Review: "Boogie Woogui", by Guillaume & The Couto Dumonts, is out on Floppy Funk. Guillaume presents two special tracks of sweet and hypnotic grooves that will make any dancefloor climb a few steps towards a better place. The funky basslines are wrapped in warm and soulful blanket of old bluesy samples that will seduce just about anyone.
Review: The long awaited third edition of Swiss imprint and party brand Mdrnty comes courtesy of Quebecois minimal veteran Guillaume Coutu Dumont, following up fine editions by Richard Wolfsdorf aka Ricardo Villalobos and Visionquest's Ryan Crosson. Coutu Dumont has kept a fairly low profile in the last few years, but came back with a vengeance in 2018 on his local imprint Musique Risquee - and much like that release we see him pursue a much deeper and contemplative side. But rest assured it doesn't take itself too seriously, as per usual. From the hypnotic A side cut "Modern Sublime" awash in filtered disco loops, funky bass and assorted analogue blips and blurps. On the flip, we have subtle yet rolling deepness of "Landing" a hypnotic cut that's perfect for a Romanian afterhours session - it also gets a groovy and uptempo remix next by Ernesto Ferreyra of Cadenza fame.
Review: Guillaume Coutu Dumont returns! The Quebecois minimal maestro serves up his first release in three years since his Revolution In The Cycles EP for London's Freerange Records. Entitled Shouts Moans & Significance, it comes courtesy of revered local imprint Musique Risque - which is equally as retrained on the release front, with this one following up a killer 2016 release by German producer Jichael Mackson. Opening with the deeply hypnotic affair "Histoires Vraies" with its mesmerizing bell melodies reminiscent of recent work by Thomas Melchior or DeWalta - coincidentally Coutu Dumont has previously released on the latter's Meander imprint. His rich background in electro-acoustic and avant garde music is evident up next on the oddball groove of "Far Is The Field" while "Whatever's Inside" is trippy and low-slung minimal house for the afterhours - something you'd imagine label boss Vincent Lemieux playing up at Panorama Bar on a Saturday morning.
Review: When someone from Bucharest is being proclaimed as one of the city's finest tech-house producers, you know he or she is going to deliver the tech-house goods. That's certainly the case with Guy From Downstairs, a fast-rising artist who has yet to put a foot wrong (release-wise, at least). You'll find more rock-solid club fare on the Romanian's latest EP, beginning with the fluttering dream house motifs, crunchy tech-house grooves and sampled spoken word vocals of "Rodul". If you're after something more stripped back and percussive, "Drumul Spre" ticks all the right boxes, with Harck's flipside rework, an even more low-slung and quietly funk-fuelled tech-house take, also impressing. "Booty Q", a slightly more intergalactic chunk of early morning tech-house, completes another decent Guy From Downstairs EP.
Review: Here's something to excite all those who like their stripped-back techno to come with a heavy dose of soul. It features Chilean minimal maestro Ricardo Villalobos join forces with Chez Damier and Ben Vedren's H2H project. On the A-side, Villalobos delivers a superb remix of "No More", wrapping lusciously soulful vocals and languid piano motifs around a typically bouncy and left-of-centre minimal techno rhythm. On the flip, Villalobos joins Damier and Verden to deliver a three-part "Conspiracy". Each of the three interpretations has its own distinctive vibe, but all deliver a near perfect balance between soul-flecked deep house, trippy tech-house, Chicago acid and the South American wonkiness that Villalobos does so well. In other words, it's a musical marriage made in Heaven.
Review: Hungarian imprint All Inn has done a terrific job with this reissue of US tech-house stalwart Halo's 2000 cut "Future", a rolling, percussive, late night classic that remains one of the producer's finest tracks. Alongside the original version, there's a gaggle of new remixes stretched out across the 10" and 12" package. Coldfish provides a languid, jazz-tinged, deep "broken house" interpretation, with French producer Janeret opting for a hypnotic and loopy take reminiscent of Circulation's best work. The Howl Ensemble bumps up the bass for a more dub-fuelled deep house feel, while Jaffa Surfa opts for a more metallic tech-house vibe. Also worth checking is the PolAmbient interpretation, which launches the track into deep space via heavy sub-bass and intergalactic effects.
