Review: After making his debut on Mark Seven's Parkwest label late last year, Librah pops up on German label Yore, a byword for the best in picturesque, atmospheric deepness. "My Love Is 4ever" is particularly sweet, with pleasant melodies and suitably attractive chords tumbling over a loose, shuffling '90s US deep house-influenced groove. Darting, intergalactic synths complete the gorgeous soundscape. The digital-only Demo Mix offers a dubbier and more low-slung alternative, built around chunkier beats and woozy melodies. Bonus cut "Gravity" continues on a similar theme, focusing the action on loopy chords, clever builds and stirring strings. There's not much grittiness to be found, but plenty of warmth and sunlight to enjoy.
Review: Morning Factory announce themselves in style with their debut release, "Forgotten Moments." Picked up by Andy Vaz's reflective imprint, Yore, this looks set to jump start the Dutch duo careers and propel them into the arena of deep house extraordinaires.
Jean-Pierre van der Leeuw and Jozef Lemmens deliver a particularly accomplished debut that lends itself perfectly to Yore's back catalogue of old school house and techno. "Runners" get things started with a high-octane spirit, unleashing a mid-tempo house groove that darts along with driving force and momentum. Approaching eight minutes in length, as do all four tracks on this hefty release, "Runners" drops in and out of intensity as the track builds and builds. The full might of the track is such that in the middle, the frantic vocals can scarcely be heard. As you listen to it pound away, you recognise instantly that is one that will get people moving.
"You Gave Up" on the other hand is far more subtle. The soulful female vocal joins the leisurely tempo to create a relaxed and breezy atmosphere. Its stripped back funk gives the track a sincere and sophisticated sleek feel. Changing impetuous once more, "Raw Tunes Vol 1" does exactly what its title suggests and offers a raw, techno edge to Morning Factory's funky aesthetic. Whilst keeping in line with the rest of the record, this tune takes on a fiercer persona than the rest. For the final track though, proceedings are slowed down on the care-free, warm sounding "Someone." Deep and soulful, it finishes off Morning Factory's debut fittingly. Soulful, emotive and often raw, Morning Factory have made a lasting impression from very start. Sounding like old hats of deep house already, we can only expect more of the same from the talented Dutch duo.
Review: The "Beneath the Surface" EP sees yet more divine, deep house music emanating from Andy Vaz's Yore base. Scotsman Orlando B is at the helm this time as the contemplative imprint returns with the third release from their Yore Limited series. The now London based producer, who has always swayed on the side of funky and raw sounding techno on his previous outings for the likes of Night Drive Music, Elektrax, Finest Blend and his own Eastbound Recordings, naturally focuses mainly on warm and smooth house grooves on his first outing for Yore.
Opening track, "A Feeling" is a contented, dreamy, summertime tune wrapped up in an eight minute ode to classic deep house. Wistful keys and dreamy strings glide over the top of some unassuming beats. With a light and breezy sentiment, the track drifts along infused with a Latin sense of funk as piano sprinkles and a crisp, hi-hat tinted groove and vintage female vocals add yet more style and finesse. "Esoteric" delves deeper into Orlando B?s raw yet funky, bass-led house beat. This warm and acidic bassline builds throughout until a synth solo squeals over the top in sheer delight. Thrusting with more of a subtle jack, "New York Tale" sees Orlando B soothing his raw techno backbone with warm chords and a charming and loveable house swing. On "MJ12" however, he runs away with his techno minded tendencies as he delivers the standout track of the EP. Going for out and out dubbyness he uses a surge of swelling dub chords and a spoken voice sample to create the ice cool atmosphere that makes this the best cut on the release. A release full of warmth and feeling, Orlando B's four smooth jams sound perfectly at home amongst the classic sound of Yore.
Review: After two successful releases on German label Yore Records, Orlando Britain has now produced a four track follow up in the shape of Future Resist. "Contemplate" and "Back to 95" share the A-Side, riding with smooth currents of melodic Rhodes and analogue synths. Up next, "Motor City" basks in its thudding bassline and heavenly rhythmic groove; uplifting and joyous, Orlando B has created a truly sparkling piece. "It Ain't Over" is all about tight jacking grooves and syncopated keys wrapped with luscious synth chords.
Review: Yore label boss Andy Vaz returns with his imprint's 21st release, "Shadow City." This three tracker takes on the deep, soulful music that lies somewhere between house and techno that he and his label have become renowned for.
Yore was set up by Vaz in March 2007. He wanted to focus on the 'days of yore' and re-create the authentic old school sounds of House and Techno. Distancing itself from the trendier, often indistinctive minimal hype, Yore aims to bring back the depth and soul that dance music has been so desperate for. The label places a strong emphasis on material from some of the finest old school producers, such as Todd Sines, Rick Wade, Terrence Dixon and others.
It is with this sentiment then that on "Shadow City" Vaz has dropped three deep, percussive and hypnotic house tracks with strong influences from the Motor City. "The "Y" Theme" opens the release with a deep, funky and percussive number. The track pulsates and grows, edging ever nearing to its acid finale. A trippy vocal ignites the track, adding intensity which only builds and escalates as Vaz begins to plunge even deeper. Deep inside the hypnotic groove we then come face to face with the aforementioned old school finale.
On the flip "Shadow City" begins in much deeper territory but again ascends into a dizzying and furocious house attack. Its progressive vibe would make it a useful weapon for dancefloors the world over. "Mumbai Dweller" takes things even deeper. All about the low end, a throbbing bassline lies beneath an almost tribal-like house groove. Some dark chords intensify the atmosphere, finishing the package on a darker tone.
Put simply, this is exactly the sort of raw house music from the days of yore, brought to today's dancefloors by Andy Vaz and his team at Yore.
Hurry, Hurry (Malik's Let The Horn Play mix) - (6:42) 125 BPM
Worst Fantasies - (8:03) 110 BPM
U Did Me Wrong - (7:11) 117 BPM
Review: Yore boss Andy Vaz has always been capable of making rich, dreamy, smile-inducing deep house. Even so, there's something particularly sweet about "Love You Forever", the loose and musically expansive soulful house cut that opens his latest EP. The presence of Detroit keyboardist, singer and producer Niko Marks has clearly brought the best out of him. There's more deep soul to be found on Detroit producer Malik Aston's remix of "Hurry, Hurry", which layers a rasping, cut-up saxophone line over a killer dancefloor groove. Elsewhere, Vaz tries his hand at midtempo acid on the atmospheric "Worst Fantasies", while closer "U Did Me Wrong" is a bubbling chunk of heart-warming deep house.
Review: Detroit deep house legend Rick Wade knows the importance of keeping a soul flavour running throughout his work. These three new releases on Yore Germany are no exception, with the title tune dripping with sophisticated loops of strings and blaxploitation-styled brass. All arranged to perfection of course by Wade, who knows instinctively how to lay a deep groove and how to bring it back up again. "Forever Pimp" is a masterful disco-house joint which fills out the sound with Rhodes and a host of retro synths, while "Moving On" is a jacking house tune that features head-turning loops of eastern flutes swirling around the mix.