Review: Up next on Slovenian legend Valentino Kanzyani's label is a fairly tight various artists EP showcasing some sleek minimal and tech house sounds. Beginning with the mysterious Bad Boys and their deep and dirty afterhours jam "Muse" while Cruise On The Valkan (again, whoever they are!) serve up the chugging early morning hypnotica of "Cruising No 3" and the tough rolling funk of "Cruising No 1" respectively - which will no doubt appeal to fans of similarly reduced sounds coming out of Romania at present. On the flip, the charmingly titled Vito Kalimari serves up a taste for the acid life of "Jupyfirsttry" which has the signature womp and wobble of the infamous silver Roland box all throughout it - this one was sick! Running since 2005, Jesus Loved You has presented some big names over the years, long before they got big too. Dan Andrei, SIT and Vinyl Speed Adjust are just a few we can mention.
Review: Whereas the first volume in Joaquin "Joe" Claussell's "Cosmicdelic Africa" series focused on sneaky re-edits by the Sacred Rhythm founder, this second instalment focuses on original productions "for the dancefloor and the head". In other words, Clausell has offered up DJ-friendly extended versions of some of his most cosmic, Afro-centric creations. There's much to enjoy throughout, from the psychedelic rock guitar solos, restless bass, layered Latin house rhythms and rainforest sounds of Cosmic Ritual's "Abraxas (Demo Sketch Mix)", to the piano sporting cosmic house positivity of Mampo's "Emarofo Tech (Extended Sketch Mix)", via the spaced-out electronics, hallucinatory synth lines and sparse drums of intoxicating downtempo workout "Mundo De Agua (Psyxchdelic Transfusion Mix)".
Vincent Inc & Jon Dasilva - "Thinkin About U" (Questionmarq mix) (7:45)
Sasha Makin & Suntetic - "Drumatik" (7:23)
Review: The Manuscript mission rolls on unabated as the Ukranian label pairs long lost deep house gems with more contemporary productions. Slam Mode's "Morning Side Dr" is a gorgeous cut laden with plush synth tones to melt the hardest of dancers, while Dennis DeSantis' "Leisure" feeds touches of EBM into a mellow, dubby construction that spans styles with ease. Label boss Vincent Inc joins up with Jon Da Silva for "Thinkin About U", which Questionmarq turns into a delightfully quirky remix before Sasha Makin and Suntetic round the EP off with the epic "Drumatik".
Julion DeAngelo - "N'Aie Pas Peur" (Exchange mix) (8:19)
Julion DeAngelo - "Don't Be Scurred" (4:41)
Viola Klein - "We" (part 1) (2:17)
Viola Klein - "We" (feat Whodat - part 2) (5:54)
Viola Klein - "We" (Another part) (5:16)
Review: Here's something to warm the cockles of even the stoniest of hearts: an impressively percussive, Mbalax-influenced take on Detroit style deep house from Julion De Angelo and recent Workshop artist Viola Klein. De Angelo handles side A, delivering two tracks that flit woozy male vocal samples, twinkling piano motifs and dusty, ultra-deep musical flourishes with drums that sit somewhere between African tribal workouts and Moodymann style MPC-driven house beats. Viola Klein's flipside suite of tracks is, if anything, even more percussive, with the dense drums and hazy chords of "We (Part One)" being followed by the ghetto-tech influenced high-tempo beats, hand percussion and fluid piano of WhoDat collaboration "We (Part Two)" and the Sabar drums and ambient chords of hectic closing cut "We (Part Another Part)".
Sleazy McQueen & Vinyl Addicted - "Hot To Trot" (5:41)
Patchworks - "Batracien" (5:08)
Le Blanc - "We Can Fly" (4:40)
Review: Detroit/Houston joint venture Kolour are back with another instalment in the Tale Of Two Cities series - and this is one serious all star cast if we've ever seen it! The creme de la creme of nu-disco appears here, starting with crazy Canadian Eddie C kicking off the A side with the sunny slo-mo antics of "All Time Freak", followed by the one and only Napoleon! Simon Mills throws down some more of his usual sexy and lo-slung grooves on "Over & Done". On the flip, current scene favourite - the Whiskey Disco boss Sleazy McQueen teams up with Vinyl Addicted on a seriously hot edit of an underground classic (to those that know) on "Hot To Trot" while Lyon's Patchworks hands in another similarly 'respectful edit' on the sultry late night blues of "Batracien". Finally they head down under (to Adelaide, Australia that is!) for Le Blanc's funked up disco house jam "We Can Fly".
