Review: Since stepping out from the shadow of his mentor Ron Trent, Trinidadian Deep has delivered a string of musically rich and life-affirming EPs that effortlessly join the dots between bespoke deep house and a variety of global sounds, styles and rhythms. He tips a hat towards his Trinidadian roots on "Natty Dread", a calypso-influenced chunk of deep house warm rich in smooth but weighty bass, spacey synths and densely layered Caribbean percussion. "Electric Boogie" delivers on its title by wrapping echoing, delay-laden synth riffs around jaunty deep house beats, bubbly but sweet electronics and tactile, eyes-closed chords.
Kemetic Just Presents Justone - "Stay My Way" (Kai Alce Ndatl Soul Instrum mix) (4:41)
Hanna - "Heist" (6:37)
Reekee - "Let It Make" (6:38)
Review: Alex Attias' Visions Inc imprint has decided to launch a new multi-artist EP series. Happily, the first "Phase" in the "Evolution" series - they've promised three more this year - delivers a suitably strong start. Patrice Scott sets a high benchmark with opener "Rain Dance", a wonderfully warm fusion of elastic deep house beats, spacey electronic motifs and tactile Rhodes chords, before Kai Alce breaks up the beats a little on his effortlessly soulful, jazz-funk influenced revision of "Stay My Way" by Kemetic Just presents Justone. Hanna's flipside opener "Heist" is suitably deep, starry, groovy and soulful, while Reekee's "Let It Make" is a musically rich affair full of jazz-funk bass, fizzing synths, far-sighted chords and bustling beats that sit somewhere between broken beat and breakbeat house.
Review: Following their last outing, 2016's "Humpty Dumpty", Ron Trent affiliate Anthony Nicholson teams up with William Kurk for two more beautiful house moments. "Confession" is a balmy sunset number that's so soulful it could make Louie Vega blush while "Azimuth (Suite No 1)" taps into his Chicago roots for an authentic machine massage where emotion seeps from every synth stroke. Timeless.
Review: As both a member of Glenn Underground's Strictly Jaz Unit crew and as a solo artist, Vick Lavender has made some mighty fine deep house in his time. Further proof arrives via this fine two-tracker, which marks the veteran producer's first outing on Alex Attias' Visions Inc label. Probably the pick of the pair is superb A-side "Beautiful Lie", where guest singer D Millz adds a soulful vocal to a glorious bed of dreamy chords, jaunty jazz-funk bass, carnival-friendly drums and colourful synth solos. Lavender continues on a similar theme with flipside "Time Passing", whose loose-limbed broken house drums recall the work of Osunlade. Add in some killer chords, jazzy electric piano solos and squelchy bass, and you have something that Ron Trent would be proud of.
Review: Keys of Lynx is a Swiss pair who are both skilled musicians. Here they serve up a suite of lush and musical cuts that fuse boogie, synth, jazz, funk and deep house into irresistible new dance floor forms. Depending on the context these could be early warm ups to get the floor going, or peak time workouts to send people into overdrive. "Galactic Love" echoes elements of Omar S's raw 80s production style as it rides on rickety drums and glows with synth brightness, while "Kissed By The Sun" rough rides on more ramshackle drums as sci-fi keys glisten and glow up top. Add in a bassline of which Dam Funk would be proud, and a more house leaning version of "Galactic Love" and you have a very assured 12".
Review: Since making his debut as Hanna 21 years ago, Warren Harris has delivered a string of inspired, soul-fired deep house and broken beat releases for a clutch of admired labels, most notably Freerange, Sound Signature, Track Mode, Shall Not Fade and Melodies International. Here he makes his first appearance on Alex Attias' Visions Inc. imprint with a strong two-track missive. Like many of his peers have recently done, Harris has decided to doff a cap to jazz-funk on the warm, loose and heady brilliance of A-side "Humbolt Park", whose Herbie Hancock-inspired synths and distinctive drum programming are reminiscent of Kaidi Tatham. If anything, similarly inclined flipside "I Wonder" is even better, something we put down to the quality of his chords and chiming melodies.
Review: Fabrizio Fattore made a big debut on Gigi Testa's World Peace Music label and now follows it up in fine fashion. The Naples producer is part of the NEUHM camp/family/club and oversees the 30th release from Visions Recordings. He serves up two gems with "Ojibwa" being the first and making something of a deep space opus. It's widescreen, filled with evocative sci-fi imagery and channels plenty of early Detroit majesty. On "Namid", the pads disappear to infinity, the synths sing and the beats stay deep before closing things out in more tribal fashion with a "Lost Tribe Dub" of "Ojibwa".
Review: Long-serving German producer Lars Bartkhun has been rather quiet of late, with his last release of note being 2018's superb hook-up with fellow organic deep house fusionist Trinidadian Deep on Neroli. So has this new single been worth the wait? We'd emphatically say yes. "Human" is a sun-kissed slice of house posivity that wraps jazzy horns, sparkling pianos and colourful synthesizer sounds around a groove that's two parts shuffling Latin rhythms and three parts jacking house. The A-side "Full Experience" version, which clocks in at a smidgeon below 13 minutes, is particularly wonderful. That said the Rhodes-laden "Inner Experience" mix, a kind of tech-tinged, piano-heavy deep house dub, is also rather fine.
Review: Alex Attias seems to have found a soul mate in Luman Child AKA Pascal Strauss, a talented musician whose rubbery basslines and jammed-out electric piano lines feature prominently on both "Cookie Monster" and "What Do We Do". While many will be drawn towards the eyes-closed soul chorus vocals and elastic deep house swing of the latter, it's the jaunty, party-ready A-side that's arguably the strongest dancefloor workout. Similar in ethos to the Herbie Hancock/jazz-funk-influenced work of Dego and Kaidi Tatham's 2000 Black project, the track is arguably one of the strongest of Attias's long career.
Alex Attias/Justin Chapman/Hajime Yochizawa - "The Message (For You)"
Alex Attias/Mark De Clive-Lowe - "The Waiting Game"
Review: Since -re-establishing his early noughties Visions Inc imprint in 2017, Swiss scene stalwart Alex Attias has delivered some of his most impressive and musically dexterous material. He's at it again here on a two-tracker that showcases his love of studio collaboration. Our pick of the pair is exuberant, life-affirming A-side "The Message (For You)", a sublime slab of loose-limbed Latin house soulfulness featuring vocals from Justin Chapman and keys-work from Japanese artist Hajime Yochizawa. Attias' old pal Mark De Clive-Lowe lends a hand of equally positive and sparkling flipside "The Waiting Game", adding all manner of jazz-funk inspired sound synths to a fine, rubbery deep house workout.
Review: Those who've followed Alex Attias' career over the last two decades will tell you that he's always been capable of crafting the kind of jazzy, soulful, life-affirming fare more readily associated with UK broken beat producers. He's at it again on "I Wanna Know", a deliciously warm and sultry slab of dancefloor soul rich in samba-fired house beats, fluid piano lines (provided, we think, by Kid K), drowsy chords and a killer lead vocal from Georgia Anne Muldrow. Over on side B, Attias strips out most of Muldrow's vocal on a Dub Mix that rightly layers up the beats, emphasizes the track's jazzy horns and virtually bathes in the liquidity of its jazz-funk synths.