having recently made his inaugural outing on brainfeeder with “aphelion ep”. british producer ross from friends aka felix clary weatherall returns with his debut album on flying lotus’ label. -family portrait- is characterised by a perpetual desire to experiment and felix s obsessive attention to detail. somehow marrying an intricately layered production style with warm. heavily saturated sonics that elevate. rather than stifle. his melodious funk. with a handful of revered 12”s under his belt via breaker breaker. lobster theremin. distant hawaii. magicwire and a 10” on molten jets. “family portrait” showcases his ability to shift and evolve. moving from the world of lo-fi to the world of flylo. he demonstrates a versatility exemplified by the ease in which he can switch between playing shows with little dragon. holding down a peak-time slot in berghain’s panorama bar and performing live at maida vale for bbc radio 1. the double vinyl release includes a download code.
framework recordings is back with a very special. limited run vinyl ep that features five fantastic artists in oliv. o’hana. blurred. fred and ground16. and deep house doesn’t come much finer. first up is the low key oliv. part of the heady party collective bedford crew. his ‘submarine cruise’ is an effortlessly atmospheric dub house track. sandy shakers. balmy pads and an astral lead synth line all ooze underground class. o’hana is another emerging producer with an already well formed sound. his gorgeous ‘lune’ is another prime bit of deep house with analogue kicks and hits. subtle vocal samples and cavernous pads that melt into the horizon.
blurred are a young italian pair from labels like lapsus. safe music and hotfingers and keep up the cultured dub house vibe with more deeply enveloping grooves and dusty hits. the chords here are smeared in the background and sure to find favour with the more intimate dance floors out there. then it’s to impressive new swiss artist fred for ‘mw.’ it’s deep and house-y again. but this time it drives forward on huge kicks. with acid lines and icy hi hats bringing the energy while yawning synths soften the edges. closing out a tasteful package are swiss pair ground16 with ‘3rd street.’ cosmic in nature and with wide open pads. this house groove is another analogue beauty with warmth. smart vocal snippets and dreamscape pads. these are timeless deep house cuts that are deceptively simple and superbly executed.
this new chicago based label is runned by steve poindexter and traxman. the first release comes also from the label heads. track a2. is an remarkeble co-production between steve poindexter and legendary armando. on b2. traxman remixed armandos -snare yo azz off-. must have - not only for all chicago house fans!
nyc based label and radio show ethereal beatbox returns with 4 fresh cuts home cooked right here in the big city by two of its natives.
side a introduces the mysterious bowery hotline - a born and bred new yorker. crate digger. and crafty producer. starting things off right with tough and slappy b’more style rhythms and an ode to saucy diva vocals. “you tha one” is sure to shake any floor into submission. track 2 brings an irresistible boom-chicka mover “fanfare track”. perfectly blending rave. house. and that sweet snap of our favorite drum break of all time.
on the flip pastel voids label don metropol (c.perez) delivers a distinctly brooklyn sound with two house. techno and hip hop infused instant classics. “we accept ebt” is a guaranteed hype constructor nodding to euphoric moments of rave and chugging rhythms of inner city life. on a more contemplative tip. perez delivers “half court”. closing the ep with a kinetic reflection of his native sunset park and its vibrant streets.