Review: Maltese deep house dude Melchior Sultana becomes the latest addition to Jus-Ed's bulging list of collaborators, which also includes Levon Vincent, Fred P, Nina Kraviz, DJ Qu, Move D, Mr G, Lawrence and Son of Sound. The resultant jams are sweet, sticky and undeniably Moorish. Check, for example, the shuffling Afro-house beats, sumptuous electric piano solos, leisurely jazz guitars and spoken word vocals of "Choices", the piano and synth-bass driven breeziness of "Outside" and the classic deep house warmth of closing cut "Press It". "Now Scat", an ultra-deep, acid-flecked treat, is also top notch.
Review: The man himself would probably say "it's Ed - Jus Ed that is!". To directly quote the Underground Quality chief himself, the man says he is back as Bridgeport Connecticut's all time champion of house and techno, undefeated since 2001 - and still! The guy sure ain't modest, but we couldn't have said it better. From the smooth and meditative vibe of "Favignana Sunset", to the fierce acid banger "I AM" as well as the brooding and doom-laden dancefloor drama of closer "Impulsive Curves", this is unlike anything we have ever heard from the UQ boss before.
Review: In the 11 years since he made his debut on a split 12" of techno productions, Melchior Sultana has developed into a fine producer of smoky, evocative deep house. Here, he more than proves that point, returning to Jus-Ed's Underground Quality imprint with his fourth solo full length. Seemingly inspired by his Maltese roots, Mediterran is chock full of the kind of warm, mature, impeccably produced deep house that sounds like it was designed to soundtrack dusky St Julian's sunsets and baking hot afternoons amidst the ancient walls of Valetta. There are nods towards the bluesy jazz-house of St Germain (see "One Take"), classic Balearic deep house ("Paradise") and the emotion-rich grooves of Jus-Ed ("Lead The Way"), with the overall feel being lazy, relaxed and groovy.
Review: By all accounts, Son of Sound and Jus' Ed have been pals for years, though this is the first time they've penned a joint release. They begin with the fluttering, riff-propelled deep house bounce of "Cuchfritos", where rubbery drum fills help to create extra energy, before notching up the tempo via the spacey, synth-fuelled stomp of "I Have You On My Side". The swinging, jazz-dance friendly organ garage swing of "Bridgeport 2 Brooklyn" brilliantly draws the curtain down on Side A, before the duo kick off the flipside with the ultra-deep beauty of "Wicked Self", whose undulating synthesizer solos are particularly tasty. As if that wasn't enough to set the pulse racing, closer "Manhattan's Projects" is a fizzing chunk of rolling and spacey peak-time house.
Review: Oh yes! Our main man DJ Jus' Ed teams up with the legendary Move D (Workshop, Magic Mountain High etc, etc, etc) for a new collaborative effort on his always on-point Underground Quality, home to artists such as Fred P, Levon Vincent and Juniper. There's a whopping four cuts on here and our picks of the bunch have to be "From Bridgeport To Heidelberg" - for that winding melody and gritty percussion flex - and "Hustler Suite", a bass-heavy deep house roller for you to meditate on. This is yet another Underground Quality gem.
Review: It's been a fair old while that Dana Ruh has doing her thing, from the inception of her Brouqade imprint through to her debut album on Underground Quality. Giving the vinyl lovers out there a chance to play the music, this first installment taken from the CD gives a perfect overview of the appeal that Ruh holds for house heads. "Solstice" eases things in with an intro tone that promises the grade of deepness you would expect from Underground Quality, before "Don't You Find Me" kicks into action with a snappy broken beat construction, playful keys and sweet chords. "The Wish You Told Me" opts for a more classic kind of deep house construction, while "Got To Work" too trades on moody chords, crisp beats and a hooky vocal lick.
Review: Having graced the Mule imprint with the Vision Dance album in CD only format earlier this year, it was only a matter of time before Underground Quality's pappa bear Jus-Ed persuaded the label to let him release it on vinyl. Released on clear blue vinyl via his own UQ label, the accomplished nature of Vision Dance is not really compromised by the fact two tracks have been shorn. The raw DIY feel of "I'm Coming" is replaced with sumptuous, rich, fully formed grooves like "A Little Deeper", "Ice 592", and, most impressively, "Acid Techno", suggesting the Connecticut based producer has been spending a lot of time locked away with his drum machines. Vision Dance is also clearly influenced by Ed's travels through Europe - track titles like "Project 1 London" and "Stuck In A Train To Berlin" reveal that he has broken modern DJ protocol by spending the down time between gigs being productive instead of lurking on Twitter.
Jam Session 3 (live at Club Tape Berlin MP3 Format - data track)
Review: The first two Jus-Ed curated mix CDs from Berlin's Tape club are now stuff of legend, and in May 2011 the Underground Quality don returned to Germany for a mid week night of nothin' but the finest house jams. On this occasion the Bridgeport don was joined by Panorama Bar resident Steffi and Virginia (who provided a couple of memorable vocal turns on Steffi's recent album), and the results were recorded and put on this here CD. No casing on this, just a basic white pouch - raw packaging for some raw tunes!
