Review: This is something of an all-star hook-up, as atmospheric deep house specialists Julien Chaptal (Remote Area, 20:20 Vision) and Lauhaus (Remote Area, Infacto) join forces to lay down some murky, Afro-influenced wonkiness for Supplement Facts. "Jujuman" is a real 4am special, all mangled African chants, stripped-back grooves, weird noises and near-pagan FX. There's plenty going on, but the sparseness of the production gives it a real "voodoo" feel. Franck Roger remixes, turning in a decidedly intoxicating slab of afro-acid weirdness that's worth the admission price alone. Suitably deep bonus cut "Watching You" is worth a listen, too.
Review: The dOP guys show their different sides on Your Sex. The title track is typical of their irreverent approach with a robust bassy techno rhythm underpinning a mock-serious man talking about 'your sex mix', while all the time the arrangement builds to an inevitable climax. Paul Ritch's remix serves to reinforce the tongue in cheek manliness of the title track, as jarring riffs build and build. However, there is also a serious side to dOP's music making and it's evident on "Half Naked". There, a more organic dub techno groove and understated acoustic guitar strumming provide the backdrop for a less assured, more fragile vocal and shows the Parisians at their most compelling.
Review: Supplement Facts label boss Guy Gerber returns with his new EP, "Hate / Love," featuring three tracks of beauty and brooding menace. The title track is a deep and mysterious jaunt into exotic atmospheres, experienced through a sense of nervous watchfulness. The laid back yet menacing vocals are provided by P. Diddy's new Dirty Money Crew member, Dawn Richard. His graceful vocals add a relaxing sentiment that wonderfully plays off the track's edgy, uneasy undertones. "Lost In You Like A Chinese Cookie" continues the theme, rolling along amid tribal beats and skipping, melodic synths. Still wrapped in the depth of wildness, the Israeli lifts things a little higher than the preceding number. That said, he plunges back into the depths and far beyond with the EP's standout track, "Stockholm Syndrome." Classic 909s mix with growling basslines and an equally snarling vocal to create this dancefloor bomb. Perfect for small, sweat-filled, dark box rooms with unfeasibly large soundsystems.
Review: If you had Guy Gerber down as just another producer from Israel, you're sorely mistaken. "Steady" maps out a new direction for house; its drums are heavy, the synths eerie and a mournful, new wave bassline underpins Jaw's dreamy vocals. It's one of the most unusual house productions Juno Plus has heard this year, and it provides ample opportunity for Midland to deliver a stunning remix. He makes the drums heavier, beefs up the beats and delivers a buzzing bassline that sends the arrangement whooshing into the cosmos. Gerber's own "The Golden Sun & The Silver Moon", which fuses a rolling rhythm with chiming chords, completes the package.
Review: He used to be one of the leading lights in the mnml explosion, but Alexis Benard aka Seuil has enjoyed an artistic volte face. "In The Moon" sets the tone for this EP, as sexy, languid chords and a breathy vocal intertwine and unfold over dense but loose house beats. Seuil ramps up the tempo a few notches on the title track, but that doesn't detract from Jaw's wonderfully soulful vocals or the scuffled, dubby beats that used to be the preserve of US garage producers. Speaking of dubs, there is also an excellent, tougher-edged dub version of "Ultravision" available for those who like it tracky.
Review: It's interesting to hear that late 90s, UK-influenced tech-house has made a return. In some ways, it's a logical progression for producers who embraced deep house after mnml imploded, but for Anthony Collins, it's the sound he started off with. On the title track, Simko and Collins use Brothers Vibes' vocals to create a moody yet soulful groove, its menacing bass and firing percussion sounding like the natural successor to Terry Francis's Resse-inspired productions. "Run & Tell" is of a similar disposition, but there, the duo deploy playful strings and seductive chords which lends some polish - but listen closely and you'll still hear the raw, driving rhythms of deepest, darkest Croydon.
Review: Berlin-based DJ/producer Tini Gunter has a solid track record, despite a sparse discography. This two-tracker for Guy Gerber's similarly reliable Supplement Facts imprint is, surprisingly, her first new material of note since her 2011 debut album Tessa on Desolat. It further explores her particular brand of woozy, atmospheric, late night tech-house, which emphasizes subtle shifts, wonky chords and robust rhythms over melodic thrills. "Hat Baxx", featuring Joe Le Groove, kicks things off, delivering a heads-down groove peppered with occasional blasts of delay-laden vocal. The glitchier, minimal techno influenced "Turn Around", with its skipping cymbals, subtle bassline and impassioned vocal wails from Charlotte CA, is arguably the pick of the pair.
Review: Guy Gerber's Supplement Facts imprint reaches it twentieth release by welcoming the fast rising Till Von Sein into the family. The German producer has made a string of impressive releases over the last few years but the warm and summery, groove based "Sundowna" looks set to finally demand the attention that his productions deserve.
The release opens with the playful, yet deep and groovy original version by Von Sein himself. An array of drums, shuffling chords and sweeping pads join the child-like vocals to add the fun whereas the deep rumbling bass and warm synth parts bring the sexier element to the track. Supplement Facts combine the old and the new for the first of three remixes by asking label hero Dyed Soundorom to join label newcomer Shonky to rework the track. The result is a more club orientated version which immediately finds the swing of Shonky's signature sound but merges it with the rumbling basslines sub bass of Dyed Soundorom. The remix continues to builds throughout the constant groove until chords and filtered pads crash into the mix at once, creating the perfect club moment.
New York legend Joeski is up next, assuming a classic NYC house groove by stripping down the percussion and stepping up the 4/4s. Enchanting key motifs complete the cultured and easy feel of the excellent remix. Londoners Layo & Bushwacka! draw the package to an end with a looptastic stomper. A simple and driving relentless bassline rumbles below tribal percussion and high end wild sounding effects, creating yet another whole new dimension on the EP.
Quite simply this is one of Supplement Facts' best releases to date. Embracing the sun and warmth of summer, the "Sundowna" EP is easy on the soul and dance inducing in equal measure. The impeccably selected producers on the project find the perfect balance between the two to our delight.
Review: Weeks has long been one of the main DJs in the Parisian house scene and "Sharks" sees him applying his spinning skill to production for Supplement Facts. Focusing on heads-down, tracky rhythms, the release starts with the drum-heavy title track; a percussive affair that doesn't sound too dense or straight thanks to its jazzy filters and airy chords. "Bee's Assault" is cut from a similar cloth, but here a spooky break down intersects Weeks' driving rhythm. Finally, there's "Hold Onto The Memories"; more rolling than the two previous tracks, it features a soulful vocal buried deep in the middle of Weeks' tough rhythms.