We Play Wax launched on November 1, 2013, as an online musical exhibition dedicated to the most enduring audio medium of all time: vinyl. In just over 3 years, WPW has grown slowly and steadily going through all from a record reviews site to a more robust, fully realized brand – replete with in-depth artist interviews and a monthly podcast, that has also expanded into event production in both Bucharest and Rotterdam. This spring, after the successful debut EP from 2015, We Play Wax brings you their second release: a showcase of one of Italy’s most talented new-kid-on-the-block: Degio’s, that also sees his good friend Alessio Collina on the remixing duties.
We Play Wax make a welcome return with their 2nd vinyl release. The series this time fronted by Italy’s Degio’s with his new EP - 'Questione Interiore'.
On the A1 we have Sigaretta, featuring a classic stabbing staccato piano that plays call and response with a beautifully resonate bassline allowing this track to ebb and flow making the playful energy of the track roll and roll. Moving into the A2 we find Alessio Collina on remix duties. The man brings a slightly more tripped-out take on the original allowing his effortlessly cool riff to meander whilst his snappy drum work and acid bassline punctuate the groove.
Flipping the record, we find Degio’s Civico 3, a more raw and tracky affair and surely a winning tool for dance floor action. Solid Machine groove vibes with a tough 909 hat complement the bubbly acid bassline set to carve any dance floor out. For the final track on the record, Binari Paralleli, we have a lovely dark twist on the genre as the producer strips back a Chicago inspired acid jam with some serious swagger about it. This record drops on the 12th of May just in time for the summer and those long hot parties that inspired this sun-drenched EP.
It seems that manufacturing delays have plagued the entire record industry lately. Take the super select Spanish label SAFT for example: their 13rd release by Chris Gray has been out since April, but their 12th release, which was initially announced for March, is still nowhere to be found. Which is a real shame considering the release in question marks the debut of a highly mysterious figure about which we are unable to find any info at this moment. Maybe that's why there is not a single magazine or blog action on this release so far, even though the presence of Fudge Fingas on the remixing duties is worthy of a mention on its own...
Nortasun's 'One' is a mind-blowing example of what a good source of records, careful sampling and a penchant for deep house can do when combined together. The best example comes from the opening track 'Untitled 1' that introduces a steady latin groove to beefy bass riffs while glistening chords, ethereal strings and endless pads tell a tale of distant voyages. Up next comes the second track 'Untitled 2' that introduces a tribal-imbued deep swinging drum pattern that gets quickly overlaid with organic african percussions, fleeting windy swirls, a fluttering filtered pad and plenty of carefully placed folly-esque ambient dub shots.
Reigning supreme on the B side is Fudge Fingas' SAFT debut, an Edinburg-based artist who has been shaping the deeper side of the house scene as early as 1999. His remix for 'Untitled 1' brings a rather melancholic note to Nortasun's initial vision by introducing a sultry electric piano to the mix and mixing it up with a much needed-vocal sample. But this is not all, after the mid-track breakdown, Gavin gets insanely funky on the job and turns the deep and moody remix into a rhodes-centric solo piano love jam reminiscent of the golden age of soul and R&B.
As of writing this, the release date for Nortasun's 'One' seems to have been for July 1st, but make sure to keep an eye out on all major record stores for this beauty!
Out of absolutely nowhere came earlier this month a smashing release boasting a superstar tracklist, enormous creativity and sound quality to boot. We have no confirmation of who is behind Loose Fits, but getting together Russian rising star Kito Jempere together with British veterans Jay Shepheard and Pete Herbert is no easy feat. As a matter of fact, only one of them could put this together and yes, you guessed, it's Mr. Shepheard alright. His Retrofit imprint had an amazing run for over 4 years, but since 2014 it became silent and also did Jay, at least in terms of vinyl releases. So you can say that Loose Fits is the comeback we have all been anxiously waiting for the past 2 years. The self-titled debut release by Loose Fits is a magnificent collection of modern house songs, tailored for dance-floors both sunny and dark, early and late.
First up we have the Russian Kito Jempere whom you should already be familiar with from The Saint Petersburg Disco Spin Club alias or from his own imprint Fata Morgana. Kito met Jay in Budapest purely by accident and it wasn't long before the masterminds got together and cooked up the A-side of this EP. 'Deben Tide' starts with a classic Shepheardian tom-heavy drum machine pattern that quickly gets layered with madhouse arped stabs, enchanted marimbas, endless strings and tender synth pads. That's quite a cocktail the boys cooked up, but nothing like their second studio-session for 'Rhubarb Wire' is as wicked as its name suggests. Reaching back to his outstanding EP for LPH, Kito seems to lead this time with a chunky bassline, moist claps, nervous bleeps, sawtooth meltdowns and some very disturbing chants going on in the background.
