Cody Currie - "ACE, At The Point Of Collapse" (5:14)
Sebb Junior - "Greatest Feelings" (5:54)
Demuir - "Let's Get In It" (7:16)
Black Loops - "French Affair" (6:24)
Hotmood - "Voyage To The Onda" (6:41)
COEO - "Azzurro" (7:37)
Review: The team behind upstart imprint De La Groove has done a fine job on this compilation style extravaganza, which features tracks from an impressive selection of hotly tipped producers. Highlights include the bouncy, shirts-off loop-disco of Cody Currie's "ACE, At The Point of Collapse", the super-groovy, jazz-flecked deep house warmth of Demuir's "Let's Get In It", the effervescent sweetness of Black Loops' summery roller "French Affair", and the fluttering flute solos of Hotmood's goodtime jazz-funk revision "Voyage To The Onda". The purest expression of jazzy, smoky deep house is provided by COEO, whose clarinet-sporting "Azzurro" is probably our pick of a very strong bunch.
Review: D'Marc Cantu is a don when it comes to warm, rich synth-laden house and techno, with a sprinkling of electro sprinkled over his approach for good measure. Now he comes to Altered Moods with an album that finds him in a particularly mellow mood, not least on sultry opener "Always On My Mind". There's space for experimentation, as the offbeat snare patter of "Blanket Statement" demonstrates, but by and large this is all about undulating house delights. "Mozaic" is a particular highlight with its captivating synth design and dreamy demeanour, while "SteamFunk" revels in skippy broken beats that flirt with twinkling leads and lashings of delayed bass. Plenty varied but consistent in tone, this is a damn fine album from a seasoned pro.
Review: Just when you think Pepe Bradock can't take us to new plains, along comes a new alias with a new vision. Raw futuristic jazz is the theme (as is often the case with Pepe) as we're eased in nicely with harmonic broken shuffles of "Willplayasong4u" before being plunged into trippy data chirps on "KM Zero" and square-pushing oddities on "@#$*?! Square Tones". We come out the other side learned and woken the jitterbug, sample-heavy psychedelic bump-funk of "Pepe XXX". 24th century business.
DaM-FunK - "Believer" (Fingers deep funk remix) (8:40)
Nite-Funk - "Can U Read Me?" (3:38)
Review: Damon Garrett Riddick offered a fine addition to the DJ Kicks canon with his 19 track DaM-Funk selection earlier this and in time honoured tradition his exclusive contribution gets a vinyl release backed with a rather special remix. In a nod to his cache and love of classic deep house, Riddick has coaxed a Mr Fingers remix out of Larry Heard resulting in a sublime take on "Believer" that would have gone down a treat at Broken Beat haven Co-Op back in the day. Instead of the original version of "Believer," the flip features another Riddick original from the DJ Kicks mix - his killer Nite Funk collaboration with fellow LA synthesizer enthusiast Nite Jewel.
Review: **REPRESS**The last time a newcomer graced Theo Parrish's Sound Signature, it resulted in widespread praise for the Flowers EP from London based producer, DJ and singer Andrew Ashong, somehow we get the feeling this latest release on the label will prove to be as memorable. The Scorpio Rising EP sees Parrish look much closer to home and grant the DC-born, Detroit-bred producer Jay Daniel his debut release and the four track 12" more than lives up to his billing as one of Boiler Room's most exciting new discoveries at DEMF. Wild Oats obsessives will probably know Daniel from the Fundamentals residency shared with Kyle Hall and he's clearly spent some time honing his Detroit influenced craft, with cuts like "No Love Lost" expertly balanced between melody and rugged drum grit. "Brainz" is the kind of no-nonsense DJ tool you might have heard on a FXHE B Side circa 2008 whilst "I Have No Name" demonstrates Daniel is eminently capable of the sort of hope inducing Utopian house from the D that the much missed Aaron Carl was renowned for.
When You Love Someone (Groove instrumental) (7:55)
When You Love Someone (The Reconstruction mix) (8:18)
Review: The latest on-point reissue from Italy's Groovin' label takes us back to 1993, and the Peter Daou/Danny Tenaglia-produced debut single from vocalist Daphne Rubin-Vega. It's a far breezier, groovier and sweeter record than many of Tenaglia's later productions (which tended towards the muscular), with Rubin-Vega's quietly soulful vocal seemingly drifting across a backing track rich in warm chords and baggy, breakbeat-driven house grooves. All of the various mixes hit the spot, with the trippy, dub-style Reconstruction Mix, vibraphone-laden Groove Instrumental and low-slung Never Do Dub standing out. The Acapella Reprise, which features rich chords and vocal snippets, is also rather good.
