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Deep House Recommendations February 2013

Juno Recommends Deep House

Juno Recommends Deep House

Deep House Recommendations February 2013
7 Feb 2013
Cat: WOLFEP 017. Rel: 21 Jan 13
Deep House
  1. Bicep - "Mixxmaster 88"
  2. Casino Times - "Heart Strings"
  3. Medlar - "Cant Stop" (Creative Swing Alliance remix)
  4. Ishmael - "Want You"
Review: Given their illustrious rise over the past twelve months, the appearance of Belfast duo Bicep on the latest Wolf Music release is quite the coup for the London label. Artist and label are of course no strangers, with a Bicep dub of Medlar appearing WOLFEP009, yet there's currently a Midas touch style momentum driving Andrew Ferguson and Matthew McBriar that should ensure this 12" sells out even swifter than previous lupine plates. "Mixmaster 88" is an unadulterated party anthem and another ode to some of their heroes (spot the cheeky Armando usage) yet it's most memorable because it shows Bicep at their most confident. Further house music excellence is afforded with contributions from Casino Times, Medlar and newcomer Ishmael that ensure this is yet another all killer, no filler emission from the Wolf Music stable.

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out of stock $9.18
Cat: KDJ 40. Rel: 24 Jan 11
Deep House
  1. Freeki Mutha F cker
  2. California (recorded live in Detroit Friday May 25 2007)
  3. Freeki Mutha F cker (Juan Atkins' Model 500 mix)
  4. Freeki Mutha F cker (Egyptian Lover's mix)
Review: For those of a certain age, there's no more exciting a combination of remixers than Juan Atkins and Egyptian Lover. Thus the prospect of them both taking on Moodymann's classic spoken word sex house anthem "Freeki Mutha F cker" is almost too much to handle! It's the former who steals the show here, revisiting his Cybotron days on a rework that offers the perfect fusion of organic deepness and cold, raw electro. There's something wonderful about the unlikely combination of Atkins' alien beats and bass - in particular the slowly pulsing sub - and the original's soft focus pianos, whispered vocals and drawn out strings. It's some futuristic business alright. Egyptian Lover takes a similar electro approach with solid results (think 808 cowbells and Tipper sub-bass wobbles), though it lacks the far sighted, back to the future appeal of Atkins' superb effort. In addition the A side holds a previously unreleased extended version of the original track and a short but sweet burst of some new KDJ material in the shape of "California" BIG TIP!
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out of stock $17.83
Cat: NMW 005. Rel: 21 Jan 13
Deep House
  1. James Johnston - "Think About U Everyday"
  2. Alex Agore - "In My Soul"
  3. Alex Agore - "In Your Arms"
  4. James Johnston - "Do U Understand?"
Review: UK don James Johnston and German champ Alex Agore once again come together on their hot-to-trot No Matter What imprint to lay down the law on their righteous tributes to vintage house music. Johnston delivers some dreamy garage swing on "Think About U Everyday", and takes things deeper on "Do U Understand?" by drawing you in with an alluring chord line that purrs at the heart of the track. Agore is in equally feisty mood with some textbook vocal turns over his "In My Soul" workout, and then switches up for a breezy, carefree wriggler in the form of "In Your Arms".

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out of stock $7.56
Cat: OFFICE 02. Rel: 14 Jan 13
Deep House
  1. Owl’s Night
  2. Those Things
  3. Bazz & Iron Curtis - "KMS" (Soulphiction remix)
  4. Whatabouttalkabout
Review: Baaz's fledgling Office Recordings returns with its second release and a second edition of the What About Talk About series. "Owl's Theme" sees Baaz at the buttons, swiftly aligning to a vigorous bassline that provides the momentum whilst the Berliner shows his palette of classicist 909 rhythms and pumping piano chords. Complementing this, "Those Things" sounds more vibrant and colourful, with the drums less prominent amidst the magic inducing textures. On the flip Soulphiction turns in a wondrous remix of the Baaz and Iron Curtis track "K.M.S.", all glowering, emotive synth flourishes and subtle kicks, whilst "Whatabouttalkabout" showcases Baaz's talent for more esoteric sounds, eschewing the need for kicking drums to focus on a luscious electronic arrangement.
