Review: Killarney's David Sheerin makes a strong step into the spotlight with this 12" on House Of Disco, which finds him rounding out his musical identity with some seriously slick house cuts. "Our Love" is a smooth and bubbling track underpinned by some tidy acid and peppered with vocals on top, while "Forgotten" rides a dusty groove and hazy chords for a lazy summer treat. "Jiraya" takes things higher with strafing arpeggios orbiting a steadfast groove, and then "Funk, Nah" drops some big room dynamics to seal the deal on this sturdy breakthrough EP.
Review: REPRESS ALERT! In another life, the crew behind Reverberations (nicknamed Reverb to many) released literally hundreds of titles on various labels including their own. 25 years after their launch, their music is more in demand than ever before. This special release on the later incarnation, RvS, handpicks four in-demand tracks and remixes by Silverlining, Ravi McArthur and their collaboration, Impossible beings. Do not miss!
If I Can't Have You (feat Stee Downes - Danilo Braca Acid Orchestra remix) (8:31)
Review: Daniel Klein's first album as SIRS, last year's "Banana Hard & Disco Kisses", was something of a slept-on gem, packed to the rafters with summery, disco-tinged treats. Here he showcases a quartet of new versions of tracks from that set, courtesy of a quietly impressive line-up of remixers. Austin Alto kicks things off with a chunky, synth-bass-propelled house revision of "Night Wind", before Yam Who brilliantly re-imagines Stee Downes collaboration "Forever" as a string-laden slab of revivalist disco-boogie warmth. Elsewhere, previously unheard bonus cut "Turkish Disco Folk" is a percussive and off-kilter affair that lives up to its title, while the Danilo Braca Acid Orchestra Remix of Bee Gees cover "If I Can't Have You" is a sparkling slab of nu-disco/electro fusion.
Little White Lies (DBridge Tall Tales remix) (7:43)
Review: 18 months since they launched with a release from the legendary STL, Om:nia return with another highly respected artist, Shaun Soomro. Four tracks deep, once again we run the full gamut of the cosmos across the soundscapes. "Little White Lies" sets the vibe and pace as a hazy UKG cut with chugs and waves in all the right places. It's followed by an ambient oasis as "Forever Smiling" takes things right back to just the essentials: pure mood and tone. Finally Shaun wraps up his trio of originals by tapping into his London foundations and rolling out ghostly breakbeats on "Hope For Sorrow". As if that's not quite enough, Exit Records don dBrdige concludes this beautiful 12" with an Autonomic twist. Trust us, this is a promise you can keep.
Review: Soul Central responsible for the anthemic house version of 'Strings of Life' needs no introduction. Their latest Pimp Life EP is a limited edition four-track vinyl that fluidly introduces the Electric Shrine imprint. The EP features a mix of gritty, jazzy, soulful and funk-filled cuts that are interplayed with raw interviews from behind bars. Soul Central keeps it deep and sleazy whilst delivering the real deal. 'Late Night Cruising' chronicles the journey of a Bluesman, departing with the funkiest of grooves and solid sub-bass becoming the final destination.
'Just A Man' embeds the confessions from a convicted pimp dispersed with classic keys and dripped in Soul. Turning in a modern take on the deeper side of Disco. 'Bring It Home' is haze fuelled & reminiscent of the early US House scene. 'Chicago Lights' fuses 4/4, low slung Funk driven by a deeper dub vehicle.
Review: Italian duo Souldynamic have been releasing a steady stream of work on respected labels from King Street and Tribe to BBE, with support from industry heavyweights like Louie Vega and Dennis Ferrer. Their latest release the 'West Side of Afrika' EP see's them land on Samosa Records, comprising of four tracks of Afro-centric house. From the spiritual life music of opening track "Guinee" to the uplifting sunshine vibe of "Faranah" with its uplifting group vocal harmonies, while closing cut "Beyla" is an evocative deep house number with the most killer bassline you will hear on a record this year. Terrific work by these Neapolitan scene veterans!
Review: Last year Local Talk offered up Soulphiction's latest album (his first for almost ten years) over three separate slabs of wax. Here they complete the package via a "VIP Edition" 12" single featuring a brand new cut and a previously unheard revision of album highlight "Feelin' Good". The simply titled "Version" mix of that on the flip is delicious, with the Philpot founder layering expansive piano motifs and dizzying solos over skippy, U.S garage-influenced beats and a warm, toasty bassline. Arguably even better though is the fresh cut, "Niederbeat Gospel (Dub)". Living up to its title, the track is a thickset chunk of bluesy gospel house dustiness built around swinging beats, beefy bass and layered vocal samples from a crackly old gospel recording.
