Review: The unstoppable Detroit legend Brian Garrett is back with a new one for Berlin by way of Manchester and Hanoi imprint Ele. Keeping in line with the label's love of dusty, sample based music inspired by hip hop and house productions, Garrett brings that unmistakable Midwest deepness of "Love Without You" and the sultry "Sweet Midnight" featuring Nikki O's sensual vocals into play. On the flip, you are treated to some deep and driving dub versions of each respective track which make the perfect late-night soundtrack.
Dance With Me (Malik & Javonntte Side By Side dub) (7:50)
Dance With Me (Andy Compton Bristol mix) (8:22)
Dance With Me (Andy Compton dub) (6:18)
Review: When David Armin-Parcells (aka Lafleur) first opened MotorCity Wine back in 2009, it quickly established itself as a premier underground spot for both house and disco deejays as well as the city's prolific jazz artists. Fast forward 8 years and the venue is thriving as one of Detroit's go-to venues, boasting an excessively high quality line up of both house and jazz residents, from Monty Luke and Rick Wilhite, to OG funk brother Dennis Coffey and Ian Finkelstein, to Shigeto and Underground Resistance, to the Hughes/Smith Quintet and B. Williams, to Norm Talley & Carl Craig. After a 3 year residency at MotorCity Wine, Lafleur tapped in Peter Croce of Rocksteady Disco to make the venue's mark outside of the city with a label, highlighting the half house half jazz sound that makes the venue great.
Review: More works by Brian "Javonntte" Garrett offered up here by Quintessentials, following up his How Is Club246 EP for the imprint earlier this year. For the uninitiated, the Detroit native has worked with local legends such as Andres and Amp Fiddler, in addition to touring as a dancer for the legendary Aretha Franklin back in the day. The Private Party EP nails that classic Motor City house vibe - soulful, understated and deeply emotive. From the moody and hypnotic opener "20 Million Of The Planet", dusted down and smoothly executed mood lighting as heard on "Detroit 9" to the life-affirming moments of truth as heard on "In My Soul" that's just perfect for solitary dancing.
Review: Time for a legend session as one of Italy's most respected DJs - Serendipity's Marco Socci - makes his debut on the iconic Skylax imprint with a dream-filled Mr Fingers style vocal soul-burner. Guaranteed to soundtrack the perfect sunset or sunrise, it's complemented by a two killer versions: the filtered mix is a powerful slice of lavish piano-tickled soul while Jason Groove lays down a classic Trax style jam loaded with 808 bass and crisp percussion. Loaded with an acapella, too. This covers every base and beyond.
Review: There has certainly been a revived interest in the work of underrated Detroit veteran Brian Garrett's work, with unreleased gems from his archive and new material alike making big impression on a new generation of dancers. His latest one comes courtesy of We Will Always Be A Love Song following some great ones by Ilija Rudman, Ponty Mython and Melchior Sultana. It is a another terrific expression of real proper deep house music. From the driving and hypnotic dub of "January People" to the soulful and uplifting mood lighting of "All Right" and sexy, emotive late night groove ("City To City") - nobody does it quite like Javonntte.
Jesus Gonsev & Javonntte - "Feel The Beat In The Air" (5:55)
Review: Madrid-based label Mate makes a strong first impression with this assured slab of deep house goodness from Jesus Gonsev and Javonntte. Javonntte needs little introduction - the US producer and vocalist has forged a strong legacy in just a short time from NDATL and Sistrum Recordings to Skylax and Quintessentials. Gonsev has been active for many years, previously appearing on labels like Troubled Kids and more recently deepArtSounds and Altered Moods. As you might expect then, the vibe is heartfelt and mature on this 12", not least when the two team up for the bumping "Feel The Beat In The Air".
Review: Under the Javonntte pseudonym, Brian Garrett has delivered some of the most impressive deep house records of recent years. Predictably, the quality threshold remains high throughout this latest Javonntte EP, Garett's first for Alex Attias's Visions Inc. label. On the A-side you'll find "Vocal" and "Radio" versions of "Searchin", a soul-powered chunk of analogue-rich deepness that sits somewhere between the musically complex brilliance of Ron Trent and the slick, rolling warmth of early '90s Goldtone Records releases. Turn to the B-side and you'll find "Private Party", a chunkier and rougher, riff-propelled peak-time bumper, and the redlined, Chez Damier-meets-Derrick Carter bounce of "Life Rhythm". As the old cliche goes, this is all killer and no filler.
Review: Quality Vibe sub label Traxx Underground (founded in 2012 and run by Samann) is the latest imprint to get hold of more valued work from the vaults of legendary Brian Garrett aka Javonntte, following up his appearances on labels like Quintessentials, LPH White and Skylax. The Italian label presents the deep and soulful bounce of "Makes Me Feel" a classic and timeless stateside house feel. On the flip, we are treated to the super sexy JB Dub which is injected with more dancefloor dynamics and a handy instrumental version too.
Review: It would be fair to say that Javontte (AKA original '90s deep house producer Brian Garrett) has been making up for lost time. Since returning to action in 2016, he's released no less than ten 12" singles, all of which have been packed with high quality material. Predictably, it's hard to find fault with the five fine tracks featured on Garrett's first contribution to the Let's Play House "White" series. Check, for example, the bumpin' '90s deep house warmth of opener "Just Listen", where ascending electric piano lines rise above toasty chords and sneaky vocal samples, and the feel-good roll of "Capricorn". Elsewhere, we recommend the spacey bounce of "City to City People", which also features a wobbly, D&B style bassline, and the laidback dancefloor jazziness of evocative closer "Organic J Mix 2".
Review: This next release in the Exchange line we teamed up with Minneapolis label Open Sound to bring you something very special. For years, Minneapolis and Detroit have had a very special connection. We decided to bring two artists to tell a tale of the two cities. Three amazing tracks from Detroit's house maestro Javonntte (Traxx Underground, Quintessentials, Lets Play House, Defected) and two tracks from Minneapolis's own Lowry boys (aka Aaron Bliss of Havens & Hart and Open Sound's ACG) with a special little DJ tool thrown in for fun! To top it off we pulled in the genius himself to mix down and remaster the tracks Mr. Kevin Gorman aka Adesse Versions at Versions Mastering for that extra umff!
Review: Javonntte up next on French label Luud Discs. Brian Garrett has had a massive year, with releases on Skylax, Visions Inc, People Of Earth and LPH White. The Detroit native has worked with Andres and Amp Fiddler, and has also toured as a dancer with Aretha Franklin. He delivers four deeply emotive house expressions on the From Paris To The World EP. From the pumping and vocal-led NYC basement style shuffle of "Rock With It" calling to mind the likes of Mr. V or Jovonn, the hypnotic boompty business of "Jmix" or the timeless Prescription Records style vibe of "Romance" - this one goes out to all the proper house heads out there.