Review: Back to 2006: Chris Clayton's mid-noughties lesson in deep house class still hits home with precision. Subtle, jazzy but heavy and insistent, it now comes complete with fresh updates from Atjazz and Yoruba Soul. The former adds more atmospheric layers and percussion that compounds the sense of hypnosis while the latter takes us right back to the NYC 1990 with a lavish 10+ min, subtly dubbed excursion. Tech no imitations.
Can See Thru You (Sean McCabe Broken Mind remix) (6:24)
Can See Thru You (Sean McCabe 909 dub) (6:53)
Another Way (6:04)
Review: Barcelona newcomer Karmasound continues to wriggle and writhe his way up the ranks with a second release on Josiah Hartley's Phuture Shock. Building on the heat and soul of his debut release "Probabilidades" last year, "Can See Thru You" is another dreamy loose-drummed neo soul house gem that sparkles more every time you play it. Sitting somewhere between Amp Fiddler and Phil Asher, it's got summer stamped all over it. Remix-wise Sean McCabe adds two different floor-focused twists with the heavier Broken Mind mix and the heads down 909 dub. Finally Karmasound ups the tempo and takes us deep into bruk territory with the staccato soul and jazzy switches and cool 140 rhythm of "Another Way". There's no other way right now.
Review: Karousel is the new alias from Irish producer Gavin Herlihy. Forged in the fires of house and determined by a steely dedication to timeless deep dancefloor theory, the alias begins life on one of the UK's most trusted vinyl labels, Illusion Recordings. Gavin started learning to produce in 2005 and less than a year in scored one of the tracks of the year in 2006 with Machine A Homework, a techno opus hailed by Laurent Garnier and DJ Hell as one of the tracks of the year. Over the next few years a move to Berlin lead to gigs at clubs like Panorama Bar, Fabric and later Circo Loco while his productions took root in a variety of different genres and big labels. Karousel is the expression of Gavin's house leanings rooted in the sampling of dusty old jazz and disco records and the use of hardware.
Review: Sensoramic is a new label on a mission of sensory expansion. For the debut release the UK based imprint drafts new producer Karousel to deliver two cuts of machine driven house. S.A.M., the Danish Oscillat/Delaphine favourite appears on the remix fresh from delivering a slew of killer originals and remixes as well as his most recent Mandar collaboration with Lazare Hoche and Malin Genie. On this Reshape, he is at his most sublime best delivering an emotive retake on the original that stretches heady organs and melodies alongside a beat that refuses to let up.
Review: Purism leaps into action once more, this time welcoming a strong cast of lesser known characters that fit right into the adventurous approach to house and techno that the label has forged its reputation on. All these producers make their first appearances here, but you wouldn't know it listening to the quality of the tracks on offer. Rafael Kasma's "Static Rope" is a quintessential grooving house jam with some killer filtered chords, while Munir Nadir brings the twitchy minimalism vibes on "Milagro". Jackie is on a sultry, jazzy deep house tip with "Lune" and Mag0 rounds things off with the cheeky, quirky funk of "Spectrum".
Review: Prince of eclectic boogie Kasra V will release his sophomore EP 'Atlantis' through vinylonly house imprint LIPS this September 28th. Tehran-born Kasra has already built a solid reputation as a selector across London's underground circuit, with his bi-weekly 'Paradise' show on NTS Radio, plus various residencies and 22Tracks playlists. Flipping his focus onto production, his newest creations are a fusion of his own killer tastes with experimental techniques; the result being an intelligent melding of purist house, funky Balearic rhythms and synth heavy disco, all with a distinct middle-Eastern edge.
Review: We were rather impressed by "The Premise EP", Kassian's (Joe Danvers and Warren Cummings) Heist Recordings-released debut single. If anything, this follow-up on Phonica White is even better. Title track "Faux Polynesia" is particularly potent. While its musical elements tend towards the ultra-deep - think smoky vocal samples, gentle (synth) trumpet lines and dreamy chords you can get lost in - these are underpinned by a bustling, heavyweight rhythm track that's packed with peak-time energy. In other words, it's hazy and intoxicating, but has enough guts to raise the temperature out on the dancefloor. Elsewhere on the EP, "System" delivers a looser late night blend of swinging, New Jersey-influenced percussion, jammed out chords, alien synth washes and glassy-eyed vocal snippets. It, too, is superb.
Review: Following strong turns from Kasra V last year, this Love Fever spin-off label returns to call upon Al Kassian to drop some electro-pop enchantment on unsuspecting ears. With just one recently released record to his name, Al has positively encouraged the intrigue that emanates from Artificial Emotion. "Roboluv" is a sublime slice of house balladry shot through with a curious line in wobbly electro synths, which then really come to the fore on slower B1 jam "Default". With the heavily vocodered vocals pealing out through the mix, it's quite an arresting end result that culminates with the wonderful curio "Broken Embraces".
