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: 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.