Review: Bristol house imprint Banoffee Pies return with more subtle and hypnotic grooves. On the A side is the mysterious Jay Anderson with "Didn't Care Too Much". While not much is known of him yet, we are sure that will change once people listen to this track: deep minimal house that crosses over into electro much in the vein of Frenchman TC80 or what his peers on Japan's Cabaret imprint are doing right now. Next up, Greek up and comer Simonas Paplauskas serves up the rolling and entrancing afterhours cut "Untitled" which takes its cues from the current sounds of Romania: an immaculate production. On the flip, the entire side is handed over to Ukrainian producer Peshka, who delivers another jagged yet downright wacky and unique take on reduced grooves with "Basic Instinct".
Review: Like many labels at this time of year, Banoffee Pies has decided to get into the Record Store Day spirit, delivering a limited edition, hand-stamped 10" featuring a trio of Afro-inspired cuts from their growing roster of artists. There's naturally much to admire, not least the deliciously bass-heavy "Simigwado (Eidt)" by Az, a heavy Afrobeat rework that gets the right balance between the restless throb of house music and the vibrancy of the producer's source material. Walter Ego impresses, too, with the cowbell-laden Highlife shuffle of "Eme Nenyo", while Philou Louzolo steals the show with the Clavinet-heavy Afro-disco goodness of his superb "Royal Booty Funk".
Review: It's always unwise to judge a label that's still taking its' first steps, but Banoffee Pies has barely put a foot wrong since launching a couple of years back. Here, the Bristol-based imprint continues with its' successful split release formula, gathering together a quartet of tracks from up-and-coming producers. Beaner kicks things off with the bumpin', low-slung deep house grooves and delay-laden guitar samples of "It Takes Two", before Philou Louzolo raises the temperature with the looped horn samples and thumping beats of "Alter Ego". Flip for the dreamy Balearic house goodness of Ron Wilson's "Albino Turtle", and the bongo-laden, after-party deep house shuffle of Mome's "Assatta".
Review: Exciting Bristol imprint Banoffee Pies are back with the second edition of their new Black Label imprint and we're certainly eager to hear what they have in store this time around. Starting off we've got Romanian Hansel! with "2-16" and it's everything you'd expect really: rolling, ethereal and hypnotic. Following up this, Unknown Artist delivers some dusty and smoked out breakbeat house on "Bet Your Life". On the flip, KOKO & Niccolo Borgi present some lush minimal house deepness on "Nor Girl" (which is reminiscent of Baby Ford) while Swede in Sydney Adam Stromstedt delivers oddly hypnotic sounds on "Rent" as similarly heard on his great Lyssna imprint of late.
Review: According to Banoffee folklore, How Du was sent by a nearby star-system and harbours some deep patterns of evil. He also boasts some remarkable beat skills as this debut album showcases in great detail. Sitting somewhere between IG Culture and Kode 9, there's a deep swing set in the stony, foreboding aesthetics that allows warmth and soul to shine through at the wonkiest of moments. The jazzy, loosely hewn two-step of "Life Line", the finger-clicking hopscotch and woozy sunrise chords of "Daze" and the come-to-bed shuffles and sighs of "2 Worlds" are just three on-point examples. Du yourself a favour.
Adam Stromstedt - "IRAATO (It Remains As A Topic Over)" (8:42)
Review: Ell Weston and Sandy Hagenbach's Banoffee Pies imprint is run out of Bristol, but their heart is very much in the deep house zone, merging everything from minimal to deep house and even a little tech for good measure! One thing is for sure, however, and that is focusing on releasing the very best in dance music; in the label's own words, this is "for the listener... for the DJ... for the heads". This RSD 2017 special is a two-track bullet, kicking off with Jase's "Sail Away", a sublimely minimalistic affair that oozes a very particular sort of ethereal energy from its spectral groove, shimmering away with a slight stutter and a fine, off-kilter away. On the flip, Adam Stromstedt's "IRAATO (It Remains As A Topic Over)" is a grizzlier dance excursion, made up of a similar minimal flow except that here the sounds are bouncier and more vibrant, subtly heading into the raw-minded end of the house spectrum. Loose, stripped-back and BIG on a BAD system...
Review: Bristol's Banoffee Pies are back with their 11th edition. But as far it goes musically: this certainty ain't Bristol! Starting out with the smoothly reduced tendencies of local lad Christian Jay's "Rhotic" which sounds inspired by the sounds of Trelik, there's more of the same (albeit much dubbier and smoked out) on "Starry Nite Life" courtesy of Utrecht's Larry de Kat; very paranoid afterhour vibes on this one! On the flip we've got some more dubbed out fare courtesy of Christian Jay, again, who enlists a bit of help from Crump on the rusty and dust coated "GG3". All Caps artist Florist adds a touch of Vancouver to proceedings with the squelchy DJ tool "Blacky."
