ever-impressing uk talent james dexter makes a return to bondage-music this december as he drops his latest three track ep lets go back. 2018 has been a substantial year for london based dj and producer james dexter, with appearances at the likes of fabric (london), claire (amsterdam) and sash (sydney) and releases on little helpers, gruuv, deeperfect and his own inermu imprint in the past 12 months alone. with the new year in sight, here we find three new fresh productions in the form of his lets go back ep, marking a return to bondage music in the process following his recent remix of frinks sofisticate on the imprint. title cut lets go back opens proceedings as dexter reveals an up-front, bumping cut armed with crunchy drum licks, infectious vocal samples and rich, airy chords, before simple things utlises further rich and soulful vocals alongside crisp skipping hats and resonant kicks to guide the production through seven minutes of groove driven house music. last up, dexters roll through pairs refined, stripped back organic percussion arrangements with wandering synth lines and vocal coos to wrap up the ep in fine fashion.
celebrating a year since the birth of jacks house recordings is the perfect time to introduce jacks tracks va series. volume 1 includes tracks from established and new talent with two diggers from france with previous release head trip on the label plus releases on djebali, organic and more, 2vilas (wax igsud) from ibiza also with releases on organic and isla records , james dexter (inermu) from the uk with releases also on cyclic, dessous and poker flat. last but by no means least, miffy & miller (real gang) also from the uk with a previous release on in haus wax. a 4 track ep of solid underground house tracks from dedicated talented music makers.
james dexters star has been rising for a while now - the young brit turning out killer tracks regularly on the back of hugely well received dj sets. on his second outing for dessous recordings, dexter does what he does best - four slices of deep, funky and vibing house music for the floor. lead track drift is typical of dexters flair for subtle, edgy sounds, wrapped inside a warm and inviting groove. elements come and go, but the shuffling, infection feel runs throughout. take me is a more upfront vibe with a seriously bumping groove - dexter clearly well versed in the roots of house music from chicago. ‘whose rules ?’ is a snappy, bright and lively production, with a sub bass that will troubler some of the world’s best club systems in the coming months. the light, jazzy vocals offsets the groove perfectly - sure to be a big tune for a wide variety of djs. the last track of the release is disco deep - and it pretty much does exactly what it says - a swung, groovy feel punctuated by disco claps and balearic flourishes that will sound as good on the beach as in the basement.
james dexter has been incredibly prolific over the last few years, with numerous taste-making labels show-casing his ear for refined, dynamic house music. with his first release on the poker flat wax series, the young brit drops three new mission statements from the underground, each unified by a slick production sensibility and irresistible feel for groove. voices is a deep bomb - a shuffling, kinetic rhythm with oceans of space for subtle melodic elements and textures. spread out over eight and a half minutes, this is one to get lost to. point blank’s deep pads and detuned kick drum reference detroits classic house sound, the raw drums and vocal snippets adding a truly basement vibe. area 51 is another atmospheric late night jam, with a bumping rhythm track and subtle pad washes - stripped down and weaponised for the serious dancers.
timmy ps latest outing on dessous recordings continues the long list of illustrious labels that have been home to his house vision. now based in london, timmy has a string of emphatic releases under his belt, not least on influential imprints such as local talk, extended play, dirt crew and madtech. with safety first, timmys playful approach to the deeper side of house shines though. the title track mixes crisp, crunchy drums with warm, soft pads and a bubbling bass line - a deep rolling cut with plenty of punch for the floor. the fantastically named grim fandango is a little tougher, with the snares and claps snapping tightly over a taut, un-resistible vibe. timmys balance of dynamics is masterful, each element perfectly complimenting each other to create a tour de force over 8 minutes. bosh is similarly crafted - the original echoing classic 90s house but feeling completely fresh for 2016, while james dexters remix is a robust, deep roller. this is house music made with joy and passion.
sublime and slinky four tracker from james dexter on dessous recordings, steve bugs label for the deeper side of house. the young brit shows his mastery of the form with an ep that combines effortlessly club-ready grooves with exceptional sound design and a strong melodic sensibility. dexter clearly know a thing or two about creating dance floor moments, with each track exhibiting a classiness that belies his age. have it like that kicks things off with a chugging, hypnotic feel and crisp drums providing the basis for a cool vocal hook and thick, warm bass. no time gets a shade deeper and no less funky, while get to this points a little further towards the center of the dance floor. closing track 120 goes even further into the late night vibes with a seriously infectious groove.
legendary label large music returns with the 6th installment of their vinyl series showcasing a quality four track pack. side a dives into the deeper side of house with exclusive tracks from james dexter and talented duo purple velvet. side b goes straight into thumping house territory with a killer remix from montel on matthias vogts wobble track and finished off with a 4/4 stomper from legendary artist steve mill. get large!