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out of stock $8.92
Cat: ATA 014. Rel: 14 Jan 13
Deep House
  1. Men vs Dust
  2. A Bunch Of Ceohalophores
  3. The Naked Shrink
  4. What's Wrong With The Picture
  5. Dropping The Ball
  6. Five Points
Review: The third of four mooted Pepe Bradock 12"s consisting of soundtrack music to the imaginary film Operation Veaux Carnivores arrives and the suite of tracks here prove to be every bit as singularly impressive as the previous two Imbroglios releases. Bradock's always taken house as a foundation and twisted your preconceptions on their head, and the six tracks here prove that the French producer's time spent away from the spotlight is well spent. Much like the cat purring "Inconsequent Pussy" from the debut Imbroglios 12", the standout track here takes a strange sample as its starting point and builds something wholly infectious from it. "A Bunch of Cephalophores" takes its name from the vocal sample that appears distorted throughout, as Bradock weaves a rasping house groove that finds a snug spot in your affections and refuses to leave. The remaining five tracks prove to be just as refreshing on your ears as this, not least the half stepping, cavernous boom bap of "What's Wrong with the Picture".
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out of stock $8.38
Cat: WXC 007. Rel: 28 Jan 13
Deep House
  1. She's Alright
  2. Come On Satisfy
  3. Just Lately
  4. Cement Grey
Review: Coming from the ever-expanding Skylax empire of new-old-house music, Adryiano is rooted in the Nu-Groove ways of bringing the funk, and he does it with immaculate accuracy. It's the synths that stand out the most here, working DX7 stabs through just the right kind of filter to achieve the perfect sultry deep-in-the-night atmosphere. The tracks move between the more mellow tones of "She's Alright" and "Cement Grey" to the feisty swing of "Come On Satisfy" and "Just Lately", but all the while bringing that comforting sound of proper garage house like momma used to make.
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out of stock $8.38
Cat: TU 004. Rel: 14 Sep 15
Deep House
  1. You Know Me
  2. You Know Me (Glenn Underground SJU Summer Ends mix)
  3. 7655
  4. Open Heart
Review: It's clear from the first beat that the "deep sounding" decree of Italian imprint Traxx Underground is inspired by the classic house musicians and machines of the early 80s and 90s. The title track "You Know Me" is a quintessential retrospective house music gem with a luscious and simplistic chord progression, subtle leads and suitability placed rim shots for extra groove. Glenn Underground's "SJU Summer Ends mix" substitutes shakers for piano keys, pushing the originals chords further into the background as synthy bubbles and lounge time vibes take over. If the moment is right, you could easily find yourself listening to "7655" by a head rolling Theo Parrish at the controls, whereas "Open Heart" brings 2013 house music back to its basic 90s essentials, only this time adding reverberating flutes.
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out of stock $8.10
Cat: THUG 011LIMITED. Rel: 28 Jan 13
Deep House
  1. Bodywork - "Deeper & Deeper"
  2. Lady E - "Seems To Me"
  3. G4 - "Who Loves You"
  4. The Cellar Boyz - "Pay Me"
Review: Ben Cenac's contribution to the nascent strains of New York house music in the late 80?s and early 90?s was highlighted superbly by Rush Hour last year, first reissuing his overlooked, self-titled Dream 2 Science album and later giving Cenac's more widely embraced Sha-lor hit "I'm In Love" a 12? reissue. However, there are further gems in Cenac's arsenal that never saw the light of day, four of which now feature on this release from the Sydney based Thug Records. All four tracks date back to the same prolific period in which Cenac produced the Dream 2 Science album, and highlight the producer's gift for working with vocalists, with Cenac's wife Yvette Cenac aka Vai Cee and Gregg Fore aka Buster Fhott from Dream 2 Science featuring along with Newcleus' Lady E, Shareen Evans and The Cellar Boyz aka the original Jam-On DJs. Anyone who indulged in the Dream 2 Science reissue will feel instantly at home with the intricately programmed rhythms and drifting chords evidently on display across these four tracks.
