Review: It's been almost four years since Letherette's Richard Roberts last release a solo record as Maniqin, so this surprise EP on the Wulf label he co-owns is arguably well overdue. Given the wait, it's only right that Opalescent is an expansive, six-track affair, with Roberts bouncing between picturesque, melody rich lo-fi deep house ('Don't Stand Still'), dreamy deep house funk (the really rather good 'Slapper'), woozier fare (the drowsy chords and crackling drums of 'Slide 6'), arpeggio-driven goodness (the cut-up vocal snippets and undulating synth-bass of 'Angry Jam'), sweaty warehouse heaviness ('Bump') and classically luscious dancefloor warmth ('Iridescence', where spine-tingling keyboard chords rise above funky bass and crunchy drums). In a word: excellent!
Review: Two years ago, Letherette launched the Mander House series via a limited-edition cassette of sweaty, hip-house influenced workouts. This belated follow-up is similarly sample based but stylistically a little different, with the sometime Ninja Tune-signed duo offering up a mixture of dusty deep house, loopy disco-house box jams and hazy, loose-limbed jazz-house. Highlights include the dewy-eyed female vocal samples, swirling strings and jazz-fired house drums of 'Break My Heart', the R&B-sampling peak-time bump of 'Too Much' (think Seven Davis Jr, and you're close), the chopped and screwed heaviness of 'I Don't Need You' and the soaring, Soundstream style disco-house weightiness of 'Triple'.
Review: Dusty, jazzy lo-fi grooves are the stock-in-trade of Wolverhampton-based duo Letherette, known to their mums and the taxman as Richard Roberts and Andrew Haber. Since producing three albums for Ninja Tune in the mid-2010s they've mostly focused on their 'Brown Lounge' mixtape series, a strategy that's presumably been working as they're now up to the fifth installment in just two years! As they rattle through 20 tracks in just over 40 minutes it's hard not to sometimes feel it would've been nice if a few of the featured sketches and scribbles had been fleshed out a little more, but this is something of a headnodder's delight nonetheless.
Review: Some six months on from the launch of their "Mander House" series of club-ready reworks, mixing tools and beats tracks, sometime Ninja Tune twosome Letherette are ready to unleash a second volume. As you'd expect, highlights are plentiful, from the cut-up blues-house bounce of "Oh Lord" and strutting, bass-heavy deep house hypnotism of "Chains", to the loopy jazz-funk-goes-disco-house bump of "Tell Me That You Like It". The EP also boasts two versions of '80s disco revision "Just For You". The first is a swinging, sun-kissed, loved-up chunk of tactile house goodness, while the second - a "Live Edit" - is a much more locked-in, percussion-heavy roller that giddily emphasizes a rubbery bassline and rush-inducing breakdowns.
Review: Wolverhampton duo Letherette are two childhood friends with a current of empathy between them so strong that they seem more like brothers. The Ninja Tune staples return to their Wulf imprint, this time with Mander House Volume 1. With the essence very much akin to their Brown Lounge beat series, Mander House sees Andy Harber and Richard Roberts up the tempo. They're all relatively short tracks which are great to use as tools or for looping and assembled like a collage - using an extensive collection of samples from dance music's yesteryear. There's one very familiar hook on the infectious house of "Major" or the lo-slung disco groove of "Baby Who" through to the melancholic and bittersweet dustiness of "I Do".
Review: Comprised of Andy Harber and Richard Roberts, Letherette have become staples of Ninja Tune - having released their third album on the imprint with 2016's Last Night On The Planet. Having recently created their own Wulf imprint (probably named after the stomping ground of Wolverhampton), Brown Lounge Vol 1 was the first Letherette album in the Brown Lounge series written between 2006 and 2008. Many of these tracks first appeared as excerpts during the heyday of Myspace and bootleg copies could be found floating around on Youtube and other sights. This is where it all began and they are pleased to announce the album will be available, digitally, for the very first time on their own imprint. There's a treasure trove of lo-slung, neon-lit and disco-tinged Balearic oddities on offer, in addition to a few blunted hip-hop joints for good measure. They are perfect as DJ tools or for looping for any serious DJs ergonomic pleasure.
Review: Wolverhampton's Letherette (aka Richard Roberts and Andrew Harber) have released a lot of work through Ninja Tune, but now they release solely through their own Wulf label. There are four full length tunes here, with an additional skit, the swirly whirly, "Wet Fig" tagged on. The overall vibe is half awake soulful house: the first tune "Feel It' includes warm chiming piano loops, thumping raw drums and out of focus vocals. Elsewhere "Flowatch", samples a cool 80s soul riff, "Side Fade" is deep 'n' distant tech-house and "Give My Love" builds into delirious New York garage from sparse beginnings.