Review: To date, Swiss trio Alma Negra has carved a successful niche as makers of heavily percussive 12" singles that look to the rhythms of Africa for inspiration. This outing for Heist Recordings draws on many similar influences, but shuffles further towards original production than their rework style back catalogue. Opener "Afrorleans" is a jaunty trip into shuffling Afro-house territory in the company of a cabal of Cajun musicians, while "Luanda Dub" is a booming, bass heavy late night trip full of swirling vocal samples and densely layered drum hits. Flip to the B-side for the party-starting Afro-disco/deep house fusion of standout "Endless Summer" and a cracking Soulphiction remix of the same track that pushes a rubbery disco bassline to the fore to devastating effect.
Review: Swiss trio Alma Negra can do no wrong in our eyes, with their recent outing on Lumberjacks in Hell being one of that label's strongest releases to date (which, given its strong track record, is high praise indeed). This four-tracker on Detroit Swindle's Heist Recordings is packed full of dancefloor treats, too. Choose between the spacey deep house/heavily percussion Afro-house fusion of title track "Conversation", the hybrid boogie/dreamy deep house bliss of "This Is The Place" and the warm and woozy, percussion-rich deep house loop-funk of B-side opener "From The Heart". Fittingly, "Conversation" is given a going over by fellow percussion enthusiast Awanto 3, whose trippy remix adds a low-slung jazz bassline, wonky vocoder vocals and just the right amount of wayward electronics.
Review: If your fame is built on delivering rock solid dancefloor cuts, should your subsequent albums stick to the same approach or mix it up a little? It's a conundrum that many artists have struggled with over the years. Smartly, Detroit Swindle has decided to hedge their bets with High Life following 2014's Boxed Out. As full length albums go, it's a bit of a peach, and sees the acclaimed Dutch duo flit between sensuous, home-listening fare, jaunty, instrumental-laden workouts (see the cheery, smoky pop-soul of Tom Misch hook-up "Yes, No, Maybe" and Afro-fired bounce of "Call of the Wild" featuring fellow Dutch combo Jungle By Night) and tried-and-tasty club tracks (Seven Davis Jr collaboration "Flavourism", the driving disco-house of "Freeqy Polly" and "Cut U Loose").
Review: Unstoppable Dutch duo Detroit Swindle are back on their own Heist imprint, with some sensual deep house in the form of "Flavourism" which is the first single lifted from their forthcoming album entitled High Life. Featuring the smooth as silk vocals of the inimitable Seven Davis Jr, the release is accompanied by some fine remixes too: the sexy late night mood lighting of John Barera & Will Martin's Boomerang dub does the job fairly well, but let's not ignore the true highlight here - not one but two renditions by the mighty Pepe Bradock. The Atavisme boss and all round hero of the French house scene delivers the depe dan and dusty Bittersweet mix, in addition to a handy Urgent Spookapella.
Review: Over the years, Pitto has done a fine job in balancing his love of uneasy, left-of-centre techno-pop with delivering floor-friendly 12" singles that draw greater influence from late night European clubbing. Late Night Studio Moves, which marks his return after a two-year absence, is as melodic and ear pleasing as you'd expect, but also closer to deep house than many of his previous EPs. Highlights abound, from the exotic, Afro-fired, percussion-and-chant-rich piano house brilliance of opener "Late Night Studio Moves", to the hazy deepness of "You Treat Me Like a Fool" and the '89 Chicago warehouse pump of "Jazz Kids". There's a tasty bonus, too, in the shape of the Mole's woozy, dreamy and effortlessly tactile dream house revision of "Late Night Studio Moves".
Hugo Mari - "Change Ur Ways" (Detroit Swindle remix) (6:37)
Kassian - "Bad Habit" (Alma Negra remix) (7:00)
Adryiano - "Me & You & Her" (Pitto Groove Your Body remix) (6:52)
Pitto - "You Treat Me Like A Fool" (Kassian remix) (5:43)
Detroit Swindle - "Cut U Loose" (Adryiano remix) (8:10)
Alma Negra - "This Is The Place" (Hugo Mari remix) (5:27)
Review: Five years of Heist means Detroit Swindle are releasing their fifth version of the Round Up. We see a fair few new names on the label recently, which makes for a fresh set of combinations - plus some stunning revisions of tracks that have made Heist a household name. Highlights include London's Hugo Mari gives us "Change Ur Ways" which receives a swing-fuelled and hypnotic remix by Detroit Swindle, Pitto's Groove Your Body remix of Adryiano's "Me & You & Her" is as lo-slung and neon-lit as you like it, and the latter who delivers his unmistakable sound with some roughed-up and lo-fi shuffle on his remix of "Cut U Loose" by the label head honchos.