Review: Although Chicago features in the release's title, it's fair to say that each producer delivers an individualistic take on US house music for London label Uzuri. At the deeper end of the spectrum sit Dublin's Slowburn and Chicago Skyway aka Sean Hernandez. The duo's "Meteor" is a raw house jam that ticks a lot of boxes: heavy beats that sail close to discordance? Check. Eerie synhs? Present and correct. Shaking, niggling percussion? "Meteor" has it in spades. Hernandez's "Resolution M" also confirms that he is a producer to watch, as shimmering, utopian synths and heavy claps is the most ethereal contribution to the EP. Indeed, "Resoultion M" provides some welcome respite: K Soul & Muteoscillator's "Take 1" features one of the toughest kick drums in house music underpinning an evil acid jam. However, the plaudit for intensity goes to Amsterdam-based duo Juju & Jordash. "Killing Raul With Acid" marks a departure for the duo, as its out of time percussion, noisy, dense drums and wildly distorted acid bleeps descend at times into a wall of noise. It sounds like the sonic interpretation of a nasty LSD trip, but this is a journey that you have to experience at least once.
Review: It's been a long time between drinks for Ksoul and Mutoscillator, whose last collaborative EP - the Dekmantel-released "Soul Hell EP" - dropped way back in 2013. Happily, we can confirm that this belated return to action on Uzuri is utterly sublime. Check first the sun-bright brilliance of "That's How It Meant To Be", where headline-grabbing synthesizer lines and sunset-ready pads rise above jaunty electronic bass and off-kilter deep house beats, before admiring the squiggly acid lines, relaxed grooves, twinkling electric piano solos and fluid instrumentation of "Hang On + On". The pair has also provided a "2nd Version" of that tune that strips back the solos in favour of heavy bass, psychedelic acid lines and a nagging, low register electric piano refrain.
Review: Three very fine trad-style deep house jams here from northeast UK-based Mark Hand, coming out of Berlin on Lerato Hati's Uzuri imprint. 'All Caught Up' is a synth/piano-sprinkled chugger that recalls the very deepest Italo-house of the early 90s,and will be perfect for those 4am 'locked in a groove' moments. 'Cobwebs' itself opens with frantic hand percussion before unleashing a hefty Chi-town bassline and more of those dreamy synths, while completing the EP is a remix from Patrice Scott that has a more contemplative, post-club feel. A release that oozes quality - and a solid grounding in house music history - from every pore.
Review: David Moufang has long been electronic music's most underrated producers. Over the years, he's released on such acclaimed imprints as Warp, Philpot, Compost, Workshop, Modern Love and Shanti, run his own acclaimed label (Source Records, not to be confused with the French label of the same name) and happily skipped between raw techno, jackin' acid, minimal grooves and high grade deep house, never once putting a foot wrong. It's some record. The Hydrophonics EP sees him in typically fine form, laying down another intoxicating blend of deep house moods. As you'd perhaps expect from someone of Moufang's experience, all three tracks are immaculately produced, with sophisticated use of melody and little compromise to the rules of deep house fashion. Make no mistake, this is house music for the heads - and all the better for it.
Review: Wrong Notes Records founder Reekee (real name Riccardo Massi) debuted on Uzuri Recordings in 2016 with the vinyl-only "Bal-Era EP". Some three years on, that fine EP of musically rich deep house goodness has finally made it to digital download. Not a moment too soon, either, because the title track is little less than sublime - a fluid, piano-rich chunk of dancefloor lusciousness that stands up to comparison with the work of both Larry Heard and Ron Trent. Fittingly, the accompanying remix from Glenn Underground - a more electronic-sounding affair blessed with some seriously sexy sax solos - is arguably even better. Elsewhere, "Black Tobacco" is ultra-deep and melancholic with shuffling Latin-house beats, while Quartal sees the Italian producer layer spacey jazz-funk style synth solos over intricately programmed, bongo-laden beats.
Review: Berlin-based Luca Murgia, who's racked up a dozen or so single/EP releases on Burek, GetWet, Slow Motion Records and other labels, comes to Lakuti's Uzuri Recordings with four despatches from the more experimental end of the deep house spectrum. 'Clavinet Discourse' itself is a broken beat affair that rides a frantic Afro-style rhythm played on organic percussion, while 'Thousands Of Chimes' together is a chuggy number with an almost 'Italo meets Krautrock' feel. More trad-style deep house pleasures come in the form of 'Talking Song', which is available with (Original) or without (Dub) the distinctive squelch of the EP's titular instrument.