Saison – Come With Us EP

June 25, 2016 in Singles

Saison Come With Us EP Large MusicAn excellent three-track EP here from Chicago veterans Large Music. And while the name Saison will be new to most, the guys themselves are no newbies either… it’s a team-up between Leigh Darlow of The Layabouts, and Matthew Bandy of Deep House Souldiers*.

So, on to the music. Come With Us, which gets the ball rolling, is a languid deep house groover with jazzy piano chords, snatches of spoken female vocal that recall Akabu’s Ride The Storm and a main nagging Rhodes riff. Help Me is in a similar vein but with a more garage-y feel, while Walking The Night flips the script and takes us to the proggier, dreamier end of deep house, albeit still with a soulful vocal element.

Quality stuff all round, but it’s probably no surprise that Help Me is my fave.

Out: Tomorrow (26 June)

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

* From whose 2003 single This Is Why We Dance this blog takes its name. With Matt’s permission, of course, so cheers again for that Mr B!

Sek – Love Thrill EP

February 9, 2016 in Singles

Sek Love Thrill EP Large MusicMore trad-style deep house grooves here on this three-tracker from our old friend Sek, coming on veteran Chi-town label Large Music.

Love Thrill itself rides tuff-ish 4/4s and a squelchy muted bassline with drawn-out (Rhodes?) chords and Sylvester-like falsetto vox. Average Groover is a little more stripped n’ strutty with an almost speed garage-style BIG b-line and chopped n’ looped “feel so high” male vox, and then finally Homeboy Gang is a more funktified, loopy cut that wouldn’t sound out of place on one of Sneak’s labels.

Good stuff as ever from the man from Athens, with Average Groover the pick to these ears.

Out: Now

About: Find Large Music on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Chris Stussy – For The Music EP

December 5, 2015 in Singles

Chris Stussy For The Music Large MusicMoving into more straight-up deep house territory with this three-track EP from Chicago’s mighty Large Music.

Everybody is up first, quite a summery, lazy kinda groove with chiming chords, an intricate bassline and sampled, spoken male vox. For The Music follows a similar MO but is a little more uptempo, with some gorgeous garage-y Rhodes chords and more sampled, spoken vox, in this case about “doing it just for the music”. And then finally there’s Tear Apart, which is an instrumental affair but utitilises a similar “rolling beats and understated but chunky bass” blueprint to the other two.

Classy stuff all round, but the title track nudges it for me.

Out: This week

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

Erik Ellman – It Keeps Me

November 14, 2015 in Singles

Erik Ellman It Keeps Me Large MusicGerman (relative) newcomer Erik Ellman makes his label debut for Chicago’s Large Music here.

It’s a simple two-track affair. On the A, It Keeps Me itself is a midtempo deep houser with an R&B-ish “girl it keeps me, it just keeps me” male vocal and an overall hazy, chuggy kinda feel. It’s actually B-side Foster that works better for yours truly though, a slightly more lively jam with garage-y keys, lovely warm bass and more soulful male vocal snips.

Both tracks are more suited to warm-up than peaktime play but there’s no doubting the quality.

Out: This week

About: Find Large Music on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Deeligent Soul – Colours Of The Sunset

September 19, 2015 in Singles

Deeligent Soul Colours Of The Sunset Large MusicSome smooth house grooves on this two-tracker from Chicago’s ever-dependable Large Music, which is the work of two Belgian producers called Arnaud and Seb (and that’s the sum total of my knowledge about ’em, I’m afraid).

On the A, Colours Of The Sunset itself is a laidback, lounge-y/beach-y kinda groove with a cool muted synth/organ riff that loops throughout, a nice chunky bottom end and both spoken and sung female vox. But it’s really Up Again on the flip that’s earning this its place here, a male-vocalled, funk-driven affair that’ll appeal to the classic US garage lovers.

