Review: Despite its name, Mella Dee's new release isn't a mindlessly banging, peak-time affair. The title track resounds to hypnotic chimes and bells, as he lays down a rolling, streamlined groove. Similarly, "Silver Street" revolves around a lithe, frenetic rhythm that features skipping percussion and a subtle aesthetic, even though it clocks in at close to 140bpm. On "Jack U Later (Floatation Device Mix)", the UK producer maintains a similar tempo but goes deeper, with hypnotic electronic hooks unravelling over solid drums. Dee's approach makes for a complex, masterfully crafted EP, as the sample-heavy, wiry minimalism of "Stack Select" further demonstrates.
Review: Although he has been releasing music since 2012, Mella Dee aka Ryan Aitchison has really gained attention with material on his own Warehouse Music label. The title track is a firing, driving affair, led by a surging chord sequence and percussive volleys. "Natural Unrefined" sees Aitchison take a step back to the 90s with a pounding, steely rhythm that has echoes of Lost Recordings and Planetary Assault Systems. There's a similar approach on "Truffle (Don Mix)", albeit with Aitchison dropping a more wiry, jacking groove, while the 'Dam Mix' of the same track is a wonderfully, tripped out acid version, underpinned by shuffling, grainy drums.
Review: The second offering from Warehouse Music: the new imprint brought by London based DJ Mella Dee. Growing up in South Yorkshire, Dee (real name Ryan Aitchison) developed early musical influences originating from the warehouse sounds of the northern region. With a respectful nod to the influence this had on him, Aitchison strives to create his own take on warehouse music with his new project. Starting off with the hard hitting yet euphoric disco loops of "Take It" that's reminiscent of Robert Hood's Floorplan project, then we've got the classic rave business of "Paul & Shark" with its trippy acid style synths, Orbital style strings and hammering beats geared for some some retroactive/strobed out shenanigans on the dancefloor. WM002 is pressed to neon pink vinyl with a bespoke hand-stamp design of the infamous Doncaster Warehouse.
Review: Ryan Aitchison aka Mella Dee is back on the fuming Warehouse Music imprint with three boiling-hot, golden era house cuts for the headz! In fact, the opening "Techno Disco Tool", as the name suggests, is a wondrous loop of high-powered soul, backed by an electrifying shade of FX filtering. On the flip, "Cloud One" is driven by a strong disco sample loop, taking it to some seriously euphoric lavels on the dancefloor, and "World Dance" dives right into the middle of the rave with its hypnotic techno sonics and harsh, intricate percussion loops. Three full-blown BOMBS!
Review: Whether or not he spent his youth dancing in South Yorkshire warehouses with pupils the size of dinner plates, Mella Dee certainly makes music that sounds like he did. Check, for example, the swirling spoken word samples, rushing piano loops and bombastic beats of "Passing Me By", the cut that opens the producer's latest EP on his own excellent Warehouse Music imprint. Similarly muscular and peak-time friendly is the mind-bending "Club Vibe" - all twisted, acid style electronics and restless grooves - and the Dennis Sulta style disco-pump of "Out Of Love", whose dreamy chords come straight from an old Salsoul classic. "Exactly Mate" caps a pretty flawless year for Mella Dee and follows his recent BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix and a couple of stand out contributions to the always killer Shall Not Fade label.
Review: Warehouse is an imprint established by Ryan Aitchison, a fast-rising producer who usually releases under the Mella Dee alias. For the eponymous, fourth instalment on the label, he shows why he has been touted as one of techno's most promising artists. "DN5" is a rolling, drum-heavy affair that builds and breaks thanks to the use of effective filters. On "Corruption", the UK producer heads down a different route, deploying a snaking groove that is based on disco's darker roots. "Auxiliary" sees Aitchison focus on an entirely different style, with skipping electro drums underpinning grimy acid lines and rough filters. It's no wonder that he is so highly rated.
When You Gonna Learn (Spencer Parker's Workdub) - (6:29) 133 BPM
When You Gonna Learn (Mella Dee mix) - (6:24) 134 BPM
Review: Spencer Parker makes a rare appearance outside of his Work Them label with this hard-hitting EP. Issued on Mella Dee's label, the release starts with the title track's jagged piano stabs, firing percussion and a gurgling acid line. It's the fastest, most intense track that Parker has produced to date and is a sure-fire peak time bomb. Parker's own 'Workdub' isn't quite as heavy, with the Work Them boss focusing on a dub-heavy bass and relentless snares. The same can't be said for Mella Dee's take; dropping doom-laden vocals and a rising siren riff, the arrangement is effortlessly filtered in and out of a buzz-saw bass.