Review: There's definitely a fresh take on deep house going on with this release, the second one on Shadeleaf after Thatman Monkz's first release last year. Here Khalil Anthony is bringing some off-kilter soulful heat with some remixes that are guaranteed to make you sit up and take notice. "Need You Bad" may pack a typical New Jersey swing, but the vocal cuts through powerfully, while the working of string samples in the background is unusual even before the positively bonkers extra vocal from Nina Simone gets contorted in the mix. The dub may smooth things out a touch for those of a nervous disposition, but none of the power of the track is lost. Meanwhile on the flip "Shelter" provides a broken beat twist up with equal amounts of greatness about it.
Four Walls & Funkyjaws - "Bring Me To Space" (Saine remix)
Saine - "Daze"
Saine - "Daze" (Four Walls & Funkyjaws remix)
Review: Shadeleaf Music boss Thatmanmonkz has decided to do a little musical matchmaking on this release. It features original material from both Belarusian duo Four Walls & Funkyjaws, and Helsinki-based Saine, with each act also remixing the other's track. Four Walls and Funkyjaws' "Bring Me To Space" lives up to its name, lacing boogie-influenced synth melodies atop intergalactic chords and a loose and jazzy deep house groove. Saine opts for a more hypnotic, locked-in vibe on his sumptuous remix of the same track. He gets a little more expansive on his own "Saine Daze" - whilst retaining the slightly blazed feel associated with his productions - before the Eastern European pair weigh in with a slightly jauntier revision that wisely makes great use of Saine's sensual synths and soul-flecked chords.
Review: An exclusively northern creation... Iain Mann makes his Shadeleaf debut with a trio of deep, loopy house cuts. "If You Don't Do It" smoulders with Moodymann style subtlety. Rich chords, crowd whoops and a kick drum that teases and pleases as it weaves itself around the dynamic, it's an instant attention grabber. "Flexing" bumps with more of a disco sentimentality as the off-beat guitar and synth squiggles play Q&A off a rock-solid bass lick. "Rough Times", meanwhile, has an air of Amp Fiddler to it as the organs develop with all-out jazz majesty while Kali's honey-coated vocals are buried deep under the instrumentation. For added measure Thatmanmonks gives "Rough Times" a dubby jack that's primed for the finest of dancefloors. Rough, ready and waiting for your selection attention.
Review: Iain Mann dons his Mannmademusic alias for another adventure in straight up house business, scoring a second release on the Shadeleaf Music label in the process! As with his previous outing on Shadeleaf, Mann is in no mood to fool around on Night Stories. There's five deep and funky house cuts on here, starting with the instantly seductive bassline of "Under" and ending with "Kofi & Cream", a tune which reminds us of Kyle Hall's early output and that would go down a storm in any DJ set. Quality house music for the aficionados.