Review: The newly minted Wilson imprint come brandishing a steadfastly enthusiastic keep vinyl alive approach, warning people on their site to "play it on vinyl or don't play it" and their debut release shows an equal respect for the true production values founded in Chicago and Detroit. The Underground Warriors EP pairs the old and trusted with the new and exciting as respected producers Alex Agore and Washerman share space with the upcoming Italian duo Fabio Monesi and Luca Ballerini. Naturally the contributions from the Berlin dwelling Agore and Swiss producer Washerman demonstrate a clear level of accomplishment, with the former's "Stalker" dripping with emotive intent. Don't discount the tracks from the lesser known duo however with "Momma' Groove" from Monesi an excellent drum machine workout complemented by oven warm pads.
Review: Back for more so soon? Yeah! Baby is back! Wilson records has Fabio unleashing House Legend Gene Hunt and not so newbie Chiwax and Lobster Theremin veteran, Stevie Murphy for the fourth edition of the 'not a trilogy anymore' Split Grooves series. Its the perfect mix to brew an appetite for some dance floor destruction. We have Mr. Gene Hunt taking on the A side with his twisted tracks 'Get down' and 'S and S'. Over to the B side, our cherished friend, Steve Murphy's groove is anything but relaxed! Crank up the volume and don't expect to stay glued to your seat. This one's special. No surprise when its laid out on a 180 gram vinyl. For the lovers!
Review: Before there was the Analogue Cops or John Swing there was Enrico Mantini - an Italian house producer which in 10-plus years of releasing music, sounds as contemporary now as he did in '92. The Rough Times EP brings four of his earlier productions forward a decade, starting with "Just A Dream" originally released in '93. Drawn pads slide in and out of busy drum machine arrangements, while moist vocal shouts add some sexy swing. "Flow With Me" - also released in '93 - is a simple drum track of a basic kick drum and bass combo, with sketchy snares and the odd crash cymbal thrown in. "Man In The World" from '92 sees more traditional 909 sequences swing to Yankee stadium Rhodes and cut vocals, while the previously unreleased "Get Infatuation" is cruise piece machine funk with a 10 year analogue hum you can almost taste.
Review: The tenth in the series has been twisted in an all too unconventional fashion for the Wilson imprint. Here we have the sequential EP from the WLS09, dedicated to some seriously hot, off the wall remix action from 4 of the most revered artists in the game today; Chicago house legend, Gene Hunt, the notorious HotMix Boss, Simoncino and a remix each from Berlin based Techno-House duo, The Analog Cops. Get ready for some unreal sonic business.
Review: Ever since the first Wilson 12" that surfaced on our shelves around three years ago, Fabio Monesi's label has just kept on giving. The Italian house label has released artists such as Marcello Napoletano, Jordan Fields, Chicago's Gene Hunt and many others, but Monesi's own sounds have kept the label in line with a funky yet dark and brooding touch. Parasol Dance is Monesi's debut LP and its nuthin' but vibes from start to finish, all gritty beats and sweltering low-ends with an unmistakable old-school approach. The seven tracks are filled with that MPC swing, where seductive vocal snippets shoot from side to side amid organic percussion and incandescent basslines. Our pick of the lot is "The Groove Merchant" for its instantly alluring structure and funky flair. Hotly recommended.
Review: Wilson records is back with a branding 'spanking' new, special printed-screen edition celebrating label head, Fabio Monesi's first solo EP. The succession of the label and Fabio's sound has been ever so apparent. A manifestation into something much more darker and refined, something represented crystal clear in the riveting rhythms of the A side with 'Gotta Blaser' & 'Djago'. On the flip, the B side is a declaration of love, if you will, to the mother of it all; Chicago's house music.
Review: The Wilson imprint deliver the goods once again with their third release, the first in a series of "Split Grooves" that brandishes a pair of classicist house productions from label boss Fabio Monesi and Spanish producer Kastil. Monesi was ever-present on Wilson this year, impressing with his obvious passion and understanding of the key elements that make 90s era deep house so seminal and demonstrated he's got the production talent to implement it within his own tracks. The status quo is retained here, with the relentlessly joyous and uplifting pump of "Jampad One" complemented by the thicker, gut punching groove and tight key play of "Let's Go Back". Previously Kastil has dabbled in both disco flecked and muscle flexing house productions, and his two bumping efforts here sit resolutely in the latter camp, demonstrating a craft for utilising vocal samples and classic melodic motifs which fit perfectly within the Wilson ethos.
Review: Overseen by Milanese house producer Fabio Monesi, the VINYL ONLY Wilson imprint launched earlier this year in style careering to the top of the Juno Deep House charts with their debut release, the Underground Warriors EP that featured some well respected names in Alex Agore and Washerman. It was however Monesi's own production on that release that shined most, and he takes a starring role on the second edition of Underground Warriors which also features the talents of Finnish producer par excellence Deymare and Italian duo I.F.M. Monesi's rugged low end bumper "It's My Beat" opens the EP, bristling with vintage house ideas and some rather excellent usage of detuned keys, whilst compatriot Okee Ru delivers a wonderfully floating journey through chiming subaqueous house with "Healed Wound." I.F.M aka Marcello Napoletano and Francesco Schito drop "We Are Ungry" a sample heavy bomb that sounds an agitated Moodymann while Deymare adds some sumptuous sounds to proceedings with the dubby, blissful bump of "Jack The Love." Keep an eye on this label!
Review: Oleg Buyanov aka OL is Moscow's top dog when it comes to shady house music from the street, and his new cuts come through Italy's excellent Wilson imprint, home to many a talented house producers of the last five years. The four tunes are bouncy and playful, with "Setun Flow" giving us some much needed beat bumps na dhypnotic chords, while "Balkon" goes in even deeper thanks to its steely bass drums and disco-filtered melodies. The flip contains the utterly funky "Military Dub", alongside the jazzy, piano-led vibrations of the sublime "Stella". Recommended!