Review: 30 years have passed since Detroit's short-lived but enormously influential Music Institute club closed its doors. Alton Miller was one of the three men who founded the club, and here launches the "official label" with a trio of ear-catching cuts made in tribute. He opens with "Inner 5", a deliciously fluid, melodious and positive chunk of smile-inducing Motor City deep house, before layering spacey jazz-funk synthesizer sounds and starry chords atop another loose-limbed, machine-driven house groove. Arguably best of all, though, is deep and hypnotic flipside "Inner 8", whose sci-fi sounds and locked-in beats make it a near perfect hybrid of late night house grooves and stargazing techno intent.
Review: The crew behind the Hizou label is rightly chuffed that they've managed to secure this two-tracker from Andres, a Detroit producer whose releases - whether aimed at deep house dancefloors or hip-hop heads - are rarely less than superb. The two tracks the label has selected are suitably strong, too. Check first A-side "All U Gotta Do Is Listen", a warm and hazy chunk of break-driven mid-tempo deep house rich in jazzy samples, swirling crowd noises, chunky bass and dewy-eyed instrumentation. Andres' vintage influences are explored further on flipside "Night Time Is The Right Time", a P-funk influenced deep house bumper whose swinging drums and elongated organ chords casually tip a wink to classic New Jersey garage.