Review: Vinyl Only reach their seventh release with a fresh grip of lesser known producers bringing high grade grooves to the table. Bubbadog opens the 12" up in a woozy fashion with the warbling piano chords of "Goin' Round", capturing a time-slip mood that carries through to the dusty jazz soaked beat down of Minus The Majors' "Strole On Through". On the B-side, Alex Zuiev gets into an exotic, chiming, 80s-inflected mood on "Down By The River", creating a slow-burning dancefloor heater out of classic ingredients. Ugly Frankie finishes the EP off with the stripped down funk of "Your Ears Look Great".
Review: While Ant Plate has been insanely busy with a plethora of aliases on a multitude of labels recently, he's still found time to turn out some surefire heaters in the studio with long time sparring partner Matt Hunt. This release marks the first appearance of Rhythm Plate on Vinyl Only, but it's worth the wait. There's an epic scope to "Apathetic Empathy," which features bashy 80s drum hits and squelchy bass front and centre, but soaring vocal licks and piano stabs that widen the track out beautifully. "Observed Privacy" is a more emotive cut laden with illustrious keys, "Abuser Experience" is a bright and bashy deep house belter and "Prototype Night" takes things down a slinky, acid-speckled route. Rhythm Plate - still serving up the house music realness after nearly 20 years.
Review: After popping up on a various artists release last year, Ugly Frankie makes good on his connection to the Vinyl Only label with a full fat EP of chunked up, funked out house business for sunny climes. There's a dusty, rolling tone to the tracks on offer here - the crafty edits, nimble sample treatment and inventive layering creates a vibe you can lose yourself in all day. These aren't just straight up dancefloor rollers either - "Cow Boogie" bumps and slides with a low slung swagger that will have you popping at a slower tempo - but they're all prime for the get down. For some dusty, soul-laced cuts produced with flair, look no further.