Review: Our man down under Lewie Day - a Juno Plus 'Ones To Watch' alumni under his Tornado Wallace moniker - heads up the second volume of the We Get By With A Little Help series on Kolour's House Is The Cure sub-label. Day's intriguingly titled "Bedwetter" is draped in those same thick, heavy chords and Motor City atmospherics that accompanied his breakthrough "Paddlin" and "Always Twirling" tracks from 2010; an instant and bewitching delight. This shares the A Side with Delano Smith who serves up "Time Is Right", a kind of lush, no frills deep house cut that one expects from such a respected member of Detroit's current generation. Kiki Navarro delivers "Love Will Be Forever" on the flip, which boasts some nice tropical drums and cleverly arranged vocal snippets. Proceeds from the records go towards the boys and girls club of Detroit, so buying this 12" also counts as your good deed for the day!
Review: For the third part in the We Get By With A Little Help series, Kolour Recordings organization House Is The Cure welcome aboard four new artists. Andre Lodemann is up first with "Piece Of Mind"; a deep, plunging record that's groove ridden in its depth yet dreamy in its emotion. Touches of delicate bells and drawn out chords build up into cascading luscious breaks that see-saw magically with the underlying beats - Juno's favorite! Iron Curtis's "That Day" also sticks to quality deep house with a rough yet elegant analogue charm. KiNK's "Don't Stop" gets techier with determined kicks, crunchy drum taps and an old school vocal edge. Lastly, Ethyl & Flori drop "Coney Island Boppers" and maintain the pure class to round off this release. Chanting vocals, smooth synths, crisp drum patterns; it's got it all. If the musical quality isn't enough to make you want this, here's an extra reason - House Is The Cure offers their digital releases with 100 per cent of the proceeds going to charities chosen by the artist! Juno Salute you House Is The Cure!
Review: Charity-driven imprint House Is The Cure have been doing an excellent job of drafting in big hitters to donate tracks and nominate recipients of funds, and this package looks like it could be one of the biggest yet. The Nathaniel X Project is on fire on "Bring The Organs", crafting the most dextrous kind of garage house swing without sounding like any sort of imitation as the live snare hits bounce all over the shop with grace and the organ licks get equally frisky. Joey Negro gets crafty with a full-blooded re-edit of Krystol on "Beyond The Dance", and Patchworks are on fine form with their stripped back groover. DJ Leandre is on searing form with the deep burner "I Won't Meet Your Love", full of delicious disco stomp but completely played down for maximum effect.
Dead Rose Music Company - "The World Is An Uproar"
Review: House Is the Cure dip their toes in classy disco waters, rounding up a quartet of acts who've done right in 2010 and look set to do righter next year. Italian tweaker Nicholas has been oh so prolific this year, leading the Latin edit charge with his No More Hits imprint and he contributes a rasping edit of one of disco's greatest afro haircuts. Changing the beat up, rising talents Deep Space Orchestra plough a similar path to those infamous Soul Clap edits on "Dollar" with a sultry low end heavy R&B refix that bristles with atmospheric intent. On the flip Ali OOFT drops some late night vibes on a classy take on Dexter Wansel's "The Sweetest Pain" that includes some dizzying vocal edits whilst Dead Rose Music Company round off this slick clear vinyl release with the ethereal orchestral soul bump of "The World Is An Uproar".