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out of stock $10.80
Cat: HP 001. Rel: 14 Jan 13
Deep House
  1. Nothing To Fear (original mix)
  2. Nothing To Fear (DBX dub)
  3. I Do Believe
  4. I Can Feel It
Review: Originally released in 1994, Rick Wade's Harmonie Park reissues its first ever release - Late Night Basix Vol 1. Still one of the Detroit house producer's finest records, the soulful strains of "Nothing To Fear" still sound fresher than the scores of imitators that have followed in his wake, and the Daniel Bell remix with its stuttering vocal cut-up and snappy rhythmic flex still does the business now. On the flip, "I Do Believe" is a funkier number with rolling bassline and hints of early KDJ, while "I Can Feel It" is the the real late night basic of the record, combining muted horns and tense strings with spacious house atmospherics. Essential!
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out of stock $10.00
Cat: BGR 004. Rel: 04 Feb 13
Deep House
  1. Hard Deep
  2. Hard Deep (Shane Linehan remix)
Review: Having established his own Basic Grooves imprint with a trio of sultry New Jersey influenced house releases, Shane Linehan hands the fourth release over to up and coming French producer Janeret. "Hard Deep" goes even, ahem, deeper that Linehan's efforts for the label, combining a slamming mid-tempo kick drum with crisp and cavernous dub piano chords and the subtlest of organ riffs, making a nice contrast to the more upbeat styles of Linehan. On the flip, Linehan delivers his own version of track which ups the tempo and offers a ravey, pitched take on the original's simple one chord piano line, complete with bristling hi-hats and warm pad breakdown.

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out of stock $6.47
Cat: ROBSOUL 116. Rel: 21 Jan 13
Deep House
  1. Twin Cities
  2. Dance Sing
Review: The Robsoul label run by Phil Weeks come correct with their first transmission of a new year; offering up two tracks from the Theo Parrish archives. The Twin Cities 12" originally appeared on Rick Wade's Harmonie Park label back in 2004, and original pressing currently command a pretty price in the land of Discogs. Anyone who's caught a Phil Weeks DJ set will know the man is a bonafide Theo freak and must be proud through and through to have licensed these two tracks from Harmonie Park for a much needed re-evaluation. The title track is Theo's ode to those two US cities that made him the man he is, Chicago and Detroit, born and raised in the former and now living in the latter, and it translates musically with the Chi town trackiness mixing perfectly with the murky Motor City melodies. "Dance, Sing" belongs in the holy grail of Parrish purchases, as buccaneering percussion, whispering vocals and delicate piano keys all attempt to deal with that immense booming bassline
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out of stock $9.71
Cat: BANDURA 001. Rel: 21 Jan 13
Deep House
  1. Track 1
  2. Track 2
  3. Track 3
out of stock $8.63
Cat: UDACHA 004. Rel: 28 Jan 13
Deep House
  1. Sky Is The Limit
  2. Mariya
  3. True Spirit
  4. I See
Review: Having previously graced Anton Zap's Ethereal Sound imprint with three warm deep house cuts, the mysterious Pjotr moves to Udacha, and finds himself in the esteemed company of Rawax alumnus A5 and Vakula collaborator Dices. This record is even more stunning than his first, drawing comparisons to the finely crafted house of the aforementioned Ukranian Vakula. "Sky Is The Limit" opens proceedings with its bubbling, sun-drenched mid-tempo lounge tones given definition with a subtly urgent arpeggio, while "Mariya" picks up the pace with its gently jacking snares, plucked guitar and organic bass. On the flip, "True Spirit" wraps silky chords around unpredictable MPC style drums, opening out into a Pepe Bradock-inspired string arrangement, while "I See" buries its raw drums deep within a muggy low end filter, allowing a blissful melodic arrangement that is recalls a more contented version of a Madteo track. Highly recommended stuff.
