Review: Lovebirds caused a stir amongst the deep house fanatics earlier this year with his KiNK remix assisted release on Freerange. The Hamburg based producer returns to the familiar surrounds of Kneedeep with three tracks culled from the deeper forgotten recesses of his hard drive, all of which originated before 2008 - hence the title. There's a persistent retro 808 electro pulse to the percussive groove of "Pad" which is augmented by the escalating chord progressions and shifting synth washes. It's the vocal manipulation that impresses the most on "Housemusic" with Lovebirds teasing out the .This Is My House Music' statement and looping it up and over dubbing it. Never sitting still in the mix, the vox undulate between the heights and depths of the mix, weaving between the jacking groove and the deep strings and searching bass stabs. "Transverb" rounds things off nicely, a relentless shimmering computer squeak the backdrop to squelching new school drums and a dubby Klock-esque melody.
Review: The latest EP on Sleep D's on-point Butter Sessions imprint comes from another unsung hero of Australia's electronic underground, Low Flung AKA Moortown Records chief Danny Wild. Dreamy, tactile and analogue-rich, we can confirm that "Dribble" is really rather good. Check, for example, the huggable, head-in-the-clouds deep house warmth of "Deep Dribble", and the fluid ambient brilliance of "Shallow Sleep", where hazy field recordings are smothered in slowly shifting electronics. The warm and woozy vibes continue on the flipside, where the gently jaunty dub house/deep house fusion of "Exotic Dirt (Blend 43 Dub)" is followed by the dub-wise IDM trip that is "Air Dry".
Review: After a smashing debut EP by Joey Anderson back in 2013, the Avenue 66 label returns with a follow-up from Lowtec, Workshop Records frontman and Leipzig's finest alongside Kassem Mosse and Mix Mup. As expected from the man, "Man On Wire" is a mechanical beast, a downtempo jam whose groove is barely held together by mild pads and wavey melodies, while the "reconstruction" version throws in a pseudo four-to-the-floor kick to throw that ambience into shape. On the flip, "Hidden Track" is a shady, percussion-driven house masterpiece filled with the right sort of minimalism and plenty of gorgeous instrumentation. This is Lowtec doing what he does best, don't miss it.
Review: After 19 years in the game, techno veteran Jens "Lowtec" Kuhn is still going strong. While he's recently been in a nostalgic mood - as reissues of early material prove - Kuhn is still capable of producing fresh, high quality material. There's much to enjoy about this first EP for new Malmo label Blundar, from the loud tape hiss, spooky melodies and weirdo ambient dub intent of "Track 2", to the moody, early Autechre throb of Skam-ish closer "Track 4". Dancefloor-minded thrills come in the shape of hypnotic opener "Track 1" - all unsettling, one-note chords, restless rhythms and distant electronics - and the hard-to-pigeonhole madness of the schizophrenic "Track 3".
Review: Following a fine contribution to YAM's Youandmusic Volume 2 EP earlier in the year, Lewis "LT" Taylor pops up on one of his favourite labels, Rhythm Section International. Taylor has been described by label chief Bradley Zero as a "prodigal talent" and there's plenty of evidence to support that view on this debut EP proper. Opener "Untitled (Chesney)" is a wonderfully bouncy and sun-kissed chunk of Italian-influenced piano house, while "Menosphere" sees him wrap lusciously positive melodic motifs and loved-up synths around a chunky breakbeat house rhythm. Arguably even better is title track "Forest Floor", a sticky and humid, tropical breakbeat workout full of tribal percussion and glassy-eyed sunrise electronics. To round things off, Taylor delivers more feel-good, breakbeat-driven deep house positivity in the shape of "North Circular".
Review: After first teaming up with Uzuri back in 2016, Italian producer Giorgio Luceri finally makes a return with a second part of his Space Fire Truth series. There seems to be a concept lingering in the presentation of the music, but let's focus on the sounds themselves. "Collinder 69 Funk" is an effervescent burst of uplifting energy with a groove that feels housey underneath plush Detroit techno synths. "The Early Morning Ouroboros" switches things up with a pacey, chopped up broken beat trip peppered with soulful vocals and instrumentation. "Kepler 16b" is a moodier affair that lets the techno side of Luceri's sound bleed through, and then "Tu Sei Il Maestro Dell'Eterno Ritorno" finishes the record off on a stirring, romantic tip with swooning strings aplenty.
Review: The output of German producer Lucky Charmz is usually reserved for local imprint Lehult but here the Hamburg/Lisbon/Lund based fellow is back on Moody for the Seaside Greetings EP. Starting out with the dreamy and sampledelic deep house of "Ola Do Mar" or the cheeky disco-funk edit of "Sleepy Hollow" which has a very familiar hook. On the flip "Got Away Clean" goes for some lo-slung/slo-mo house for a change of tempo, as does the aptly titled "Deep Dive" for some truly emotive soulfulness.
