love notes turns its affections towards the windy city with this exemplary 12- from chicago producer shmoo, who is no slouch in the energy department when rolling out the pumped up deep house delights of -sidehacker-. -intellect s intuitive waste- is no slouch either, taking a brighter sunshine approach compared to -sidehacker-s nocturnal veneer, and -limited trance- keeps the jack up while letting the additional tones and textures take things deeper. garrett david gets busy with -intellect s intuitive waste-, creating a crafty remix steeped in intriguing percussion without losing that housey focus that defines the love notes approach.
the latest love notes welcomes perseus traxx to the fold with just the kind of romantic, classically informed hardware jam action that the label so dearly loves. fears of simplicity kicks off on a celestial tip that reaches skyward with its plush layers of electronic melodics, while exhilaration of the new sports a distinctly mr. fingers-flavoured vibe that s impossible to dislike. half heard whispers is a lighter jam that floats along on an airy bed of pads, and then in our dreams takes the prize as the prime cut on the record, digging deep to depict a more mysterious version of the old skool house music we know and love.
love notes from brooklyn offers up this platter from a very exciting new brooklyn artist, subtenant. as it says on the tin, the artisanal acid ep is heavy on the 303 squelches and emotional content. each track has a unique pairing of soul and heavy acid funk. evergeen soul is the clear lead track here, using a female snippet to keep this otherwise tough little number dancefloor friendly. this track is then reworked by detroit underground darling, d marc cantu, who pitches things up into funky rave territory. the flip side sees the title track feature the most soulful chords on the entire record, and then on the b2 the artist himself takes to the mic on know how it feels. this whole ep feels live and direct from the brooklyn underground.
love notes from brooklyn is proud to present a brand new and promising young american artist in the form of tape hiss. these three moody and emotive tracks fit in perfectly with the label sound love notes has been developing over their last few release. the panic in needle park, the clear standout track, begins the ep with gloomy synth washes at a chugging, pitched down speed. that track is then ably reworked by fellow brooklynite, willie burns, of lies and wt records, who breaks the beat up for a stunted and unique reinterpretation. on the flip, love is a dog from hell brings a little acid to the proceedings, and traces to nowhere closes it out on consitantly dark and moody note. literates will note the bukowski references throughout. another winner for this label
we were very excited indeed to see the third release from the quite promising love notes from brooklyn imprint! marco zenin was a featured artist on the last release under his dj octopus guise, and this time he s featured again with his other project, the more techy/ more minimal die roh, who recently had an underground athem with their release on black venison. the duo here seemingly lean their sounds in the direction of the label s and offer two-cut ep which is their deepest effort yet to date. surely more djs will play the dancier a side, behind 6000, but for us, the groovier b side and title track genghis kahn is the choice cut. label owner, nathaniel jay, continues in the precendent he s set with each release having its own unique love note,authored by him, making every one of these records collectable.
casey tucker is on a roll at the moment, and his infectious brand of uplifting, full-fat machine soul seems to have struck a chord in many places (not least via his reissues on for those that knoe). after appearing on love notes back in 2015, tuckers back on the label with another salvo of colourful, charming and utterly magnificent house jams shot through with the inventive programming of techno. alternative faction is many things a bubbly acid track, a swooning deep house cut and a sassy broken beat affair and yet feels utterly smooth in its execution. that time of year has plenty of motor city soul feeding into its composition, not least in the gorgeous synth strings, and new mission gets busy in the swing with all kinds of bouncing melodies and rhythms.
long serving irish producer derek carr continues to enjoy a resurgent career following his appearances on for those that knoe, now stepping up to love notes for some of his most effervescent house jams to date. -sidewinder- is a sprightly, detroit indebted house workout pitched at peak time, while -stepping out- trips into classically informed techno for the back room crowd. -search for intelligence- is a great example of how to execute sweet natured electro, and -indigo- ditches the kicks to twirl into more of that motor city flavoured machine soul magic for the mind.
