Reviews: 141

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diegoDiego Krause
Right About Now
Apollonia

Unison Wax main man debuts on the label with three equally quality productions that could just set the dancefloor on fire. The title track opens with crunchy drums but soon develops its emotions with tasteful keys complimenting the tough House rhythms perfectly.  Manitu, then adds more movement to the percussion to provide addictive listening, while Dreams completes the release with a combination of creative synths and more heavy-duty drums on the deepest but also possibly most compelling of the trio.

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Sydney
Deeper Side To Life EP
Brise Records

Brise59-A bcExcellent new release from the ever impressive Brise with the title track from the EP sequencing sassy congo breaks together with warm, expanding chords and tech stabs alongside welcome human voices. A funky combination for sure, but also a deep and moody one with more than a twist of invention to the production. The Nightshift Remix then takes it up a gear with rolling bass adding heavier vibes to the darker elements of the original. Next, Serpente fuses break-beats with treated vocals and pulsating piano to again produce another imaginative arrangement of sounds. Label boss Helmut Dubnitzky provides a remix which adds fierce bass to a much moodier and excellent reworking.

Release: February

http://www.brise-records.com

Misfa Stereo
Something is Wrong
La Pitti Records

Two fresh new tracks from Neapolitan producer Pasquale Gargiulo aka Misfa Stereo go to make up this latest from La Pitti with the later F Is To Forget being the standout courtesy of the punchy beats and basslines adding tension to the organ punctuated grooves. The former, Something is Wrong feels less frantic with crisp snare hits and moody keys adding extra atmosphere. A remix comes care of Share Records’ Helder Teixeira who adds a more off kilter edge to the production via contrasting soulful vocals.

http://www.beatport.com/release/something-is-wrong/1451817

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https://soundcloud.com/lapittirecords/sets/lpt005-misfa-stereo-something-is-wrong-la-pitti-records/s-mm1eA

Armand Van Helden
Masterpiece
Ministry Of Sound

Expect the unexpected. So I don’t quite know why I was surprised to see that Van Helden’s three CD compilation for the Ministry series were titled: The Loft, Yacht Rock Don’t Stop, and Freestyle Forever. For obvious reasons it’s the first CD and its selection of House classics (I use the word advisedly) complete with Masters At Work, Earth People and Logic’s timely ‘The Warning’ that all provide reasons to acquaint yourself thoroughly with the mix. The Freestyle collection is then highlighted by the more obvious Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam ‘I Wonder If I Take You Home’ and Joyce Sims anthem ‘(You Are My) All And All’ and I guess it’s a pre-House sound you either love or not. And so to the Yacht Rock selection which, let’s face it, contains a number of breezy, uplifting classics (though also a fair share of cringe) despite the terrible genre name attached to them now. Consequently if Toto, Chicago, and The Doobie Brothers sound like your idea of heaven then you’re in luck…

Release: February 14
Pre Order here: http://smarturl.it/AVH_iTunes

https://soundcloud.com/ministryofsound/masterpiece-armand-van-helden-minimix

One of Armand Van Helden’s 90’s classic records (not on the CD)

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Apollonia Q&A

When does the world tour: Tour à Tour Start?Apollonia50

It starts in October with a New York show. Dates can be found on our facebook – /ApolloniaMusic

You have described yourselves as, “black music and white soul”. What does this statement mean for you?

That means that there is different influences, with some black music, new wave, funk, pop, a mixture of cultures… Early house. This is what we mean.

Your excellent debut album: ‘Tour à Tour’ is due to be released October 20. Can you talk us through how you produced one of the tracks on it – Do you each have a defined role in the studio, or is more simply a team effort?

The way we work is, we are sitting the three of us together. We record a live session all together, and there is no  us each doing different parts in different places and sending files to each other. When we do a track, we are always the three of us together. We can sometimes start with a sample, or Dan can play the mpc, Shonky can jam on the drum machine, Dyed make a bass. It depends. The most important thing is we are all working together and we see how the energy takes us.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/tour-a-tour/id913621514

Haight Street, is one of the most atmospheric tracks on the album. Where did the influence behind that come from?

San Francisco 90s house music, I (Dan) was living in San Diego in the 90s. I would bring back a lot of music from there, it is one of the main influences and Dyed and Shonky were probably one of the first guys who had been touched by this music.

What do you look for in signing a track to your label?

Great music, music that we like and music that represents who we are, this is the goal of Apollonia. We go from new artists, our own productions and some represses of music that really influenced us. Because today to have a label is more to show who we are, than a business.

https://soundcloud.com/apolloniamusic/sets/apo013-david-k-middle-aged-romance-ep

How would you compare Paris to Berlin?

Nothing compares. Berlin is very peaceful, has a high level of intellectual music and great clubs, but food is not very important. Paris has a different vibe, it is stressful city, but quality is at every corner. Music is great too, but the vibe is different.

Can you tell us about your main influences, either in Dance music or outside of it?

We have many – Prince being the obvious one.