Review: There's a feeling with Sound Stream records akin to supping on a cup of tea after a long hard winter day, so perfectly pitched and satisfying is his approach to making house music. On "Julie's Theme", there's some unabashed delay rippling going on, but still that ever-loving disco groove sits underneath in the bassline on the one and the natural hand claps. On the flip, the disco is thoroughly loud and proud, with "Inferno" resplendent in searing Philly strings and slinky bass that was built for grooving. Once again, Sound Stream has delivered a simple but meaningful demonstration of house music perfection.
Review: Well, here's something to raise the spirits: a first new 12" from Frank Timm's Sound Stream alias for three years. Those familiar with the German producer's work will know exactly what to expect, namely delicious disco house cut-ups that turn selected loops from largely forgotten gems into insatiable dancefloor gold. A-side "Bass Affairs" is particularly good, delivering a perfect blend of sun-kissed Brazilian guitars, rubbery slap bass loops and lilting Rhodes chords (all accompanied, of course, by thunderous kick drums). There's a more traditional disco-house feel about the filter-heavy "Sweep Magic", while "Starstrike" is a throbbing, stripped back affair that makes great use of looped-up bass guitars.
Review: Sometime Sound Signature regular Specter (real name Andres Ordonez) should be regarded as a genuine underground hero: a talented and hard-working producer, whose regular vinyl missives are regularly a cut above the rest. For proof, check out this four-tracker on Brooklyn's Second Hand Records. He dives straight into spacey, off-kilter deep house warmth on the smooth but slipped opener "Peace of Mind", before wrapping more starry, spaced-out synths around a muddy bassline and hazy machine drums on "Front & Center". The B-side is all about "Cold Sweat", a minimalistic Larry Heard style emotive deep house number that's also successfully given a breezy-but-beefy makeover by remixer Byron The Aquarius.
Review: Berlin scene stalwart Nico Stojan is back on his respected Ouie imprint that he co-runs with Acid Pauli, with their seventeenth edition here. On the 'Cardano' EP you can sure bet that it is jam packed with glassy-eyed and bittersweet dancefloor narratives, as evident on the sublime title A side title track. Soothing melodies, warm bass and subtle rhythms underpin this melodic deep house journey throughout. On the flip, we have two more numbers aimed squarely at the Sunday morning dancefloor in the form of "Together" and "Inhale", the latter in particular will take you into the exotic with its chilled-out summertime island vibes.
Review: Australia's Subjoi has been having a jolly old time of late, slamming out hit after hit via Lost Palms, GASP and more. Now he comes to Lobster Theremin-affiliated Distant Hawaii to join the likes of Warwick, Sweely and East Of Eden in a retro house heatwave. While it may be classically-informed, Subjoi's sound is far from throwback - it's expressive, emotional club music plain and simple. Just stick on "Like It Was" and feel the lingering keys and vocal snippets taking you far, far away. There's a garage swing to "Drownin", while "Shelter Me" is dripping with moody New Jersey organs - the palette and energy shifts track to track making this as pleasurable for home listening as it is for the club.
Review: Ascendant Romanian producer Dinu Pancov aka Suolo continues his prolific output here with his third release for Bucharest-based Capodopere, following up some great ones in recent times on More Than Music, Aforisme and RORA. "No Proof" is totally on point: a deep, groovy and hypnotic roller from a dub techno state of mind and perfect tackle for the afterhours. On the flip, we have the ethereal and mesmerising drifter that is "Rudiment", while "Oasis" is an eerie minimal tech house tool that will appeal to fans of fellow homeboy Sublee, Alci or even Ion Ludwig.
Review: Cedesciu Wax is a vinyl only label, owned and curated by the Miami based DJ and producer Lulla, that is dedicated to showcasing underground minimal house music. For their fifth release, they are showcasing the Argentine Szyszko's debut vinyl release. Mesmerising and ethereal tech house is the order of the day here, with tracks like "Reloj" calling to mind the work of Sublee, Alci or Camelia, while the lean and subtle mood music of "Sei" definitely takes it cues from the Rominimal scene. Speaking of which, two champions of that sound get onboard for some remixes of the tracks; Nu Zau's moody rework is one of his best pieces of music we have heard in a while, while the ascendant Triptil ventures into arcane territory.
