Category: Reviews

Exclusive Review: Eelke Kleijn – A Tale of Two Lovers EP

Belgian label Eskimo Recordings turns up every year with records fluctuating between genres, not having a distinctive sound attached. That gives them the freedom to experiment, so their trademark doesn’t yet lie in specific sound, but in releasing prevailing material that is quite ear catching and tasteful. Standout artists within the label are Aeroplane, Drop Out Orchestra, Tiga, Hot Toddy, Satin Jackets and finally Eelke Kleijn. Eelke’s latest EP, Lovely Sweet Devine & A Tale of Two Lovers shows a different side of the Rotterdam-born artist. You can hear the full version of A Tale of Two Lovers here first! ... Read more

Review: Moda Black (VA) – Futurists 2 X 12″

Jaymo and Andy George established the label Moda Black back in 2012 and quickly rose to the expectations of the dance music industry, exploiting a darker and more obscure formula of electronic music. Among its releases, veritable artists such as: Hot Since 82, Maxxi Soundsystem and Shadow Child fulfilled the Jaymo and Andy’s musical cravings. The label itself doesn’t possess a specific hallmark. In fact it varies from electronica all the way to tech-House while staying true to their vision. Making a name for themselves with impeccably chosen tracks as part of their VA samplers, their latest release spins around a similar ... Read more

Review: Luca Lozano – Dobb Meep EP

Luca Lozano has a new drop out on Disc Over Music, and it’s sounds pretty out of the ordinary. In a good way though. The concept of Disc Over Music started merely from Tim Green’s visualization of colorful and enthralling records. Shaped by a distinctive approach towards house music, the label reformed sights on the dance floor by mingling with two opposite emotional states of dance music. Their first release conveyed from Tim Green with two originals, along with remixes from Timo Maas & My Favorite Robot. The result? Well, an inspiring record that sets the tone for more to ... Read more

Review: Gardens of God – Ys EP

Ellum Audio was initially set up as a way out for Maceo Plex to spread around his productions and what do you know, they prospered! Having accomplished so much in very little time, Ellum’s next step was to attain and sign new and unheard producers such as Good Guy Mikesh, Eric Volta and Odd Parents. We can’t help noticing that the process of A&R is rudimentary for Ellum, but having such influence on the electronic music today, it seems way too easy for Maceo Plex sign and kickstart a producer’s career. To initiate 2014, Ellum drops their 17th release in February ... Read more

Review: Adriatique – Midnight Walking EP

Culprit is an LA-based label that needs little introduction. Their activity as an imprint started off in 2009 and so far, they managed to successfully establish themselves as reformers of the deep house sound. By the end of 2013 they fruitfully released their 40th EP. Time for #41, made by the capable hands of Adriatique. The Swiss duo Adriatique first emerged into the scene alongside Thyladomid with their track “Deep In The Three”. It was released by Diynamic’s sister label 2DIY4, back in 2011. Since then, they haven’t stopped impressing the public. They possess an impressive repertoire on topnotch labels such ... Read more

Review” Tale of Us & Vaal – Concor EP

Italian DJ and production duo Karm and Matteo, also known as Tale of Us, are currently using Berlin as a base for their visionary musical quest. Combining house and techno with influences from pop, nu-disco or even rock music, they managed to create a unique sound which caught them the attention of Seth Troxler’s Visionquest, with whom they released their first EP. The rest is history. Thriving in the nesting ground for creativity that is Berlin, they recently teamed up with Vaal, an experimental producer who’s not afraid to think outside the box. Hell, he wouldn’t even know where the ... Read more

Review: Shall Ocin – Conception EP

On December 16th the renowned Culprit label will drop something that roams in the heavier, more rugged deep house territories. We checked if Shall Ocin’s Conception EP delivers the goods for LA-based imprint. Argentinean native Nicolas Abalos also known as Paneoh who resides in Barcelona returns on Culprit with his youngest alter ego, Shall Ocin. This pseudonym has been good for about a dozen of releases of which his funky  ‘Movin On’ on Leftroom was picked up and charted. Also his remix for Maxxi Soundsystem on Maceo Plex’s Ellum Audio cannot be put aside. It granted him a place in ... Read more

Review: Fantastic Man – Heartbreaker EP

Brooklyn based record label Let’s Play House gives way to their second solo EP of Fantastic man aka Mic Newman on the label. Heartbreaker EP packs a lot of soul, combined with the smooth, soft atmosphere this makes a slow-burning deep house drop that eases the mind. When it comes to building solid groovers, this guy is indeed pretty fantastic. The New York label Let’s Play House was founded in 2011 by magazine editor Nik Mercer, DJ/producer Jaques Renault and was set up in affiliation with “Rapture’s Throne of Blood” label manager James Friedman. The label releases monthly and has a ... Read more

