Review: Dutch Veteran Gerd's career stretches back an impressive 22 years. Planet F.D.M.X Pt 1 sees him return to Clone's retro-futurist Royal Oak offshoot for the first time in five years. Interestingly, opener "Planet F.D.M.X (909)" doffs a cap to early Warp "bleep and bass" releases, while also paying tribute to the spacey techno sounds of Detroit. There's a slightly more Larry Heard feel to the accompanying "707" mix of the same track, with deliciously deep chords and bright stabs accompanying a "Can You Feel It" style groove. On the flip, he's in full on space mode on the wonderfully attractive and rubbery "Visitors", while "The Cube" bounces along on a wave of vintage acid style refrains, jackin' beats and dreamy, drawn-out chords.
Review: Apollonia co-head and all-round Parisian legend Dan Ghenacia steps up for his label's latest release. On The Egg EP, you can really hear the various shades of French house presented by a true expert who lived and played throughout the city's best times for over two decades. From the sexy and slinky late night bounce of "A La Coque" which could have been easily played at his Batofar residency at the turn of the millennium, and the tripped-out and slammin' shuffle of "Mykonos Huevos" (taking the best of early '90s Chicago) to the emotive dancefloor drama of "Sunny Side Up" taking on the very best of Detroit influences such as Terence Parker or Blake Baxter.
Review: The high grade, leftfield approach to house music Lyssna have set out as their MO continues in fine style on this new Colours series, starting with the Yellow EP and a strong cast of characters from the outer reaches. Riciar Ghir opens up proceedings with the tumbling deep house of "Cargo", making the keys dance with distinction and injection a subby rumble where it counts. Minimal Afrika follow that up with a percussive tryst entitled "Drakma Queen" that blossoms into a sumptuous ambient excursion. Robotalco takes a very different approach with some classically pumping sample-powered house music to shake feel-good fists to, and then Klubbhuset finishes up with an impassioned romp through peak time disco licks for the peak of the night.
Review: "We are happy to welcome Ghosts of the Sky in the family, 65th & Lawndale is a deep and strong track sitting in A side, magical chords, stomping bass and lush drums are the secret of this beauty, a future classic. On the other side, Melanin is a bit darker with its flowing pads and acidic bassline, really personnal. Acieeed, like you might imagine is a pure acid jam in its most classical form. A fantastic EP we are proud of."
Review: This rock solid tech-house four-tracker marks the return to Norse Projekt of the brilliantly named Bertalan Bagylas, better known as Giash. The well-regarded producer begins his first NP 12" for three years with "Lyskamm", a gently undulating late night roller rich in glitchy noises, ricocheting percussion hits, strange noises and subdued orchestration. Bagylas serves up some deeper, darker and dubbier fare in the shape of "Urban Landscape", before alternating between Romanian style minimal techno grooves and spooky breakdowns on bleary-eyed cut "Balfrin". To round off the EP, Vincentiulian gives that track a loose, dreamy and gently positive tech-house makeover.
Review: Valencia based deep house DJ and producer Hugo Giner aka W & P HGG has been deejaying and crafting his sound since 1995. In 2006 he created his own record label 'Cornuta Sound' which has been well received amongst the global Deep House Scene. His releases have been charted by house giants such as Larry Heard, Rick Whilitie, Charles Webster, Miles Sagnia, Harley&Muscle, Efdemin, Julietta, Le Loup, Dubbyman and many more. A remix of the main track made by his very close friend Nacho Marco aka Loudeast (Loudeast Records, Ovum, Madhouse) in an old classic electro way, grows without a doubt to reach the status of "a must, only for connaisseurs".
Review: Tom Kerridge's Girls Of The Internet project is back after a successful debut via WNCL Recordings, landing on the excellent Ramp Recordings with an aptly rampant four-tracker that's just in time to catch the rest of the summer heat! "When U Go" is a super-chilled, super-vibing deep house sketch with a marvellously sexy wave of female vocals, then remixed into something more 'tech' by FYI Chris. On the flip, "Running" wins our hearts over as the killer tune on this EP, not least because of its painfully soulful vocals and mild-mannered elegance on the instruments and groove beneath it; The rework, from Finn, once again adds a lot more of a tech-house vibe to the arrangement, and a whole load of bass on top of that. TIP!
U Already Know (feat Jitwam - 12" Disco mix) (5:05)
U Already Know (instrumental) (5:03)
Your Love (feat Princess Precious) (4:41)
Your Love (feat Princess Precious - Sports mix) (4:41)
Review: Girls of the Internet producer Tom Kerridge has been on fire of late, following a terrific outing on Ramp Recordings with a superb double-pack of lo-fi deep house and skewed two-step sing-alongs. This tidy club-focused EP is rather good, too. The A-side boasts two versions of "U Already Know", a fuzzy slice of analogue-rich lo-fi deep house that will have the hairs on the back of your neck standing to attention. Of the two, it's the 12" disco mix, featuring the honeyed vocals of Jitwam, which really floats our boat. Over on the flip it's all about "Your Love", a chunk of skewed, out-there U.S garage featuring suitably weird but attractive vocals from Princess Precious. The alternative "Sports Mix", a heavy but stripped back, bassline-driven hip-house affair, is arguably even better.
