Review: Alex Attias seems to have found a soul mate in Luman Child AKA Pascal Strauss, a talented musician whose rubbery basslines and jammed-out electric piano lines feature prominently on both "Cookie Monster" and "What Do We Do". While many will be drawn towards the eyes-closed soul chorus vocals and elastic deep house swing of the latter, it's the jaunty, party-ready A-side that's arguably the strongest dancefloor workout. Similar in ethos to the Herbie Hancock/jazz-funk-influenced work of Dego and Kaidi Tatham's 2000 Black project, the track is arguably one of the strongest of Attias's long career.
Review: Under the Javonntte pseudonym, Brian Garrett has delivered some of the most impressive deep house records of recent years. Predictably, the quality threshold remains high throughout this latest Javonntte EP, Garett's first for Alex Attias's Visions Inc. label. On the A-side you'll find "Vocal" and "Radio" versions of "Searchin", a soul-powered chunk of analogue-rich deepness that sits somewhere between the musically complex brilliance of Ron Trent and the slick, rolling warmth of early '90s Goldtone Records releases. Turn to the B-side and you'll find "Private Party", a chunkier and rougher, riff-propelled peak-time bumper, and the redlined, Chez Damier-meets-Derrick Carter bounce of "Life Rhythm". As the old cliche goes, this is all killer and no filler.
Review: The latest missive on Alex Attias' revitalized Visions Inc. label comes courtesy of Thomas Arroyo AKA L'Aroye, a producer whose outings on Faces Records and Magic Black caught the ear of many deep house DJs. It's something of a doozy, too, with L'Aroye serving up two sparkling workouts that are almost rush-inducing in their layered melodiousness and rhythmic shuffle. The headline attraction is undoubtedly A-side "Inspiration", where Latin house beats are wrapped in squiggly P-funk motifs, talkbox vocals, rich chords and sun-kissed, Kai Alce style flourishes. "Innersoul Voyage" is an altogether deeper but arguably heavier affair, where dreamy chords, rich bass and blissful melodic motifs slowly rise above a particularly percussive, Osunlade style rhythm track.
Review: Following their last outing, 2016's "Humpty Dumpty", Ron Trent affiliate Anthony Nicholson teams up with William Kurk for two more beautiful house moments. "Confession" is a balmy sunset number that's so soulful it could make Louie Vega blush while "Azimuth (Suite No 1)" taps into his Chicago roots for an authentic machine massage where emotion seeps from every synth stroke. Timeless.
Review: Real proper deep stuff from one of the true heroes of the Underground. Toronto hero Trinidadian Deep can always be counted on to deliver the real proper deep stuff. While labels like 'deep-house' get bandied about so filiipantly these days, this guy is keeping the true spirit of the sound alive - and he is the very definition of it, in our humble opinion. Life affirming, evocative and bittersweet are just some of the words that come to mind when trying to describe the melancholic urban blues of "Native Revolution" - it's just typical 'Trini' really: doing what he does so well! With its roaring church organs and those shimmering Ron Trent (his cousin, by the way) style chord progressions, backed by sweltering steel drums - it's awe-inspiring. Speaking of the steel drums, those powerful rhythms take more of central role on the flip, with another 'version' of sorts in the form of "Native Tribe".