Jumping to the other side we find Pete Herbert returning from a rather long hiatus himself, being rather busy lately with his Paradise Row imprint which he runs together with his pal Dicky Trisco. Pete and Jay's first collab track 'Paradrom' has a distinctive early Retrofit feel, but it's probably just the synth chord stabs and trickling white noise talking because here comes Mr. Herbert with his dreamscape melodies, celestial guitar riffs and driving bassline sending everyone on the dancefloor into the stratosphere. The two fine Englishmen finish up the release with 'Mirage', the most hypnotic of the bunch and our favourite pick of the EP. It all starts with that fruity conga drum sequence with groovy bassline on top and righteous spoken vocals flowing solemnly along. And then the synths start singing, the strings start gliding and a whole flock of cosmic analog hardware seduce you with their ethereal mating ritual.
A new EP on Frole Records is coming out mid February with an original track from the Italo/Swiss producer Pascal Viscardi, who is slowly making a name for himself in the Underground Industry. After a great EP on Traxx Underground with a wicked Fred P remix, now he’s back with his pure deep sound and one on SAFT.
‘The Warmest Colour’, main track which gives the EP its name, has a laid back house groove, smooth baseline, high strings, rides that come in and go away and a black male voice loop that sounds like ‘’At Home’’. Berlin based Kindimmer brings in some more percs and a different synth line, but still manages to keep the smooth sound of the original composition. After he’s been selected by Steve Bug for his label Poker Flat & by Ralph Lawson for 2020Vision, he is finally getting the attention he deserves.
German producer ManooZ , who recently had a track on the Beste Modus sub label Beste Freunde - which was a proper stomper btw - brings a more head down/lo-fi vibe compared to the original track. Rolling 909 toms, crispy hats and off-beat sub give that ‘’basement’’ touch, classic of Manuel’s Productions. French producer Toni Be is the man in charge for the last remix on the EP. With releases on great underground labels such as Soul Notes & Fulbert’s Rawthenticity, has gained a good reputation amongst the vinyl heads. Probably the deepest cut of the EP, you can hear the same vocal as the original, great sub-bass and tight percussions, a great track for those coming down moments.
I know, I know, I'm a little late to the party, but then again: better late than never, right? A couple days ago, our favourite Dutch house imprint Outplay added its fourth EP to its catalogue of outstanding releases. With 'Strings Attached', label owners Daniel Leseman and Hans Peeman aka Junktion, return to the VA format, that made them famous in the first place almost 2 years ago with 'First Things First'. If you have been following this place closely, you already know that Daniel landed a solid EP in the winter of 2014 and that 2015 saw the vinyl debut of rising star Loz Goddard. If by any chance you missed them, make sure check them out using this direct link.
For 'Strings Attached' the Outplay bosses invited the London-based sleazy disco fresh new talent Laurence Guy to open and name the release with a mesmerising string-infused piece of cosmic disco madness. When you think that Laurence just debuted last summer on Church and that this is his second ever appearance on vinyl, it's no wonder that many publications are marking him as one to keep an eye on in 2016. The next half of the release is dominated by Junktion with one of his beatdown signature tracks where he showcases once again a real knack for jazzy kick drums, warm vibrato electric keys, acoustic percussions and inconspicuous sampling work.
His 'Breakfast At Midnight' piece gets a remix treatment by Splendor & Squalour partners in crime Brame & Hamo who continue their string of releases with a more dance-friendly version of the original, that adds a hefty dose of swing, plenty of groove and lots of twists and turns to keep you moving them feet around. Last but not least, Daniel Leseman concludes the EP with a sublime daydreaming piece of deep house that is tailored strictly for all the lovers out there. Just listen to that moody piano work, to those lovely chanting vocals, to his trademark brassy elements scattered around and to all the little glimmers and shimmers that add so much character and emotion, you can almost touch and feel it. If the rest of the release does not appeal to you, it's definitely worth getting for this song alone.
A big hearty welcome to Outplay in 2016 and hoping to hear a lot more from them this year.