Review: Nick Monaco – The Stalker EP

Soul Clap Records has another winner on their hands with Nick Monaco’s ‘The Stalker EP’. A soulful, funky drop that makes you want to do very naught things. Many surprising twists throughout the release, with support remixes by different members of the Soulclap family. 90’s kid Nick Monaco grew up at the American West Coast, with the San Francisco Bay Area’s sun-ridden beaches and vibrant atmosphere as the playground for his musical development. He found his love for DJing at those house parties we all know and love so much, making him a generic crowd pleaser. Apart from a natural ... Read more

Review: Art Department – Sun Comes Up EP

No.19 Music is at it again. After their release of Eric Volta’s game changing ‘Love Your Illusion EP’, they now have another significant cut coming out, that’s to be released Monday next week. We’re talking about ‘Sun Comes Up EP’ by the Canadian underground pioneers of Art Department. Art Department is the brainchild of Canadian techno/house legend Kenny Glasgow and No.19 label owner Jonny White. As individuals both Kenny and Jonny have released countless critically acclaimed records and are regarded internationally as two of the most forward thinking, revolutionary underground producers out of North America. Kenny’s credentials date back to ... Read more

Review: Prunk & PONY – Disluv EP

Today we have the pleasure of putting two residents of the Deep House Amsterdam family in the limelight. Because Prunk and his Southern brothers PONY are currently shaking up the scene with a new cut called Disluv EP, consisting of two deep ‘n jacking house tracks: ‘Loving Me’ and ‘Disluv’. Prunk made  a name for himself after his debut at Mysteryland 2011 and has held residency at the renowned club AIR in Amsterdam where he played his blend of Nu-Disco and Chicago house. PONY (Kevin and Glenn) on the other hand are known for their unprejudiced approach to music. “Nowadays it is absolutely vital ... Read more

Review: Detroit Swindle – Unfinished Business EP

Unfinished Business has hit the stores yesterday, and we wanted to find out whether Detroit Swindle’s latest production efforts have been worth the wait. 2013 has definitely been the year of Amsterdam’s very succesful duo Lars Dales and Maarten Smeets, aka Detroit Swindle. They trotted the globe to pleasure crowds with their distinctive sound. This summer they have been frequently playing festivals all over Europe like Get Physical On Ibiza, Overground Festival in Switzerland, Straf_Werk Festival and Gaasperpleasure in Amsterdam and are now touring through Europe each and every weekend. I’m sure their booker must be running into a burnout ... Read more

Review: Eric Volta – Love Your Illusion EP

“Like bread and butter, milk and honey, Volta hits the sweet spot” Who doesn’t love the 80’s? The Breakfast Club, Thriller, Beverly Hills Cop, Back To The Future, Madonna, keytars, wicked hairdo’s, colourful clothing, you name it and the 80’s brought it. It’s hard to name anything bad from the 80’s really, except for maybe Rick Astley… No wonder Eric Volta took the 80’s as inspiration for his brilliant floor smasher, Love Your Illusion. A self-proclaimed tribute to John Carpenter, Volta shows us again his versatility in producing. The 2-track Love Your Illusion EP hit stores a couple of weeks ... Read more

Review: Jonny Cade – AddVice EP

Mr. Cade in the house again, this time with another booming EP that is packing some serious heat. With throbbing bass sounds, housey hooks and a garage coating, ‘AddVice EP’ is another winner by the budding young Brit. Cade was raised on the sounds of the vibrant UK underground style in London, after which he pointed his arrows to house, successfully intertwining it with his earlier tastes in the electronic. Since then, Jonny didn’t have a moments rest, with releases on 2020Vision, Kolour, Moodmusic and gigs across Europe, this cheerful Southern Englander has been making a real name for himself ... Read more

Review: Alexi Delano & Shaun Reeves – The Breeze EP

Shaun Reeves, one of the key figures of the Visionquest tribe, has teamed up with minimal veteran Alexi Delano for a tour-de-force in the form of ‘The Breeze EP’. It consists of two deeply mystifying cuts and a remix by Thomas Merlchior. Alexi Delano was born in Chile, raised in Sweden and then lived in New York for some time. This has granted him a musical style that combines the compressed elements of the Scandinavian style with the ingenuity of the Brooklyn sound. Being in the game for more than two decades now, Delano has a firm grasp on his ... Read more