Review: German producer Adryiano has been quietly issuing out material largely on Mario Castillo's Soul Notes imprint for the past couple of years, and he returns to the label with a new and varied selection of upfront house jams. "Down South" is a direct jam that features parping synths and sizzling drums, slipping into midtempo realms with ease, before "Phase Misery" turns the heat up with a fiery brand of peak time acid. "Feel What You Do (Dirty Mix)" gets a little more breakbeat action into the mix, even if it is surrounded by a smooth swathe of ambient pads, and "Moccassin Groove" takes things into a more slender tech house funk to ensure that each track is a unique experience on this particular 12".
Review: Having skirted around a healthy spread of labels in the last two years, Deymare now appears on Soul Notes with his own take on pumped but smooth deep house of the 90s persuasion. On "After The Morning Comes" there's a strong swing to the drums that would sound right at home on a Guidance record, while "The Search For A Lost Dream" takes the same principles and slows it down to an easy glide, bubbling on a bed of bluesy keys. "Seduced By The Sound" chooses to take a slightly more jagged groove, while the pads create a more mystical kind of deepness.
Review: Following his impressive debut for Local Talk last year, Fulbert joins the Soul Notes family for the brilliantly titled Rawthentic City EP. Opening track "theme From Rawthentic City" showcases a tougher style than the lighter New Jersey inspired garage-house of his debut, going in with a blunt bassline, searing chords and rigid rhythmic backbone with rattling drum fills, while "Insouciance" sees Fulbert return to more familiar territory, with a bumping groove filled with rattling hi-hats, deep strings and breathy vocals. However, it's "Exodus" on the flip that really impresses, offering a mid-tempo combination of wind chime melody, loose percussion and mournful vocals, slowly giving way to an expressive set of billowing chords that mark out Fulbert as a producer of considerable talent.
Review: Seeking to sum up the sound of his burgeoning label, Mario Castillo pulls in a selection of artists to assist him in his Kastil guise. Soul Notes is a label clearly in love with a more vibe-laden kind of deep house, whether it comes in the form of a bumping garage shuffle as in Fulbert's "Untitled", or Kastil's own more aquatic excursion. The unifying atmosphere is a blue note one, coming out of dreamy chords steeped in the legacy of black music that permeate each of the tracks on offer. Look no further than the feel-good roll of Jefferson Belmondo's "Booty Groove" for an exercise in understated funk that knows how to pay its dues.
Review: Kicking off the spin-off sublabel Soul Notes White, Mario Castillo presents a selection of jams previously hidden from view since he first emerged in 2011, dealing in the same wealth of New Jersey style house music bump that his label and associated artists have become known for. "Rush (Dub)" nails the kick and clap combo perfectly, while the chords bury in deep and the vocal comes nagging around in a relentless loop of funky goodness. "Gather Up!" remains in a similar spirit, getting trickier on the beat but rocking the same love for organ stabs and vocal snippets.
Review: Soul Notes is a label which surfaced in 2011 and so far this year it's put out music from Efenkei and joint release between label founder Mario Castillo, aka Kastil, and Adryiano. Now Castillo goes out on his own delivering a solid three-track 12" featuring an Eomac remix of the title-track on the B-side. "Binary Star" is a snare heavy, break beat (Aphex Twin) styled techno production which Ian McDonnell totally dubs out in a typically haunting remix, while the A2, "Forrest Curtains" is a sinister cut of Detroit styled techno you could expect to hear played late in the night at Tresor.