Chicco Giuliani
Don’t Clean It Up
Sound Division

Great production from Italy’s Chicco Giuliani who isn’t afraid to blend moods and beats together in a more imaginative way than the usual clichés demand. Fusing Detroit bass along with punchy House drums and then offsetting the arrangement by delving deeper into warm pads and Flute, taking their cue from F.K’s The Whistle Song, gives this time and space to let feelings fly. Plus the fact that there is only the one distinctive mix which still packs it all into a neat 5 minutes containing vocal hooks care of Filippo Tirincanti and impactful breakdowns says it all.

release date: October 13

Nature Of Music
Profound Satisfaction

Now that summer has passed by again and lazily adding the label Deep House to everything seems like a distant memory we get to concentrate on quality and quantity. DJ’s plus also live act Nature of Music aka Maziar and Kian deliver their own take on richly atmospheric that does a whole lot more than just engage your body on the dancefloor. Transcending genres the aptly titled, Profound Satisfaction combines Balearic ambience via swirling pads and gentile acoustic guitar alongside punchy beats and breathy vocals creating a landscape of some beauty. Martin Roth’s excellent remix then transforms the serene sense of bliss into a different direction with tougher drums and attitude lending this a sense of danger that you can’t escape from. Remaining tracks, ‘Shomal’ and ‘Why’ both continue to explore atmosphere’s, moods and colour with flair and imagination projecting forwards.

release: October 13

Sahar Z & Chicola
They Made Me do It/Smooth Melody
Lost & Found

Another great production this week comes via Guy J’s Lost & Found imprint. There is something slightly perfect about the way Smooth Melody constructs its jazz like Bassline and crunchy drums against the array of shimmering synths that works a real treat here. And at over ten minutes long I guess it needs to be. They Made Me do It, again extends a killer rhythm although this time much tougher over its distinctly funky arrangement. Either way, two striking pieces of music.

release: October 6

Esoteric Recordings

If like me you first came across John Kongos in the very early nineties after hearing the Happy Mondays cover of He’s Gonna Step On You Again then this re release via Esoteric is well worth the wait. Originally released back in 1972 this now freshly remasterd version (which also includes bonus tracks) is very much of its time set in the singer/ songwriter mode that flicks between folkier, acoustic moments such as on ‘Lift Me From The Ground’ to the addictive straight-up Rock of ‘Tokoloshe Man’ which the album begins with. At times you can hear the same Country influences the Stones shared with the odd blast of funky Congo lending the likes of Weekend Lady a real swing. But it’s a sheer pleasure to hear just how different the original of He’s Gonna Step On You Again now sounds.



Martin Roth
Suite 909 / Epic Waves

martinAnother outstanding release to see the New Year in with. Berlin based Martin Roth’s acid infused Suite 909 blends sizzling rhythms together with uplifting keys and pulsating tom-toms producing something invigorating and atmospheric in the process. Sahar Z transforms the mood with enlivened percussion and a pacier tempo while retaining hints of the synths plus with additional swirling fx this qualifies as a very addictive remix. Lots of creative sublties here on what is undoubtably an exceptional version – the more you hear it, the better it sounds. Second track, Epic Waves returns to deeper moods with playful sequences of chords and notes aided once again by a rush of pads.

release: January 13

Spry Sinister / Rising

To be honest I don’t know how this works, none-the-less it so very clearly does. But for anyone who loves their beats firmly sticking four  to the floor then this could prove tricky to make any sense of. I’ll ignore the time signature (like I know what it is!) so safe to say the awkward, shuffling funkiess of the rhythm section plays havoc to the insanely looped voices and striking piano chord. In ways, Spry Sinister isn’t about music at all. In others, it’s above and beyond. But either way this sounds in space all of its iown. The Istanbul based producer then teams up with El Mahdy Jnr for the next assault on the senses as Rising rolls the beats, accompanied by Eastern flavoured strings and vocals, resulting in further atmospheric distortion.

release: January 13

Mort à Vegas
Police Records

AVI love this. So will you if you’ve ever been into decadently sounding 80’s synth bands with strange names. Adrien Viot aka AV delivers a breathy vocal like his life depends on it containing all the relevant drama amid a sea of delicious syncopated beats and bass, which are on just the right side of sleazy. It’s unashamedly melodic while refreshingly referencing the past musically and even features a twisted guitar solo for extra measure. Mort à Vegas translates as Death In Vegas which brings us neatly on to the excellent remix by Richard Fearless who squeezes that extra bit of emotion out of the music with additional synths and heightened tension. Final track, Hotel Congress is a cover of a Dominique A track which is the darker of the three and even more breathy while again hitting the spot.

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