Review: Banoffee Pies Records launches its first white label to date, and it's a three-pronged collaboration by new and exciting faces in the scene. First up is Philou Louzolo and his excellent "Afrofuturism Dance", a solid house jerker with lively tribal influences, folloed siftly by Wendel Sield and his moodier, jazzier piece entitled "History Of Black People". On the flip, Huntleys & Palmers MMT proceeds to drop some Gipsy King house in the form of "Ton A Ton", backed by the more funky disco shades of "Pangae Flute". Nice and diverse for ya!
Review: Forgotten house hero Mark Nicholas steps out of the shadows and back into your 1210's with Sacred Space, a collection of previously unreleased gems recorded sometime between the late 90's and now. His own Ringrose Recordings saw many of his releases back in the past, but Banoffee Pies didn't want a reissue, they were after new tunes. After realising just how much material Nicholas had amassed, they decided to put as much material out as possible. This LP isn't straight house or club bangers, but rather a collection of experimentations, clearly audible through daring pieces such as "This Jazz" or the soulful "Old Sole". It's a work of many layers and influences, and one which must not be slept on. Tip!
Philou Louzolo - "Woman 2 Woman" (Tribute to Kathleen Cleaver)
Martin Hayes - "Broken Memory"
Review: If you're going to launch a label, it helps to make your first release a bit of a killer. That's certainly the case with this varied collection of floor-friendly burners that constitutes the debut of Bristol-based outfit Banoffee Pies. There's a range of edits and original material, with Amsterdam's Mr Mendel arguably stealing the show with "Freakin" - a tough chunk of booty-shakin' P-funk. That said, Ruf Dug's "Cosmic Feelings" - a heady trip into sweaty, analogue Detroit house territory with darting synths and bubbling electronics aplenty - is also incredibly impressive. Elsewhere, Martin Hayes goes deep, slow and sensual on the lovingly crafted "Broken Memory", while Philou Louzolo drops a sinewy chunk of laidback disco-house in the shape of trumpet-boasting chugger "Woman 2 Woman".
Review: Bristol imprint Banoffee Pies comes at us with their third release. This time they've handed the reigns to Swedes and Junk Yard Connections alumni Adam Stromstedt & Art Alfie. They give us the deep and soothing "Drum Off" and like the name might suggests: there are some pretty crazy drums going off in there. Jaffa Surfa's (aka Zoltan Pal/Zee) "Souled Out" is early noughties style filtered disco house; always a worthy addition. While on the flip we've got "KO Bad (Hansel Edit)" a bit of dusty, smoked out, hip-hop inspired deep house that fans of Glenn Astro and Max Graef will well dig!
Slim. - "Time Will Let Us Go" (feat Merryn Jeann) (2:58)
Simiah - "Lost My Keys" (3:27)
A Beat Maker Named Crate Head - "Oh Ye" (1:42)
Slim. - "Sunday" (2:37)
Simiah - "The Fields" (1:26)
RODN3Y - "Growing" (2:44)
Slim. - "Durban Poison" (3:10)
A Beat Maker Named Crate Head - "Rays" (1:47)
Slim. - "Dream" (3:22)
Simiah - "Ancy" (1:36)
A Beat Maker Named Crate Head - "Some1" (1:20)
Simiah - "Feel Me" (2:02)
Review: Given the quality of Banoffee Pies' first Beats compilation, hopes are naturally high for this follow-up. We're happy to report that this is another doozy; a solid gold collection of smoky, emotion rich grooves, jazzy workouts and freshly baked instrumental hip-hop jams. Highlights come thick and fast. On the A-side alone you'll find the DJ Cam style trip-hop warmth of Slim's "Sunday", the Dilla-ish dustiness of RODN3Y's "Growing" and the simmering, softly spun soul of Slim's "Time Will Let Us Go". The pleasingly stoned looseness continues on the flip, with the two contributions from A Beat Maker Named Crate Head being particularly impressive (and, we should add, delightfully horizontal in tone).
Review: Banoffee Pies' Limited Series is back with its 7th instalment, coming through with yet another marvelously diverse compilation of artists and tunes that all lead to the dancefloor. The vibe is on a house tip throughout, with each artist showcasing their own thing: Yadava's opener is deep and mystical, while Sameed's "New Bell" transforms a jazz groove into a 4/4 bombshell, and Gallegos' "Wang Dang" opts for the broken beat stance. On the B-side, there's more broken percussion madness via Ed Eldridge's "290318", and Toma Kami's "Soil" bangs the kick drums out amid a sea of beautiful piano chords. Ready and primed.