Review: Dan Piu is the man behind the long running techno label "Moto Music" and also the driving force behind "deepArtSounds". The Alphaville ep is nothing less than a showcase of his signature atmospheric, textured sound that defines his overall production style. Having releases as early as 1997, we're sure you'll enjoy the music from this seasoned veteran of electronic music.
Review: Are you ready for fresh blood?! Some time ago, Tomorrow Is Now Kid! head honcho Alex Salvador and Jelle Meeuwsen aka "Pokopoko" met while spinning records and talking music at a party in Tilburg, The Netherlands. A big stack of demos got sent over to the TINK! headquarters and eventually a debut EP named "Petrichor" was created. A powerful four-tracker with a dusty and melancholic take on today's House music. It's raw and funky but changes vibes throughout, keeping it fresh. That said, "Petrichor EP" is an emotional rollercoaster and a tribute to the ever-changing and unpredictable Dutch weather.
Review: Following 2017 and 2018 outings on Concrete Music and Bass Culture Records, French producer Leo Pol returns to the Iile imprint he founded in 2016. There's plenty to admire across the five included tracks, from the rubbery acid bass, sweaty drums and glassy-eyed melodic breakdowns of opener "626 Mafia", to the sturdy beats, hustling drum fills, filter-laden chords and sweet vocal samples of closing cut "Keep This Thing". Leo's collaboration with Max Ulis, "On My Face", is a thrillingly high-octane fusion of ghetto-house, techno and woozy New Jersey garage, while "FEM" is an acid-flecked chunk of sun-kissed deep house breeziness that sounds like it could have been made in Italy in 1992.
On this 5th release on P.O.D CROSS, production and Dj duo Politics Of Dancing (S.M.A.L.L & Paco) hook up in the studio with two key players of France & UK House music scenes. On the A Side, Paris electronic don Chris Carrier teams up with the boys to provide a proper acid trax. On the B side, it's Nottingham House legend Nail who joins in to spare his groove mastery. P.O.D CROSS delivers another state of the art, quality two tracker cut for dancefloors.
Review: We are proud to present the second record on Axces, which comes from our close friend Frits Caroe aka Popmix. Recorded in 2017 in the Nordvest Auto facilities, the three tracks on his debut give a sense of Frits' mastery of effective, simplistic melodies.
The A-side kicks off with Funtema, a candy like IDM tune whose strong melodic core will be stuck in your head for days. Next up is Klub Frimis, a Detroit meets Mario Kart DJ tool that we guarantee will rock any party. Finally on the B-side we have Teenage Club Fantasy, whose acidic bassline and dubby stabs will help ease that comedown.
Review: New 4 tracks Ep by Riccardo Masi alias Reekee. We can also see Erik Rico return to Wrong Notes dropping his voice for the first track of this Ep plus a reinterpretation from the Detroit finest Patrice Scott thru the Sistrum rules on the B side. The other 2 tracks are pure instrumental house delivered from Reekee who did the honors with 2 banging dancefloor tunes.
Review: Second time around for "High Flyer", the sole single from The Underground Sound of Rome side project Ricardo. It first appeared on Vibraphone Records way back in 1992 and has since become an in-demand chunk of original Italian deep house. This re-mastered reissue includes the same versions as the original pressing. The A-side boasts the original mix, which while Italian in origin sounds like a sublime mixture of dreamy, Nu Groove style NYC deep house and New Jeresey garage. Arguably even better is the "Angel Mix", whose ethereal, elongated chords, epic ambient build-up, undulating bass and humid electronics are much closer in tone to the kind of "dream house" tracks that were all the rage in Italy following the success of Sueno Latino's 1989 single of the same name.
Review: A rare bit of wax from sunny California, 12 Inches Deep returns with the continuation of their original debut release, West Coast Dance Traxx Vol. 2. More no nonsense deep house & garage compiled for club use, this time featuring 3 of California's finest; Los Angeles based producer DJs, Ricky Tinez, Akumen, and label manager Urbanite, plus international support from UK/BE based Le Smoove. Leading the order is "That Day" (dub mix), an emotively dreamy, chord driven roller by Ricky Tinez, followed by the noticeably grittier, disco influenced groove of Akumen's "Inner Life" (All of Music). Info side we have "G-Groovez," an upbeat, breezy, shuffle from the likes of Le Smoove, with Urbanite's "Triple Filtered," a classically influenced garage house arrangement reminiscent of the anthemic 90's New York sound, to close things out. Overall, a lush assortment of trax suited for any box, or collection, with appreciation for "deep."
Review: The third installment of Micronesia is a collection of finely woven cuts by hotshots Rudolf C, LK, and Leonid, and newcomers Alpha Crucis and DX2OV. Limited edition of 100 copies in clear red vinyl.
Review: No Fuss Records launches their first release in their vinyl series with the mighty Saison. 3 much in demand Saison tracks that have been tried and tested on the dance floor. The North London duo offer their blues inspired Deep House with "SeNor Blues" & "I Need Ya" On remix duties Werkshy flips "Something Made Me" into a mid-tempo disco infused slammer.
Review: The 3rd release in No Fuss's vinyl series offers the likes of Saison, Risk Assessment, & Natasha Kitty Katt. A1 is a deep and dirty number from Saison titled "Till The Day I Die". Jackin' beats and a bumpy bassline complimented by a Juno 60 synth & sampled vocals. A2 is a deeper track from House artist Risk Assessment with sampled vocals and bluesy piano titled "I Don't Understand". B1 "The Riff" is classic Saison at its best. Their jazzy pianos, driving bass and swinging beats never disappoint the dance floor. B2 is Glitterbox resident and rising DJ Natasha Kitty Katt. Katt offers her unique disco touch of cut up samples and filtered drums to create a feel good disco house slammer.
Review: Having recently rounded off his Prolific Trilogy 009 series with a third and final collection of deep and groovy club cuts, Samuel Andre Madsen returns to action via a tightly wound two-tracker full of funk-fuelled grooves and rush-inducing moments. There's something wonderfully loose-limbed about flipside "Alright", a post two-step club cut rich in foreboding acid bass, looped spoken word samples, acid flashes and twisted tech-house electronics. It's good but nowhere near as life affirming as lead cut "Fury's Laughter", an acid bass-propelled peak-time stomper blessed with the most wide-eyed and spine-tingling breakdown we've heard this month. The clips alone are giving us chills, which is always a good sign.
Review: After an 18 month hiatus, Secretsundaze relaunch their label with a flurry of activity. The first 12" as part of this new wave of material is a Secretsundaze artist EP, remarkably the first full EP on the label from Giles Smith and James Priestley having previously released a killer split 12' with Palms Trax back in 2017.
During this label downtime the boys have been busy releasing music with amazing labels and kindred spirits in Japan, London and Frankfurt: Mule Musiq, Phonica Records and forthcoming later this year an EP on Live At Robert Johnson, the label of the club very close to their hearts where they have been playing regularly for 10 plus years.