Review: Seven Davis Jr continues exploring his sound via his own Secret Angels label, unfettered by external input and able to present his creative vision as he sees fit. He's in club mode on this second instalment of his "Sev Was Here" series, but this time round it's not quite as edgy as its predecessor. Davis Jr's vocals are out front, dealing with matters of the heart over those crucial, distinctive deep house bumps. "Your Lover" is a snappy, sexy number that works around an addictive, looped up hook, while "Rollercoaster" takes things a little more jacking. "Birds & Bee's" keeps the percussive pressure up, before the husky vocals come back in full force on killer closer "Cupid."
Review: Seven Davis Jr. is the go to man for truly soul-inflected, boogie down house music, and so it goes on this new transmission on his Secret Angels label. Whether he's actually a part of the Freekazoidz project isn't clear, although it does sound like he may well be when you fire up the sensual rumble of "I Saw You Dancing" (featuring Tilson on autotuned vocals). "Anambra" is more of a tracky premise that lets the drums do all the talking, "Deep Lake" heads into a strange, bassy corner of deep house and then "Early Morning House" brightens up the party with a sax-licked jam for the late end of the party.
Review: The ever-prolific Seven Davis Jr has been thoroughly generous in sharing out his smoky, sensual strain of deep house in recent years, with the dust still settling from his last album. Now he's back with a full tilt five track EP that hints at a new direction to come, embracing the momentum and minimalism of techno without losing the distinctive bump that his music just can't do without. "No Mercy" is a dark, kinetic affair while "Lipstick" gets tougher, funkier and rawer. "Super Model" is a sleazy jam that revolves around a strutting beat and a nasty bassline, with some of Davis Jr's cool and deadly vocals rolling over the top. "On The Catwalk" has a rugged Dance Mania feel to the groove, and then "To Be Continued" spells out that this new, ruffneck direction for Seven Davis Jr has got a future.
Review: Seven Davis Jr proved once again he's one of the brightest lights in authentic soul-soaked deep house with attitude when he released Love From The Other Side back in 2016. Now he's pulled together a strong cast of cats to offer up remixes of key album tracks, with scintillating results. Davis Jr's heady atmosphere is maintained in all of the versions, from Marcel Vogel's funky broken beat treatment on "99 Candles" to the woozy bump of the Teflon Dons' version of "This Weekend". Watch out for the tracky heat of Coflo's remix of "Me Like You" as well - just the kind of lean, mean, sexy jam that will get bodies heaving in the right party spot.