Thursday, 30 July 2009
In an era of ‘post-minimal’ this and ‘tech-tinged’ that, it’s easy to forget what ACTUAL PROPER DEEP HOUSE sounds like. Allow Italian rulers of the deep Harley & Muscle to remind you, then, with a two-disc, 26-track collection of the kind of drifty, almost sub-aquatic but resolutely groovy tackle you may just find you’ve subconsciously been fiending for*. Artists featured include Dubbyman, Rick Wade, DJ Aakmael and Ray Valioso and no, I’ve not heard of most of them either – this is the real upfront, underground deal. It will also have the same effect on your ears that a massage and a nice hot bath might have on tired, aching bones. Just gorgeous.
*** Another review that was intended for iDJ... but then Dave Lee went and released a Sunburst Band album, and as he was very kindly guest-editing the issue we couldn't really not review it, so that went in instead at the last minute.
About the label: This is another excellent offering from Germany's Clubstar/Soulstar stable. They've been discussed on these (web) pages before but to find out more click here.
* That's a very iDJ thing to say. If I'd written this just for this blog, I'd ASSUME you were after quality deep bizniss like this.
Coming at you on Tirk Recordings offshoot Nang, this could be classed as nu-disco, certainly… but it could just as well be filed under deep house, albeit deep house with a strongly discofied edge, as Chicago-isms and old school Balearic flourishes abound within its 11 glorious tracks. So if disco and deep house are two of your favourite things, you’re gonna love this. Filipsson & Lindblad are an Icelandic/Finnish combo currently based in New York and Berlin, and this album features a track called ‘Daniel Wang Is My Neighbour’. Those two facts alone should make you want to buy it… if not, then suffice to say it’s an album that will please the house diehards and the trendy Hoxton disco cardigans in equal measure, and that’s no mean feat.
*** NB: This review was meant to go in the new iDJ, but didn't by accident. If it had done, it was getting nine stars. Ah well.
About the label: Tirk is one of the bastions of the nu disco movement, and Nang is one of its sub-labels. Read all about disco in all its many forms in the current issue of iDJ – the one with 'Shiny disco balls' on the cover – or find out more about Nang at their website. Or click here for the Tirk website.