Review: If your fame is built on delivering rock solid dancefloor cuts, should your subsequent albums stick to the same approach or mix it up a little? It's a conundrum that many artists have struggled with over the years. Smartly, Detroit Swindle has decided to hedge their bets with High Life following 2014's Boxed Out. As full length albums go, it's a bit of a peach, and sees the acclaimed Dutch duo flit between sensuous, home-listening fare, jaunty, instrumental-laden workouts (see the cheery, smoky pop-soul of Tom Misch hook-up "Yes, No, Maybe" and Afro-fired bounce of "Call of the Wild" featuring fellow Dutch combo Jungle By Night) and tried-and-tasty club tracks (Seven Davis Jr collaboration "Flavourism", the driving disco-house of "Freeqy Polly" and "Cut U Loose").
Review: Jus Ed is in introspective mood on his latest full-length excursion into atmospheric deep house pastures. As the title suggests, it finds him musing - quite literally, given that he speaks over many of the tracks - on his role as a father and whether he's a good role model to his offspring. It's heartfelt stuff, without being overbearing or sickly-sweet, and sits nicely with the warm, rich, melodic and occasionally off-kilter deep house grooves that provide the headline attraction. While Father Feelings should perhaps be considered one CD-length concept piece, there are still notable highlights, with the Latin-tinged, string-laden rush of "Celebration of Sound" and late night, sub-heavy pulse of "Love Pressure" standing out.
Colors Of Autumn (feat Speech Of The Group Arrested Development)
Music On My Teeth (feat Jose Gonzalez)
This Is My Rock (feat Sophia Kennedy)
Illumination (feat Roisin Murphy)
Planet Hase (feat Mano Le Tough)
Scratch That (feat Roisin Murphy)
Muddy Funster (feat Kurt Wagner)
Baby (How Much I LFO You)
Drone Me Up, Flashy (feat Sophia Kennedy)
Review: DJ Koze's music is very much suited to the album format. Although his last effort through this medium was back in 2013, his explorative nature and wide-eyed, improvisational style are simply made to branch out into areas outside of the more predictable house and techno formats. Knock Knock comes through on his own Pampa label, with its seventeen tracks all providing us with something different and wonderful, from slo-mo r&b sounds to funky, wayward house music that is most certainly at the 'outside' of the house spectrum. There are plenty of special guests, too, including Mano Le Tough, Sophia Kennedy, and many other relevant talents. A Koze speciality.