Review: Amsterdam based house hooligan Maurits Verwoerd aka Nachtbraker returns with more dusted down and funked-up disco house shenanigans for Quartet Series - the imprint he's been running since 2016. Although he's also flaunted his wares for homeboys Heist, Berlin's Dirt Crew and Hudd Traxx in recent times too. "Small Towel People" features a tough rolling rhythm beneath a collage of cheeky loops and samples, and the equally cyclical/MPC-sounding jam "Kippendijen" uses the same approach but with more restraint. On the flip, we've got the rather sleek "Zomaar" which is reminiscent of the French Touch style that came out of Paris in the late '90s - but with a mean broken beat behind it!
Review: Some four years and umpteen EPs have passed since Nachtbraker made his debut on Detroit Swindle's Heist Recordings label. This debut album, then, is arguably long overdue. "When You Find A Stranger In The Alps" is an exceptionally strong collection of cuts, with the Dutch producer effortlessly flitting between ambient interludes, head-nodding downtempo beats and the floor-friendly fare he's renowned for delivering. There's much eclecticism within that latter category, too. There are plenty of melodic deep house floor-fillers, of course ("Flambo", "Randy"), but you'll also hear reggae-tinged club tracks ("NSFW"), bouncy techno ("You Can't Run"), soul and disco-inspired mid-tempo shufflers ("The Dream Sequence", "Just Doing My Thang") and funk rock smashers ("Aliens"). In other words, it ticks a lot of boxes whilst remaining enjoyable and entertaining throughout.
Review: Delectable Dutch deep house don Nachtbraker is taking a trip back to his 2018 LP "When You Find A Stranger In The Alps", and inviting a grip of tidy remixers to deliver distinctive new versions of some of the album's key tracks. Of particular note here are the playful electro delights of Frits Wentink's take on "Lol", and the trippy percussion and echo chamber FX of Nemo Vachez's dub mix of "Horsepony". With some more direct house versions to balance out the more experimental leanings on the record, it's a perfect all-rounder.
Review: Based out of Amsterdam, Quartet Series is a label run by local house hooligan Nachtbraker. Known for his sample-heavy deep house grooves, he recruits like minds for the label - and this time finds a kindred spirit in the form of Frenchman S3A - he of the Sampling As An Art label out of Paris. From the bombastic, Todd Terry referencing bounce of "Presentiment" (feat Mika Blaster), the funked-up disco house shenanigans of "Wu Impact" through to the sexy, neon-lit, late night deepness of "Influences" - this EP is a right jackathon from start to finish, with a distinctly French Touch indeed.