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.

Vincent Kwok – Tres EP

November 22, 2015 in Singles

Vincent Kwok Tres EP Transport RecordingsWe end tonight back where we came in, with some deep house from San Francisco… but we jump from a rising star of the scene (Rishi K) to a true veteran, Vincent Kwok.

Three tracks make up the Tres EP. Feel Alright is a ‘deep and soulful’ affair in classic west coast style, with an intricate, jazzy bassline and shufflin’ beats underpinning soaring synth stabs/chords and a woman’s voice wailing the title. Streets Coming Up has more straightforward 4/4s but is otherwise a laidback, late-night affair with a light garage-y twist, that sports lingering organ chords, bleepy synths and treated soulful vocal snips, while finally Tres is an euphoric piano houser that’s got ‘sunrise’ written all over it.

All three are more than up to the standard we expect from Mr Kwok, ’nuff said!

Out: This week

About: This is brought to you by long-running west coast label Transport Recordings, who you can find on Facebook or at their own website.

Fergus – Roundi EP03

October 13, 2013 in Singles

Fergus Roundi EP03 Roundi MusicStaying Stateside for a minute, here we have what’s only the third EP from Roundi Music, the new label set up by Lance ‘Bounce House’ Leber, along with partner-in-crime Jerad Hioki.

Bumpin’ dancefloor deep house vibes were always the Bounce House stock-in-trade, and while the label may have changed for Mr Leber the song remains essentially the same. Of the two mixes of the hip-house-leaning Roundi 6 (Da Heat Up) on offer it’s the phat-bottomed, piano-sprinkled VK’s Moodmix* I’m preferring over the sparser Original personally. Roundi 7 (Da Liven) similarly comes in two contrasting mixes, Lance’s stripped n’ jackin’ Funkentech Mix and a bouncier Original that’s got the cheekiest, fingerpointingest (Casio?) keyboard riff you’ll hear all month, with both sporting a “the human race is runnin’ over me/I punch the clock at nine o’clock, just tryin’ to make a livin'” vocal that sounds like it’s sampled from some old boogie/electrofunk record, though I couldn’t tell you what so it may well not be.

Bumpin’ dancefloor deep house vibes, as I believe I just said…

Out: This week

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

*VK standing for Vincent Kwok, by the way!

Kohn-Acted – The Answer

March 10, 2012 in Singles

Okay, so you don’t get anything from Germany’s Conya Records for ages… then when you do, it comes with 11 eleven mixes. That’s right, 11! You can’t fault ’em in the value for money stakes, that’s for sure.

And you can’t really fault ’em on the production quality either. I’m not gonna go into every mix individually right now – we’d be here all day – but essentially this is a midtempo deep house number from Conya A&R guru Henri Kohn and San Fran deep house legend Vincent Kwok, with a vocal from Henry’s missus, AKA Miss Ann-P. Said vocal is a little poppy for me (sorry Henri!) but thankfully most of the mixes – which come from an impressive line-up that includes Brazilian Soul Crew, Haldo and Satoshi Fumi, among others – come with accompanying dubs and/or instrumentals, so that’s not a problem.

The Vincent Kwok Antwort Instrumental and the dark, drummy Satoshi Fumi Dub are the rubs I’d particularly recommend you check out…

Out: This week

About: Conya are, of course, part of the Clubstar family, and you can find ’em on Facebook

New Mondo – Total Control

June 6, 2009 in Uncategorized

New Mondo are better known as west coast deep house heroes Vincent Kwok and DJ MFR, but this debut long player is a bit of a surprise… cos Total Control is a far more accessible, dare I say poppy project than you’d expect from this pair.

Don’t get me wrong, we’re not in Spiller/Freemasons territory just yet. But still, this is the kind of slickly produced ‘grown-up pop’-style house that’s more familiar coming from fellow San Fran stable Om, than from the generally more underground Transport. I still quite like it, though. If you’re not in the mood then it can easily start to sound a bit too sickly sweet (and those who are allergic to vocals should steer well clear), but if you’re happy with a complete album of spangly (that’s spangly, not spangled) vibes then there’s plenty to love here, particularly Lisa Shaw’s make-me-go-a-bit-funny-at-the-knees vocal on opener I Want Cha, which is coming out as a single soon, and the rumbling Chi-Town b-line on 909

[UPDATE Just found some audio previews on Soundcloud]

Actually, this album reminds me of  nothing so much as Stonebridge’s Can’t Get Enough. Which is a compliment BTW! Anyway, you can find out more about New Mondo here, or they’ve got a MySpace as well but they don’t seem to have done much with it yet…
About the label: Surprisingly, as I said, this is on Transport… which is a wicked deep house label out of San Fran. If you don’t know the label this probably isn’t the best place to start, though. May I suggest a couple of label showcases instead, Julius Papp’s Montreal Departure via Om or House Session: Transport Recordings on Soulstar, or better yet DJ MFR’s Rome Departure on Transport itself? Yes, I may. In fact, I just have.