Review: Fred P is never short of ways to get deep, but here he's kicking off a new alias for a slight twist on how he approaches his signature plush chords and hypnotic constructions. Anomaly did previously appear on a Soul People compilation with "Above Below", which appears here as the B2 and represents everything you can love about classic Fred P with its soaring pads and dreamlike finish. Elsewhere there are more rough edges to be found, as on the more abstract roll of "Tunnel Vision" and the moody grind of "Dark Room" with its spooked out synth strafes and poised sound design.
Review: There is deep and there is Fred P! But how does the man otherwise know as Black Jazz Consortium fare when he takes his well honed approach and applies it to a more explicitly techno palette? Well anyone that check Red Cloud, Peterkin's debut release under the Anomaly alias will know techno in Fred P's hands still retains his signature production flourishes but adds a touch of toughness into the mix. That's certainly the case with Sun & Moon, a 3 track homage to "techno-soul" that veers from the rigid rhythmic punch of "Serinatatis" to the more esoteric, spacy vibes of "Dark Population" which as it turns out is quite reminiscent of Terrence Dixon's Population One material.
Review: Fred P aka Fred Peterkin drops the Black Jazz Consortium moniker for this latest outing on his own Soul People Music, and returns to the Anomaly alias, one reserved strictly for the deepest and most ethereal of his productions. Keeping things spacey and interstellar, "Luna 1959" drops jittery house beats above a deep wormhole of sci-fi pads and sonics. Onto the B-side, "Venture M80" brings out subtle swarms of acid amid the broken house arrangement - a superb piece of magic from Peterkin - and the molecular bursts of "Questing M5", a real journey into the core of the space ship. Outstanding, mind-bending and increasingly becoming our favourite project from Fred P.
Review: Given his impressive track record of late, it would be fair to say that Fred P's time has come. Of course, he's been knocking around for a few years, peddling 12" after 12" of fine, ocean-deep fare. Codes & Metaphors, his third full-length, delivers more sinewy deepness, tech-tinged groovery and woozy downtempo soul. It is, of course, all impeccable, from the twinkling pianos and Balearic chords of "Science & Art", and the down-low hypnotism of Lady Blaktronika collaboration "Your Love", to the bubbling electronics of "Amazing", and the sparse space-jazz of "Melody Off Key". Recommended.
Review: Presenting the third and final instalment of his Codes & Metaphors LP on wax, Fred P couldn't be in ruder health if he tried as he shows off so many different sides of his musical personality. "Amazing" is a nasty acidic jam that stays in the deep end just as it hints at the brawn Fred can be capable of, without ever needing to resort to obvious displays of brute force. "Love Is" comes on softer, wrapping Malena Perez's soothing croon around healing pads and chords while the beat gets intricate and technical without ever making it obvious. Aybee's remix of "Love Is" is relatively straight forward in comparison, but has its own haunting charms to impart all the same.
Review: Black Jazz Consortium, or Fred P as you might usually come across him as, launches the first instalment of the Reshapes and Outtakes series, a division of Soul People Music dedicated to surfacing alternate versions and mixes of tracks from 2014's Codes & Metaphors LP. "Be And Not Know" features Christina Wheeler on the vocals and a classic BJC deep house beat with a techno sensitivity, while "Thin Air" goes deeper down the rabbit hole thanks to its driving kick and furious percussion swings, and "Only You" strips things down again to deep house levels. Finally, "You Take Me Higher" features the lovely voice of Minako over a spacey, chunky Fred P groove, with his trademark bass crunch riding beneath.
Review: Fred Peterkin has decided that his latest full-length excursion should be credited to Captain P, an occasional alter ego first introduced on 2010 debut album The Incredible Adventures of Captain P. Musically, Escapism includes nods to many of his previously explored influences - slick Detroit hip-hop, Motor City techno, luscioius Chicago deep house, and so on - as well as audio musings on the effects of the Internet-driven news agenda (the superb, collage style cut-up "Social Media") and the nature of art itself ("21 Century Artist", a superb chunk of rubbery, soulful techno). For all the variety, it's the dancefloor-ready cuts that really sparkle, with the dreamy "Escapism", soul-flecked "All I Want To Say" and "These Times"- a brilliant hook-up with Lady Blaktronika - standing out.
