Review: The Playground's first release of 2019 comes from a suitably storied source: Motor City deep house legend Alton Miller. Given that Miller was in fine form on his recent Local Talk outing, it's no surprise to find him ticking all the right boxes here, too. A-side "Speaking Of Future" is typical of his work, with alternately dreamy and spacey electronic elements winding themselves around a tough but groovy rhythm track. Combined, it's a recipe for eyes-closed, life affirming deep house bliss. Miller opts for a chunkier bassline and slightly bolder beats on the similarly attractive flipside opener "All The Time" before reaching for the starry jazz-funk synths, sun-kissed chord sequences and rich bass on closing cut "Who Am I (Speechless Version)".
Review: Ever-dependable hero of deep house since the good old days, Glenn Underground is back with fresh goodies for his Strictly Jazz Unit imprint, and if you liked what he's done before then there's no doubt you'll like this as well. "Shiloh (A King's Return)" is a steady roller, defined by the synth-sax freestyling over the top of a crisp beat and bluesy chord workout. "We, The Party (Let's Get Down)" is a more soaring affair, with some neat kinks in the drums and a sumptuous spread of Rhodes action all delivered in that quintessentially Blue Note GU flavour.
I'll Take You There (Directors cut Classic Signature remix)
I'll Take You There (Dimitri From Paris re-edit)
I'll Take You There (The Shapeshifters remix)
Review: Back in 2011, Frankie Knuckles and Eric Kupper debuted their Director's Cut project by teaming up with old pal Jamie Principle on "I'll Take You There". Here it gets the reissue treatment, with a trio of classic mixes being joined by a fresh revision from scalpel maestro Moplen. His version is delicious, with Principle's loved-up vocal rising above bubbly synth-bass, evocative organ lines, swirling synthesizer motifs and sunrise chords. There's another chance to enjoy Director's Cut's own warm and glassy-eyed "Signature Remix", a second spin for Dimitri From Paris's slightly breezier (but no less loved-up) re-edit and a boisterous funky house rework from the Shapeshifters that some may have missed first time around.
Review: Remarkably, 18 years has past since Red Ember Records offered up the first installment in their "Deepsounds" series of multi-artist EPs. Volume five kicks off with "Relax", a warm and fuzzy chunk of head-nodding deep house hypnotism by Sauco and Prakash that boasts some raw analogue bass and oven-hot stabs. Erell Ranson goes even jazzier, deeper and more melodious on the superb "Beauty Of Sadness", while Frankie Soukal's "Polaroid" wraps spacey, dubbed-out and delay laden chords around a chunky groove. Arguably best of all though is Tominori Hosoya's luscious "2 Years Later", an ultra-deep, dreamy and positive cut that's twice as tactile as Play-Dough and infinitely tastier.