Review: With a title like "1994", you pretty much know what you're getting - namely good, old-fashioned house music with a contemporary finish. "1994" ticks all the right boxes, lacing synthesized string stabs, swirling chords and gargantuan pianos over DJ Duke style kick-drums, hissing cymbals and snappy 909 snares. "You & I" flips the script slightly, utilising twittering synth-flute, building strings and bright pianos to create the sort of Madchester-era house jam that would have sent them all potty at the Hacienda. It's bright, breezy, and fun, like an unlikely flashback to happier times.
Review: Tomorrow Is Now, Kid! returns just in time for summer with a collection of tracks taken from a reel of tape. In My Ghetto is the debut EP of Anthony Brooklyn, who has crafted four jams in spirit of the roughness of New York City's famous borough, Brooklyn.
Review: Following up some great tracks by Anthony Brooklyn and Times Are Ruff Parisian DJ Steaw, he of Steaward and Rutilance vinyl imprints, is back with the Aquarius EP on the Tommorow, Is Now Kid! Label. The title track is the kind soulful and emotive deep house that this talented producer is fast making a name for himself with, covered in just the right amounts of dust and rust but with a good dose of bump and shuffle too. "Off Side" is smoother, with those swirling and hypnotic Rhodes keys and mesmerizing pads do most of the most of the work over a clever 808 drum workout. "Let The Deep" goes for more of the Detroit style high tech soul flavour in impressive fashion calling to mind the housier side of early Underground Resistance or Octave One.
Review: Following appearances on Lazare Hoche, Family Matters and SlapFunk, Amsterdam-based Malin Genie pops up on Tomorrow Is Now, Kid, with an excellent four-track blast of floor-friendly deepness. "Pushin' On", as the title suggests, makes great use of Alice Russell's vocal from the modern soul classic of the same name, putting it pride of place atop a chunky, vintage US house groove. "Klets" keeps the same shuffling, hip-wigglin' vibe, but opts for a dreamier combination of chords and melodies, while "Tell You (feat Kantor)" is a prime slice of US garage-inspired deepness. As for closer "Noc", it's so wide-eyed and breezy it's almost Balearic.
Review: Having made a couple of initial appearances on Groovement a few years back, Helder Russo now re-emerges on Tomorrow Is Now Kid with some effervescent house grooves to impart. "Church Music" in its original form is a truly soul-stirring beast that plies more organ action than you can handle and an endlessly teasing groove to get people shocking out on the floor. Meanwhile the "Floor Mix" gives it to you straight, riding on top of a chunky Nu Groove flavour beat. "New Beat" is a crunchier affair that deals in experimental kinds of percussion and errant synth lines, and "You & Me" rounds the EP out with a floating, synth rich jam for more brooding moments.
Review: Four prime slices of leftfield deep house make up this EP from Dutch producer Jelle Meeuwsen, better known as Poko Poko. Opener 'Hurdy Gurdy' is a dusty, looping affair with a melancholy, jazzy kinda feel, and would work well for afternoon or warm-up play. 'Iglozub' is more floor-friendly, marrying an overall dubby sensibility to synths out of the box marked "80s jazz-junk excesses". 'Stripperflip' drops the tempo and chops up the beats, and is probably more one for the bruk beat/nu-jazz crew, while finally the title track 'Petrichor' sees us back on smoother, US-style deep house ground, again with those squelchy 80s synth sounds.
Review: The latest offering from the brilliantly named "Tomorrow Is Now, Kid" come courtesy of "Times Are Ruff" an artist (artists? brand?) that has been doing a great job of staying low key while at the same time causing quite a stir on the vinyl scene. A new name to the label doesn't mean a new direction for the label, TINK is sticking to what they do best; delivering 4 house cuts that could quite easily be taken for vintage classics that would go for a fortune on discogs. The first two tracks bring a sumptuous fusion of heavy hats and afro funk. All that grooved out percussion, combined with the reverberated and heavily panned wah wah guitar loops means they will have the dance floor under such a collective state of hypnosis that we would not be surprised if Darren Brown was looking to pick up a copy. The "B side" steps away from the live instrumentation a touch while maintaining the old school smiles on faces house music.
Review: Seasoned retro-futurists Times Are Ruff present their "TINK! Project", a double EP of U.S garage-inspired grooves for veteran Dutch label Tomorrow Is Now, Kid! It's the outfit's most expansive release yet and, fittingly we'd argue, contains some of their strongest work to date. Over the course of the eight tracks you'll find bouncy, gospel-inspired garage stompers (tasty opener "Wingman"), jazz-funk influenced dancefloor smoothness ("Tree House", "What About Samira"), Chez Damier style swinging chunkiness ("Funky Town"), spacey-but-bumpin' dancefloor deepness ("Seven"), turn-of-the-'90s New Jersey fare ("Behind The Curtain") and more heavily electronic dreaminess ("Nero Verde"). In other words, there's enough subtle variety amongst the on-point cuts to suggest that all eight tracks with stay in your digital crates for some time.
Review: Information on this one seems strangely thin on the ground, other than that it brings together a quartet of little-known artists on one dancefloor-bustin' EP. De Sluwe Vos opens proceedings with "Pleasure Pounder", a decidedly retro combination of cute organs, pitched-down vocal samples and heavyweight percussion. Lars Vegas' "Thunderday" sounds like the sort of warm, fluid and analogue-peppered deep house you'd find on 4 Lux, while Michael Sole's "I Said" revisits the halcyon days of New York garage via more organs and skippy beats. The package closes with "Double Down", a slinky exercise in loose-limbed garage grooves and hushed vocals from the Salvador Brothers. Rock sold.