Review: Deep dream business from Parisian brAque as he returns to D.Ko with three more delights and a dope refix. "Mouvance" is a sassy, breezy chugger with hazy wafts of horns and vocals keeping the hypnosis factor strong. "Briscard" keeps it slinky, trippy and heavily filtered with a clever sample lick buried beneath the slaps and tickles. "Luciano", meanwhile, whips up a funk storm with stuttering beats, slippery guitars, short sharp human elements and a gradual blast of euphoria that cuts through mid-way. If that's not enough, kindred spirit Mudabons ups the tempo and adds a splash of cosmicity to "Mouvance". Sublime.
Review: True deep house once again emanating from Paris label D.KO Records, this time in various artist form. Full of debutants, Mickael Jeanneret is the veteran of this release and he turns in a liquid cut of floating drum and bass that combines the best of Kerri Chandler with LTJ Bukem in "Solstice". The Rag Dabons collaboration kicks off the compilation with a forever uplifting "C La Qui Arrive" while new name Nature Rhythm adds a two-step feel to "Ocean Drive". Gabriel, one half of Rag Dabons, goes dubby on "Atout Jaybacule" for those who love some Caribbean soul in their house music. Fresh breeze for the summer heat.
Review: Having previously popped up on the first compilation release from Paris label D.KO, Flabaire now gets a whole release over which to impart some flamboyant housey goodness. "Local Control" is a sassy number rich with Moog-esque synths intoning a decidedly funky message, while "I Think You Do" has a more thoughtful temperament that lets delicate piano keys meet with the steady ticking drums and warm bass. "Chartreuse" gets the twitchy funk back in place for all kinds of micro-shuffling goodness, and then "L'Orphee" opens the EP up in a final bow led by illustrious synth strings and a bouncy low end both emotive and eminently groovy in the same instance.
Mezigue - "Tu Me Manques Mumu Change Pas Le Moteur" (Kensous Mashup) (5:18)
Sandro - "Abdelkrim & Botanique" (5:09)
Review: Rolling up sock donuts since 2013, the evergreen D.ko imprint serves up a feast once more with this delicious all-French V/A 12. Laroze makes his D.ko debut with a sprightly disco gem before Monomite adds a dash of sleazy boogie funk before Mezique takes us right back to the peak of Paris's discotheque scene with infectious robo-funking insistency. Finally label familiar and Rag Dabons cohort Sandro closes with a dewy eyed slice of emotional acid. Au revior.
Review: French crew D.KO have had some killer releases this year, particularly Mad Rey's recent effort but now tap Lyon based producer LB aka Labat aka Baptistin Cabalou, who has also released on Robsoul and BFDM in recent times. It's quite a dusty and soulful affair, all in all, and will appeal to fans of Detroit deep house, typically Moodymann or Three Chairs. Starting out with some blunted hip-hop style jams like "Dance Sista" or "STE 11 (You Know)", he's then into the groovy stuff such as on "Duper Avec Rancho" which is reminiscent of Theo Parrish's late nineties output, the sexy discofied vocal house of "Herbal Vapours" (a real highlight!) and the lo-slung soul jam "Queendom" closing out this great EP just nicely.
Review: Quentin Leroy aka Mad Rey is back on Paris' D.Ko imprint, and he's in a particularly soulful groove from the sound of these four house heart-breakers. "La Chapelle (dub mix)" is soothing and jazzy in its tone of voice, and "Hard Ferailleurs" reminds us of Pepe Bradock at his most frantic. The B-side offers the skippy, near garage-like sways of "MSW (dub mix)", and "Impuissance (dub mix)", a deep and explorative journey through spacey house terrains. Excellent stuff!
Review: Two of D.KO's most important players get all smoky on this neatly symmetrical 12"; longstanding label friend and one of its most consistent artists Mad Rey (AKA Quentin Leroy) takes the A with two blunderbuss grooves: "L'Anguille" is based around a crucial soul sample that rises and rises with total house positivity while "Afterwork" nods to late 80s Chicago with its Fingers style bassline and dreamy pads. Label bossman and all-round bemasked mystery Mezigue brings up the rear on the B; "House Mezigue L'Homme Du Temps" playfully ups the tempo a notch or ten with a wry wink to Detroit while "New DWN" is a Rolando style stomper where the dreamiest pads imaginable are underpinned by cement-like kicks. Spark up.
Review: Paris label D.KO presents to us local lad Mezigue who serves up some deep disco house with an unmistakable French touch like on the dynamic opener "Track 1 (Euromillion)" until he goes into low-slung slo-mo Territory that references Moodymann like on "1///1::2 15". On the flip there's some more great grooves like on the tough house stomp of "Du Son Pour Les Gars Surs" which has a jacking groove beneath some clever disco loops and "A L'ancienne On L'appelait Papy" which has that classic early '90s US house vibe reminiscent of Blaze.
Review: D.KO's very own Rag Dabons (aka label founder Gabriel and friend Sandro) get busy on the broken drums for this epic six-track EP that kicks it hardcore (the break-rifled jungle steppers "En Panna Dauber" and "Aloe Vera") kicks it old school (the icy charms of electro poppers "B1 Bobun" and "Electropop") and kicks it freestyle (the sludgy "Glauquemort" and echo chamber obliterating "Amarou & Behzad") Nothing will ever be the same again...