Review: FP197 is one of Fred P's - otherwise known as Black Jazz Consortium - newer aliases, shifting his usually laid-back approach into odder, more molecular shapes. "AM" and "PM", however, are still totally Fred P cuts, with the artist's familiar style shining through on both the percussion and mellow layers of ambience locked tight within the groove. On the B-side, "FM" and "CM" slither their way and bounce off the walls with utter ease; the Boards series continues to develop and evolve into one of Fred P's finest projects yet. These cuts are hard, don't miss 'em!
Review: Since last year, this is Fred P's fourth album and while this would seem like recycled news for any other artist, we're always eager to hear more material from the NY house specialist. That's because all of Fred P's work has both a meaning and a direction, often centred on deep space or a general reinterpretation of black jazz music for the next millennium. Also, this Sound Destination LP comes on his own Soul People Music, and it is much more of a classic album rather than an associated collection of dance-friendly material. From "Leaving You Behind", through to "Longing For You", and all the way to "Boundless", the artist paints a full and vivid picture of his vision of electronic music, a dense and spectral future jazz that spirals naturally into something darker and more cerebral. Highly recommended material, as usual.
Review: Fred P's Soul People Music returns with a full length from the artist formerly known as Kapser and Esperanza main man Jose Cabrera. Last seen on Peterkin's newly inaugurated Boards imprint, the Madrid native presents us with some killer techno tracks on here. "Endorphinas" sounds like a restrained take on the Jeroen Search & Dimi Angelis sound, and sounds great! "Human Behaviour" is brooding moody techno at its finest. On the other side "Nebula 584 (feat. Dario Zenker)" is the kind of steely cyclical techno you would expect from such a collaboration while "Hyperion" is more on the Robert Hood tip with its entrancing stabs that repeat on and entrance you with, you guessed it; claps on the kick; and it's rather infectious!
Review: Commencing a new series for Fred P's Soul People imprint, Jose Cabrera and Fred himself deliver four tracks of uncharacteristically tough rhythms that suggest an exploration of more driving, DJ-focused cuts compared to the luscious soulful tones normally found on the label. Cabrera takes up the A side, kicking off with the hefty throwdown of "General Relativity", all thunderous kick, snagging hat and desolate bleep over a fearsome high-pitched tone. "Framework" is housier in its demeanour, but still packs a mean punch as it twists out a chunky chord line. Fred P's "Quantum Effects" on the flip is a perfectly scattered techno excursion, both minimal and engaging at the same time. "String Theory" is more twitchy with its dextrous layers of percussion and discordant notes claging around in the distance, a far cry from the soothing lullabies he can often be found crafting.
Review: Fred P's Soul People Music has been diversifying more as of late, branching its sunken, moody strains of house through new talents from around the house sphere. This week we have a new artist, Jordan, who surfaces on the label's Boards edition, marking number ten in this edition of the imprint. The music from this newcomer fits in perfectly with the label's past and present output, and "DSM V" is the perfect opener to this EP - a bumping but contained house monster with subtle acid nuances and rugged beat patterns. "Mud Bells", instead, is a much moodier and sparser affair thanks to its almost total lack of beats, while "Seventeentwentyfive" marks the return to familiarly glitchy house structures on the B side. "Body, Curtain, Advance" is a gorgeous Chicago melter in the style of Brian Harden, and "What We Have Forgotten" goes into a deep, spacey trance with its broken bass drums and aqueous synths. A fitting addition to the catalogue, and an altogether great piece of seductive house music.
Review: Dutch artists Lapien has taken a careful and considered approach to releasing music so far, with Photic Fields and Bliq amongst the few labels to have been graced with his considered productions. On the Be Here EP, it makes total sense that he should be residing on Soul People Music as the ethereal magic of label boss Fred P hangs heavy in the spirit of each track. This is no imitation effort though, as Lapien brings his own approach not least on the immersive vocal tracks with Giselle, where gritty deep techno rhythmic constructions meet with metallic swathes of melody in a dubby backdrop as warm as it is adventurous. Giselle's vocals cut briskly through the haze and create a very immediate impact making this the kind of record you'll reach for time and time again.
