Summer (feat Laura - Irregular disco Workers remix)
Review: On this companion piece to 2011 debut album collecting dust, Italian producer Alessandro Pasini shows signs of development. While there are clear nods to his warm nu-disco past (most notably "Grancartridge", which samples Serious Intention's proto-house classic "You Don't Know"), much of Removing Dust is dedicated to his clear passion for tactile deep house. So, we get the E'd-up retro-futurism of "Salsa House", the drifting "Trembling H" and the dreamy "La Beija". There are curveballs, too, including a straight-up dub track ("Stories (The Sghembo Dub)") and a curious deep-pop cover of Moloko classic "Sing It Back".
Review: Deep88 deals in dust; last year saw him Collecting Dust for a debut album on 12 Records and now the Italian producer presents Removing Dust, a five track 12" that precedes his forthcoming second album of the same name later this year. Proceedings commence with the frequency and channel test signature experimenting of "Grancartridge" which would probably sound better within the context of listening to an album than on the floor of a club, though the latter is the perfect environment for "The Vibe". A perfectly judged slice of 90s house nostalgia that rattles along with the kind of panache absent from many other current attempts. On the flip Deep88 goes all dusty on the delightfully loose sounding "100% Kamelhaar", indulges in some Sex Tags style rough drum trax on "Thor Ens Funk" and ends in dreamy fashion with "Like A Trembling H" - see if you can spot the killer sample!
Review: Alessandro "Deep88" Pasini is one of deep house's unsung heroes; a producer who consistently delivers enjoyable, club-ready material, but for whom wider acclaim has proved elusive. Perhaps The Black Album, his third solo album, will bring him the credit he deserves. Certainly, it's a hugely enjoyable set, with Pasini laying down a tight selection of warm, rich and evocative cuts variously influenced by late '80s Italian deep house, Chicago jack-tracks, Larry Heard, early Nu Groove releases, and the shuffling grooves of New Jersey garage. Pasini's penchant for using vintage samplers, synths and drum machines guarantees that his loving tributes are always on-point, and boast the kind of pleasing looseness that can only be attained by using original analogue hardware.
Review: After several collaborative releases with Melchior Sultana, 12 Records boss Deep88 celebrates reaching the cat no 1210 by opening up some of these productions to some high profile remixes. To call getting a remix from Ben Cenac's Dream 2 Science project a coup is an understatement and anyone who enjoyed his genre defining self-titled release that was reissued by Rush Hour will certainly find much appeal in the New Yorker's sumptuous take on "Nightwave". Rising Australian producer Andras Fox remixes "Yo House" with the results pleasantly quirky and rather woozy, whilst Deep88 and Sultana close out proceedings with a new production in "100% Kamelwolle".
Review: For his latest full-length excursion, Italian producer Alessandro 'Deep88' Pasini has joined forces with Maltese deep house sort, composer and multi-instrumentalist Melchior Sultana. In many ways, it's a match made in heaven. Sultana's impeccable playing and compositional skills are evident throughout (see the note-perfect piano solo that lifts "Yo House" into a Balearic deep house gem), and perfectly compliment Pasini's classic Italian and US house influences. It's an impressively musically rich set, all told, full of warm chords, evocative melodies, drowsy pads and shuffling grooves. While there are heavy dancefloor moments - see the saucer-eyed "Days Go By" and "Chicago" - for the most part it's a horizontal house treat.
Review: A new concept here for Berlin based disco/house label founded by Deep88: 12Records. On Underground Is The New Upperclass EP, the title says it all: here are four emerging artists with their fresh and natural idea of house music that's keeping it real: no pictures, no posers. From Rhythm 2 Soul's tribute to 808 State on "Soul Catcher" and the gritty lo-slung acid of Colkin's "Boston Illegal" on the A side. The flip features the sensual and evocative deepness of Modena's MHCrew with "I Remember Aus" (featuring Krabah) and lastly PTR Zoo with the neon-lit "Lombok" taking its cues from hip-house and new jack swing.