Review: Back in the autumn of 2016, Karl Lumont and Ray Kadinski joined forces for a collaborative contribution to the very first Strictly Lo-FI label release. Here they're reunited by The Other Planet label, which has wisely decided to offer them a side of vinyl each to showcase their wares. Lumont handles the A-side, first serving up the gently jaunty melodies, swirling background sounds and fiendishly loose and lo-fi deep house beats of "Cloudy Mountains", before travelling space-wards via the gently intergalactic "Blue Flamingo". Kadinski picks up where his friend left off with "Waste My Time", a hypnotic and starry chunk of heads-down deep house. Arguably even better, though, is lo-fi deep house stomper "Where U At", whose cheap drum machine hits sound both crunchy and wickedly metallic.
Review: The oh-so ironically named Super Tuff are back in business with the first solo artist release on the label, welcoming Local Talk champ and all round wunderkind producer Marcel Lune. The musicality is spilling out of this 12" at every turn, from the Floating Points-esque synth orchestrations of "Moon Sequence" to the motivational rush of piano playing and cosmic FX sweeping on "You Can Do It!". "Unknownz" is a more mystical affair that drafts in seagulls and crashing waves to help spell out another effervescent, bouncy house trip. "Sun" brings some seriously deft drum / handclap programming to the table, but still those ascendant lead lines are the star of the show.
Review: Stroud's most prolific deep house wizard casts more spells... Following a volley of smouldering sessions on Studio Rockers and Local Talk comes this mesmerising five-piece on Pusic. Each cut a one way ticket to another astral plane, highlights include the intoxicating euphoria of "Mr Strings", the smoky vapour trails and soft jack sensibility of "Venus Trax" and the planet-chowing rocket surge of "Discord". Simply stunning.
Review: On their second 12", the Honey Butter crew prove themselves to be experts in the arts of mellifluous house jams, just like their name suggests. Leipzig's M.ono has previously been spotted on Rose Records, Heist and Nite Grooves amongst others, and sounds in fine fettle on this smooth sailing 12" of feel good house jams. "Peanut Butter Lover" has it all - dreamy pads, throbbing bassline, lingering piano. "Bummi" meanwhile aims for a clubbier feel offset by chirpy vibraphone notes, and then "Made In Montana" rounds the EP off with some deft keys and an overall deep atmosphere.
Review: Leipzig's finest M Ono and Luveless are back on Houston via Detroit's Kolour with volume three of their new limited 10" series. Starting out with the deeply uplifting soulfulness of "Never Gonna Leave You 2K16" they are then into "Losing Memory" on the flip which gets more reduced, dubby and emotive, giving a nod to the kind of loopy deepness as heard on labels like Office or Slices Of Life. There really is something in the water out in Leipzig at the moment, great stuff!
Review: Its early days for M5K, and equally Voyager Recordings is slowly emerging with a particular style, but already the future looks rosy for both artist and label on the strength of this synth soaked release. "Sassy Typhoon" comes on like Space Dimension Controller, before "Marcy Ave Parlay" and "Ford Capri" ramp up the Moog basslines and let the 80s electro funk shine through in a classy house framework. IMYRMIND drops a bugging remix of "Ford Capri" for all the wonky beat heads out there, and then M5K rounds the EP with the peppy strut of "No Time For Sheisty Types" and the low-slung breeze of "Rockaway Beach".
Review: Ricardo Medina has popped up intermittently through the years as a wielder of hefty deep house, and so it goes on this new 12" for Wonder Stories. Take snappily titled "Mcoolaid", where the synths ping out bright and bold while the acidic bass and slamming drums keep the pressure at a constant peak, or the dark and nasty throb of "Fuego". Medina means business, and he's unabashed in his aim towards the big room peak time tech house crowd. "Techmoreno" keeps up the intensity, which gives Alejandro Paz the necessary ingredients for an equally smoking remix for the crafty jackers out there on the floor.
Review: After a three-year absence, former Redux and Cynic duo Machete Savane (AKA Saul Richards and Andy Bainbridge of Bad Passion Project) return to action. Fittingly, it comes on Bad Passion Project's Not An Animal Records. "Manticore" is something of a treat for those who like their disco electronic, atmospheric and doused in perm-sporting rock and '80s AOR influences (think winding guitar solos, Italo-disco arpeggio lines, punk-funk bass, and spacey electronics). It comes backed with two contrasting remixes: a throbbing, disco-tech revision from ESP Institute regular, and an ambient re-invention from Jonny Nash. The latter's alternately glistening and dreamy version is as sublime as you'd expect.
Review: Two of D.KO's most important players get all smoky on this neatly symmetrical 12"; longstanding label friend and one of its most consistent artists Mad Rey (AKA Quentin Leroy) takes the A with two blunderbuss grooves: "L'Anguille" is based around a crucial soul sample that rises and rises with total house positivity while "Afterwork" nods to late 80s Chicago with its Fingers style bassline and dreamy pads. Label bossman and all-round bemasked mystery Mezigue brings up the rear on the B; "House Mezigue L'Homme Du Temps" playfully ups the tempo a notch or ten with a wry wink to Detroit while "New DWN" is a Rolando style stomper where the dreamiest pads imaginable are underpinned by cement-like kicks. Spark up.