Review: East End Dubs' Eastenderz label keeps on turning out hugely functional but also charming dub tech that is stripped back to its bones and laced with funk. This new various artist EP packs a powerful punch from the off, with Floog laying down some vital kicks and whirring machine sounds to send any floor into overdrive. Cosmjn then takes us to another planet with his dreamy pads and Vlad Arapasu's 'Egoland' sounds like a classic Terry Francis cut from the mid-90s, so in other words, pure fire. There's no mucking around on 'Mello', a razor sharp closer with hi hats that would cut though steel.
Kalle Magnus & Daniel - "Ny, Lang" (Prins Thomas edit) (6:33)
Review: Prins Thomas' Full Pupp imprint turns 15 years old and has marked the occasion by inviting old and new friends to contribute a track each. It's definitely a local affair on the A side, with Mats Frantzvaag (Fuck Reality) serving up the glassy-eyed and bittersweet bliss of ''Soft', followed by Geir Hermansen aka Velferd who takes you on a neon-lit night drive on "Returning". On the flip, we have some seductive mood music courtesy of Jarle Brathen who presents 'Vaguely Wavey' with its hands-in-the-air piano power, and closing it out is boss man Prins Thomas' edit of Kalle Magnus & Daniel's low slung slo-mo disco groove 'Ny, Lang'.
Review: The Drifted Flow label made an early move in 2015 with a release from Tommy Vicari Jnr, but now returns with an entirely different premise - an eight-track double pack of fresh, invigorating minimal house jams from lesser-known and adventurous producers. Henry Hyde gets the collection off to a strong start with the wobbly funk of "Perchin," all dirty bass wobble and loose swinging rhythms. Elsewhere Martinez flirts with the crooked thump of electro, Alicia Hush wriggles through an abstraction of garage and Bilal channels a little of the Boogizm magic you might expect from S-Max or Fym. Overall, it's a release loaded with personality and flair for minimal spinners wanting some spicier ingredients for their mix.
Vincent Floyd - "Economy Of Motion" (Vincent Inc remix) (7:38)
Review: We still don't know exactly who's behind these crucial drops on 14th Level Of Paradise, but at least we can be sure of the quality every time a new slab lands from on high. On this edition, Pawel Kobak opens up proceedings with a sweet, disco-sauteed heater with oodles of gorgeous instrumentation over a tough drum machine jack. Deep house don Callisto and DKMA get their sublime "Manga" reworked by Adam Jace, while Dennis Collado gets busy with Mateo & Matos' "Joy 2 My Life" in a dose of pure house uplift. Vincent Floyd's "Economy Of Emotion" is the final track, tastefully remixed by Vincent Inc who folds some subtle synth flourishes over the top of the crisp groove.
Sound Of Joy - "Can't Fake The Feeling - feat Virag (Souxsoul remix)" (7:03)
Vertigini - "We Never Part" (6:05)
HP Vince - "Sexy Music (Danny's Disco reprise)" (9:20)
Review: Cruise Music present some crowd-pleasing, feel good funky house re-rubs will go down well with everyone from seasoned heads to happy-go-lucky party people. Diana Ross sounds funky as anything on Mark Funk & Danny Cruz's 'It's My House', while the Souxsoul remix of Sound Of Joy's 'Can't Fake The Feeling' keeps Virag's vocal front and centre and teases out the tension until a sweet disco release. Vertigini gets busy with the filter on the bumping, sunkissed 'We Never Part', and HP Vince's 'Sexy Music' gets revisited by Danny Disco for a perfectly poignant set-ending 'moment' piece with sentimentality to match its groove.
Review: Gird yourselves; starting from this month and running through until December, Dutch institution Dekmantel are celebrating a decade in the game with a series of monthly 12"s featuring a seriously all-star cast from Tony Allen to Villalobos. It starts right here as legendary innovative composer Gigi Masin opens with the lilting, delicate "Maja", Vakula brings us down from the clouds and back to the future with the body-jacking ghetto bump of "Robot Fuck The System" while Flugel blows the finale horn with the swampy Amazonian harmonic trip-out "Mice On Stick". This is the start of something very special.