Review: Maintaining the exploratory nature of the Boards sublabel, Fred P's Soul People stable turns to Brendon Moeller for some grubby leftfield wares that move away from the more typical dubby style of the New York mainstay for a more raw kind of techno. There is still a whisper of the delay and reverb tools in Moeller's arsenal on "Honeyball" and "Restless" although the former is more concerned with abrasive bleeps and stuttering drum machines, while the later lingers in moody corners for deeper concerns. "Seeking" drops a skipping, snaking flavour that aligns with Steevio's distinctive approach, and "While There's Smoke There's Fire" sets off on a heady route laden with murky synth tones and a forthright techno pulse.
Review: With The P Connection, former Kimochi and Pads contributor Niro Perrone makes his debut for Soul People Music's Boards series. Aside "Upward Leap" is something of a throbbing, peak-time jacker, with Perrone focusing the action around a mind-altering analogue bassline and handclap-heavy drum machine percussion. There are occasional TB-303 acid lines, too, plus the kind of hazy, chord-heavy breakdown that was once the hallmark of late '80s Italian dream house productions. On the flip, you'll find the tactile grooves, bouncy electronics and swirling pads of "Train Of Vicissitudes", plus the intelligent techno influenced, intergalactic warmth of "Reminiscence".
Review: Bristol's leading exponent of other-worldly house and techno makes the leap to Fred P's Soul People imprint, following a successful turn on Voodoo Down earlier in the year. Here October is turning out a more melancholic strain of his jagged abstractions in keeping with the label's spiritual aesthetic, with "Goddess Is Woman" particularly haunting in its thick swathes of chords. "Dub Fi Borealis" lets a touch more bite into its techy construction, but still the alluring notes abound, before the emotionally sideswiping prowl of "Invisible Serene Space" with its murmuring bassline and loaded strings.
Review: Previous instalments of Soul People's Earth Tones series have featured the likes of Move D, Fred P and Joey Anderson, and the lineup on this fourth outing more than maintains these standards. October, Aybee, Adam Lundberg and Dakini 9 all feature and contribute house and techno of the deep and sensuous variety. Bristol don October's "Galactic Dawn" is a typically deep piece of cosmically-tinged house with synths wrung out like blankets soaked in space dust, while Aybee's "ATCG" is a classic piece of chord-driven house whose melodic elements are submerged beneath a deep layer of murky atmospherics. Adam Lundberg's "Remember" places breathy vocals over a dubby, brushed groove filled with sub-aquatic sounds, and Dakini9's "Daemon" hits the perfect mid-point between driving techno and a dreamy melodic sensibility.
Review: Fred P's ever strengthening Boards sublabel continues to showcase fresh talent from hidden corners of the contemporary deep techno scene. O.utlier has made one previous outing on a split Naif release with Tobias, and here gets to spread comfortably out over a whole twelve with a range of sounds. "Ecstasy of the Center" is utterly strung out in its hazy application of hypnotic rhythm, distant pads and reverbed vocal touches, while "Weavers Dawn" opts for an equally mysterious approach laden with staggered percussion and the most hushed of dub techno pulses. "Raise" goes even further out to sea with a serene concoction made up of the softest touches of warming melody and delayed percussion.
Review: Japanese producer Naoki Shinohara has been skating around the deeper fringes of house and techno for a couple of years, offering mere glimpses of his talents on split EPs. Here, he finally gets the chance to hog the limelight with a well-earned debut solo EP for Fred P's Soul People label. He duly goes lovingly deep, delivering four tracks to get lost in. The twinkling, yearning "78" - all heavy kicks and delay-laden percussive hits - is probably the pick of the bunch, but the dreamy, stargazing "Nightfall" and effortlessly rich "Dimension" are not far behind. Fred P remixes the latter track, adding a tougher groove and even more synth layers to Shinohara's impressive original.
Review: If you're looking for classic deep house reissues, the Apollonia crew are doing an ever increasingly great job of turning out the truly sought after gems amongst the chaff. Kerri Chandler's Night Moves EP that originally put out "Sunday Sunlight" is now fetching silly prices elsewhere, but it's not hard to see why when you wrap your ears around the swinging deep house master at his very best. From the warm, bubbly bassline to the life-affirming chords to the sweet, distant vocal hook, it's everything you want from the man. To round the package off in fine style, Delano Smith slides in for a remix that dubs the track out with a soft but effective touch.