Out: This week

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

Sebb Junior – Freedom

September 5, 2015 in Singles

Sebb Junior Freedom Large MusicOkay, last one for tonight so let’s end with some more trad-style deep/soulful house grooves courtesy of veteran Chi-town label Large Music.

How I Feel is up first, a midpaced affair with garage-y female vocals, understated rolling beats and piercing, warping synth/organ chords. Freedom itself is a slightly more party-hearty affair with whoops and heys, cut-up vox (both M&F), soaring pianos and some killer New Jersey-ish organ work, and then finally there’s Elevate Your Soul, which is a notch or two more uptempo again… and as fine a deep house/US garage crossover cut as you’ll hear all month.

There’s a reason Large have survived in the house music game for well over 20 years, y’know…

Out: This week

About: Find Large Music, as always, on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

The Checkup – Set My Soul Free

May 17, 2015 in Singles

The Checkup Set My Soul Free Large MusicFinally for tonight, we stay in the US for some more trad-style house/garage grooves from the unstoppable Large Music.

Set My Soul Free itself, with its raw, pounding kicks, wigged-out organs and soulful male vocal,  is one for those fiendin’ for the tuffer end of classic Jersey garage. Flip it over and you’ll find Hold Me Real Close, a slightly smoother ride with a high-pitched female vocal, piano chords to die for and an understated but nonetheless quite fat n’ squelchy b-line.

Classic house vibes from a classic house label!

Out: This week

About: Find Large on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Thomas Blondet – State House Groove

April 19, 2015 in Singles

Thomas Blondet State House Groove Large MusicFinally for tonight, some peaktime house bizniss from veteran Chi-town label Large Music.

On the A, the original, near-instrumental mix of State House Groove is based around a throbbing synth-bass hook that’s got more than a slight 80s feel to it, augmenting same with chopped female vocal snips and underpinning the lot with pounding, no-nonsense 4/4s. Flip it over for the Inner Rebels Remix, a deeper pass that swaps out the 80s throb for a more contemporary-sounding synth bassline of its own and features a lengthy (1:30) atmospheric breakdown in the mid-section.

Good stuff as ever from Large, with the Inner Rebels rub nudging it for me.

Out: This week

About: Find Large Music here, here and here.

Marsupials & Marcus Raute – Together EP

April 1, 2015 in Singles

Marsupials & Marcus Raute Together EP Large MusicA very fine four-tracker indeed here from Neapolitan duo Marsupials and London’s Marcus Raute, coming to you courtesy of Chicago’s ever-dependable Large Music.

Together itself is a rolling, vaguely garage-leaning deep houser with soft, early 90s-like keys providing the main melody/hook and male vocal fragments buried deep in the mix. It’s accompanied a slightly sparser, deeper Dub, and both are very playable, but it’s actually the two bonus cuts that are exciting this reviewer the most. Unless You Play is a proper 4am groove for the real deep house floors, all chunky, funky bass, soulful female vocal snips and blissed-out synth washes, but best of all is I Don’t Want You, a simply gorgeous slice of trad garage that looks firmly towards New Jersey for inspiration with its nagging organ riff, warm piano chords and chopped-up soulful male vox.

Out: This week

About: You can find Large Music here, here and here.

Nathan G & Frank H Carter III – Depend On You

March 13, 2015 in Singles

Nathan G & Frank H Carter III Depend On You Large MusicLast one for tonight, and we end on a more soulful note courtesy of long-running Chi-town imprint Large Music.

Two mixes of Depend On You to choose from. The Vocal Mix sports a full vocal courtesy of Mr Carter, and is the one that’s likely to see action on the diehard soulful house floors. For me though it’s all about the garage-y Dub, which chops and loops the “dep-dep-depend on you” vocal atop gently rolling beats, smooth pads and lovely warm bass, with a smattering of diva wails and a tiny hint of flute for good measure.

Classy stuff, but then from Large we expect no less!

Out: This week

About: Find Large Music here, here and here.