The Mole - "Set You Free" (Amorf interpretation) (8:36)
Valerie Temple Boyd - "Comb Over" (9:17)
The Mole - "Untitled Title X" (5:46)
Review: Dewalta's Meander imprint never fails to impress, with its careful curation of the finest minimal house and techno at present. Following up terrific releases by Swiss rising star Alci and Romania's Cristi Cons, the Berlin based imprint calls in veteran Canadian producer Colin de la Plante aka The Mole - for his take on subtle and understated groove music for the afterhours. While the deep and dubby bounce of "Set You Free" is decent enough in its original form, it's really all about Amorf's awe-inspiring rework where the aforementioned Cons teams up with right hand man Vlad Caia and Mischa Blanos for some drifting and hypnotic sonic sorcery. On the flip, there's a collaboration with de la Plante's Canadian homeboy Hreno (as Valerie Temple Boyd) on the tripped-out mini-funk of "Comb Over".
Review: After years of quality digital releases, Russian house label Moiss has branched out into the vinyl world with some particularly fruity various artist releases. Last year's excellent Strawberry Jam EP has now been followed up by the Pineapple Jam 12", featuring an all new cast of house hopefuls with plenty to say. Zito Mowa's 'Ndo Neta' and Replika's 'On My Mind' twist up dusty piano samples and lo-fi drums in artful loops that draw you right into their atmospheric sound worlds. Sune & Vitamin D bring a rhythmically snappy but sonically smoky combo to 'Coastal', and 'Awesomeness' by Iner has some fun with a classic Commodores sample and some powerful piano chops.
Jeremy Castillo - "Beat Dat" (feat Vin Sol) (4:24)
Review: Unknown To The Unknown spreads its wings with a new sublabel dedicated specifically to jacking house jams for proper white-knuckle party times. Steven BC turns the acid intensity up to 11 with the devastatingly on-point "Flanger Zone", while Mall Grab reaches for a classic bit of disco funk to sample and filter mercilessly. Lawrence Lee meanwhile opts for a playful, budget take on Eastern electro on "Pyongyang Rhythm" before Jeremy Castillo and Vin Sol return to primal Trax Records territory for "Beat Dat". It's a release that marks House Crimes out as a natural descendant from UTTU's irreverent approach to dance music, without compromising on the quality.
Review: Nemo Vachez and GrooveGuy take care of one side each on this superb new EP for Record Store Demo. "Cyan" from Vachez is a track defined by busy melodies that hiccup and pop over a shimmering line of steely percussion and tech-funk kicks. Roomy breakdowns add to the sci-fi vibes and make for colourful listening. Grooveguy's "Andromeda" gets a little more squelchy thanks to a superbly wet bassline, while crispy snapping snares and tripped put pads lend a space breaks feel. These are two perfectly contemporary, floor ready cuts that pair style and function in equal measure.
Angayusa (Sleazy McQueen & Brian San Diego remix) (5:53)
Review: Last year Vagabundo Club Social pitched up on Lovedancing with an EP of humid and colourful club tracks that tended towards the tropical. Here, arguably the EP's strongest tracks are given the remix treatment. Label boss Sleazy McQueen features prominently. First he offers up a rolling, acid-fired take on "Pambele" full of squelchy bass, organ stabs and bustling beats, before joining forces with Brian San Diego to re-cast "Angayusa" as a trumpet-sporting slab of loopy deep house dopeness. Arguably even better though is Escort man JKriv's hybrid analogue house/cumbia revision of the same track, which bristles with weighty bass, tropical motifs and sweat-soaked Colombian drums.
Review: New EP from Valentin from Paris on Silver Network imprint ! After SILVER 030 and SILVER 31, Valentin delivers two fantastic tunes on Silver's 41st release. With two fresh remixes from french house maestro FRANCK ROGER, you can't do no wrong.. Stay tuned !
Review: For their fifth release, Japanese label Eureka! presents Pablo Valentino: founder of Faces Records (with Motor City Drum Ensemble) for the "Space Tribe" EP. Kicking off proceedings is Berlin-based Kazuki Yamaguchi on the Detroit Beatdown influenced "Bananas" on which you'll hear the pair emanate plenty of soul and emotion, followed by the blunted urban blues of "Inspiracao" where Valentino goes into a wonderful downbeat hip-hop state of mind. On the flip is the EP's most poignant moment brought by the evocative and bittersweet mood music of the title track featuring British producer Simbad - this one goes ultra deep and we love every minute of it!