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.

Various – Five Years Of 6th Sense Music

December 22, 2013 in Albums

5 Years Of 6th Sense MusicAnother label compilation for you now, this one coming courtesy of Manchester label 6th Sense Music.

As with the Share comp below, there’s not time to go into each and every track but, again, quality deep house grooves are the general order of the day. On this album, though, the emphasis is less on lazy, laidback, late-night grooves and more on funk-fuelled dancefloor struttin’. Craig Hamilton revisits a very famous old vocal on Burnin’, Funk Mediterraneo’s Numbers Machine will see shapes being thrown, Rob Clarke’s Hows Music features one of those spoken, house music-eulogising vocals atop lush chords and Drew Tempest’s Drunk Ass Funk is a jazz-tinged romp that once upon a time we’d have called ‘East Midlands-y’.

With further tracks and mixes from familiar names such as Rick Leonard, Corduroy Maverickz, Hector Moralez, Pete Dafeet and YSE, this is something of a must-check for lovers of real deep house music.

Out: This week

About: You can find 6th Sense Music on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Corduroy Mavericks – Guilty Please EP

November 28, 2011 in Singles

I’m not sure if the “woo-ooh, any time that you want me, any time that you want me” vocal here is sampled from something famous, but it’s a bit too poppy for my liking. But it’s okay, cos we can skip the Original and jump straight to the Flapjackers Wicked Old School Remix, which is indeed, er, wicked and old school!

Like the original, this mix works hefty chunks of Jomanda’s original rave classic Make My Body Rock, but it all-but-ditches the cheesy main vocal sample (except for some disembodied ‘woo-oohs’) in favour of funny little speech snippets à la S-Express/Coldcut/etc (“let’s play this backwards and see if it sounds better”) and, most importantly, some Jersey-style organs to die for. Underpinned by a full-phat deep house b-line, it’s like a little trip down Fuzzy Memory Lane…
Outa My Head rounds out the package, which is kind of deep house gone mellow Balearic pop… and which then totally sucker-punches you by going into a re-working of a certain similarly-titled Kylie number. Sounds awful on paper I know, but it works surprisingly well.
Predictable, this EP is not. One for the earnest chin-stroking types it possibly is not, either. But highly checkable, it most certainly is. Respect to all involved for their flagrant disregard for rulebooks.
Out: This week
About: This comes on Lepento Records, the housier sister to dubstep labels LU10 and Four40. The link will take you to their Soundcloud page so you can find out more…