Review: New York based party-cum-label Let's Play House return with their second release. Following a killer debut from Runaway (aka Marcos Cabral and Jacques Renault, the latter of whom runs LPH with Nik Mercer) the sophomore cut comes from The M.E.B., a new project featuring Chicken Lips man Dean Meredith and fellow Londoners Ben Shenton and Tim Silver. Jacques and Nik have called in New York ace Brennan Green and Juno Plus Podcast alumnus Chicago Damn to remix the two original tracks, namely driving Italo anthem "Il Principal" and the slow burning "M5-M6". The pick of the bunch is Mr Green's piano-soaked remix of B-Side cut "M5 M6", which beefs up the original's key refrain for a slab of chunky disco-house primed for use at LPH's legendary NYC parties and beyond.
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.
Review: Having initially started life as a semi-regular bash thrown by former DFA pals Justin Miller and Jacques Renault, Let's Play House has quickly morphed into a spin-off label and much-loved New York party brand. Named after a legendary 1989 Kraze record, their sound combines the best of basement-bothering analogue groovery with the latest disco-flecked and rave-influenced sounds. Here, resident Jacques Renault offers an introduction to the Let's Play House sound via a lovingly crafted, hand-stamped mix that takes in classic, little known jams and recent label material. As retro-futurist house excursions go, it's pretty damn hot.
Review: We've come accustomed to Let's Play House delivering EPs of brand new house music. Here, the Brooklyn imprint flips the script, instead serving up a pair of re-edits from two of the best in the business. On the A-side, label co-founder Jacques Renault joins forces with Marcos Cabral as Runaway for the first time in five years. Their contribution to the EP, "Don't Let Go", is a gently pulsating chunk of wide-eyed sunrise disco ecstasy; a mid-tempo shuffler full of loved-up vocals and rising orchestration underpinned by a druggy, Italo-disco style groove. Arguably even better is Soft Rocks' flipside re-edit, 'Slap My Stick", a tasty rearrangement of a P-funk era electro jam laden with ace slap bass and kaleidoscopic synth flourishes.