Soul Perpetuity – Origins Of House

June 12, 2016 in Singles

Soul Perpetuity Origins Of House Plastik PeopleThis was always down to get reviewed but in the light of today’s tragic events in Orlando it couldn’t be much more apt right now.

On Origins Of House itself, a spoken vocal reminds us of the emergence of modern dance music in “a club called the Paradise Garage” atop a backing consisting mostly of simple, shufflin’ beats, garage-y organ chords and mournful, jazzy sax. Flip it over for Good For The Soul, another garage-y cut which features another spoken vocal, this time discussing how “This is a music to uplift your soul, to help you forget the troubles and tribulations of your life”.

Amen to that.

Out: This week

About: This is brought to you by Albuquerque’s always on-point Plastik People, who you can find on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Cotterell – Respect

April 24, 2016 in Singles

Cotterell Respect Plastik PeopleJust the one mix here but it’s all you’ll need, believe me!

Regular readers will know I’m a fan of Marc Cotterell’s Plastik People imprint generally – they’re flying the flag for trad-style deep house and US garage as (only a) few others are right now. But Respect, with its parping organs, skippy beats and one-word female/scatted male vocals is a jewel even in Plastik People’s already v. sparkly crown.

If you’re fiending for some proper old skool Jersey vibes, you need this record in your life, simple as that.

Out: This week (on general release)

About: Find Plastik People on Soundcloud and Facebook, or at their own website.

Vodzux – I Wonder Why

March 13, 2016 in Singles

Vodzux Wonder Why EP Plastik PeopleFinally for tonight, we have a three-track EP that blends deep house, jazz-funk and soul influences to perfection.

The title track is a lazy, laidback groover with a looping “if I could only prove (something)” vocal, sampled crowd noise and tinkling jazz ivories to die for. Anyone Like U opens with a chunk of sampled 70s soul vox, then breaks out into the kind of languid funk that’ll appeal to fans of (eg) Groove Armada, Lemon Jelly or Zero 7, topping it with another soulful vocal (a man’s voice crooning “with my baby”) and more of those killer jazz keys. And then finally there’s Princess, which operates at a similar midtempo pace to the other two but has more of an early 80s boogie/soul kinda feel.

Perfect deep, lazy grooves for Sunday chillin’ or poolside loungin’.

Out: Thursday (18 March)

About: This is brought to you by Marc Cotterell’s Plastik People over in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Find them on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Harrison BDP – I Remember

December 20, 2015 in Singles

Harrison BDP I Remember Plastik PeoplePredictably high-calibre house fare here from Marc Cotterell’s Plastik People imprint.

On the A, I Remember itself rides deceptively pacey 4/4s with trippy synth swoops, lush Rhodes chords and, yes, a cheeky vocal bite from a certain Ralphi Rosario classic. Some wicked little disco stabs in there, too. Flip it over, and Dance Tool is a more pounding houser with chopped-up jive-talkin’ sampled vox, a wonky, jazzy organ riff and a west coast-y kinda feel overall.

Not picking a fave here – both cuts are excellent and both will rock any real deep house floor for sure.

Out: This week (on general release)

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

Playin’ 4 The City – Backfire

June 21, 2015 in Singles

Playin' 4 The City Backfire Plastik PeopleFrench deep house veteran Olivier Portal, AKA Playin’ 4 The City, serves up a three-track EP for Marc Cotterell’s Plastik People here.

Backfire was first released on Tropism Records in 2002, but it doesn’t sound nearly a decade and half old! Which I guess means its languid deep house grooves can safely be described as “timeless”. Backside, from the same 2002 EP, is a slightly more uptempo number with a soul/jazz-style female vocal and some lovely understated organ work, while completing the EP is brand new composition Minor Track, a summery, outdoors-y kinda cut with Latin elements.

It’s Backfire that takes the gold for me, though.

Out: This week

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

Cotterell – If I Was You

March 31, 2015 in Singles

Cotterell If I Was You Plastik PeopleJust the one review tonight, but it’s a belter… then again, from Plastik People we’ve come to expect no less!

Label boss Marc Cotterell is the man at the controls, serving up a frankly superb slice of proper old skool deep US garage, complete with skippy beats, melancholic New Jersey-style organs and, if  you opt for the Vocal Garage Cut, a testifying soulful male vocal. If the latter’s a bit too preacherman-ish for you, though, have no fear – the accompanying Garage Cut is a dub pass that lets those glorious organs shine through in all their glory.

