Review: W&P Hgg is back to Deep Explorer since his last release on the label in 2010. This new EP contains "Edit gospel #5", a hard to find old classic tune by W&P Hgg and two new versions of the song by the Deep Explorer heads, one killer club cut by Dubbyman and another downbeat take for chilled moments. Is crurch time...
Review: Leo Gunn is an artist that has been truly dedicated to the cause of Deep Explorer. To date all the artist's music has come to light on Dubbyman's bastion of Spanish deep house, and it's no wonder when you listen to the illustrious tones of his productions. Ahead of a new album, this 7" of mystery and wonder starts off in the utterly enchanting world of "Voodoo", a spaced out lullaby of expressive pads and the softest house tick buffeting along the aqueous sounds. There's a slight change of mood on the flip as "Moondub" lives up to its name with a spacious soundworld marked out by echoing piano notes and a rock solid bassline, but still that inimitable Deep Explorer mood prevails.
Review: Unsurprisingly, Above Smoke has long been closely associated with his brother Dubbyman's Deep Explorer label, and so it figures that the Spanish artist is releasing his debut album close to home. For those unfamiliar with the sound of Deep Explorer, think of the warmest, soul-inflected deep house rich with natural instrumentation as much as electronic elements and you should have an idea. On the album format Above Smoke has space to branch out into some refined neo soul excursions such as "Don't Stop (Till The Morning)" featuring Kikone's stirring vocal, but as ever it's the exemplary house music that truly defines this album.
Review: Deep House doesn't get deeper than Deep Explorer, Dubbyman's evergreen label transmitting out of Spain. On this latest 12", Allstarr Motomusic makes a welcome return after the first volume of Beauty & Simplicty back in 2015. This time they're working in collaboration with vocalist Sarignia Bonfa and the results are stunning. "Burning (In My Soul)" is a gorgeous, dubbed out slice of deep house with a true Midwest flavour, while "El Sonido Deepex" takes things into even more sultry territory. There's also space for downtempo reflection on "Space Of Life", but also watch out for the deadly remix of "The Whole Hood In My House" by CVO.
The Journey (with Kuniyuki Takahashi & Jack Zwarts)
That´s IT (feat Zarenzeit)
Ninos En La Oscuridad
Best Case Scenario (feat Allstarr Motomusic)
Dream Driver (feat Ras Vadah)
Deep Is Dead (song For T.T.D.)
Review: While on this new record he may declare that Deep Is Dead, the notion of Dubbyman turning his back on the smooth, immersive sound he has built up all these years is borderline laughable. Instead what we have is an update on his deep house standards, with a greater emphasis on instrumentation and an embrace of different tempos and grooves. Still, the languid jazzy atmosphere remains at the forefront of this album, whether it's Dubbyman flying solo or welcoming in likeminded souls such as Kuniyuki Takahashi or Allstar Motomusic. Take your pick anywhere on this stellar constellation, the mood is refined and rich with expression, just how deep house should be.
Review: George Btp has many strings to his bow, from his work as Dan Piu to his Allstar Motomusic aliases and his deepArtSounds label. His Zarenzeit band with Robert P has been quietly cruising since the mid 90s, although first surfaced on deepArtSounds in 2016 with the Black Inside album. Now the project returns with a limited 7" release for fellow deep house traveler Dubbyman's Deep Explorer label, and the results are as seductive and subliminal as you would expect. "Before Midnight" fuses swirling galaxies of high end synth work with a snappy electro funk backbeat, which Dubbyman reworks on the flip into one of his trademark deeper than deep dancefloor cuts.