Category Archives: June

Various Artists – The Many Shades of Soul Notes, Vol. 2

Months ago, I remember how excited I was at the initial announcement of the ‘Many Shades’ volumes. Label owner Mario Castillo, known well for his productions as Kastil, simply teased these compilations with a photo on the label’s Facebook page. My excitement was not unfounded, as some of my favourite tracks of the last two years had appeared under the Soul Notes banner. The first volume of ‘Many Shades’ has easily racked up the most amount of plays out of all of my purchases so far this year. I can happily say the second volume is catching up on that number of plays, while having come out 3 months after the first. The still-mysterious Crue opens the EP with “VCO Mfkr”, an incredibly raw, acid jam with a kick that hits hard. It has a more classic, techier sound than all of the other Crue...
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Concept e25 – Garage Sessions 1 (Wax Classic)

This week finally sees the release of Garage Sessions 1 on Wax Classic, the incredibly popular off-shoot of French label Skylax Records. It follows contributions from the likes of Montel and Adryiano earlier in 2013. Treating us this time are French production partners Frederic Boeuf and Lionel Cadix, aka Concept e25. These guys have big shoes to fill after the previous releases on Wax Classic, and I’m glad to say that they do not disappoint. Both “What Did You Say” and “Feel Strong” begin the Garage Sessions with punchy basslines, filtered chords, layered drums and catchy vocals, with the latter track being the deeper cut of the two. However, my picks of the EP lay on the B-side.“Around” has an early Kerri Chandler feel to it but Concept e25 make sure to avoid imitation here. Unlike many other producers today, they use their inspiration to...
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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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