Review: Life & Death heralded the arrival of this single by proudly proclaiming it to be, "Marvin and Guy on rocket fuel". From that we were expecting something full throttle and intense, but instead they've gone down a much more cosmic and intergalactic route. "Notte" is particularly epic, with breathlessly beautiful, restless piano lines, colourful synthesizer lines and deep space chords rising above a pulsating, arpeggio-driven groove. Equally impressive is "Idra", where chanteuse Perel adds an atmospheric spoken word vocal (in German) over a slightly darker, spacey backing track, while "Stige (9AM Mix)" offers a more visceral and blissful dancefloor experience via no-nonsense drums and oodles of intergalactic synthesizers.
Review: Marvin Dash is the mysterious Ronald Reuter, the man behind several seminal early noughties classics, mainly released on United States of Mars, Force Inc. and of course Out To Lunch which reissue this 2005 release. Dash's contribution "MD" is the very subterranean and dubby style of deepness that you expect from the man, while label boss Jens Kuhn aka Lowtec takes over the B side on "LOW" which sees the Worksop boss work his typical magic on this dusted down and loopy disco infused groove geared for mellower summertime moments.
Review: Blooming marvellous: MarzAttack make their debut on Jamie Trench's perennial soul stable with a clutch of dusty sun-kissed shufflers. "Keep It" is all about the horns and Bro's vocals buried deep in the mix like a best-kept secret, "Byron Bay" brings home the groove bacon a stack of sweet Rhodes and delicate keys while "A Deeper Love" pays homage with shimmering chords and a purring sense of restraint. Remix-wise Folamour gives "A Deeper Love" a slo-mo shakedown while Jamie Trench adds a touch of velvet jack to the title track. "Keep It" for real.
Review: Since 2013, Pablo Mateo has been crafting his trade and carving his signature techno sound into the underground community. We have nothing but praise for the guy, and we absolutely love his raw, improvisational style; it reminds us of artists like Barnt, artists that like to stay loose. This new EP comes courtesy of 777 Recordings sublabel FFF, and it's exactly the sort of refreshing techno cocktail that we're after these days. "Second Exit" is a dark, brooding dance floor number that is sparked into life by its fat bass tones riding beneath the percussion, and it's no doubt tune that'll be enjoyed by the UK techno audience. "Zwei Koerper" is a totally different kind of monster, a full-blown abstraction without any beats, instead using its cinematic drones to paint a vivid picture. Tip!
Review: Arno E Mathieu has been a part of the enlarged house movement since 2005. Yes, that's 12 years in service, which means that he's kind of a veteran by now. This, however, is no surprise; the producer's work is carefully crafted and, whether he's making progressive or tech, he has a clear ability to catch the dancer's attention with some pretty seductive grooves. He's back on his favoured Clima label after a few years dipping and diving into other imprints, but it's like he's never been away. "Circumstances Of Chaos" is a wide-eyed, big-room kind of tune that stabs its large drums to a raucous tempo, while "7 Janvier 2015" breaks the predictable 4/4 groove into a sparse nu-jazz sort of lick for the deeper ends of the DJ set, and "Together?" ties the EP off to a close with the help of a steely house structure accompanied by warm waves of dubbiness . A magnetic outing from this reliable producer.
Review: Trax, the original home of house music, gave birth to the biggest movement in club music since the dawn of disco. The famous Chicago house label, started in the early 1980s by Larry Sherman and Vince Lawrence, is responsible for the release of "Acid Tracks" by Phuture, "Move Your Body" by Marshall Jefferson, and many other records that shaped the Chicago and acid house sounds through till the early 1990s. We are proud to present this first series of 20 classic reissues coming out before summer. It features records by groundbreaking artists such as Jamie Principle, Adonis, Joey Beltram - all in their much sought after original versions - next to astonishing remixes by icons like Basement Jaxx, Claude Young, The Advent & more.
Review: London's Sugarhouse crew have already made some waves with their first two releases, and now the gang are back with round three of their soul-drenched deep house adventures. This time it's Maurice Jnr and Seb Miguel teaming up for three crucial jams, each with something different to say. "Deebo's Quest" is rich with aqueous pad tones and a slick set of drums that shuffle just the way you want it, while "Science Of Life" takes a distinctly Detroit-influenced approach that wouldn't sound out of place on Mahogani Music. That leaves it to "Lovin' U" to round the EP out with a warm, upbeat roller for those who like their house loaded with passion.
Review: Hyper-limited Going Home return with another 300-only press, and they've invited rising Kanas City duo Maxine & Cleo over for the occasion. Exploring the silky synth work they've already established on the likes of Material and Argot, the pair get to work with two delicate gems that flutter innocuously, twinkling with feels that stimulate without ever over-persisting. "Kids (Part 2)" shows a much weightier side to them with its drum-focused tech funk groove that's not dissimilar to old Yoshitoshi drum tracks. Finally "Lightness Of Being" is Jefferson-level drift out with a cascade of layers than ripple and weave alluringly. Grab it while you can.
Review: Aside from running the excellent Bu-Mako Recordings, Ugandan-born DJ and producer Jenifa Mayanda is also married to the great Jus-Ed, and we think they make a pretty stellar couple. The talented artiste is up on Orbits for the label's second chapter, and she opens with the beautifully melodic waves of "Rift", followed by "The Journey To Nowhere" and its subtle take on tribalism. "Excessive Matters" is a smooth, jazzy deep house number with a supremely off-kilter percussion, leaving her husband to transform the original into a classic, Jus-Ed house chiller guided by that inimitable analogue flex. Wonderful.
