Review: Waze & Odyssey are dealing in a lean kind of old-skool flavoured house music which has made its way onto Southern Fried and Wolf Music in 2012. Launching their own imprint to put out their cool and deadly deep house, "Love That (Burns Hot Enough)" kicks things off with a straight-up pumper full of DX7 bassline vibes and light and summery piano chords. It's a simple trick finished off with a snappy diva vocal hook. "Ma Body" is a marginally moodier affair, focusing more on the rhythm section and keeping excessive elements held back until a Casio keyboard line comes in, shredding everything down to pure bliss.
Review: Waze & Odyssey step up for Disco Bloodbath's fourth release with an EP that harbours all that is required for a club hit. "Love Attack" shares in the house-simplicity that made Brawther's MLIU imprint a la mode; sustained and sidechained strings, groovy bassline, phone filtered vocals, sampled party atmospherics and power chords. "She's A Hooker" pitches a dub-steppy melody on top of a beefy Mike Dehnert sounding bass-kick combo and Fachwerkian dub stabs, which are later blessed by "yep-yep" vocal snaps and glutinous house hooks. The Mark E edit of "Love Attack" disco downs the original for a slightly slower Balearic burner.
Review: Having welcomed the likes of Citizen, Ejeca and Rhythm Operator into the W&O Street Tracks fold on the last two releases, label bosses Waze & Oddysey return to helm this fourth edition. Their irrepressible formula for classicist referencing house music is very much on display with lead track "Hold Up (Yeah You)" deftly matching emotive pads with a bumping groove and one of those simple yet oh so very effective vocal hooks. Another potential W&O hit in the making. Flip over and "I Feel Your Worth" might sound more restrained to begin with, but the duo are just teasing; filtered swathes of synths and vocals gradually come to the fore with explosive results
Review: Having spotted an opportunity to reclaim '90s revivalism with his rebooted Madtech label, Kerri Chandler turns to the equally hyped Waze & Odyssey to deliver some heady, late night thrills. Predictably, they deliver, offering a selection of tracks that meld cut-up vocal wails and smooth atmospherics to punchy '90s drums. Both "Be Right There" and "Ride The Rhythm" tread a similar path, focusing the action around mutant vocal samples and well-observed '90s house sonics. Citizen provides the obligatory remix of the title track, shuffling the elements around and adding some extra percussive pressure.
Review: It's hard to describe Waze & Odyssey as anything but relentless in their release schedule with this debut turn for the Dirt Crew label following a twelve month period where the duo have racked up appearances on Throne of Blood, Disco Bloodbath, Southern Fried Records, Body Work and their own Street Tracks label. Leading the way on the Please Don't Dance EP is "All For Me" which brandishes an accoutrement synthesised horns stabs and vocals that sound like they're stuck in a gravatron. Alongside it, the title track is notable for some buzz saw synth lines that can only be described as proto-fidget. Flip over and the equally ubiquitous Detroit Swindle go all deep and rhythmic on their self styled Basement Dub of "Please Don't Dance".
Review: Waze & Odyssey return to their label Street Tracks with a double A-Side Real Good Like / Everything (You're Made Of). The release comes with a remix of Real Good Like, and a Trikk re-dub. The EP has picked up early club support from the likes of Huxley, Jimpster, Severino, Skream, Duke Dumont, XXXY, Citizen, Adam Shelton, Maya Jane Coles & Kim Ann Foxman.
Review: The fifth W&O Street Tracks release sees label bosses Waze & Odyssey open up their sizeable discography to two of their newest signings in Squarehead and Chamboche, who both remix early cut "Ride My Junk". Sheffield's Squarehead comes to W&O Street Tracks following releases on Wolf Music, Pet Records and Mannucci's Mistress that make him a perfect fit for his new home - something that's demonstrated further on the Six and a half minutes of euphoric garage house that makes up his lead remix. The well respected talents of Chamboche serve him equally well on an accompanying deeper revision that channels Carl Craig's Paperclip People project.
