Review: Since making his debut on Peetah Music in 2001, Demuir has built up a rock solid catalogue of club-ready deep house jams. Here the Toronto-based producer follows up recent outings on Robsoul, Hot Creations and Desolat with a first appearance on Heist Recordings. He hits the ground running with a muscular deep house loop jam weighty enough for peak-time plays ("Werq Feel Gruv Love"), before layering up spacey synths, heady string samples and rubbery house beats on "The 3nity Returneth (Dub Mix)"."Philippine Sunrise" is arguably the best of a strong bunch: a melodious, warm and intoxicating deep house workout full of intricate musical detail and colourful electronics. That comes back by a tasty revision by Lady Blaktronika that sounds like it was designed for locked-in, late night dancefloors.
Review: Shady scalpel field Lolita clearly has a vast archive of edits just waiting to be unleashed, as this bumper collection of tried-and-tested reworks follows hot on the heels from several other seemingly expansive volumes. So what you we expect this time round? It begins with a warm, drowsy and sun-kissed slab of soft focus soul ("051") and ends with a decidedly Balearic shuffler full of glistening, delay-laden guitars ("060"); in between, you'll find a mix of re-tooled classics (the piano-heavy disco stomp of "059", the slap-bass propelled brilliance of peak-time workout "056" and the party-starting goodness of "055") and rearranged obscurities (the Italo-disco/new wave throb of "057" and the deep disco bliss of "053"). From start to finish, it's an excellent collection of tasty, floor-focused revisions.
Review: Publicity-shy Mexican producer Joseph Terruel - his online presence could teach those Romanians a thing or two about minimalism! - returns to Paraiso Musique with an instrumental cut that sits right on the cusp of nu-disco, Balearica and funky house. An unhurried, rolling affair with handclaps a-gogo, 'Tranquilo' is pleasant enough listening and certainly won't drive any bodies from the dancefloor, though as it lives up to its name and is really rather unassuming, some more mixes might have helped broaden its appeal. That's assuming, of course, that there isn't a remix package waiting in the wings...
Review: Hands up all of those who remember Lee Jones as Hefner, a late 1990s purveyor of stoned beats and hazy downtempo grooves on Ninja Tune offshoot N Tone? In truth, he's probably best known for his tech-tinged dancefloor work on Aus and, more recently, Watergate. His latest single, "Wiedersehn", joins the dots between the distinctly different eras of his lengthy career, wrapping gorgeous, sun-kissed and emotion-rich chords and melodies around a huggable, synthesizer-heavy deep-tech groove. Jones switches focus on "Rotary Connections", peppering a more hypnotic and locked-in groove with ghostly chords and eyes-closed musical motifs. Gabriel Sordo delivers a looser and funkier deep house revision of that tune rich in wonky tech-house sounds, while Oscar Barila serves up a thrusting, bass-heavy re-make of "Wiedersehn".
Review: Having spent much of the last few years working alongside HP Vince, Dave Leatherman is now serving up sizzling slabs of dancefloor goodness with a new studio buddy, Bruce Nolan. The pair hit the ground running with "Sunny Side Up", a fiendishly filtered, bass-heavy disco-house interpretation of a wonderfully warm, sunshine-loving disco-soul classic. They opt for a slightly looser, baggier and altogether more groovy sound on "Clouds In The Sky", where loved-up vocals and drowsy jazz-funk instrumentation ride a booming bassline and crunchy digital drums. It's the kind of cut that manages to be both wonderfully emotive and undeniably heavy without losing any of its' luster.
Review: German percussionist Kolja Gerstenberg makes no attempt to hide his love for the drums on this razor sharp drop for Lumberjacks In Hell, building on his previous outings on Suol and Smile For A While. The drums are sizzling hot on "Feel Yo", tastefully overdriven and embellished with some MPC-style sample juggling that should satisfy those who like their house tracks hot as Dante's inferno. "Where They're From" is no slouch either, keeping the pressure up with a liberal dose of soul poured in for good measure. The keys and live bass on "Want You" add to the feverish mood, and then "Get Over" sends things spiraling out on a Latin-spiced cosmic journey.