coming hot off his rather expansive cognitive dissonance 2x12inch for love notes, and also an ep for axetrax, tape_hiss herein continues his impressive run. on jacob s ladder, the artist pushes his emotionally wrought sound over cooking percussion and bubbling acid undertones. maspeth ave is quite honestly the nastiest bassline we have heard on a deep house track in some time, sure to cause spontaneous bass face in the listener. life as an echo uses soaring chords and synths to prove its point, and forests of my mind finishes the ep off with a pitch bending chord that pushes the track right along. yet another extremely cohesive, emotionally charged effort from this artist.
love notes reach their tenth release with a double pack from label regular tape_hiss. following on from two crucial 12-s that landed on the label last year, the brooklyn artist steps up with eight cuts of purest heat that remind you just how much mileage there still is in no-nonsense hardware jams. there s a consistent mood of immersive, undulating house coursing throughout, with warm, punchy acid basslines offset by intricate percussion and dreamy pads that sit easy on the ears. -folding space- is a standout track with its delicate beats and refined lead lines, while -no neck & bad as hell- brings a little electro bite into the mix, with stunning results.
love notes (from brooklyn) serves up another winner, this time with the sonic stylings of the illustious (and also brooklyn based) octo octa, whose not unimpressive discography already includes releases on such heavyweight labels such as running back, argot, and deepblak. from the opening, echoed chords and unique percussive qualities of eyes low, through the spaced out funk of touch formation, to the early morning vibes of i feel, this ep delivers on all levels. this is the 9th release on this fine american imprint and they show no signs of slowing down their sonic agenda.
IN THE REALMS OF THE UNREAL (PATRICE SCOTT REMIXES)
12" Vinyl UK04.11.16
san fran-based artist, tape_hiss releases his second ep on love notes and you can clearly hear both his sound and the label s maturing in tandem. moving on from the depth of his first record, love is a dog from hell, tape_hiss takes things into headier waters, going heavy on the acid and the rugged basslines on this 4 track ep. angelian war storm begins in exactly that fashion, with 303s squelching and bassbins rattling. this continues through the clear standout trackout, the vivian girls. the gears shift a bit on the b1 where sistrum boss, patrice scott is allowed to rework the vivian girls and does so in a warbly, dirty jazz fashion. tape_hiss then closes things out with the title track, realms of the unreal, which uses an appropriate sample annoucing, “this is me, yo. right here”, and it does very much sound to us like this budding artist is annoucing himself to the world in a most proper fashion. we can’t wait to hear what comes next from both artist and label.
the first place the world heard the lead track from this new love notes from brooklyn release, where pathways meet, was on deep house legend mike huckaby s my life with the wave show volume 2. pascal viscardi was one of many great artists to take huckaby s warm tones and turn them into a work of art. pathways. wriggles with deep funk and soul, and is paired with 3 other likeminded tracks for this very well-rounded ep. oshakusan is the dancefloor track, juxtaposing warm chords and an insistent sax sample over the a tough bassline and rhythm combination that s aimed staight at the floor. free at dawn is the fathoms deep effort, going miles below the surface in a emotional expression of soul, and and i showed the clouds (how to cover up a clear blue sky) provides a perfect outtro, and end to the statement made, making this ep feel truly complete.
one of the most respected producers in the underground, anaxander, contributes two beautiful pieces of original music, and has one of them reworked by deep house heavy hitter, the mighty amir alexander. lost my soul (in yours) is twisted little number, with dual synth riffs echoing off each other for maximum effect. a question about you uses jazzy chords and flutes over its undeniable bassline to retain some soulful flavoring, but amir strips all of that away on his interpretation, preffering instead to let the acid and the warehouse vibes have their way, taking things right into a 6am rave nightmare. this is absolute must-have piece of wax!
the second love note from brooklyn is with us and this time its the all-hardware stylings of dj octopus and steve murphy of chiwax fame. all tracks show serious depth, though untitled 02 is the stand out for its dancibility and force.
new label from brooklyn s nathaniel jay, also known for his love revolution label, and his work as half of soho808. original music by casey tucker, whose recent releases on boe off-shoot, for those who knoe, inspired jay to seek him out. on remix duties, italys underground don, nick anothony simoncino, of l.i.e.s., echovolt, skywax, quintessentials, and his own label, hotmix, to name but a few. nathaniel is promising big things for his new love notes imprint: this is going to be the best thing ive ever done. we ll take him at his word until he gives us reason not to.