Review: As well as steering Stripped & Chewed, Garrett David has been holding down a residency at Chicago's Smart Bar for some time. On a roll following an appearance on Distant Hawaii, The Time finds the producer in fine fettle with a classic approach to deep house clearly born out of the city he calls home. "The Time" is a shimmying jam powered by crafty dub processing and a steady hand on the arrangement, while "Sea Shell" is a more passionate affair that swoons through key changes. The Night Sea Journey remix of "The Time" is a more brooding affair punctuated by synth accents for a deeper end result.
Review: Courtesy Of Balance is back right in time for kick your summer off in style by welcoming fellow French producer Gunnter, owner of Normandy Records. All three tracks have got that classic quality to them that'll please those deep and tech house afficionados. Naturally influenced by the golden age of the late 90's uk sound, Gunnter has digested it down to three to-the-point weapons, all endowed with the 3 sacred elements of proper tech house : jacking beats, wonky basslines and deep chords. The proof's in the pudding... drop the needle on the rekkid !
Review: Washington DC's Justin Nouhra has been intermittently slipping out high grade minimal house on labels like Silence In Metropolis and Cahoots for the past five years, and now he's been snapped up by Courtesy Of Balance for an impressive three-tracker loaded with shimmering tones and elegant grooves. "Subpoenad" has an irresistible bump and some starry eyed synth flairs that melt into the ears very easily indeed. "Day Job" follows a similar tact, with some more pronounced chords punching through the mix. "POV" rounds the EP off with a bugging bouncer of a track, and yet more of those pristine, sweetly filtered tones amidst the slender drums.
Review: Gaetano Battista has been popping up intermittently for some time now, most notably under his own name on Boe Recordings back in 2013. Now he's adopted the name Mental Vibe Construction for this turn on Chez Damier's Courtesy Of Balance, bringing his most forthright dancefloor cuts to date. "Guru" is a muscular, punchy slice of house music executed with a Midwestern toughness and lashing of synthetic soul. "Lifestyle" is equally enchanting in its melodic qualities without skimping on the rhythm section, while "Lee Theory" takes things deeper and funkier. "Chi Soul" touches on uplifting techno tones in its illustrious synth patterns, but it's still got a house heartbeat pumping away at the centre.
Review: Courtesy Of Balance continues to preach the gospel laid out by Balance, the legendary deep house label, with that deep diving, shimmering sound that Ron Trent and Chez Damier made their own. The heady fumes of "Morning Factory" can be felt lingering in The Black Tone's dubby workout "Dialect", while Pascal Viscardi takes things into spaced out minimal house territory on "Skylab". Homepark strips things down even more before Bell Boys comes back with a deep take on the classic Chicago jack sound. Colin Johnson keeps things swinging and funky on "Frog Pond", Paolo Rocco and Lessi S steps the garage shuffle up even more with "I Know I Know" and Ron Obvious pushes even further into tripped out 2-step territory for those that like their garage deep and meditative. Joe Rolet brings a dusty drum roll and spaced out textures to "Blue Marble", and Nat Wendell finishes this expansive double pack off with the mellow thrum of "Depth".