Review: Swiss DJ Sassy J now curates the second compilation in the Patchwork series, for Dutch imprint Rush Hour. For the past 14 years, she has run a night of the same name in her hometown Bern, and another in London. Showcasing music by many of the artists that have joined her throughout the years in clubs, on the radio and at home, this release is made up of new and unreleased tracks, capturing a sound that has continued to evolve in its restless search for new musical directions. From the deep, soulful and emotive tones of Warm's "Blue Sunrise" or 2000Black's "Plastic Jam", to Afro influenced spiritual life music as heard by the lady herself (with Alex Attias) on "Jelly Bubble Rise", through to RH label staple Aardvark's hi-tech soul deconstruction "Aap Noot" and Mr Fingers stone cold classic "Survivor" - Sassy J takes you on an evocative sonic journey from start to finish.
Review: Each edition of the Four To The Floor series always presents four tracks that are some of the strongest secret weapons from the sets of label co-head Solomun. Now in its 16th installment, be captivated by Lone Romantic Maceo Plex on the epic dancefloor drama of "Mutant Magic" and its killer vocal, Canadian veteran Fairmont is in fine form and serves up the moody tunnel vision of "Plastic Head TV" while Nico Garreaud's "Louisville Lip" (Abaze edit) is aimed squarely at the main room at peak time and The Vinyl Depreciation Society provide more sonic narratives - best heard under the strobelight - on "Princept".
Review: The way Audaz has been churning out these Lolita collections lately, you'd think "possession of an unreleased re-edit" had just been made a crime under German law! But the quality standard shows no sign of slipping, so that's hardly cause for complaint. Standouts of this fourth volume include '038', which revisits Kim And Rasa's obscure 1982 Ghanaian funk/rap jam 'Love Me For Real', '035' with its fusion of country rock guitar and sweet female disco vox, and '037', which reworks Brass Construction's 'Changin' from 1975. Dead Or Alive get the Lolita treament, too, on '032'.
Review: Four months after the release of his fine debut album "What It Is", Toy Tonics founder Matthias Modias AKA Kapote offers up fresh versions of two of the set's most potent tracks. Of most interest to many will be the included "big name" remixes of "Jaas Func Haus". Art of Tones does a bang-up job recasting the cut as a dusty chunk of rubbery jazz-house/deep house fusion, while the Sworn Virgins remix is a delay-laden late night analogue-house wiggler from the Ron Hardy school of Chicago sleaze. Best of all, though, is Rahaan's rework, which is a wonky mid-tempo fusion of acid-style electronics and spiraling disco bliss. Elsewhere, there's another chance to enjoy Modias' funk-fuelled disco workout "Delirio Italiano", as well as a stripped back, extra-percussive "Dub" mix.
Review: With a storied history of releases on labels like Ovum, Saved, Crosstown Rebels and Wagon Repair in the past, it's been Luca Bacchetti's own Endless label that has defined his music during the past five years. With a welcomed entry into the catalogue of Japanese label Endless Flight (no relation) in 2019 too, it was his Secret World album that lauded him most praise, and in 2020 it's lead to the procurement of some intriguing album remixes. Italian jazz pianist and keyboardist Stefano Onorati redefines "Awakenings" as a classical ambient number full of orchestral strings, keys and reverberation (for fans of Philip Glass) with Bacchetti's own remix to "Black Swan" delivering a similar atmospheric style only underpinned by drums, shakers and spiralling walls of synth. Minimal drums and percussions build to a huge crescendo of dramatic classicalisms in Mathias Schober's remix to "The Bridge", with Mexico's Inigo Vontier going bleepy and minimal to his rework of "Unconsciously United".
Review: Here's something to set the pulse racing: a brand new album from sometime Classic Music Co contributor Eli Escobar, a producer who has proved to be one of the most distinctive and consistent in house music over the last few years. "Last Summer" contains a mixture of short interludes and inspired, almost uniformly dancefloor-friendly workouts that bring together a range of complimentary influences. Our picks include the atmospheric and acid-fired deep house warmth of "Flashing Lights", the muscular peak-time Moroder-isms of "(All Night) Rhythm", the melodious, sun-kissed Balearic house brilliance of "Blu" and the woozy warmth of "Last Night".
Review: Delta Funktionen delivers his debut EP for Cultivated Electronics. In keeping with the revered label's signature sound, North Point sees him focus on electro instead of the dubbed out techno that this project is often associated with. It kicks off with the intricate, eerie rhythm of "Intrusion", before "Moonstone Road" sees the Dutch producer transport the listener down an acid-flecked path, where tones warble against the backdrop of shadowy synths. The impossible to pronounce "Gl_T2C_H3Tr4" descends into glitchy abstraction, with its hiccuping robotic vocal samples pushing it towards the edge of malfunction. "Siberian Surf" closes out this fine release with a warbling bass and crisp claps prevailing.