Review: Waze & Odyssey appear to be on a quest to rack up record number of label appearances in 2013 (keep up Ejeca!) and their latest release sees the pair descending on New York once more to helm the debut release on the LPH WHITE series. A further expansion of Jacques Renault and Nik Mercer's Lets Play House operation, LPH WHITE sees the label take it's "cue from those mysterious, classic, unmarked dance records of years past." Unsurprisingly, Waze & Odyssey are in upfront mood on both original cuts here, though lead cur "Feelin' You" demonstrates a new found percussive subtlety in amdist all the chopped vocals and dancefloor shredding chord stabs. A hint at the label's future is offered by a remix from London-by-way-of-Southern California up-and-comer Urulu who will be gracing the second WHITE EP with four original productions.
Review: British power duo Waze & Odyssey take a break from their always reliable W&O Street Tracks for an appearance on Edible; the Bristol based imprint by Eats Everything and Nick Harris and follows up great releases by Steve Mac and Robert Bruce aka Rhythm Masters and Merseyside's Mele. On the A side, we've got the bouncy and funked up tech house of "Down With Tha" where that very vocal loop is chopped up to perfection. On the flip, we have got the deep and sexy tribal house groove of "Seizure" which will take you back to the turn of the millennium on this west coast style groove, that calls to mind the heyday of Hipp-E & Halo or Tyler Stadius.
Review: The Sccucci Manucci label has done a fine job of handpicking artists on the rise for their releases to date, collaring the likes of Casino Times, Francis Inferno Orchestra and Toomydisco as well as the odd established name like Jacques Renault. The label's fourth release Forza Quattro is still grounded in the disco/house sensibility that has served them so well, though the presence of Waze & Oddysey demonstrates the Sccucci A & R team are willing to deviate. The elusive US pair are in the midst of a hot patch right now with releases already burning on Body Work and Southern Fried and plenty more due over the coming months, so their presence here is a real coup. "I Can't Hear You" sounds vaguely like a extra bouncy cover of the classic "RIP Groove" and definitely ranks alongside their output to date. Alongside this the white vinyl EP has tempo traversing contributions from Fil Lavin, Sellouts and Deadly Sins, with the latter's slow and chuggy "Don't You Know" a particular highlight.
Review: Earlier this year the Kolour Ltd label issued the (rather indecisively titled) It's House Not House EP which featured DJ Sprinkles, Rick Wade and Bicep; understandably it was quite well received by the house (not house) vinyl buying public and sensing they are onto a winning formula Kolour now issue a second volume. It's an equally international affair too with the UK represented by the ubiquitous Waze & Oddysey and the like minded Zoo Look whilst Leipzig and South African are represented in the shape of M.ono & Luvless and Terrence Pearce respectively. W&O demonstrate a slightly more contemplative mood melodically speaking amidst the swooping vocal hooks and club ready beats on "Playin Musique" whilst "Auckland Joggers" showcases the inherent musicality of M.ono & Luvless. On the flip Zoo Look come through with a deeply layered slab of contemporary UK house whilst "The Fantastic" from Mr Pearce lives up to it's name and then some.
Review: Arriving at a fifteenth 12" release in little more than three years is no mean feat, and the Wolf Music crew have retained a standard of quality throughout that a few other labels could learn from. Once again switching the emphasis from artist release to a quartet of contributors, WOLF 15 opens with a killer Ron Basejam refix of recent Wolf anthem "Nowt" by James Welsh. Originally a louche slice of beatdown, "Nowt" stays at an even tempo in the hands of the Crazy P artist though there are all new levels of seductive funk added. Complementing this are three label debuts of varying style but equal quality, with Squarehead & Mella Dee (one half of Mista Men no less) opting for a brazen concoction of ruffed up garage rhythms and deep house emotions on "Get Together". On the flip breakout house duo Waze & Odyssey add Wolf to their growing CV with the effervescent cut up house rowdiness of "Feel My Voices" whilst South African producer Terrence Pearce might just steal our affections with the skippy, smudged delights of "Magic".