Review: Although Apiento's singles are few and far between, the London-based producer has a hit rate far higher than many of his Balearic-minded contemporaries. "Things You Do For Love", which marks the Test Pressing chief's first solo single for several years, provides further supporting evidence of this analysis. In its original form, the track is a slo-mo, delay-laden bubbler that sits somewhere between pitched-down early Larry Heard tracks and Junior Boys style glassy-eyed synth-pop. Arguably even better is the flipside "Heartbeat" revision, which turns the track into a rush-inducing slab of deep space ambient pop perfection.
Review: Ari Goldbman has always been good at digging up and reissuing little-known gems, though this may be his most obscure and inspired find yet. According to his sparse sales notes, "Paraiso '89" was written and produced sometime in the "early-to-mid-'90s" by a short-lived Italian combo called Azura, but never released (for reasons that aren't explained). In fact, it actually sounds like it may have been created even earlier, such is the authentically loved-up, sunrise-friendly rush of its authentic Italian dream house flavour. It contains many elements frequently found in the best dream house tunes - think extended, spine-tingling ambient intro, whispered vocal phrases, bouncy pianos and huggable grooves - and genuinely feels like a long-lost classic. It won't hang around too long, so act fast to avoid disappointment.
Review: NYC photographer Eddie Marshall produced these meditative club tunes as Dreamscape between 1994 - 1995. Originally released on his own short lived New Age House Records, these timeless jams fetch high prices on the secondhand market, but Welcome To Our New Age House includes the best of those two releases, remastered from the original ADATs for the sixth release on Ari Goldman's World Building imprint. Get yourself a fix of motivational deepness for your mind, body and soul right here.
Smiling Faces "95" (The Quest BASSment mix) (5:46)
Smiling Faces "95" (4:32)
Smiling Faces "95" (R&B instrumental) (4:22)
Review: Since launching last year, Ari Goldman's World Building label has delivered a couple of killer EPs that look to vintage '90s house for inspiration. It's rather fitting, then, that the imprint's latest 12" is a reissue of an obscure white label from 1995. "Smiling Faces" saw One Man's Quest (AKA Bob Vega and Douglas Johnson) brilliantly re-invent the Rare Earth classic of the same name. While the A-side club versions - think bumpin', soulful, ultra-deep, organ-sporting New Jersey deep house - are undeniably brilliant, the real gems can be found on the flipside. Here, as on the original 1995 Vandal Records 12", the forgotten production pair re-cast the song as a slo-mo chunk of hazy, piano-heavy "R&B". Loved-up, blissful and genuinely soulful, they're thrilling covers in their own right. Simply essential, all told.
The Promised Land: Chapter II: Enter This House (6:48)
The Promised Land: Chapter IV: 40 Years (6:12)
The Promised Land: Chapter VII: Salvation (7:08)
Helping Hand (bonus track) (8:25)
Review: A year after he helped launch the label via the brilliant "The Fatal Flaw In Disco" 12", Mark Seven returns to Ari Goldman's World Building label. As you might expect, he's once again in a retro-futurist frame of mind, laying down a series of house tracks inspired by the style's glory days of the late '80s and early '90s. He first doffs a cap towards bouncy New Jersey deep house from the turn of the '90s ("Chapter II: Enter This House"), before wrapping Chicago style analogue bass and fluid electronics around a sweaty, Kenny Dope inspired rhythm track. "Chapter VII: Salvation" is a smooth and loved-up tribute to the Burrell Brothers and Dream II Science, while closer "Helping Hand" is pleasingly deep and dreamy.
Review: World Building is the new label from Beautiful Swimmer Ari Goldman and it gets off to a veritable flyer with The Fatal Flaw In Disco from the master Mark Seven. Proprietor of Parkway and Parkwest Records, Seven is among the most highly respected of record dealers and DJs and a fine choice to kick off World Building. We've been massive fans of the Parkway tackle here at Juno HQ and hopefully this banging 12" will retrospectively see collectors and selectors dig back through the label. Some five tracks deep, The Fatal Flaw In Disco sees the Stockholm-based Seven continue to explore his love of classic US deep house with the sax-addled pump of "The Fatal Flaw In Disco (U-4-Ria)" a considered highlight. If you've seen the Swimmers at any festival jam this summer you should be familiar with the cuts on this 12" and expect to hear them in the dance a lot more as the year goes on. Big record.