Review: Deep house veteran Darand Land returns on his Urban Imagery imprint, after presenting its inaugural release back in 2014 as well as 2016's Past Life Connection (as Dark City Ensemble). The Buffalo, NY based producer serves up some good ol' fashioned deepness on the new Collection Of Perspectives EP. There's deep hypnotic soul to get those emotions running free like on "On Rotation", the life-affirming groove of "Testi-Motional" is worthy of entering the creates of Alton Miller or Ron Trent, and "Flash Perception" allows for something a bit more upbeat and bumpin' for good vibes later on in the night. Tip!
Review: It's been 18 months since Fundamental Sounds last touched wax but they're making up for it with a four track homage to the first emperor of China's reincarnating, time-leaping warriors. Every track hits with heritage and the right level of drama. Dcook takes the lead with dream Detroitian tones and textures while Diego Perrisson gets his eerie acid wriggle on while Taelue brings a little sentimentality to the blend with a swooning cut that wouldn't have gone amiss in DJ Gregory's armoury years ago. Finally Chicagodeep returns with a timeless Chicago synth workout laced with strong traces of immersion. Let battle commence.
Mark De Clive Lowe - "Wondering Who" (Nautz L8 Nite edit) (6:56)
Motomitsu - "La Musique" (6:23)
Brandon Williams - "Twenty-One" (feat Jon Dixon & De'Sean Jones) (5:17)
Loftsoul X Soul-T - "Sol Origin" (feat Andy Compton) (7:02)
Review: Detroit's MotorCity Wine has established itself as the go0to space for all of the soulful, broken beat, and deep sounds on the house music spectrum. For their 4th 12" they tap in a cast of locals and friends from across the globe for this 4 track EP. Mark de Clive0Lowe kicks things off with "Wondering Who", a bassline0driven broken0beat inspired electronic funk workout, before Motomitsu goes Marianas Trench deep with "La Musique". On the flip Brandon Williams, Jon Dixon, & De'Sean Jones deliver "Twenty0One", a sublime piece of hi0tech jazz for the soulful heads. Loftsoul & Soul0T round out the EP with "Sol Origin", a sub0heavy Shelter0esque track featuring Andy Compton on electric guitar.
Review: Following fine scalpel-focused outings from LTJ and Les Inferno, many of many aliases Stefano De Gama returns to Samosa with a trio of subtly tooled-up disco edits. A-side "Son of Slave" sees him join together bits of soulful disco-era classics "Slide" and "Son of Slide" to form a tasty new whole. While heavily compressed and noticeably chunkier than either of the original tracks, De Gama's version is loose enough to please those who think edits should merely be DJ-friendly re-arrangements. Turn to the flipside for the lolloping, low-slung Afro-funk goodness of "1972" and the throbbing peak-time disco celebration of filter-sporting closer "Star Buk". This too boasts booming drums and bass, but also enough musical looseness to avoid the usual disco-house pitfalls.
Review: Spanish hi-tech soul maestro Eduardo De La Calle on the true home of it: Planet E - and it's about friggin' time if we do say so! Over the last several years, the Madrid native has respectfully borrowed from the traditions of first and second wave Motor City sounds, but he undeniably carved his own path via his respected Analog Solutions imprint. The Icosahedrite EP features three life affirming explorations in techno-soul. From the the galaxian Jupiter jazz of the A side, through to the classic funked up futurism that pays homage to greats like Transmat and Metroplex like on "Mr Dewey D". There is also the more powerful and straight ahead functionalism of "Rhythmic Soundscapes" which is just as heads down and DJ ergonomic as his aforementioned AS material. This follows up some great releases by him in 2017, on the likes of Anemone, Forbidden Colors and Monogram Systems.
Review: The quiet master breaks his silence! Deason's "LIFE" e.p. is an homage to the classic Detroit sound by one of its most respected artists. "LIFE" takes familiar Detroit Techno elements and delivers a fresh 4 track e.p. of dancefloor pounding peak-hour modern classics.
Review: DJ Slyngshot's resurgent Yappin label is back with a second sizzling EP of 2019 after lying dormant from 2014 to 2017. We couldn't be happier about its return when it is unearthing the mind behind deep house like this latest one from Deesigner. Unsettling opener "Bringin The Funk" is a spaced-out late night rhythm with hints of jungle, and "Too Many LFOs" is a lumpy dub cut with muted, woolly synths sending you all gooey inside. "CY-39" cloys things out with some deft drum work and percolating rhythms that are clean, crisp and weirdly pleasing.
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