Review: Jus Ed is in introspective mood on his latest full-length excursion into atmospheric deep house pastures. As the title suggests, it finds him musing - quite literally, given that he speaks over many of the tracks - on his role as a father and whether he's a good role model to his offspring. It's heartfelt stuff, without being overbearing or sickly-sweet, and sits nicely with the warm, rich, melodic and occasionally off-kilter deep house grooves that provide the headline attraction. While Father Feelings should perhaps be considered one CD-length concept piece, there are still notable highlights, with the Latin-tinged, string-laden rush of "Celebration of Sound" and late night, sub-heavy pulse of "Love Pressure" standing out.
Review: Straight out of Bridgeport CT, the always dependable Underground Quality are back following up some great releases last year by Melchior Sultana, Son Of Sound (Henry Maldonado) and label chief Edward McKeithen - Jus-Ed that is! The man himself serves up the next release with the fittingly titled Jus Me EP. We're loving the deep, mesmerising and evocative tones of "A Moment In Time", the quirky hoedown "Country Meets House" (curious, this one!) and the moody and hypnotic rain dance of "Tribal Stew" which is sure to work up a sweat - and exists in the same territory similarly explored by like-minded comrades such as Fred P and DJ Qu.
Review: The East Coast's house don DJ Jus-Ed is, as always, on an unstoppable run of form. His latest bundle of club-friendly tunes comes on his own Underground Quality, of course, and it's four tracks from the man himself - preaching the gospel like only he knows how! Starting with "Acid Fro", the mood is darker and more hypnotic than his usual approach - this is a proper belter in every sense of the word - while "Ice 597 To Frankfurt" is more minimal, wavey and utterly pouncing. Flip the record and you got the melancholic melodica of "Katzback Gruv", another stomping club affair for the earlier set times, and "Train Ride To Berlin", a jittery, percussion-driven bit of neo-tribalism. Hot, as always. Don't miss this!
Review: Having done his bit to foster cordial relations between the US and Russia by releasing EPs from Anton Zap and Nina Kraviz, Underground Quality chief Jus-Ed turns his international gaze in the direction of the small, unassuming island(s) of Malta. The Malteser who earned the affection of Ed is Owen Jay, who lays down four slices of sumptuous deepness in the vein of Fred P. The A Side consists of "Memories Of You" and "Days Gone By", both of which are dripping in the emotive warmth that anything carrying the UQ stamp demands. Flip over for the eerie melodic shuffle of "Forever", while "Peach" rounds off a dope 12".
Review: Underground Quality boss Jus Ed is beginning 2017 in fine fettle, with Transition - his first album since 2014 - heading up a spate of vinyl releases. The triple-vinyl set is full of evocative, immaculately produced deep house treats, from the Alton Miller style intricacy of "The Loop 222 Bodin Strasse" and shuffling, yearning "The Day Prince Died", to the rich bass and dancing drum machine hits of "Medellin My New Grooveland" (inspired, apparently, by a recent trip to Colombia), and the low-slung, Motor City grooves of "Sci-Fi Connection". Best of all, though, is the rushing positivity of "Spring is Near", where intertwining synth lines bubble away over a fizzing, techno-influenced rhythm track.
Review: Continuing the vinyl issue of Dana Ruh's debut LP, the high grade deep house just keeps coming on Naturally Part 2. "Education" keeps the energy levels up with some neat interplay between a bubbling, acidic bassline and soulful chord flourishes, all over a snappy 4/4 beat. "My Cave" deviates into more tripped-out broken beat business, all the while anchored by the most soothing of deep house chords. "Jammin" features Underground Quality label boss Jus Ed laying down some subtle vocal contributions which echo out over a smart spread of tones, before "D's Interupt (Dub)" displays the more experimental side to Ruh's output with an abstract beatless loop surrounded by gentle applications of texture.
Review: Jus Ed clearly believes in the music of Dana Ruh, affording the German producer three records over which to spread her album. On this final installment the deep house delicacies don't let up a jot, with "Train Ride To You" leaning all over the A side with its soaring refrain comprised of tender piano and a powerful high-end sustained string. "Dirty Egg" tricks things out a little more with a leftfield, dubby finish to the gently ticking track as disparate swirls and swathes of synth pulse around the frequency range. Finishing up on "Just Don't" brings the album back into focus with the kind of unfussy deep house that largely defines Ruh's style, and a classy style it is too.
Review: Yes! New York's big friendly giant and cream of the crop when it comes to house music, DJ Jus Ed, lands back on his own excellent Underground Quality stable with an extended Ep-come-mini LP. You know you can always count on the man to deliver pure magic, and each of these six tracks are a total joy on the ear, a marvellous journey into the smoothest depths of true deep house. "Vision Ride Of Reality" sets the scene with a gentle, cinematic bundle of melodies, and "Minimal Groove Up Vibe" slots in a little extra spice with the help of some bleepy sonic twists. "Strange Bad Connection" is more of a classic NY house stomper, while "Space Rhythm" rattles its leftfield percussion amid bleak shards of keys, "Where Am I Now" enters a long and enchanted wormhole, while "Rhythum Shit" lays down a heavy groove and ties this release off with an extra dose of grit and fiery energy.