Various – 10 Year Compilation Volume 1

May 8, 2016 in Albums

10 Year Compilation Vol 1 SoulsupplementAnother label comp here, as Bruno Browning’s Las Vegas-based Soulsupplement celebrate a whole decade in the game with the first of two 10th birthday ‘best of’ sets.

There are nine tracks on offer and it’s getting late, so you’ll forgive me for not going into each track individually. Suffice to say some well-known names like Vincent Kwok and Corduroy Mavericks feature alongside a host of newcomers and a couple of cuts from Bruno himself, and the overall vibe is heavily inspired by classic left-coast deep house of yore, with bumpin’ basslines and familiar (or reworked) vocals snips in abundance – see, for instance, the aforesaid Mavericks’ Marvin-referencing Bout To Lose My Mind, or Browning’s own Red Light, which nods to The Police’s Roxanne.

If you’re looking for dancefloor-friendly deep house in the classic style, you’ll struggle to find a better collection than this one this week. Roll on Vol 2!

Out: This week

About: You can find Soulsupplement Records on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Bruno Browning – Red Light

June 5, 2014 in Singles

Bruno Browning Red Light Soulsupplement RecordsTwo fine underground deep house cuts from Mr Browning here, coming on his own Las Vegas-based Soulsupplement Records.

On the A, Red Light has the kind of fat-bottomed struttin’ funk with which the likes of Salted and Transport made their name in spades – albeit at a lower, more 2014 tempo – topping it off with luxuriant synth washes, a hint of sax and a cheeky vocal bite from Roxanne. Over on the B, meanwhile, Gracie’s Groove is a slow-building jam wherein the aforesaid saxophonist (or possibly clarinettist, in this instance?) gets to really show what he can do against a backdrop of tuff beats and a looping beast of a bassline, complimented by some tinkly Farfisa organ work as various vocal snips n’ shouts play out over the top.

“Truly for the deepest of cats” is how the hype sheet trumpets this one, and they’re not wrong.

Out: This week

About: You can find Soulsupplement Records here, here and here.

Alek Soltirov – Warmup Toolz

January 27, 2014 in Singles

Alek Soltirov Warmup Toolz ArtefactMethinks Alek Soltirov – who hails from Skopje in Macedonia, and who’s still only in his teens – is selling himself a little short here. The title of this EP suggests workaday grooves aimed merely at setting the mood… whereas the tracks herein tell a different story.

Oxyd gets the ball rolling. Yes, it’d work in the warm-up, but with its chopped-up vox, lovely reverberating stabs and insistent throbbing-yet-understated bassline, it’d work just as well on afterhours floors or for post-club listening: this is classic-style deep house groovin’ at its finest. And then Fake Thugz, which comes in three mixes, is if anything even better. The original ploughs a similar musical furrow to Oxyd, but tops its mellow, bassy groove with looping rap vox (“to all you fake-ass thugz out there/talkin’ bout you got this and you got that/you gonna murder this one and you gonna murder that one/talking all that bullshit”) to quite devastating effect… particularly when the big rave-y bass drops unexpectedly halfway through. Bruno Browning’s refix maintains the deep vibe but injects a greater sense of urgency with extra hi-hats and random sax parps, while Robert S goes for the main floor jugular with his beefed-up pass.

But it’s actually the two originals that stand out here for me… meaning that this is one teenaged producer you definitely want to be keeping an eye on. And that mere ‘warmup toolz’ these most definitely are not!

Out: Thursday (30 Jan)

About: This comes on Macedonia’s own Artefact Records, who you can find on Soundcloud and Facebook (they’ve got their own website as well but they seem to have the menders in at the moment)

PS: Here’s Fake Thugz to listen to as well…

Nigel One – El Pisces

July 19, 2013 in Singles

Nigel One El Pisces Soulsupplement RecordsUse the words ‘Las Vegas’ and ‘dance music’ in one sentence and the first thing that probably springs to mind is Tiesto, David Guetta or Skrillex playing in some cavernous arena to bevvied-up spring breakers. Thankfully, though, it needn’t be like that…  not when Las Vegas is also home to labels like Soulsupplement Records, who plough a much deeper furrow.

Soulsupplement made their TIWWD debut a few weeks back with the tuff tech-houser Two Ting by Speakerpeeps; today they come with a two-track, four-mix deep house/garage EP from Nigel One, about whom I can tell you very little. I can tell you though that El Pisces itself is a lively, squelchy lil’ number with garage-y chords and sampled crowd noise, while the Wrex Ed Rub is a deeper, sultrier pass with added spoken female vocals from One Little Fishie and some bonus trumpet action to boot.

Over on the B meanwhile, you’ll find My Thing, which features the same “get down tonight” sample that’s used in one of my all-time favourite tunes, Vil-N-X’s What Cha Gonna Do… which is a bit annoying cos I did once find the original source of that sample but I’m buggered if I can remember what it was… anyway sample aside, in its original form My Thing is another quite Jersey-ish affair with some very cool chords, while label co-owner Bruno Browning’s Hooked Up Mix funks things up considerably. In a good way.

Out: This week

About: You can find Soulsupplement Records on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.