new years deal - juju & jordash again on downbeat, 8 records after, celebrating the 10th release. this is the recording of the live act performance at a downbeat night on december, 2015. slow jams with tropical vibes progressing leisurely in both sides. not too many copies pressed!
since the beginning we can see an evolution in jose ricos music. his sound is now more powerful than ever and the structure of his tracks have gained in complexity. the rhythms of his tracks, highly influenced by chicago house and detroit in his earlier releases, now are looking at the european 90 s electronica and dub music, slowing down (even more) the tempo. we can say that the his last releases on into the the deep and off minor are probably his best works and most mature, so far. dé,,jà,, vu, the 11th downbeat installment, continues to explore this route. here we find four emotional and spacey tracks, made by old synths and samplers which takes us back to the early 90 s.
nice price deal !!! fans of the classic subwoofer record label or deep4life recordings understand that the moonchildren and their spacey-yet-groovey collection of electronic music are just a regular part of the chicago deep life. with exception of special guest jalal ouissal, the other characters who ve made appearances are honestly just different chris gray personalities, he confesses.
son dexter is a talented producer who released two fantastic eps on larry heard s alleviated in the early 2000 s. his influences are really extensive and diverse: deep house, funk, pop, hiphop, jazz, broken beat, rock, t-bone walker, black science orchestra, miles davis, lenny kravitz, al di meola, the intruders...and you can feel that in this eternity ep. when the canadian artist sent them this 4 tracks ep, the downbeat guys could not believe what they was hearing here. 4 colourful and delicate pearls full of nuances, strength and optimism which reminds us that its possible still to find purity and unconditional love for music. house? soul? pop? just music. nothing more, nothing less.
g2014 is over and downbeat records, is back with a new release. jose rico and urtzi, come back again with another 4 tracks vinyl. memories from another life and no back memory are two deep house pearls with minimal sequences and emotional synths made by urtzi. at the same time, jose rico is the responsible for the mechanical and powerful aint, and the percussive and ethereal small island, probably one of his best tracks so far. and, as they did with that space is the place ep, they have made here a consistent release, setting their personal view of the dance music.
after several months of -silence-, downbeat is here again. the 3 chairs member, marcellus pittman is the man responsible for -do you like music ep-. -our time is now- and -extra credit-, are two detroit-flavoured house tracks with sequences coming from mars and melancholic keys with the unmistakable marcellus pittman mood. the release is closed by -happy to be here-, a gloomy downbeat-hip hop track made with mpc.
PARADISE RITMITO CARNIVAL (TRIBUTE TO JOSE ROBERTO BERTRAMI)
12" Vinyl UK27.12.12
indigenous travelers are ron trent and jose rico. they met at the madrid red bull studios to pay homage to jose roberto bertrami the brilliant leader and keyboardist of the brazilian jazz-funk trio, azymuth. the result is >paradise ritmito carnival<, a hot, melodic and percussive house music with afro-brasilian influences. it is presented in a one-sided record with surprise in b side
do machines have soul?? jose rico and urtzi bring us the 7th downbeat release, paying homage to science fiction and exploring the relation between human beings and machines. the result is a solid exercise of researching with hardware, which brings all the label influences.jose rico is the responsible of flight to andrómeda and hiperspace, two obsessive, mechanical but full-of-feeling tracks.moreover, urtzi introduces himself with ouroboros and terra luminae, two synthetic tracks with influences from chicago sound. four dance music tracks which go straight to the heart and brain.
after being enclosed for several years with his mpcs and synthesizers, josé rico carries out the 5th downbeat 12 inch influenced by detroit and chicago. the record starts with september rain, a classic deep house track with warm percussion, deep synths and a jazzy piano. urtzi reworks it into a mesmerizing theme with spooky synths and a naïve bassline. then its on to stage, with raw drums, hammond and keyboards somewhere between tetrode and deep transportation. the record is closed by ciclico with a super-bass and a catchy melody. absolutely hypnotic. a diverse release for deep house lovers.
the 4th downbeat release is by darand land. a talented producer who in the beginning of the century, released several jewels on deep4life. now, after years of introspection, he presents 5 deep house tracks with warm and smooth synth lines where it can be guessed his self-confessed predilection for larry heard and wayne gardiner. music with soul for dancing with eyes closed.
in the 3rd downbeat release, the main star is the waldorf sound. this release means the debut of one of the heads of the label, jose rico. his two tracks (restructure again and >about it<) are obsessive, direct and forceful and define clearly his tastes and influences. detroit and above all, detroit. on side b, (the essential) mike huckaby gives us a bright pearl with a piano solo reminding us of his works on deep transportation. slow but sure
its really difficult to find something truly original nowadays. something different, something personal. juju & jordash are this and much more. for the second downbeat, they give us two times 10 minutes gems. psychodelic, dubby and slow beats with a bit of raw and acid elements in a continuous evolution. pure juju & jordash sound… 100% downbeat style… music with soul in a corporeal container….. this label is dedicated to yagoba. aupa!