Another superb offering from the always on-point Albuquerque stable… go seek!

Out: This week on Traxsource, everywhere else from 13 April.

About: Find Plastik People (very apt motto: “Deep underground house for the soul”) here, here and here.

Marc Cotterell – Music Is Our Mission

December 6, 2014 in Singles

Marc Cotterell Music Is Our Mission Plastik PeopleYet another winner here from Albuquerque, New Mexico-based Plastik People.

Label boss Marc Cotterell is the man at the controls, serving up three tracks. For Those We Love follows the same blueprint as Daft Punk’s Teachers, with a female voice (Tears Of Velva, apparently) namechecking a Who’s Who of deep, soulful house producers atop a rolling, strings- and organ-heavy backdrop. The endlessly looping poetics about “when I’m dancing I become more” and such do get a little wearing, if I’m being honest, but props for including the slightly less obvious likes of DJ Deep, Lars Behrenroth, Dino & Terry, Aqua Bassino and my old buddy Andy Compton alongside MAW, Ron Trent, Mood II Swing, Kerri Chandler et al. Some cool trippy synth work towards the end, too.

Elsewhere, Layla is something of a curiosity, fusing pounding (deep) house beats with schmaltzy, cinematic strings, while Let Yourself Go marries similarly pounding kicks to furiously parping jazz sax supplied by one Dave Mullen. Both are pretty darned cool in their own right, but For Those We Love is the headline here.

Out: This week on vinyl, digitally in January

About: Find Plastik People here, here and here.

Tom Churchill – EVP

October 5, 2014 in Singles

Tom Churchill EVP EP Plastik People DigitalA rare second appearance of the week from the Plastik People stable here… albeit technically this one comes on Plastik People Digital, not the mothership.

As ever with PP, expect very classy, trad-style grooves. The original of EVP features bumpin’ garage-y organs, pads and keys topped with a looping, reverbed “ev…erything” female vocal. Doug Gomez’s remix takes us deep into the late-night zone, while a more esoteric refix from Party Lips opts for a lounge-y/beach/sunrise kinda feel, if that description makes any sense! Rounding out the EP is All One Love, a slow-builder that starts out with with throbbing one-note bass and lingering pads, then works its way up into another fine Jersey-style jam with a spoken male vocal about, well, love.

A strong EP all round that’ll suit the older heads down to the ground, with the original of EVP just nudging it for me.

Out: This week

About: As I believe I said just a very short while ago, you can Plastik People on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Various – Various People Vol 2

September 7, 2014 in Singles

Various People Vol 2 Plastik PeopleAn outstandingly good V/A sampler here from Marc Cotterell’s always on-point Plastik People label.

Possible by C&M Productions gets the ball rolling, a superlative slice of trad-style NJ garage that tops its skippy beats and insistent parping Rhodes chords with a one-line vocal steal from Class Action’s Weekend (the “I’ll try to make it as brief as possible” bit, as if you couldn’t guess). Cotterell himself is up next with Who You Are, a more driving cut that comes on like a lost gem from the very earliest days of UKG (when it really was New Jersey garage records at +6). And then finally Reelsoul give us Feel The Love, which sits right on the deep house/garage cusp and sports a mangled, one-line R&B vocal that gives the track its title.

Possible takes the gold for me but it’s a close call!

Out: This week

About: You can find Plastik People herehere and here.

Marc Cotterell – Takin’ It Back feat Marck Jamz

April 6, 2014 in Singles

Marc Cotterell Take It Back Plastik PeopleFive varied mixes to choose from on this latest from Marc Cotterell, coming once more on his own Plastik People.

Cotterell’s original is a slice of lush, piano-led gar-ahge, sprinkled with sax and sporting a spoken “I came from the underground” male vocal from Marck Jamz. The Fourwalls Mix has tuffer drums, different pianos and more of a deep house vibe all round, while Oscar P takes us properly into the jackin’ zone with his Chicago Warehouse and NY 2 Dtroit mixes. The package is then completed by Santiago Santamaria’s rub, which sees us back in more laidback, musical territory.

The Original and the very different Chicago Warehouse Mix vie for top honours but really there’s not a duff mix in sight – superb stuff again from this Albuquerque, New Mexico-based imprint.

Out: This week on Traxsource, everywhere else from 14 April

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