Review: Moscow Records boss Archie Hamilton is a long time friend of the FUSE London family, having previously contributed to a number of releases. Driven To Distraction, though, is his first FUSE outing since 2015. Interestingly, there's quite a bit of surprising variety amongst the three tracks; compare, for example, the shuffling tech-house grooves and flamenco guitars of B-side "Channelled", with the title track's bouncy, deep house/acid house fusion. "Telegram", where wilder TB-303 acid lines and dubbed-out riffs ride an undulating, late night groove, is also rather nifty. In other words, it's a solid EP containing tracks tailor-made for different dancefloor situations.
Review: London's Archie Hamilton breaks away temporarily from his usual home of Fuse London to throw down some fine hi-tech minimalist grooves for prolific Frankfurt imprint Pleasure Zone. When considering that they've previously offered up the likes of Vid and Ali Nasser, you can appreciate the Romanian influence on this 12" too; Hamilton's sound is really developing well. On the A side "Some Kind Of Arrangement" has the funky and cyclical hypnotism that could have him likened to the likes of Barac while on the flip "First Refusal" is more deep down and drugged up; perfect for the morning set with its paranoid and low slung groove.
Review: UK tech house hero Archie Hamilton takes up the reins next for his Moscow imprint, teaming up with Nabucco records boss Noha here on a couple of functional and groove oriented tracks. The funky "Lip Service" is the kind of energetic and percussive driven funk that Hamilton would throw down at his appearances at the legendary FUSE London parties, while "Bored Of Life" is a reduced and trippy afterhours cut - that would be perfect for those 'get weird' moments at the morning time. Finally on the flip, Romanian power duo Cristi Cons & Vlad Caia aka SIT deliver yet another one of their awesome reworks. Their perspective of "Lip Service" ventures into esoteric and trance inducing territory, in captivating fashion as always.
Review: Josefine Hellstrom Hansson's debut track "Water Cave" on HMWLA received ADJ support from AIlario Alicante, Robert Babicz, Piemont, Slam, Paco Osuna, Horse Meat Disco, Nick Warren, Gabriel Ananda and Ame. Now the Malmo-based producer and DJ readies a three track techno / house EP on HMWL's vinyl sublabel Heartbreak Records. On A-side alongside "Water Cave" Josefine offers a peak hour techno weapon called "Sensus". On B-side we find the smooth melodic "Volcanics" at 118 BPM while fellow swede Martinez deconstructs Sensus into a jazzy, mellow piece of minimal tech.
Review: Hardway Bros is Sean Johnston - DJ, producer and one half of A Love from Outer Space with Andrew Weatherall. He's fast become a staple of James 'Fucking' Friedman's Throne Of Blood imprint with his modern take on classic house music formulas. If it 'aint broke, dont fix it we say - Johnston's winning formula is on show once again with the heads-down acid wiggle of "Friedman Deeback Loop Revision" followed by the metal dance of "The Laser" closing out the A side in neon-lit, electro fashion. On the flip, Maxime Pasquier (Sheik 'N' Beik/Kill The DJ) delivers a bleepu nu-disco rendition of the A side cut and final offering while "Afro Sirene" goes for a trippy and lo-slung Afro vibe.
Review: Here is the second vinyl only instalment from FarFromNormal records, with a fantastic 4 track EP from the young upcoming producer Jamie Haus, This record hold's 3 original tracks from Jamie and a amazing remix from the young Romanian Groovesh. This record has a totally different vibe compared to the labels first release with a much heavier techno roll. "Mattur" is a good example of this, whilst "Inter" finds Jamie Haus on a much darker, dub vibe. "Meiose" Is packed with a fantastic rolling kick with atmospheric noises in the back, whilst the Groovesh remix comes with that brilliant Romanian touch that everyone is asking for.
Review: It's been a long time between drinks for the Luck of Access label, which has been eerily silent since launching with an EP by Andrey Pushkarev 12 months ago. For release number two, the imprint has enlisted the services of Turkish producer Havantepe. He hits the ground running on A-side "Hooting Owl", a wonderfully attractive and emotion-rich affair that perfectly combines the drifting, mood-enhancing dreaminess of spacey deep house with the distinctive percussive pulse of Motor City influenced tech-house. Over on Side B, Havantepe proves his electro credentials, first via the intergalactic futurist bustle of "Robochirp", and then through the deeper and more starry-eyed wonder that is the melodious and life-affirming "Robosoul".