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out of stock $10.00
Cat: FINN 001. Rel: 14 Jan 13
Deep House
  1. Monday
  2. When Doves Cry
Review: You might recognise Finnebassen from his numerous releases on vinyl and digital over the past twelve months for labels such as Electronique and Nastyfunk. A new year brings a new approach from the Oslo based producer, with this double pronged slab of chuggy dancefloor material that slots neatly between disco and house. All on a rather dashing candy coloured clear vinyl plate. Lead track "Monday" is a deft reworking of a 90s R&B number that slots in nicely alongside the current wave of Hot Creations output, whilst Finnebassen does the unthinkable on the flip and delivers a tasteful electronic disco cover version of the Purple One's timeless power ballad on the flip.
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 in stock $10.80
Cat: WLS 04. Rel: 04 Feb 13
Deep House
  1. Fabio Monesi - "624" (Saturn mix)
  2. Fabio Monesi - "Wilson's Krime" (original mix)
  3. Deymare - "Living The Dream" (original mix)
  4. Deymare - "Waxmen" (original mix)
out of stock $9.45
Cat: LT 023. Rel: 28 Jan 13
Deep House
  1. CRST - "Monster Munch" (feat The Organ Grider)
  2. Chesus - "Newark"
  3. CRST - "Life"
  4. Chesus - "Special"
Review: South Welsh sound hounds CRST go toe-to-toe with their own Chesus on this ace quad-track EP for Swedish imprint Local Talk. Peppered with creatively manipulated and neatly trimmed classic house vocals while paying full attention to the jack factor, each cut oozes Chi-town panache and infectious grooves. Chesus flips the final switch for the beautiful swing-drenched finale "Special". Clearly studying in the same sample school as Sonic J, house flavours don't get much more timeless than this. Get munching.
out of stock $8.63
Cat: LPSR 01. Rel: 21 Jan 13
Deep House
  1. Speechless (feat Anomaly Jonez)
  2. The Same Old Game
  3. Delinquencies
Review: Formerly operating under the Suedmilch and Venedikt Reyf aliases with releases grounded in dub techno that stretch back to 2009, Pforzheim-based producer Benedikt Frey has more recently chosen to adopt an stylistic approach closer to traditional house, appearing on Anton Zap's Ethereal Sounds, Mule Musiq and the esteemed Live At Robert Johnson late last year. Speechless sees the first release for his own imprint, Love Pain Sunshine and Rain, and if future releases are this good it should be a label to watch; the title track combines loose, organic drums with a growling bass and distant diva vocal, smoothly transitioning into a jacking 303 line contrasted by abstract, ethereal chords. It's joined by "The Same Old Game", a dubbier late night jam accented with billowing pads, and "Delinquencies", a trance-inducing number comprised of thick bass, reverb-laden chords, all cut through with sharp hi-hats and bubbling acid lines. All told, this is excellent stuff - fans of innovative deep house in the heady Vakula vein need to check this.
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out of stock $8.38
Cat: MANUCCI 001. Rel: 21 Jan 13
Deep House
  1. Clear Waters
  2. Need Me
Review: Kicking off a spin-off label entitled Manucci's Mistress, Sccucci Manucci are digging into further deep house goodies and sharing them on a cheeky 10" platter courtesy of complete unknowns Silk 86. While they may not appear to have a legacy behind them, the producer responsible clearly knows how to handle brooding, responsive deep house. On "Clear Waters" the key feature is a thick, rounded chord that pitch bends up at the end of every four bars in a hypnotic fashion. "Need Me" features equally engrossing material, not least the undulating bassline and sharp vocal snippets, completing a strong pair of cuts for contemporary house heads.
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out of stock $8.63
Cat: NERO 023T. Rel: 07 Jan 13
Deep House
  1. Sweet Gal
  2. Mama Yemeya
  3. My Eshu
Review: Trinidadian Deep tails the end of his 2012 with the Deep Love EP on Italian imprint Neroli. The off kilter piano keys, shuffled cabasas and percussion of "Sweet Gal" are paired with love-drenched synth moans that make for a deep house piano classic. "Mama Yemeya" follows suite with more virtuoso piano drive, cushioned with friendly rattlesnake shakers and dreamy cascades of house music warmth, ideally to be heard on a cruise liners sky deck at night somewhere in the Mediterranean. The upbeat baseball stadium Rhodes and tropical drums of "My Eshu" is then a sun dance for the upcoming European summer.
