Review: Martin 'Atjazz' Iveson continues to celebrate notching up two decades in deep house, this time via an expanded reissue of his largely overlooked 1999 debut album, That Something. The album originally appeared on DIY Discs offshoot DIYersions, and saw Iveson combining his love of tactile, atmospheric deep house with jazzy keys, and the kind of sublime synthesizer sounds he later explored more extensively on 2001 full-length Labfunk. This reissue contains two discs of obscure and previously unheard bonus material. CD2 contains unreleased archive material recorded between 1995 and '98 - including some especially good downtempo gear - while CD3 features alternative versions, bonus cuts from 12" singles, and a smattering of tasty remixes. That it all still sounds fantastic is testament to Iveson's impeccable production skills.
Kathy Kosins & Paul Randolph - "Could You Be Me?" (Theo Ss translation)
Tatham, Mensah, Lord & Ranks - "Cascade"
Cotonete - "Earth Overshoot Day" (Hugo LX remix)
Cro-Magnon - "Midnight Magic" (feat Roy Ayers)
Freeeze - "Stay"
Grooveman Spot - "Do The Dance"
Root Soul - "My Dream Came True"
Kip Hanrahan - "Her Boyfriend Assesses His Value & Pleads His Case"
Nicole Willis - "Curiosity" (Zanzibar remix)
Velvet Hammer - "Party Hardy" (Alex Attias edit)
Material With Nona Hendryx - "Over & Over"
Sunaga T Experience - "It's You" (Disco Alert mix)
Paul Johnson - "Better Than This" (Soul Talk remix)
Review: Veteran Swiss DJ/producer Alex Attias has long been one of Europe's more versatile and open-minded DJs, so it's fitting that BBE have given him a chance to flex his curatorial muscles. LillyLillyGood, which shares its name with a monthly party and label Attias runs, was inspired by Attias's desire to present "really good grooves that people want to dance to or listen to or home". He's done just that, whizzing through an unmixed selection that giddily flits between trippy, polyrhythmic acid madness (Grooveman Spot), jaunty jazz-funk (Freeeze, Cro Magnon's ultra-deep hook-up with Roy Ayers), synth-fuelled broken beat business (Tatham, Mensah, Lord and Ranks), deliciously spacey deep house (the Zanzibar remix of Nicole Willis's "Curiosity") and killer disco (Attias's own edit of Velvet Hammer's "Party Hearty").