Review: Last seen on Stilove4music back in 2008 sharing plate space with TJ Dumas and DJ Marquis, the God Son Rick Wilhite makes a welcome return to Jerome Derradji's label with The MC. This time Wilhite goes toe to toe with Tim McAllister of MC Edits fame, with the pair contributing a track each to both sides. If you want a glimpse at Wilhite's personal armoury of tough to the bone edits then this is the record for you - just witness how Rick dices the extended drum break on lead cut "My Life Is A Minimal Circle". McAllister offers Chi-town style percussive sweat to the Detroit grit of the God Son with the final cut "Catchin Sun" the track proper disco heads will always reach for.
Review: Peggy Gou has had a busy debut year thanks to her opener on Phonica's white offshoot, and now two EP's out on Rekids in quick succession. Her sound is a subtle, minimalistic blend of house and techno, exactly the sort of tech-minded groovers that have appeared on Radio Slave's label in the past. "Jen High", for instance, takes a dusty being of drums and wraps them around delicate blends of chimes, whereas "When Round, They Go" heads deeper into space with the help of a sublimely cosmic swarm of sonics. The special piece comes from Terekke's remix of the latter, and the LIES man adds his signature touch to an already very deep house tune, making his version that one toke over the line!
Review: Detroit house hero Kai Alce inaugurates People Of Earth with a stellar EP showcasing his knack for the most soulful of modern, Motor City deep house. First up "Quiet Revenge" has that classic Three Chairs kind of vibe; all soulful deepness that this circle and their extended cast of peers have the knack for, complete with smooth Rhodes piano and dusty rhythms. On the flip "Sunday Transit" is a more straight up deep house jam with female vocals shouting out the lowdown loud and clear; wicked groove on this one. The dub version of this surpasses the vocal for those less keen, but why would you! Great start for a label with serious potential.
Review: REPRESS ALERT: Mandar are back on Oscillat Music following their stunning five-disc LP from last year, and the deep house super group are sounding as vital as ever. "String Theory" holds court over the A side and promises to be the soundtrack to many a heart-stirring moment under starry skies this summer. The titular strings are a powerful force in this track, bringing a classy brand of emotion to the slinky dancefloor tones Mandar are best known for. "Poisoned Worlds" is a deeper club cut that places the emphasis on crafty drum science for after hours crew, providing a neat balance to the show-stopping tones of the A side.
Review: Frenchman Vadim Svoboda has sure achieved a lot for only around six years on the scene. With releases on a who's who of minimal house such as local imprint Eklo, Radio Slave and Jamie Fry's The Double R (who presented four parts in a row of his Patterns series) and Berlin imprint LumieresLaNuit: the proof is in the pudding really! On his second release for the latter (since 2014's Syntherapie), he serves up more dusty reductionist grooves on the all analogue and brazenly afterhours tip. All with an unrepentant salute to the sounds of Perlon like in previous work. Opening track "Emissions" is actually a pretty fierce offering from the young producer, with its tough broken beats supported by wonky and surreal modular synth textures. The flipside is where it's really at though, like on "Visions", which keeps on with the rolling and splintered rhythms as before but getting some fuzzy and bit-crushed SP1200 sounds into the mix too. Finally "Refraction" is the most hypnotic cut with its layers of entrancing bleep melodies.
Review: More from James "Burnski" Burnham under the Instinct alias, a pseudonym he seems to utilize for forthright, no-nonsense club tracks. There's naturally plenty of playable material to be found on this fourth Instinct EP. First turn your attention to A-side "Renaissance", where slowly rising, progressive house style orchestration and dreamy deep house pads cluster around punchy two-step beats and starburst electronics. Turn to the flipside and you'll find the swinging but driving tech-house chunkiness of "Universal", as well as the sub-heavy trip that is two-step tech-house cut "Phantom". That cut boasts some particularly attractive soulful vocal samples that seem to drift across the sound space at key moments.
Review: Idle Hands has released a lot of good music over the years, but little that's quite as instantly rush-inducing as "Orphan", the A-side to Stockholm producer Pistol Pete's first 12" for the Bristol institution. Warm, melodious and loved-up to the max, it sits somewhere between the piano-powered techno rush of Shed's Head High project and the sort of dusty deep house that seems so popular in Europe right now. It has the feel of a summer anthem in waiting, though it will provide its own audio sunshine if you drop it in a dark club in the middle of winter. The B-side cuts are a little deeper but no less touchy-feely in vibe, with the loopy, soulful warmth of "Lundgatan" being followed by the groovy, head-in-the-clouds deep house hypnotism of "Esqpads".
Generation Next - "Like Father, Like Son" (feat Big Strick)
Review: Like Father, Like Son sees Big Strick and his prodigious son Generation Next team up for a split 12" showcasing this pair of criminally underappreciated Detroit producers. "Rain Dance" sees the elder of the two deliver a deep techno journey filled with abstracted textures and organic chimes that sound, while the young Generation Next shows a remarkable maturity beyond his years on "And You Too", where sparse, subtle chords and the simplest of melodies drift by on a light rhythm. On "Like Father, Like Son" the two pair up for the most gently uplifting of deep piano jams. Just like pretty much everything on 7 Days Entertainment, this is some nigh on essential material.