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out of stock $8.63
Cat: LPH 013. Rel: 21 Jan 13
Deep House
  1. Back To You
  2. Back To You (Paradis remix)
Review: Producing house music is far from easy, but Jacques Renault time and time again manages to fools us into thinking it could be. His first rabbit out of the hat trick in 2013 is the functional and jovial Back To You EP on his own Lets Play House imprint. Lead track "Back To You" takes full advantage of some filtered horns and bouncing bongo percussion - it's not hard to see this track being embraced widely by DJs especially when samples washed in reverb and delay fill and litter the track, whilst subtle African chants add a individual edge. The same dubby horns - only dubbier - feature on the Paradis remix, only to be lightened by note and word sung vocals, triangle percussion tinkers and a reinforced bassline, deepening the track even further.
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out of stock $7.30
Cat: VIT 015. Rel: 04 Feb 13
Deep House
  1. Silence & Snow
  2. Maybe Here Maybe Not
  3. Bobba Fatt
  4. Ancient Methods
  5. Chew Rebellion
Review: Indulging a clear love of Star Wars, Agnes makes his debut on Vitalik having moved across a staggering plethora of labels in the years since starting out in the field of minimal techno. There's a celebratory imagination at work across this EP, moving into varying styles from the ranging deep house of "Bobba Fatt" to the low-slung hip hop freakiness of "Maybe Here Maybe Not". Neglecting to stay in one place at any point, the Swedish producer displays his appreciation of surreality in house music with grace and in the process creates some sure-fire dancefloor burners with a wealth of individuality about them.
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out of stock $8.63
Cat: TINH 001. Rel: 21 Jan 13
Deep House
  1. Whatupdoe
  2. Ole Man River Jazz
  3. Lower 9th Tribute (Dubbyman Afro-Odyssey remix)
out of stock $7.56
Cat: LAMPUKA 003. Rel: 14 Jan 13
Deep House
  1. Romantic Archive
  2. Romantic Archive (Tusk remix)
  3. Komm
  4. Night Poser
Review: Armed with a dusty old disco loop and whole cupboard full of weird and wonderful analogue machines, German deep houser Garben is on fine form here as "Romantic Archive" chugs with a slightly trippy sense of mischief. Remix-wise Tusk steps up with a lethal cosmic injection that sends us way out of orbit. Elsewhere "Komm" takes a more meandering, warped route as we're washed with phased chords that soak us in pitch-bending bliss. "Night Poser" finishes the set with yet more wonky glee. Deep twinkles and lolloping bassline provide a firm foundation for the seasick synths to flutter over.
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out of stock $7.56
Cat: CP 031. Rel: 14 Jan 13
Deep House
  1. Face To Face
  2. Circle Of Love
  3. Blackbox
  4. Need It Now
out of stock $7.30
Cat: ILL 006. Rel: 21 Jan 13
Deep House
  1. Don't Give Up
  2. Strange Days
  3. Marat On Ecstasy
  4. Don't Give Up (Trus'me Gotta Be Strong remix)
  5. Strange Days (Creative Swing Alliance remix)
out of stock $8.38
Cat: SEAGHDHA 003. Rel: 21 Jan 13
Deep House
  1. Rinkydink
  2. Shadu
  3. This Moment Right Here
Review: Bowling out of Sheffield with a serious underground intent, Lo Shea and his Seaghdha label are bringing dark, swinging grooves aplenty on this third instalment. The tracks are getting touted by plenty of big hitters, and in their linear structures and functional dressing it's not hard to see why. "Rinkydink" bumps and pops with a tasty found-sound funk, while the melody stays resolutely pinned down to keep the vibe moody. On "Shadu" a one-note brain-pounding bass line works around the limber drums, and "This Moment Right Here" gets snappy on the micro-funk side of house music.
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out of stock $8.63
Cat: ROBSOUL 115. Rel: 14 Jan 13
Deep House
  1. Trouble
  2. Microdot
  3. Locked Out
  4. Let Me Tell Ya
out of stock $8.63
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