Review: Glance is returning with an uncompromising and authentic record on Phonk D's Footjob. A founding member of the Running Back imprint with Gerd Janson, the German producer (known to his mum as Thorsten Scheu) has recorded under aliases such as Second Life and Pallaspeople, and here he dug through his archives to come back with some beautiful old tracks. From downbeat hip-hop joints reminiscent of his former genre-crossing alter ego Siro, to moments of classic Stateside house from the early '90s - as best heard on jams like "Strong Enough" or "Missing You" (Dub) or a zeitgeist of The Windy City's heyday on the rather Larry Heard indebted "Great White" which was pure bliss.
Review: Groovy, beguiling and hypnotic- Tusk Wax is a label where anything can happen while still boasting coherency throughout its catalogue. If that sounds vague that's the point; elements of house, funk, jazz, acid and tech never far from the mixing desk. This, the imprint's 30th outing, is another limited press continuing in that fine form thanks to the always-solid Loz Goddard, formerly of Dirt Crew. One made for summertime sessions, intriguingly it could score late night hallucinatory forest raves or sun-drenched terrace parties. It just depends which cut you go for. 'Redrum' is a low-lying cosmic treat, repetitive female vocals ensuring dancefloor potential contrasting the lackadaisical melodies. 'BHD' takes us down an expanding disco wormhole, Ron Basejam's remix of 'Redrum' places the emphasis on live bass and sass, a perfect precursor to the contemporary funk of 'Drumble'.
Review: Loz Goddard, formerly of Outplay, Dirt Crew and Quintessentials, has a new deep house parish: Seb Wildblood's immaculate Church imprint. The Manchester producer's label debut is really rather good, though we didn't expect anything less. He begins with the pulsing space funk synthesizer chords, lilting melodies and dusty drums of "Gluttony Bay" before wrapping fluid harp motifs, eyes-closed electronics and thickset bass around a crunchy rhythm track on "Anomaly". Arguably the best of the bunch, though, is the energetic but dreamy dancefloor bliss that is "Find Me", a track whose inherent jazziness is further explored on Session Victim's superb accompanying remix.
Review: 2016 was Loz Goddard's year, without doubt. The talented Mancunian delivered a trio of fine EPs for Dirt Crew, Quintessentials and Razor 'N' Tape Reserve, in the process significantly enhancing his reputation. Happily, his first release of 2017, which also marks his return to Outplay after a two-year absence, is also rather good. Check, in particular, A-side cut "Hazy", a groovy, disco-influenced deep house roller full of swinging drum fills, twinkling keys and swirling samples. He's in immaculate, Larry Heard-meets-early St Germain mode on B-side leader "Peaches", then pays tribute to lazy, sun-kissed afternoons on effortlessly Balearic, jazz-funk influenced deep house closer "Murmur".
Review: Fresh off a 12" appearance on Dirt Crew alongside Harry Wolfman, Manchester-based DJ and producer Loz Goddard is back on a solo flex with the Drunken Monk EP for the Reserve sublabel from NYC edit crew Razor N Tape. Four tracks deep, this 12" has that slinky, glossy feel to it that sounds just right on Razor N Tape, with the Love Unlimited Orchestra does disco house shuffle of "Lovin'" the pick of the A-side cuts. Flip over and "Moovish" sees young Loz veer off into heavily filtered house territory, throwing in what sounds like some nifty RAMP sampling while he's at it. The appropriately-titled "Something Special" rounds out the 12" in fine style with a bit of a French Touch.
Review: The latest tidy deep house 12" from West Australia's consistent Red Ember Records is the work of producer Pablo Arrangoiz. It's his debut release and as first attempts go, it's pretty tidy. Rich in analogue hardware manipulation and jaunty, jammed-out musical elements, there's more than a little jazz influence amongst the undulating synthesizer basslines and fluid machine percussion. In terms of highlights, we're particularly enjoying the deep, dreamy and bass-heavy electro/deep house fusion of "Formix" and "3MV", though the skewed analogue jazz-house of "Tortilla Flat" and "Sifting" is also tickling our tummies, too.
Review: The Synthetic Gold story continues to unfold in the most curious nooks and crannies of the minimal techno scene, as this third volume welcomes in tracks selected by Anestie Gomez. Khan is in a looped up, insistent cycle loaded with alien synth tones and a focused rhythmic hiccup of a beat, truly aiming for the psych-out end of the night. Eloi Brunelle makes things a touch funkier on "Neneh", deploying choice splashes of dubbed out colour in between the sharp strut of the drums. Andres Garcia then spreads himself across the B-side with the loping funk of "Invisivel", working all manner of freaky sounds around the scuffed sway of the beats.