Review: Charitable acts carry more significance than ever right now, and Needs are on hand with another instalment in their brilliantly curated series to give something to those in need while also presenting some wonderful, exclusive music. This one leads in with a truly uplifting blast of sunshine from Telephones before dropping into the edgy, swinging tech-funk of Ciel's "Faye Wong Plays The Strings". Al Wootton is on point with another of his fresh and dynamic twists on the soundsystem blueprint, with a dubby, percussive vibe that should appeal to those who miss proper dubstep. Eliphino completes the set with a squashed and feverish garage thumper that sounds like it has an iconic vocalist chopped up somewhere in the signal chain.
Them Thangs Feat Ms Fae (feat Ms Fae - Waajeed Lost Without You remix) (6:24)
Them Thangs (feat Ms Fae - 'Monkz Og dubstramental) (6:19)
Freaks N Prophets (PPF Magic Freak dub) (6:42)
Sawa Sawa (4:26)
Review: One of the brightest talents in the UK house firmament, Thatmanmonkz is back on his own Shadeleaf label with an EP of remixes and versions centering around last year's Non Zero Sum Game album. First up is the mighty Waajeed, who brings some Motor City bump to "Them Thangs" in fine style before 'Monkz's own "Dubstramental" of the track. PPF deliver some seriously pumping, pneumatic pressure to "Freaks 'n Prophets" and then new original track "Sawa Sawa" completes the set with that dusty, tactile blend of sounds that 'Monkz makes his own.
Review: With a discography that stretches right back to the mid 1990s, Johanz Westerman is one of Holland's longest-serving underground house and techno producers. He's also a student of electronic music history, as this wholehearted, EP-length tribute to the work of Giorgio Moroder and Patrick Cowley proves. Title-track "More Love" is little less than an acid-laden, instrumental re-build of the Moroder-produced, Cowley-remixed Donna Summer classic "I Feel Love", while "Kickin In" is the kind of muscular, synthesizer-heavy electro-disco throb-job that would have gone down a storm at legendary San Francisco club the Trocadero at the turn-of-the-80s. Flipside opener "Warped Minds" explores similar sonic territory and sounds like it was inspired by Sylvester's "Do You Wanna Funk". There's even a sweaty, delay-laden rhythm track reprise for those DJs who love percussion.
Review: Thomas Xu tends not to release much music, but when he does it tends to be musically rich, rhythmically complex and very, very good. That's certainly the case with "Places In Time", his second EP on Steady Flight following an inspired 2017 debut on Theo Parrish's Sound Signature imprint. There's much to set the pulse racing across the EP, from the heavily analogue, synthesizer-powered, intergalactic jazz-funk looseness of "Easin", and the slipped 21st century instrumental space-jazz of "Tired A Being Tired (What Are We Here For)", to the densely layered, piano-driven ambience of "Promise 2", and the hard-to-pigeonhole eccentricity of closing cut "Let's Go See Roy".
Review: Since 2013 Tijn (not to be confused with J. Tijn) has been issuing a steady stream of high grade minimal and tech house for labels like Decay, Memoria, Moss Co and more recently Vuew. Now he comes to Aesthetic for a varied EP that leads in with the dusky, blue-hued tones of "Waves" - a moment for true immersion and introspection. By way of contrast, "CC" captures the energy of classic mid 00s minimal a la labels like Cynosure - all bugging samples hopping around a swinging groove - and we can't get enough of it. "Sundayyzz" takes things in a spookier direction, keeping that stripped back shuffle but holding down a more mellow energy compared to "CC".
Review: After a run of rock-solid releases on his own GETTRAUM imprint, Romain Raynaud AKA Traumer has decided to mix things up via a first outing on German imprint Subtil. The headline attraction is undoubtedly A-side "Temple", an attractive, ear-catching chunk of retro-futurist tech-house powered forwards by deep, undulating sub-bass, sparkling choral synth-sounds and fizzing, deep space melodies. Over on side B, "Spheria" is an altogether chunkier, deeper and darker tech-house box jam, while closing cut "Fortuna" cloaks a typically rolling, glitch-sporting beat in heavenly chords and the kind of rush-inducing operatic vocal samples that were such a feature of turn-of-the-90s classics such as Orbitak's "Belfast" and the Beloved's "The Sun Rising".