piston recordings label boss rogerio martins is next up on his own well-established label with a new track that gets plenty of great remix treatment from joss moog, james dexter and jr from dallas. martins has steered his label through a dizzying amount of quality releases since 2007 picking up support from the likes of laurent garnier and john aquaviva who have confirmed themselves as fans in the past and this new release is sure to find just as much favour with the top dogs. >gonna be mine< is the one martins original and is a classical inclined bit of mature house music with sombre piano chords draped over nicely shuffling percussion. subtle human sounds litter the arrangement and more lively stabs enter the fray in the latter half but essentially this is all about the warm and inviting groove.
large music returns to the show with the 4th edition of large wax! four fresh deep house cuts designed to rattle the bins and steady the needle. side a features londons james dexter dropping a nu garage bomb and jakobin & domino from luv shack records with a deep detroit-style workout. side b continues with a slow burner from rising star sek and finishes off with matt prehn from oh so coy recordings and his warm chords and vocal stabs on love u back. hot!
another slab of wax from the large music crew and this one is a beast! four fresh delectable cuts all with the classic deep large music house vibe. side a stars berlins nathan g with a garage workout and evan iff with a nod to classic vintage styles. side b features james dexter working out a chicago jack track and denmarks jacob bech with a sweaty nu school workout. get large 2013!
new glasgow electro and techno label tremors presents our first vinyl release - aftershocks volume 1, a collection of remixes of tracks from our bandcamp releases. the a1 comes from electro legend dexter, a man who needs no introduction, remixing old boy s tracer. next up is james shinra (analogical force) one of our favourite contemporary electro artists, remixing arctor memory gene. on the b-side we have patrick walker (forward strategy group) remixing arctor s selfish lover into a slamming acid techno banger. rounding it off is relatively unknown hungarian producer david harleydson who has been self-releasing highly impressive electro albums through bandcamp. he has applied his own unique style in a remix of arctor the gulf.
leeds based beat machine niko maxen returns for his second outing on shadow sanctuary. two indelible, groove led originals are on offer here, served up with remixes from man of the moment michael james and label boss dexter kane. having already stacked up releases on the likes of hoarder and fantastic friends, it s been a strong 2018 so far for the pathway traxx boss. 300 copies - vinyl only, get it while you can
terrace trips is presenting their first release by anatol. terrace is a minimalistic positive house cut with some trippy synths which lets you fade away. james dexter (inermu/poker flat) comes up with a percussive and intelligent remix which always brings the crowd forward with his multiple kicks. samu rodriguez (serkal), moves the track in a more technoid direction and changes the mood to a darker atmosphere.
this month sees the launch of newly formed label rm records. rmr has been put together by dj and production trio longplay who say that the label will serve not only as a platform for their own productions, but alex agore / james dexter / longplay / m.a.x & lloyd rmr001 also to showcase up and coming talent along with established acts from around the world. the excellent first release features tracks from longplay, m.a.x. & lloyd, james dexter and the mysterious figure that is alex agore.
the 2nd soulfood release is presented by the greek housekid kindimmer. deep rhythms, soulful chords and full of sexiness. the british james dexter is on remix duty on this one and delivers a more uplifting remake on the original title track.
lower east launched in the summer of 2010. it was the result of a coming together of 3 likeminded friends: cozzy d, lee brinx and ed kane (kanio/dexter kane). all established members of the london scene in their own right, they combined forces to create a label with one simple ethos: quality electronic music. whilst the idea itself is unified, the influences are vast. disco, techno, garage, hip-hop, drum and bass, jazz, 80 s and soul all inspire lower easts subtle blend of 4/4 beats. notable artists on lower east include: lee foss, gavin herlihy, robert james, uner, nima gorji, pezzner, richie ahmed, puente and rosche, waifs and strays, and death on the balcony.
deep into nite grooves: mixed & selected by dj spinna - das label nite grooves macht sich bereit im jahre 2014 seinen 20. geburtstag zu feiern. um das ereignis gebührend zu feiern wurde dj spinna beauftragt die vielfaeltigen und deepen sounds des labels mit seiner unbestreitbaren faehigkeit zu erschließen. dj spinna hat schon fuer mary j. blige, stevie wonder, michael jackson, de la soul geremixed und hier bekommen wir in eine 80-minuetige musikalische reise in form einer 22-song zusammenstellung.
GUNSLINGERS AND GREENHORNS - POKERFLAT VOL.9 (2CD)
2x cd D28.02.12
2cds for the price of 1cd! includes bonus-mix-cd by steve bug. tracks on cd1 appear unmixed. includes no less than 10 new, exclusive and unreleased tracks from ribn, ian pooley, dj f.e.x. & ron costa, nick harris, aeromaschine, stuart geddes, nico lahs, alland byallo, tom taylor & gareth whitehead, sebastien san! its the ninth installment of the poker flat label-compilation reflects the current season of very strong & club chart provensingle releases by james what, daniel dexter, adultnapper, alex flatner & lopazz, show-b, roland appel, alex niggemann and steve bug & clé