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THE NATHANIEL X PROJECT – SUPPLEMENT DEUX

Quality vs Quantity? Nowadays most of all the producer are going to prefer the 2nd option, The Nathaniel X Project seems to be born to preserve the first one. James Nathaniel Tinsley aka Nathaniel X Project is maybe one the most authentic man behind the 90s house scene. I discovered his work some years ago during a discogs session: Gotta Get Over released on Music Station (1994) was the track that made me a big fan of him. Another four-track record chalked to the brim with 100% authentic deep house music as Only Nathaniel X can do. We’re not much on fanfare, adjectives, and colorful descriptions – we’ll leave that up to interpretation. All we’ll say is that we feel “Supplement Deux” is every bit the sequel that “First Supplement” was the prequel. “Just A Dance” just blew us away & from there out it...
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ALEX AGORE – PRAISE EP (NO MATTER WHAT)

Alex Agore and James Johnston are still hot! Their own label is keeping an “insane” quality since the first release. Following the success of the Consumer EP by fellow label owner James Johnston comes the Praise EP by Alex Agore, and it’s a true return to form for him on No Matter What. The record opens with the title track “Praise” – an inspired tribute to gospel music, keeping all the soul but reimagining it into something more infectious. Uplifting keys combine with vocals that will have you trying your best to sing-a-long, over a bass groove that holds it all together. “Falling” is a slower affair, with its dream-like chords, airy synthwork, cowbell hits and seamless hats. A perfect track to start a night or to end one. The B-side completes the package with two undeniable house jams. You will soon realise how much...
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Rio Padice & Massimo Di Lena – Modulo Rz EP (Clone Royal Oak)

Rio Padice and Massimo Di Lena are members of Naples’ Early Sound collective alongside Leskin. Both have discographies dating back a good few years, Padice typically exploring a softer deep house sound, Di Lena something a little more upfront. This EP for Clone Royal Oak follows Di Lena’s excellent Hardlife EP—whose chunky title track found an admirer in Ben UFO, among others—and settles on a neat goldilocks zone between the two producers’ styles. These raw but light-footed analogue excursions cast Padice and Di Lena as a friskier version of the Analogue Cops, although in contrast to the often meandering live-jam style, these tracks are concise and tightly arranged. “Modulo RZ” is a louche number with crunchy percussion, its curt acid bassline a persistent pleasure. “The Octave Lord Of Ring Mode” is a little more thunderous, with a red-raw bassline and hi-hats that seem to be...
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FABIO MONESI – HEATWAVE VOL.1 (Skylax Records)

SKYLAX RECORDS Fabio opens the EP with “Duke Mama”, a proper house anthem complete with a set of neat vocals, a shuffling workout of hi-hats, the inevitable snare and an old-school bass line which bounces from wall to wall. It made us think about a mix between Boo williams chicago house purity & the glorious times of the Underground music movement italian house anthems : TUNE ! He closes the A side with “Millionhands” a similarly reflective house number for when things turn seriously deep Monesi’s rugged low end bumper “No matter what (Hissmann dub)” opens the B side bristling with vintage house ideas and some rather excellent usage of detuned keys while on “Farmhouse 171 (Hissmann mix)” he drops a sample heavy bomb that sounds as an agitated Moodymann A must to have in every djs collection....
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