: Reviewed is Suol's new digital-only compilation series, and has apparently been designed to showcase the tracks and remixes of some of the label's most productive artists. This first volume focuses on the prolific Chopstick & Johnjon, gathering together 14 career highlights and a non-stop DJ mix of the same material. Predictably, there's much to enjoy, from the darting Latin pianos, soulful vocals, slab bass and jumpy beats of the duo's "rediscovered" remix of Siri Svegler's "Silent Viewer", to the trippy, bass-heavy hypnotism of "A New Dub", a fine collaboration with old pal Fritz Kalkbrenner. Other highlights include the stomping blues-house voodoo of "Listen", the woozy, late night deep house dreaminess of "Birds", and the melodious, riff-heavy hustle of "Rebound".
Review: "Changing Face" was the first single from Fritz Kalkbrenner's well received 2016 album Grand Depart and it now gets a bunch of stellar remixes by some of the scene's current heavyweights. Maya Jane Cole's soulful, sexy and emotive rendition is the kind of groove that will burn up dancefloors from London to Berlin and beyond this Summer, while Swiss hi-tech soul merchant Deetron hands in a wicked rendition as you'd expect. With its epic and life affirming chord progressions over some subtle latin and bossa influences: the guy can really do no wrong on the remix front. An honourable mention to the Harbour City's favourite sons Adana Twins, whose remix of the track takes you down the darkside and further into the abyss with its furious and tunnelling groove that would make their homeboys Stephan Bodzin and Andre Winter stand up and notice! The tremendous original appears here too for your convenience as well as a friendly radio edit.
Review: Predictably, Suol has gathered together tracks from an impressive list of deep house producers for this expansive first volume in the Hallo Montag 2018 series. German veteran Ian Pooley sets the tone with the jacking, acid-tinged deep house bounce of "Time", before M Ono shows off his synthesizer soloing skills via the glassy-eyed Balearic house brilliance of "Waffelhaus". Iron Curtis's contribution, "The Further You Look", sounds simultaneously low-slung and gently dreamy (it's a fine combination), while Black Loops doff a cap to the greats of disco-house via the funk-fuelled, sample-heavy stomp of "Is This A Banger?" If you're in the mood for something a bit more bumping, the boompty-inspired stomp that is Carlo's "Lluvia" should be right up your alley.