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.
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: 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".