One More Round (86 House mix By Frankie Knuckles) (8:10)
Walkman (86 House mix By Brett Wilcots) (7:17)
Review: Best turn their attention to that sweet mid 80s spot when the petri dish of party music was shaken up between disco, boogie, Italo and the emergent house sound from Chicago. Claudio Simonetti was a titan of the Italian groove, but his monster jam as Kasso, "One More Round", reached the stratosphere when Windy City godfather Frankie Knuckles gave the track his Midas touch. No more justification is needed for this pressing, but don't overlook the flip which finds 80s remix supremo Brett Wilcots taking on "Walkman" and whipping up a boogie frenzy of the highest order.
Review: Inaugurating new imprint Doxall is Russian enfant terrible Denis Kaznacheev with his idiosyncratic brand of reductionist minimal funk. The Nervmusic co-head (and one half of Easy Changes) does what he truly does best on his new offering "Jelly Dancing". It's a boompty and shuffling minimal house jam that's perfect tackle for messing with minds at a Sunday morning afterhours. On the flip, the always impressive Bed Vedren from Paris (Reduce/Minibar/Prospector) delivers a more energetic and hi-tech rendition suited to the main room, but nonetheless harnessing that same understated feel of the original. Tip!
Review: Grow returns with the record Isotelus Rex by Denis Kaznacheev, complete with a remix by Daze Maxim. The title track Isotelus Rex, a 14 minute work, true to grow's eccentric nature, a track at once playful and deeply neurally stimulating, sure to shake one's body and intrigue one's mind. Wonderful decaying tones, subtly jazzy, intricate electronic communications interrelate over an irresistible bass and percussive performance, a groove which will make your swing. B1 is Daze Maxim's remix, with a more ethereal approach to Isotelus Rex, it begins through a beautiful synth. Then grows a fast and intricate bass arrangement, providing a confidently vibed way though the cosmic landscape, also another great track for the dance floor, as the same physical swing as in original is felt strong. B2 Proetida, the second original work by Denis Kaznacheev of the release, is of raw, almost rude, attitude, a strong bass descends in steps, a determined momentum, the driving force of an industrious process.
Review: With this superb EP, Geoff Wright AKA Kemback is finally fulfilling the promise shown on his previous outings for Omena and DBA Dubs. In short, the "Moving Through Clouds EP" contains the Bristol-based producer's best material to date. Check the string-laden majesty of opener "I Need You", where sumptuous violins and dreamy vocal samples tumble down over a bustling house groove, and the melancholic, slowly-shifting deep house bliss of "Moving Through Clouds". Equally as impressive is the loved-up, bass-heavy hustle of "Stepping Back", a gorgeous fusion of "Pacific State" style dreaminess, early New Jersey deep house and more forthright breakbeat-house bottom-end. The flipside remixes are tasty, too, with Soulphiction's subtly acid-flecked but similarly sumptuous revision of "I Need You" and Kim Brown's dusty, atmospheric lo-fi remix of the title track.
Review: After the excellent turns from Jay Ka, Vincent Inc, Danijel Kevic and Lola Allen, the latest artist to appear on the ever productive Spanish deep house machine Minuendo is Kevin Kendall. With little previous form, Kendall doesn't take long to impress on the Go Easy EP, with the title track seducing instantly with its woozy tones and deft drum programming. "Second Chance" is a punchier affair, while "Remembering You" seems to tap into that Fred P way of doing things. "I Hesitate" is a warbling beauty to round off a resoundingly strong first EP for Minuendo.
Review: Montreal's KenLo Craqnuques has been bubbling away in the underground for some time, but lucky for us Hot Shot Sounds took notice and now present his first outing on vinyl with the Wheeels EP. There is an irresistible funk to the sounds that Craqnuques conjures up, pushing fat, Moog-esque basslines and low slung machine beats rolling at an easy tempo that hark back to the golden days of boogie and electro funk. "Mollusque" indicates how his is far from a throwback sound though - this is up to the minute instrumental RnB that recognises the true roots of the genre while looking to the future, and it sounds utterly fresh.
Review: There's something brilliantly unfussy and matter-or-fact about Matthew Farrow's latest outing as Kepler, which marks his first appearance on no nonsense Mulen sub-label Hoarder. The four collected cuts are subtly varied and all aimed squarely at the dancefloor, with Farrow striking a near perfect balance between rolling dancefloor hypnotism, funk-fuelled glitch-house and bottom-heavy peak-time intent. We're particularly enjoying the spacey and ultra-deep swing of "Self Hypnosis" and the weighty, stripped-back pump of opener "Few Days' - a track built around little more than fluid sub-bass, crunchy drums and metallic electronic riffs - but the organ-powered, U.S garage-influenced tech-house bump of "French Lessons" is not far behind.
Review: Wojciech Taranczuk made his debut as Ketiov this time last year, serving up an expansive EP of dusty deep house treats and interesting interludes. This follow-up continues in a similar vein, opening with a pitched-down, reverb-laden blast of beat-less ambient goodness that sounds like a Balearic re-imagining of Crowded House's "Don't Dream It's Over" (the extended version of which is pretty darn dreamy. There's plenty of rock solid, club-ready fare to be found across the EP, though, including the rush-inducing piano house of "Friends", the cut-up disco-house bounce of "Semi OK", the rubbery, low-slung DJ tool "Special Treat" and the organ-heavy chug of sweaty peak-time throb-job "Workout". In other words, it's an impressively versatile EP that should suit working DJs down to the ground.