Review: Maltese deep house dude Melchior Sultana becomes the latest addition to Jus-Ed's bulging list of collaborators, which also includes Levon Vincent, Fred P, Nina Kraviz, DJ Qu, Move D, Mr G, Lawrence and Son of Sound. The resultant jams are sweet, sticky and undeniably Moorish. Check, for example, the shuffling Afro-house beats, sumptuous electric piano solos, leisurely jazz guitars and spoken word vocals of "Choices", the piano and synth-bass driven breeziness of "Outside" and the classic deep house warmth of closing cut "Press It". "Now Scat", an ultra-deep, acid-flecked treat, is also top notch.
Review: According to the hype sheet we have to hand, the "Home Turf EP" is House of Disco's first multi-artist extravaganza for two years. There's plenty to get the juices flowing throughout, from the bounding bounciness of LPM's rap-sampling disco-house cut "Get With It", to the impeccably warm and sun-kissed jazz-house vibes of Purple Ice's "Adeus". In between you'll find the rolling, synth-heavy warmth of Mix & Fairbanks' deliciously loved-up "Shergar's Revenge" and "Me, You, Us" by Shee, a chunky sample-house number full of swirling strings, looped guitar riffs, hazy chords and righteous spoken word samples.
Review: The SlapFunk crew have another new recruit for their mission to match minimal dance aesthetics with tough old-skool punch. Danish producer Martinez has plenty of experience having released everywhere from Guidance to Moon Harbour and Minibar, and he sounds right at home freaking the funk for the Dutch contingent. There's a straight up strut to the jacking drums on opener "Inter Species Relations", while "Aspired Commotion" slips into the kind of wriggling shuffle you'd expect from a SlapFunk release. "No Data" adopts a skippy 2-step stance with some eerie textures on top, and then "Shanty Town" finishes the record off with more swinging business peppered with delightful keys.
Review: The Playground's first release of 2019 comes from a suitably storied source: Motor City deep house legend Alton Miller. Given that Miller was in fine form on his recent Local Talk outing, it's no surprise to find him ticking all the right boxes here, too. A-side "Speaking Of Future" is typical of his work, with alternately dreamy and spacey electronic elements winding themselves around a tough but groovy rhythm track. Combined, it's a recipe for eyes-closed, life affirming deep house bliss. Miller opts for a chunkier bassline and slightly bolder beats on the similarly attractive flipside opener "All The Time" before reaching for the starry jazz-funk synths, sun-kissed chord sequences and rich bass on closing cut "Who Am I (Speechless Version)".
Flying Fantasy (exclusive instrumental version) (4:35)
Rhodes E Serenidade (3:37)
Review: Small repress of the Modern Sun Records founder and experienced jazz-wise producer Marc Friedli AKA Skymark. A-side "Flying Fantasy" originally appeared on the Spanish producer's 2016 album "Resistance Sonore", but is here featured in instrumental form for the first time. If anything, it's better than the original version, largely because we get to revel in Friedli's mazy Fender Rhodes solos, rubbery jazz-funk synth bass and loose-limbed, West London style broken beats. You'll find plenty more jaunty jazz-funk vibes and liquid electric piano solos on B-side cut "Rhodes E Serenidade", which first slipped out way back in 2015. DJ Support so far from Dom Servini, Emanative,Red Greg,Kevin Beadle, Mike Chadwick,Dynamite Cuts & Rocafort Records so far
Review: Following up a terrific inaugural release by label bosses Paolo Rocco and Pijynman, new Montreal imprint and club night Inthebooth returns with a killer various artist EP for its sophomore effort - featuring unreleased back catalogue business. Boss man Rocco kicks things off with the emotive late night deepness of "Everything Is Right", while also on the A side we have Berlin's Stevn Aint Leavn (Beste Modus) who truly hypnotises with the sexy tribal funk of "Tungo". On the flip, Ottawa's Matt J Dub is in fine form on "Equinox" and the ever impressive Chris Stussy from The Netherlands brings the swing good and proper on his tight groove "The Law Of Attraction".