King Street’s Street King offshoot has come a long way since its birth as a home for shouty electrohouse, and is now turning out a fine line in bumpin’, underground house music. Check this sampler for Bergen’s forthcoming label comp if don’t believe me...
Clapz II Dogz - Clapz II Dogz EP (Glass Table, 14 Mar)
Clapz II Dogz team up with Soul Clap on this three-track EP that’s home to some seriously sleazed-out slo-mo house with a cosmic disco twist and, on The Rain, a dash of soul to boot. Forward-thinking stuff.
Desos - It’s House EP (Tokyo Red, 15 Mar)
A three-track EP of deep, underground shizzle that shouldn’t take too much explaining! All three are very good but the organs on Surrender make it an absolute killer - go seek!
DJ T - Burning (Get Physical, 14 Mar)
The midtempo opening track from the recent Pleasure Principle album gets a single release, with the remixes from Redshape and Art Department. It’s okay but I’m still not sure about the robotic vocal…
Enei - Cracker (Critical, 14 Mar)
Future D&B collides with old skool jungle riddims on this tearing two-tracker from Enei. Turn the dark up!
Flash Atkins - The In Crowd (Paper, 14 Mar)
The title track comes on like classic prog (think Guerrilla Records) slowed down to a nu-disco tempo, while Flash’s Theme is a heavy-lidded slab of blissed-out Balearica with some luvverly jazz-funk geetar.
Icicle - Breathing Again (Shogun Audio, 14 Mar)
More future D&B/dubstep. B-side Redemption has a vocal from Robert Owens, but it’s Breathing Again itself that I’m preferrring
Jobe - Deeply Agnostic (Nude Photo Music, 14 Mar)
Forward-leaning deep house, with spoken vocal samples and five mixes, of which Random Pattern’s is my fave
Little Fritter - Truth Told (Affin, 14 Mar)
More quality deep house… or is deep techno, perhaps? When it’s as good as this, and the Dirty Culture Remix is even better, I don’t think we need worry too much about what we’re going to call it
Maceo Plex - Your Style (Crosstown Rebels, 14 Mar)
Second single from his recent album, with a Maya Jane Cole refix. A bubbling and slightly twisted warm-up/afterhours gem
Onur Ozman - Helvetica EP (Cabrio, 16 Mar)
Switzerland’s deep house hero Ozman comes to Cabrio with this quality two-tracker
Steve Mills - She Stars EP (Electrik Soul, 14 Mar)
Three slabs of deep, prog-tinged tech-house on Onionz’ label
Various - Code Red Miami 2011 (Code Red, 14 Mar)
Five more traditional house cuts from Barbara Tucker, DJ Spen and a whole bunch of newbies. Keep the faith!