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Jose Padilla
Solito
International Feel

A gentleman who needs little introduction is the infamous Jose Padilla and if you’ve either witnessed one of his sunset sets, or indeed lisented to one of his numerous CD compilations then you can guess what you’re about to receive. Which is, of course, tranquil blissed-out music espousing atmosphere rather dancefloor clique. The title track undulates in a deeply satisfying way as gentle layers of voice, flute and percussion underpin it all close to your heart, with Mark Barrott’s production shinning. The Bubble Clubs In Loving Memory Mix provides a more hypnotic experience with haunting pads and delays comfortably pacing themselves, while the excellent Wolf Müller Water versions add a funkier sensibility to the equation, and one which works supremely well.

release: July 7

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https://twitter.com/padillaibiza
http://internationalfeel.com

https://soundcloud.com/international-feel/jose-padilla-solito

Inxec & Julia Govor
Ai Need You
Superfreq

Delivering yet another devilishly charged release Superfreq maintain the tension with this latest from Inxec & Julia Govor. The Original version is all sassy, funky electronics set against a dazzling array of twisted effects and gorgeous, breathy voices all of which simply stuns. Great remixes come from Derek Marin whose dark, trippy rendition contains a classic House B-line and all sorted accompanying percussion. Plus, Meandisco who supply even weirder synths and pulverising beats. Leaving, Noel Jackson’s more sensuous remix to complete with warmer meanderings.

release: July 7

http://juliagovor.com
https://www.facebook.com/inxec

https://soundcloud.com/superfreq/inxec-julia-govor-ai-need-you-orginal?in=superfreq/sets/sfd019

David K
Middle Aged Romance EP
Apollonia

Two tracks go to make up this tasty EP from David K who you will be know with via his releases on the likes of Freak n’Chic and Coccon etc. The charmingly titled, Middle Aged Romance kicks things off with a selection of deeper, sensuous tones alongside fiery drum machines all vying for your attention amidst occasional strident House chords feeling compelling. However, its second track and the very excellent, Drop The Beat that relentlessly grabs your attention with killer Chicago styled beats booming, coupled with commanding vocals and insistent percussion lines – Party Monster!

release: August 20

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Jamie Jones
feat. Art Department
Our Time In Liberty
Crosstown Rebels

What else needs to be said of Jamie Jones meteoric rise? Nothing, apart from that you need to listen to this. Powered by dark, brooding stabs this pulls no punches whatsoever combining not only a sense of urgency via Kenny Glasgow’s hot vocal: I Know It’s The time, but also by a devastating succession of deep, pulsating beats and rumbling basslines which make it feel never less than anthemic. In one word then: HUGE. Russ Yallop continues the prediction by running the classic chord progression over yet more outstanding atmospheres, which only serve to enhance the experience still further. In other words: equally HUGE. 9

release: April 30

http://soundcloud.com/jamie-jones

http://soundcloud.com/russ-yallop

http://www.crosstownrebels.com/

 

Dog Days
Dog Days EP
Gruuv Records

Great release from Audiojacks’ Gruuv Records however I’ll try to spare you the references as the first track is called, 92. Of course it’s time related but who cares – that much – as this has a funky JB snare break sounding irresistible over fuzzy pads and timely voices. Uplifting, and yet very tastefully deep. Pol_On provides the Edit with an impressive alternative take on the bass plus thumping toms coupled with inspired cinematic strings, and with such an unhinged arrangement this can really only be described as excellent. Next is the fiery, Mia which lifts the tempo and atmosphere while hitting more 90’s notes in the course of refocusing your memory to youthful times – see jealous. Rodriguez Jr. provides exemplary remixes that only heighten the dancefloor appeal with excellent percussion fuelled by big-time keys and MK styled vocals. Perfect. 9

release: May 1

http://soundcloud.com/gruuv/sets/gruuv-016-ep-dog-days-pol_on/

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Jay Bliss
The Art Of Doing Nothing
Initials

Alex Jones and Ste Roberts (also of Hypercolour) along with Dave Elkabas have formed the Initials imprint and the deceptive, The Art Of Doing Nothing is their second release. Jay Bliss, having previously released on Bang Bang and Dynamic, gets straight down to business with low-slung bass and old school sensibilities pitted against moody organ and an edgy vocal loop. An easy formula for sure but one that works a treat – the bassline is extremely hypnotic. Second track, X continues the text with deeper tones and evolving keys feel just that bit more poignant. Petre Inspirescu then reinterprets X over the course of fourteen minutes and astonishingly there is never a dull moment in all of its electronic sequence. Added to the digital release is bonus, Atonement which isn’t as sombre as it suggests and certainly re invigorates you with pulsating rhythms and excitable keys. 8

release: April 26

http://soundcloud.com/initials-1/sets/initials002-jay-bliss-the-art/

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Dan Ghenacia & Shonky
Close To The Edge
Apollonia

The labels second release from two of its talking heads’ is somewhat of a killer combining energised dancefloor sensibilities with breezy melodic appeal. It’s all about the drums, the bass and the voice here, and this cool combination of all three feels instantly infectious along with a hefty sprinkling of funky guitar – indeed, you can just picture the smiling faces on the dancefloor. The Mole then turns it all upside down with a feverish remix transforming the elements into something moodier, darker but no less intoxicating. 8

release:  April 30

http://www.lola-ed.com/artists/dan-ghenacia

http://www.lola-ed.com/artists/shonky

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