Review: When it comes to a certain strand of deep house, Tsuba is unstoppable at the moment. The label has just revealed they've secured an EP from the much-loved Galcher Lustwerk, but before that they're debuting Luvless with the Luv Machine EP. Fans of Mic Newman's music on Tsuba will warm to this with tracks like "Down With You Baby" sharing that same laid-back vibe heard in some of the Australian's earlier productions, while its soft vocals are similar to fellow Melbourne producer The Tortoise. "Be Mine" is driven by a strong sustained lead with sprinklings of disco drums and basslines with some classic filtering, while the title-track is a deep, yet light, euphoric house jam.
Review: Kevin Griffith's Tsuba knows slinky tech house better than anyone. Berlin's Sebo K has shown for close to a decade that he knows how to execute it. What more could you add to this equation you say? Well how about getting the godfather of deep house Larry hard AKA Mr Fingers in to show his deft hand at remixing and turning in three versions of "Aquamarine" that are pure gold. The "Acid Dub" displays his mastery of the 303 yet again over a smooth atmospheric groove. The "Raw Dub" is typical Mr Fingers with those lush and emotional strings accompanied by a low slung house beat and exotic bird calls. Finally "Raw Mix" throws back all the groove and shuffle taken from the previous dub mix, elevating you to sheer dancefloor bliss.
Review: A long and distinguished recording career for the always faithful Norm Talley has been lacking something Tsuba shapes until now, so kudos to Kev Griffiths for coaxing three drops of powerfully deep and danceable house from the Westside Detroiter. Each track here offers a different mood with A-side cut "Mid-Nite Madd-Ness" the peak time burner with classically Detroit house styled cymbal clashes cuing breakdowns, while vamping chords ascend and descend. "Holiday" is the warmer summer house jam with woozy Rhodes on loop, while "One Track Mind" is deep and rhythmic with a sultry vocal to boot.
Review: Those with a love for turn-of-the-'90s UK house and techno may be familiar with Westworld, one of the many aliases of video game music composer turned rave producer Matthew Gray. Here, two of the most potent cuts in the Westworld catalogue get the rework treatment, with Running Back boss Gerd Janson at the controls. The A-side is all about Janson's tweak of "Dreamworld", a piano-sporting Italian dream house tribute that the producer has wisely chosen to smooth out and make even more dizzyingly loved-up. 1990 single "The Slam" gets the scalpel treatment on the flipside. Interestingly, Janson has chosen to ignore the original's bleeps and heavy sub-bass, instead focusing on the track's rolling hip-house elements. He's also delivered a tasty DJ tool in the shape of the beats-and-effects vibe of the "Dub Siren Beats" tweak.