Review: Alexander Koning is held in high regard within the tech-house scene, so it's something of a surprise to see him debuting on Golden Soul with a brand new Italo-disco-fired project, Love In Colour. In its original form, "Are You Alright" is decidedly driving, with Koning successfully wrapping boogie synths, disco-funk guitars and disco-house style vocal snippets around a thrusting, Italo-style arpeggio bassline. Koning moves further towards disco-house pastures on the cut-up, sample-heavy French touch madness of "Are You Alwrong". That cut also gets the remix treatment courtesy of Golden Soul stalwart James Rod, whose filter-soaked "Vocal Madness House Remix" certainly lives up to the promise of its' title.
Review: Gather round: Editorial is revealing the contents of the mythical "Disco Scrolls", a sacred document for all those who kneel at the altar of the Church of Nu-Disco. It contains eight audio commandments, all of which should be listened to intently. Salvation comes first via the fluid nu-disco positivity of Bica's "Endless Rhodes" and the disco-house grooves of the soulful and musically expansive "Because I'm Black" by Old Chap. Elsewhere, you'll find righteous testimony from Hotmood (via the deep disco-funk of "Only Your Mom Calls Me Daddy"), The Owl (the boisterous horns and filter tricks of "Shake"), Frank Virgilio (the lolloping party disco-funk of "Out Here"), Labour Of Love (the bassline-driven percussion-fest that is "Good Feelin") and NFC and Key Sokur (the rubbery and down-low disco fun of "City Affair").
Review: Bryan Kessler goes all drums in for a release not to be overlooked in the annual 'best of' lists that go around this time of year. And we'll be the first to say, don't sleep! Rough Club Poetry is Bryan Kessler's way of throwing down a new dialogue at this generation's ravers, dropping drum tracks as raw Steve Poindexter, Mike Dunn and those Disco Nihilist cuts from Running Back. Find the hits in "All Drums In" - a banging electro-acoustic number - to the roof raising "My Snare Is A Weapon" and percussion assault that is "Time To Upgrade Your Mind". With streaks of post punk, 80s new wave and vogue threaded through the rest of the LP too, it's "You Ain't Tired" that'll slap you round most.
Review: Dutch duo Lovestad are unusual in that they prioritize live performance over recording music, something that has earned them cult status in the Netherlands. Here they make their official debut on Freerange with a single that started life as a hardware jam. In its' original form (track three), "Miles" is sensually sumptuous, with hazy melodic flourishes, jazzy guitar licks and warming chords sashaying in and out of skipping drum machine beats and a wonderfully rubbery bassline. Freerange boss man Jimpster provides two typically club-ready remixes: a tight "Edit" that's arguably even more glassy-eyed than Lovestad's original mix and a "Dub" that focuses on the beats, liquid chords and lilting synth solos.
Review: Originating from the Istanbul electronic music scene, Zurich-based Onur Ozman adds to his busy schedule of releases this year by debuting on Jamie Jones' Hottrax. Having previously released on Constant Circles, Sincopat and Kwench Records, Ozman brings his delicate and emotive production to the forefront for these three originals on the At Spoerri's EP. From the bittersweet and evocative title track, the tough rolling main room bounce of "KMIYH" and the emotive off-kilter electro of "Warhol". As a bonus, Amsterdam based duo ANOTR deliver a remix of the title track, and while these guys may be Dutch they sure know how to nail that timeless UK tech house sound.
Review: Boysnoize may be seen as a mainstream label by some, but it was one of the first outlets to champion the work of Djedjotronic over a decade ago. Since then, the French artist has released a large amount of work on the imprint, each time with a defiantly underground sound. Boish is no different; it starts with the title track's bleak, rolling ebm groove. "Rusted" is slower and more stripped back, but there is understated power on display in the low-slung rhythm. Most impressive however is "Global Surveillance": pitched-down vocals ride acid-drenched, pounding 808s, while nocturnal rave stabs drop from overhead.
Review: Madrid-based duo Guille and Fran Zaragoza, better known as Depaart, release their second EP here for Sasha's ever reliable Last Night On Earth imprint. The Tortilla and Fluido residents are in fine form on the Migrate EP, with the slinky and hypnotic title track leading the way with its soothing vocal and evocative vibes, followed up by the moody and elevating progressive house jourtney "Malvats" and the sombre yet bittersweet dancefloor drama of "Sunk". On the remix front, British producer Alex Warren aka Kiwi (Correspondant/Cin Cin) delivers an absolutely thumping electro bass rendition of "Migrate" that really packs a punch.