black key records continue their run of top-notch releases, this time in the form of the well establish, and highly sort after james johnston. this 4-track ep features 3 stunning originals, plus a sterling remix from back to you records boss, dudely strangeways.
currently two of the busiest men in contemporary deep house, alex agore and james johnston have still found the time to establish their joint no matter what recordings as a potent outlet. this sixth release sees johnston at the buttons for sole control after a couple of split releases and the consumer ep demonstrates a further refinement of his own distinct brand of house music. arriving on transparent vinyl, lead track give him prozac sets the tone with a thick four note synth lead that accrues all manner of dreamlike analogue qualities as it progresses backed by those crisp rolling rhythms johnston is known for. columbo likes the nightlife takes things on a notably deeper path, all dubby chords and intricate skipping percussive touches augmented by epic sweeping textures, whilst face down and they had cocktails maintains the same feel if upping the pace somewhat. johnston ends strongly with the sublime analogue build of the sleepwalker.
uk don james johnston and german champ alex agore once again come together on their hot-to-trot no matter what imprint to lay down the law on their righteous tributes to vintage house music. johnston delivers some dreamy garage swing on >think about u everyday<, and takes things deeper on >do u understand?< by drawing you in with an alluring chord line that purrs at the heart of the track. agore is in equally feisty mood with some textbook vocal turns over his >in my soul< workout, and then switches up for a breezy, carefree wriggler in the form of >in your arms<
super split ep with full of excellent piano house , deep house cuts in 90s analog vain... 1st side made by alex agore (reminds me to the glorious ur - happy trax series.... boooom), flip by james jonston
for the next outnl we prepared a package with 2 of our favorite artists of the moment. on the a side we have a track by glaswegian james johnston who has had an immense year with releases on labels such as fine art, under the shade and boogie originals. we are very pleased that james decided to release his deep burning that was now on outernational. on the b side we find ben la desh. who returns to outernerational with the breezy but ferm drug carrier. while his previous release doctor bills is still making its round through the clubs and podcasts. we are sure drug carrier will even turn more heads.
following a pair of fine releases on fine art and under the shade, james johnston delivers another superb ep for no matter what. >after everything< is a masterfully created slice of rolling deep house flirting with disco styles, punctuated with snippets of disco guitar licks and dubbed out vocal samples, all held together with a sumptuous chord sequence. the comparatively upbeat tempo rhythm and deep subs of >lost the house keys< which follows comes as something of a surprise, and the chopped up piano which causes the track to erupt into a flurry of jacking rhythms only add to the proto-chi house mood. the rest of the tracks continue with the same kind of upbeat pace, with >get back to the feeling< interlacing a variety of female vocal samples within its 909 rhythms, and >xtc< injecting some serotonin into the ep with its razor sharp synth stabs and snares, whose rhythms recall the deadly precision of marc kinchens early productions...
for his inaugural outing on under the shade, james johnston delivers a deep and heavy house workout with three original belters that all seem to evolve and grow from a slow sauntering groovers into mammoth club rumblers. slow in tempo but huge in delivery all teeter around the lower pace of the house spectrum but as james layers them up all become so crammed with content they bust out at the seems and drive home in splendid fashion. also included is a killer andy ash remix of >there is always time to change< that boosts the tempo and utilizes the underlying disco sample to devastating effect.
nice price deal !!! the third release on boogie originals is another genre-crossing musical excursion from deep space orchestra and james johnston... with a remix from voyeur rhythms ben sun. title track chrome hands clockwork space android sound rolls out perfectly along the deeper plane of the label, whilst ben suns remix lifts us up with added layers of percussion and super emotive synth work. on the flip james johnston treats us to two entirely different slabs of the sounds that inspire him. faces and traces works the slower groove for the earlier dance-floor, and sunshine stars bringing out the purely epic. all the tracks are made for the dance-floor, mastered separately for vinyl and digital release, and will be in all the usual music outlets soon.
james johnston is on a roll! after his very well received release on 4lux he now dives in even deeper territory with these four excellent us-inspired deephouse cuts. we have the dark sexy groover >a new day begins<, the sunny rhodes-driven >drive around the city<, the smoked-out >haze< and the hypnotizing late-night workout >why do they wanna go<. a masterclass in deep yet up lifting housemusic.
rmr records return with another various artists affair that features great new tracks from james johnston, ruff stuff, timmy p and mikki funk. from start to finish it is an essential ep that will be great bait for both djs and dancers everywhere
das prignitzkombinat ist zurueck mit einem neuen release ihres labels zum eigenen club, dem aggregat. nach dem sehr guten ersten release auf aggregat concept series mit dem schwerpunkt techno, rückt mit dieser veroeffentlichung house in den vordergrund. funk fetisch liefert hier mit dieser ep zwei feine tracks seiner definition von house ab. der track >gotta get down< zeigt deutlich seine einfluesse aus den verschiedenen genres des klassischen housesounds, typische skippy beats, jazzy chords und discofilter loops bilden hier das house. bei >black is beautiful< behaelt funk fetisch diesen charakter, allerdings wirkt alles insgesamt moderner. groovige beats und eine tiefe bassline bilden das bett für atmosphaerische warme pads, akzentuierte chords und verspielte melodielaeufe. james johnstons (no matter what) remix zu >gotta get down< geht direkt in die beine, straight, fokussiert und sehr kraftvoller house, der zeigt, dass der mann aus glasgow sein handwerk aeußerst gut versteht. danke james! p.s.: this ep is dedicated to all the lovely people from the diamond s kitchen in northallerton, uk