Review: Belgian producer UC Beatz has lived many lives in music, from hip-hop producer to TV jingle mastermind, but he's left a sizable imprint with his self-steered Entrepot Records label. Now though, he's been picked up by Razor-N-Tape for a classy trip through hardware house music. From the cool-strutting, Tevo Howard nodding "Blue Ciel" to the Alton Miller-esque "Broken Idyll", this is deep house done properly. Also check the Cody Currie remix of "Blue Ciel", which gets things a little more bumping while keeping the soul turned up high.
Review: Belgian producer UC Beatz lands on Masterworks with two impeccable deep house cuts that nod to the sterling reputation he enjoys within the scene. "Mojoy" is a simmering jam with that raw 'in the room' flavour you'd expect from Moodymann, a sweet vocal sample and a rhythm section that teases as much as it moves. When the chords drop, it's sure to sway the crowd without losing the intimacy set up in the track's earlier moments. "Exotic Fruitz" has a similar production style, and that background bar chatter is back again to fill the space with a cosy atmosphere, but here the keys are more forthright and vibing in the direction of sunnier climes.
Review: Entrepot Records is a Brussels based imprint, founded in 2014 by UC Beatz - who some of you may know from his Underluxxe digital label The idea here is simple: to release raw house beats on wax. For their eighth edition the label chez himself takes on duties, with some fine slo-mo house grooves - perfectly suited to late summer nights. The A side features the lo-slung boogie down vibes of "Rainbows", but the real dancefloor burners belong to the flipside. The looped-up disco inferno "Playground" is covered in just the right amount of dust and grit that would make Phil Weeks stand up and notice, while the sultry "Nocturne" is a crafty edit of a fine vintage track that's rather familiar indeed.
Review: Belgian producer and owner of Entrepot Records, UC Beatz, is the next artist to appear on the San Jose label, Roundabout Sounds.
Coming out on vinyl only, the La Nuit EP features some sublime house, including my favourite track on the ep, Alta Paper, and a remix of the title track by Jeremiah of Grow! Records out of Vienna.
Roundabout Sounds which is now up to release number 14 with this ep, is the label run by Joe 'Babylon' Marougi, co-founder of Plug Research. The label released a great various artists triple vinyl package, Connecting The Compass, that featured such house luminaries Marcellus Pittman, Norm Talley and Theo Parrish, among others.
Review: Roundabout Sounds rounds out 2014 with it's 12th release entitled "Fly Pattern EP". This various artists (vinyl only) release features 4 up and coming artists from around the globe. UC Beatz (Belgium) and Satore (Spain) are EU residents while Kensuke Fukushima and Hokuto Sato are both from Japan. You've got "Walk Free" and "Flying Soul" as floor bangers while "R.A.M" and "Finding the Way" pimp the deep vibes that the label is known for over the last couple years.