Wait A Minute/Praying For A Jeepbeat - (2:44) 50 BPM
Groove St. - (7:29) 96 BPM
Time - (0:25) 85 BPM
(Man) Tha Journey - (6:19) 95 BPM
Bless My Soul - (5:56) 100 BPM
Cruise - (7:05) 95 BPM
Mission Venice - (2:50) 63 BPM
What I'm Feelin - (2:26) 51 BPM
Rise - (5:14) 83 BPM
Rise (reprise) - (1:46) 83 BPM
Gambia Via Vagator Beach - (4:41) 93 BPM
Aquaself - (6:16) 91 BPM
Let's Ascend - (6:43) 86 BPM
Dreddoverboard (Funk mix) - (6:43) 114 BPM
Nights Introlude (live In Chicago) - (7:00) 95 BPM
Review: An album that's as ubiquitous in people's record shelves as Anthony Kiedis' Scar Tissue biography is for people bookshelves, Smoker's Delight has been the definitive Nightmares On Wax record since its original release 25 years ago. Regarded as one of the finest trip-hop albums of all time, this 20-track anniversary edition sees the inclusion of new and largely unheard material in the jazzy beatdown vibes of "Aquaself", and dubbed out piano loops of "Ascend". Extra bonus material includes a funk version of lounge time hit "Dreaddoverboard", and a live recording of Nightmares On Wax's all time classic "Night's Introlude". Take another hit.
Review: It's probably best we deal with the strange title before we get chewing on this rather ace album. Heavenz 2 Murgatroyd was a saying made famous by Snagglepuss, a character often spotted in the original Yogi Bear cartoons. Now we know this we can listen to Wax Romeo's uncompromising variety of bass flavours without any distractions. Which is good because there's heaps to take in. From the deep, driving contemporary take on early Chicago house ("Minti") to savage, snarling dubstep ("Foxycutioner") to slo-mo butt-shaking booty-soul ("I Don't Need U") this is a consistent collection of vibrant bottom end styles delivered with funk, humour and expert production skills.
Pearldiver - "Floating High Again" - (4:26) 118 BPM
Review: At 25 tracks deep, Wax 'N' Soul's latest compilation, "Merging", is something of a sprawling beast. What's more impressive though is the consistent quality of the deep house cuts on show. You'd expect that from some of the more high profile contributors - see Rick Wade's chunky, sun-kissed "Stay" - but by and large it's the rising stars and unsung heroes who steal the show. For proof, check the rubbery, synth-pop and nu disco influenced warmth of Mar G Rock's violin-sporting "Destiny (Extended)", the string-laden emotion of Aerokeys' "Vitula D'Amore", the seductive warmth and mid-tempo jazz-house grooves of Supermusiq's "Endless Ways" and the wiggling acid hypnotism of "No Time To fear" by Moi Rodriguez.
Review: Amazingly, it's 25 years since George 'E.A.S.E' Evelyn and then production partner Kevin 'Boy Wonder' Harper sat down and recorded "Dextrous", their monstrous, bleep-era classic on Warp. A quarter of a century later, Evelyn is still going strong, though the grooves have mellowed a lot in that time. Here, Warp celebrate the producer's epic career with a much-deserved retrospective. All the familiar favourites are present, from the rush-inducing thrill of early dancefloor smashers "I'm For Real" and "Aftermath", to the sinewy downtempo goodness of the decidedly Balearic "Les Nuits", the blazed hip-hop dub of "195 Llbs" and stoner soul of "70s 80s". This version also includes a number of exclusive remixes, with names like JD Twitch, Special Request, LFO, Morgan Geist and Loco Dice putting their own spin on this classic material.
Review: If you like your deep house on the jazzy and organic side, then this collection of tracks from Apparel Music that were previously only available on vinyl should be right up your alley. Opener 'LP001A1' is a looping funk jam with a rousing Ohio Players-esque chorus, 'LP001A2' is a midtempo, shuffling affair, 'LP001B1' is a lively workout with even more of a jazz bent, while 'LP001B2' blends jazz, house, funk and lounge into one glorious, shimmying concoction. 'LP001C1' is a pacier cut for the soulful house floors that bites Julie McKnight's vocal from 'Diamond Life', 'LP001D1' is a fine slice of contemporary boogie, and so it goes on...
Review: When it was first released on vinyl earlier this month, Apparel Wax's mysterious debut single was packaged with a cut-out-and-keep kit to create your own "Apparel Wax Goggles". Sadly, there's naturally no such freebie bundled with this digital edition, so you'll have to make do with the unknown producer's brilliant music instead. Highlights come thick and fast, from the hazy, soul-flecked, gospel-propelled disco-house warmth of opener "001A1" and sample-heavy jazz-house positivity of "001A2", to the swirling orchestral samples and bustling peak-time beats of "001B1", which niftily re-casts an easy listening disco cut as a spiraling dancefloor anthem. The looser and more languid "001B2" completes a tasty package.
Review: If the tongue-in-cheek press release accompanying last year's first Apparel Music release is anything to go by, Apparel Wax is a "vinyl-faced artist" who "tears dancefloors apart". There's certainly no denying the club-ready status of his or her output. For proof, check the artist's fifth release, which begins with a wonderfully celebratory chunk of breezy, sunshine-ready disco which has been slightly pitched up up satisfy the demands of house-loving dancefloors. "005A2" sees our vinyl-faced hero make merry with a chiming chunk of '80s soul rich in slap bass and sweeping strings, while "005B1" is a bouncy, piano-heavy workout crafted from bits of another '80s workout. Closing cut "005B2", on the other hand, is a fairly "straight" edit rich in sweaty drums, jammed-out electric piano solos and bustling bass guitar.
Review: We last heard from Apparel Wax back in January, when the man (or woman) of mystery unleashed a second scorching EP of high-grade deep house on Apparel Music. For EP number three, the Son of Sleeveface takes a different tack. The untitled opener, for example, is a layered, floor-friendly, jazz dance-friendly sample collage full of vintage funk drum breaks, swinging percussion solos, fluid jazz piano solos and less than subtle nods towards hip-house. While a little messy, it's undeniably enormous fun. Track 2 sees old wax-chops beef up and slightly weird out a jaunty, horn-heavy Afro-funk cut, while the track 3 excursion is a romping deep house revision of a swirling and chiming '80s soul hit.
Review: Apparel Music Introduces the second chapter of their new series, by the Milan based artist 'who tears the dancefloor apart. ' APLWAX002 features groovy beats, catchy melodies and vibrant harmonies that come together to create a solid four track release with soul: the soul of the music they love to dance to. The whole EP moves together in an organic way, from the very first track "002A1" which is a slo-mo and definitely lo-slung late night joint. Then the dusty, late night Rhodes led deepness of "002A2" until the last one "002B2" which is infectious loopy downbeat business in the vein of Moodymann's "Mahogany Brown" era. It all creates an impactful musical story and everyone should be aware that the unknown mystery man is back in town!