Review: Jenifa Mayanja and Dakini 9's Sound Warrior label continues to fly the flag for female house producers, this time inviting North Carolina DJ Lady Fingers to make an appearance with the smoky throwdown of "Depth". Mayanja herself then steps up with the ethereal, broken beat tones of "Get Off My Back," Berlin-based Ena Lind takes things in a dramatic, evocative direction on "High & Over" before Lady Blacktronika delivers her inimitable style of shimmering house music with the hi-hat shaking "Chance Of Love." Executed with warmth and intrigue, the Warrior Formulation 12" is another direct hit for Sound Warrior - as if we expected anything less.
Review: After a three-year hiatus, deep house stalwart Jenifa Mayanja returns to action with a four-track EP that effortlessly explores the more spiritual side of the style. Mayanja's Ugandan heritage is referenced on the deep, evocative, soft focus, Afro-house opener "Even In The Darkness We See", before she layers up rich Rhodes chords, dreamy pads and broken rhythms on the similarly luscious "Right Around The Corner". Flip for the classic U.S deep house - think Ron Trent, Chez Damier etc. - of "Human Nature", and the sultry, sun-bright, calypso-influenced Trinidadian Deep rework of the same track.
Review: Whether offering up dreamy, hypnotic deep house tracks or soft downbeats, Jenifa Mayanja's work has always tended towards the melancholic fields and cinematic soundscapes. Jenifa sets the bar always high, also in terms of quality and depth. She again delivers 5 extraordinary tracks, a mixture of elongated chords, playful smooth melodies and synth games, gentle new age jazz keys, all what your open minded heart can welcome. The mini album also contains a space ambient with pensive synth lines remix by Allstarr Motomusic.
Review: Aside from running the excellent Bu-Mako Recordings, Ugandan-born DJ and producer Jenifa Mayanda is also married to the great Jus-Ed, and we think they make a pretty stellar couple. The talented artiste is up on Orbits for the label's second chapter, and she opens with the beautifully melodic waves of "Rift", followed by "The Journey To Nowhere" and its subtle take on tribalism. "Excessive Matters" is a smooth, jazzy deep house number with a supremely off-kilter percussion, leaving her husband to transform the original into a classic, Jus-Ed house chiller guided by that inimitable analogue flex. Wonderful.
Review: The Sound Warrior label focusses on releasing music by female house and techno producers, an extended collection of women who share a similar vision of dance music. The label is run by Jenifa Mayanja and Dakini 9 - the latter being part of NY's Plan B imprint alongside DJ Spider - and the girls are back with two new faces for the label's fourth outing. Daniela La Luz's "Milkus" is a mid-tempo chugger with evil percussion and a funky chord hook, while "The Only" by Whim EE is darker, more deranged and of a lo-fi nature. On the flip, Mayanja's "Night Walker" is a tribal affair with a deep, growling bassline and "Limbic Resonance" by Dakini 9 is the hardest cut of them all, the certified techno head-nodder among the deeper tracks. Tough.