Various – I ♥ Real Deep House

April 27, 2015 in Albums

I Heart Real Deep House TronicsoleThe clue’s in the title with this compilation from long-running Scottish label Tronicsole.

At least, it is musically… which is just as well cos it’s about the only clue they’ve given me! But as far as I can make out, the 24 tracks here are a mixture of brand new material and stuff that’s been out, both on Tronicsole and on other labels, over the past few years. Opener Ruby Likes Dubstep by HiRO, for instance, came out on 2013’s Neptune EP, though I think the Kris Wadsworth rub featured is new.

Names like Milton Jackson, Dominic Martin, Sei A and Spin Science will carry weight for anyone who’s been into deep house for more than five minutes, and the collection as a whole is rather spiffing, to be fair. Highlights for this reviewer include Milton Jackson’s vaguely early-Daft-Punkish Long Circuit, Spin Science’s dreamy, Detroit-tinged All Things, the stripped-down funk of Tony Free’s Deep Soul and the lo-slung Alabama Blues-y throb of Peter O & Monophunk’s No Justice, but really you’d be best advised to dive on in and explore for yourself, because if you, too, ♥ real deep house, you’ll find plenty to ♥ here.

Out: Now (but only since Friday)

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

Milton Jackson – Lessons Learned EP

December 9, 2012 in Singles

Milton Jackson Lessons Learned EP Black Key Records

It’s probably fair to call Barry Christie, AKA Milton Jackson, a ‘scene veteran’ these days… which is a bit scary when I can remember reviewing some of his earliest releases on Tronicsole and Million Dollar Disco back in the early days of X-Fade/iDJ in the late 90s/early 00s.

He’s come a long way since those first soulful/disco house outings, though, as this latest EP for fledgling Brighton label Black Key Records shows. It’s a two-track, three-mix affair, opening with See The Light,  a stripped-back, percussion-led deep house groover with a (sampled and?) treated “come on baby, dim the lights” vocal. Next up is 5 Cities, a deep n’ dubby number with techy overtones and “gonna love you” vocal inserts, while rounding out the EP is a marginally tougher Andy Ash remix of the same.

Cool late-night grooves for discerning ears, in keeping with current styles but with just a little of that classic soulful feel.

Out: This week

About: This is only number five from Black Key Records, who can be found on Facebook, on Soundcloud or at their own website.

Demarkus Lewis – Snazz-A-Tron EP

May 15, 2012 in Singles

Next up, we have a new EP from Demarkus Lewis on Lost My Dog… words which should be enough to get any deep house lover salivating.

There are three original tracks, in a total of five mixes. Look N Deep is a midtempo cut with a soulful male vocal and lots of subtle, squelchy 303 bass. RP Foolin’ is a more uptempo and bumpin’ affair with a disco sheen, that’s then given a deeper refix by Lost My Dog regular Yse (pronounced ‘ee-suh’, in case you were wondering). And then finally Wipe Your Mouth is a more heads-down jacking number, with militant snares counterpointed by some lovely warm pianos and garage-y vox; Milton Jackson then serves up a remix that’s sparser and glitchier still, and that somewhat recalls the more musical, less obvious end of UKG circa 1999 or so.

All told, a very solid bet for the deeper floors, particularly those that like it a little soulfully-inclined.

Out: This week

About: You can find Lost My Dog here, here and here (website, Facebook, Soundcloud)