Review: Ugandan-born, Connecticut-based Jenifa Mayanja has been quietly building her Bu-Mako Recordings over the past seven years, mainly with her own recordings of dubby, broken deep house productions. On the Undersoul EP she undertakes a rare split release for the label, alongside the talents Marco Nega. The A-side features the vocal cut "You Will Stay", a dreamy combination of beatdown house and warm Afropop influences; its joined by a "Beats-A-Lot" version which strips the original right back into something considerably more driving, whilst keeping the playful nature of the original. On the flip, Nega offers two tracks that very much complement Mayanja's style; "Tribes Of Morgana" takes a particularly Mr Fingers inspired bassline and contrasts it with jangling chimes and a floaty rhythm, while "Hang In There" is a more driving number, with skittering garage percussion combined with its otherworldly vocal and chord combo.
Review: With this three-tracker, former Mobilee and Connected regular David Mayer makes his first appearance on Acid Pauli and Nico Stojan's reliably off-kilter imprint, Ouie. The central attraction is undoubtedly title track "The Call", a percussively dense but rhythmically loose workout rich in wonky chants, indigenous instrumentation and bubbly electronics. There is, of course, plenty to cheer elsewhere on the EP. Check first the bouncy Afro-house drums and tropical electronics of Sooma collaboration "Sooner", before getting your ears around the moody and percussive "Black Queen", which benefits greatly from some Innervisions style tech-house electronics.
Jazz E (with Guilhem Monin - feat Leonardo Milano De Cuba)
Jammin (with Guilhem Monin)
Review: With previous form on Colors and Love Fever, Remi Mazet returns on relatively new label Social Joy with a deep and refined trip through house music as played by a true musician. There's a dusky, cinematic quality to the whole EP, from the captivating intro to the sweet Rhodes soul of "Safran" and on to the broken wheeze of "Jazz E". "Shrine" has a more forthright club-ready veneer, while "Jammin" brings furthermore machine-oriented grooves, but at all times the devil is in the details, and this record is most devilish indeed. One for all those craving a little more subtlety and flair in their house music.
Review: After four volumes of smoking hot disco house business from El Nino, Jackie Brown turn their attention to debutant producer MB22, who understands the party-starting manifesto of the label intrinsically. "Shocked" kicks the record off in a flurry of heated chops and licks, all driven by a nagging hat, and then "Run Sally Run" switches stance to a winsome 80s tinged electro jam, tape-hiss included. "Slick Maneuver" takes things into smooth, boogie-indebted territory and then "Perfection Valley" rounds the record off with the kind of dusty electro funk that Moon B made his name with.
Review: Boogie Cafe is a joint venture between DJs and producers Jimmy The Twin and Alex. Here they present three cuts of lush house music from Sean McCabe. Based in Bristol, he heads up the Good Vibrations imprint, so those that are in the know certainly can expect some deep, soulful and uplifting vibes from the man here. Opening cut "Way Back" channels a familiar spirit, whether it's that of legends of 2000 Black or NDATL it's good either way. It's life affirming house music we know that much. On to the flipside, where the emotive late night mood lighting of "Star Night" will captivate with with its soothing Mr Fingers style house organs and chill beats. Finally, there's some variety on "Rising High" again channelling the early noughties nu-jazz broken beat of Bugz In The Attic et al.
Brian ‘Keys’ Tharme - "Best Of Your Love" (feat Memzee) (6:57)
Review: Albuquerque's finest deep house bastion is at it once again, presenting a pure and proud brand of NJ-flavoured deep house for those who still want it soulful. Sean McCabe doesn't need telling twice, kicking off the People's Choice 12" with the uplifting funk of "Get Together". Soul2Black offers up an exquisite broken beat confection laden with deft piano work and stirring vocals from Kimberley Kennedy. Johnny Rampin' is aiming straight for the peak of the night with the peppy vibes of "Love Who Rocks You", and brian 'Keys' Thame turns the garage swing up to 11 with the utterly sassy "Best Of Your Love".
Review: Little is known about Medicis, other than he last appeared back in 2015 on Lazare Hoche alongside Voltery. On this, his second 12", he strikes out on his own for the Parisian deep house stable with some of that refined, head-tweaking groove fodder that has broadly defined the label since it started. "Vilaroel" features shimmering tones that call to mind Point G at his dubbiest, while "Dissfreq" takes a sweeter route into dreamy pads and lightly shuffling drums. "Carrier" is a darker, techier affair with plenty of hypnotic elements spinning in the mix, and then Mdecisi' old friend Voltery lands a hand on the downtempo delights of "Guda".
Review: Longstanding US vibe maestro Medina continues to join the dots with his new highly limited 10". "The king's Instinct" pays respect to MLK with one of the most complementary backdrops his speech has ever enjoyed. Flip for an equally historic and resonant edit as Mr Fingers gets a First Choice makeover with similar glove-fit soulful snugness. Very cleverly orchestrated and presented - results are guaranteed.
Review: Having spent the last 12 months sharpening his disco credentials via a variety of re-edit EPs and sample-heavy "secret weapons", Medlar is back on Wolf doing what he does best. In this case, that means sparse, drum machine driven electro/proto house fusion ("Cascinari"), delay-heavy, stripped-back analogue house blessed with dreamy chords and grime style lo-fi synth-strings ("Nisantasi") and Ruf Dug style dancefloor sweetness seemingly created using forgotten old synthesizers, dusty drum machines and a solitary TB-303 ("Priet"). Excitingly, the EP's final track - a bustling fusion of beatbox electro rhythms, layered breakbeats, heavy bass and yearning chords - is a studio hook-up with similarly well-regarded producer FYI Chris.