Review: It's been six years since Martin "Atjazz" Iveson started mentoring South African producer Jullian Gomes, and five since they last released any collaborative material. Perhaps they shouldn't have left it so long, because the material showcased here is exceptionally good. The standout for us is undoubtedly breezy soulful deep house jam "It's My Time", though EP opener "Daggers Drawn", a suitably symphonic and musically complex cut that pairs atmospheric orchestration and electronics with a snappy, tech-house beat, is almost as inspired. Elsewhere, "Blow By Blow" is a spacey and woozy number rich in broken house beats, and "The Pursuit" is a swinging, triple time workout that draws heavily on Gomes' South African heritage.
Review: Slow Poison is Jullian Gomes' second album on Atjazz, but also gives its name to this tasty sampler ahead of its arrival. As ever, it is a warm and colourful collection of fresh perspectives on a range of sounds - the crisp electronic disco of "Control" (feat. Jinadu) is upbeat and clean, while "Temple Of Snakes" (feat. label boss Martin Iveson) is dreamy and balmy house that sinks you into a late night reverie into the soul drenched summer grooves on FKA Mash hook-up "Ghetto Ballerina". Lastly, "Original" (feat. B Bravo) might just take the best track of the EP award for its feel-good acrobatic beats and bass.
Review: Back to 2006: Chris Clayton's mid-noughties lesson in deep house class still hits home with precision. Subtle, jazzy but heavy and insistent, it now comes complete with fresh updates from Atjazz and Yoruba Soul. The former adds more atmospheric layers and percussion that compounds the sense of hypnosis while the latter takes us right back to the NYC 1990 with a lavish 10+ min, subtly dubbed excursion. Tech no imitations.