Review: Owen Jay's Batti Batti label continues to make steps into the physical realm, with their fifth 12" release another split artists offering. Anyone with a firm grasp of contemporary deep house will recognise Deymare's name and that should be enough to draw you into a record filled with redeeming production qualities. The Finnish producer opens proceedings with "Episode 2" a rippling and crisp house cut that sets the tone nicely. Label boss Owen Jay crosses swords with regular production partner and compatriot Melchior Sultana for "Moog Mood," a wonderfully laid back saunter through musically rich house music and it must be said a subtly devilish bassline that no doubt informed the title. Those who always look for some B Side magic will find much to savour in Saverio Celestri and MP's respective contributions with the latter's "Tension" a wonderfully lopsided slab of punch drunk beat down.
Review: Romanian label Soulsity has always trodden a different path to most tech-house labels, preferring to deliver tracks influenced by deep and soulful house rather than stripped-back German minimal. Label boss MP continues that trend on this EP, dropping a couple of notably soulful gems. Both "Becki D" and "If Ya" boast loose-limbed rhythms seemingly influenced by vintage British two-step, onto which his usual swirling chords, heady melodies and subtle vocal samples are layered. The title track also boasts a spacey, Detroit-influenced vibe, something that should appeal to the label's growing fan base.
Review: Soulsity boss Mihai Popescu appears for the inaugural release of Steppin'Motion Records, following up some top releases on Mulen, Bass Culture and RORA in recent times. The Romanian scene stalwart, also known for his work under the names Marsomatic700 (with Sublee) and Aquaphresca presents two sublime cuts here. On the A side, we've got the hypnotic minimal funk of "Selfsuficient" - which is the kind of loopy and sunkissed jam you could imagine someone like Daniel Bell playing at some ungodly hour of the morning. On the flip, he picks up the pace a bit with the bump and shuffle of "Neasteptat" where its nice sense of swing is balanced out by some trippy dub chords atop for good measure.
Review: PURISM welcomes Romanian minimal house titan Mihai Popescu to the table, following the promising producer's run of hotly tipped singles on his own Soulsity label. The groove is crisp and infectious on opening cut "Do Watcha Feeel," which makes great use of a looped up melodic phrase and choice vocal snippets for a quintessential house throwdown. "Mixed Moods" is no less floor-ready, but its delicate, shimmering keys add a seductive quality that's impossible to resist. "Midnight Insp" takes a heads-down, tracky approach on its run in, but by the latter half opens up to reveal a gorgeous, swirling bath of chords. "Aritmethixx" provides contrast for the EP's closer, keeping the beat stripped back and using haunting flecks of sonic decoration that wouldn't sound out of place on a Horror Inc track.
Review: It would be fair to say that no other artist is quite as associated with Bass Culture Records' "Limited" offshoot as Mihai Popescu AKA MP. In fact, since the series' inception in 2016, he's provided all but one of the releases. Thanks to this latest 12", that remarkable record stays in tact. The Romanian producer explores his more positive side on opener "Start Get Yourself", a clever combination of sweaty, jacking machine drums and fluid, watery and downright dreamy electronics that runs for eight mesmerizing minutes. Flip the disc, first for the deliciously bass-heavy and bumping "Generation House", where jazzy electric piano motifs rise above a swinging rhythm track, and then the early British tech-house lusciousness of "No Bullshit".