Review: This is Adam Wickens' - aka ADMIN - first appearance for Kolour LTD, and we're happy to see the UK deep house producer continuing his steady path to maturity. This two-tracker is part of the label's 'LTD 10s' series, and this particular one is the fourth instalment; we love it not only for the quality that has graced the releases up till now, but also because we're fools for the ten inch format. "Reach For Love" sounds like it could be on Moodymann's Mahogani, a sensual house charmer complete with gorgeous piano keys and assembled with pure hypnotic delight. Side B's "You've Got Me" is similarly cool and laid-back, but the beat is speedier here, the percussion more floor-centric and the vocals sexier than ever. What a gorgeous little tip - cop it!
Review: Chevals, who brilliantly describes himself as a "French house producer, disco cutter and horse", came to our attention last year via a fine debut on Better Listen. You'll find further proof of his "rising star" status on this tasty, two-track contribution to Kolour LTD's 10-inch series. Both tracks are essentially re-edits, though there are enough additional touches and new musical elements to elevate them way beyond your average scalpel re-arrangement. The Frenchman kicks thing off with "I Can Prove It", a gently tooled-up and reworked version of a soaring, glassy-eyed disco-soul gem that will sound fantastic at this summer's open-air events. Flipside "Free Love" is an altogether more low-slung affair, with a fizzing, funk-fuelled groove building towards a rush-inducing Philadelphia Soul-goes-disco-house conclusion.
Review: Mike W and Justin McMillen invite Conga to the Kolour factory for two deliciously dubby slabs of loopy disco house. Side A is a thick swampy session of tweakery and loopery where the textures never quite sit still and the sample is so buried under the feels your concentration is completely locked. Side B takes us straight to the peak time with a much more upbeat house groove, another simple-but-effective sample and filters. Huge filters. Heady.
Sleazy McQueen & Vinyl Addicted - "Hot To Trot" (5:41)
Patchworks - "Batracien" (5:08)
Le Blanc - "We Can Fly" (4:40)
Review: Detroit/Houston joint venture Kolour are back with another instalment in the Tale Of Two Cities series - and this is one serious all star cast if we've ever seen it! The creme de la creme of nu-disco appears here, starting with crazy Canadian Eddie C kicking off the A side with the sunny slo-mo antics of "All Time Freak", followed by the one and only Napoleon! Simon Mills throws down some more of his usual sexy and lo-slung grooves on "Over & Done". On the flip, current scene favourite - the Whiskey Disco boss Sleazy McQueen teams up with Vinyl Addicted on a seriously hot edit of an underground classic (to those that know) on "Hot To Trot" while Lyon's Patchworks hands in another similarly 'respectful edit' on the sultry late night blues of "Batracien". Finally they head down under (to Adelaide, Australia that is!) for Le Blanc's funked up disco house jam "We Can Fly".
Review: Paxton Fettel has made a name for himself through the Greta Cottage Workshop label over the last few years, so we're always keeping our ears open when a new release by the producer drops onto our shelves. In case you hadn't gotten it, we're big fans of the GCW mandem. But, this time he's on the less expansive yet more incisive Kolour LTD label with the Will It Berghain EP, something of an inside joke within the house community. "Claire Likes To Eurodance" is gorgeous house tune that recalls Pepe Bradock material from the late 1990's, all filtered and groovy, while "Track To The Future" is deeper and more jazz-minded. On the B-side, "Buoyancy" contains a set of masterful disco sample strings and sublime stop-start rhythm, only for "You're All My Dreams Are Made Of" to deliver the FUNK. TIP!
Review: Its feelgood, summertime disco house on the Feel This Way EP, by Belarusian DJ and producer from Grodno and reminiscent of DJ Sneak or Nick Holder's disco cut ups from the mid-nineties. There's some sure fire goodness for sunny day parties on the A side: From the hands in the air vibe of the title track, to the soulful funk groove of "Party Train". On the flip, things get a bit techier on "Acid Indie Club" which much like the name suggests has a warped synth lead that soon gives way to some wicked, big band disco style brass sounds. They leave the best 'til last on "Sundown" though, which you could imagine being played at exactly that time at one awesome beach party to remember.
Review: Detroit/Houston based Kolour have had some pretty credible names feature on their new 10 inch series this year, such as Eddic C, Napoleon, Frank Booker and Lady Blacktronika. Now it is over to the Belarus based disco DJ Funkyjaws who serves up two irresistible jams on Vol 8 of the series. On the A side, we have the soulful and life affirming African boogie of "Them & Us". We have not heard the original but it sounds pretty seamless to us: a respectful edit indeed. On the flip, we have one seriously mad boogie-down jam in the form of "Peasant Dance" which is a truly exotic affair from god knows where! Accordions, wah-wah guitar and some super string arrangements clash wonderfully. This may sound like an unholy mixture but this is exactly the kind of disco deviance that truly floats our boat! The Grodno based producer last appeared for the label on Kolour LTD 22 a couple of years back, and in the meantime has also appeared for the likes of Shadeleaf Music and Austrian imprint Pusic.
Review: It is with a heavy heart that we wish Houston based imprint Kolour LTD farewell after 15 years of serving up the real proper deep stuff - respect! They wanted to put out one more 12" (because that's just who they are!) and it comes courtesy of Australian group The Posse - a five piece run by Andrew Elston and Ross Ferraro, comprised of veterans from all over Australia's music scene who have had releases on Plastic World and local Sydney maverick Ken Oath's own label. Featured on the Labor Of Love EP are four deeply discofied cuts that will live on in the heats of the label's most devoted followers for years to come: from the lo-slung and sultry summertime deepness of "S.A.M.", the psyched-out mission aboard the acid express that is "Devious Melon" or the feel good hands in the air epic "Pepe's Beat" that features a totally mad chord progression - what a way to close out an end of an era.
Review: Deep house imprint Kolour LTD return with some decent tech house jams again courtesy of Steffen Baldo AKA Ugly Drums and production partner Chesney on this nice four tracker. On the first side "Raw Basic" grooves along nicely with its strong monosynth bassline and in your face tom drum workout. Next is "Feelin OK" on the deeper summery vibe complete with Rhodes piano, wah-wah guitars and funky drums. On the other side is the affectionately titled "No Drinks Tonight (LOL)" going for a more soulful vibe with more Rhodes and funky beats and smooth female vox. Last but not least is "It's Alright" going for the KDJ kind of vibe on this sexy, late night deep house tribute.