Demarkus Lewis - Find A Way (Viva Recordings)

With a multi-page discography of releases dating back over 15 years, Demarkus Lewis is one of the hardest working men in house music, regularly adding to his diverse string of underground floor fillers. Mastering many house styles, Demarkus has released tech-house bombs on Nervous Records, soulful nuggets on Kingstreet Soundz, hypnotizing afro-rhythms on Slip n Slide, and everything in-between on his own Grin Music imprint. Demarkus now returns to Viva Recordings with “Find A Way,” his follow-up to 2016’s phenomenal “Self Is Steam.”

Find A Way” is a mesmerizing deep house cut built upon a shimmering motif of cut-up bell-like patterns over Demarkus’s punchy four-on-the-floor rhythm. Ethereal vocal snippets and echoed stabs playfully enter and exit the track, taking the listener on an evocative ride. Demarkus also provides an Alt-Broken Mix which transforms the straight rhythm into a subtle breakbeat and adds a few more melodic elements. Rounding out the single is the spacious bonus track “Downside Up.” Combing an old school Detroit-sensibility through Demarkus Lewis’s production prowess, the cut deftly mashes winding pads, bouncing snare fills, and splashes of truncated vocals into a sly house music jewel.

Giom (Supremus Records) – “The Broken mix is for me, very nice.”
Michael Serafini (Gramaphone Records / Smart Bar) – “Nice work Demarkus! Both versions of Find A Way are solid.”
Tyree Cooper (Chicago Vinyl Records) – “I’m feelin’ this EP. You can’t go wrong with Demarkus.”
Henri Kohn (Conya / Cubstar) – “Great! In my Traxsource top 10.”
Marcelo Tavares (Deep Space Podcast) – “This EP is great! Another bomb from Demarkus.”
Matt Prehn (Oh So Coy) – “I’m feeling ‘Downside Up’. Great groove that pulls you in.”
Greg Dowling (Fish Go Deep) – “I’ve been playing and supporting Demarkus music for years. Love this one, real deep house vibes.”
Raoul Lambert (We Play House Recordings) – “This has a nice Atjazz vibe to it. Can’t make up my mind as to which mix I prefer, both are equally good.”
SimonG (Volcano Radio) – “Lush, sultry sounds from a master.”
DJ Osric (Black and Blue Show, Perth) – “Smokin’ hot, and well worth the wait.”

Available Now From: Traxsource, Beatport, Apple Music, And Spotify.

Linnea Dale & Of Norway - High Hopes (Of Norway Versions) [Beatservice Records]

Oslo-based duo Of Norway — comprised of Vegard Wolf Dyvik and Christian Steenstrup — have made a name for themselves through countless DJ and live gigs and a healthy discography on the esteemed Connaisseur Recordings. And Linnea Dale is a rising Norwegian singer, known as a popular contestant on Idol Norway before releasing a pair of solo albums on Warner Music Norway. Linnea has guested as vocalist on Of Norway’s recordings.

The collaboration continues with “High Hopes.” a song from Linnea’s most recent album, remixed by Of Norway. The track has been a secret weapon in the hands of a select few DJs, now finally receiving a wide release through Beatservice Recordings. It’s a soaring affair, deftly merging Of Norway’s driving electronics with Linnea’s evocative vocals and lyrics. The full version is accompanied on this release by a sparser Dub and a radio/playlist-ready edited version. Dive deep into the underground club sound of Norway.

Ulysses (Neurotic Drum Band) – “Vegard’s music is smooth as always.”
Black Alley (In Control Radio show) – “Thumpin’ and Pumpin’. Right down my alley!”
Jon Fugler (XLNT Radio Show) – “Deep & Lovely.”
Sean Johnston (Hardway Bros) – “This is lovely!”
Tyler Stadius (Deepsite) – “Love the dub. Tripped out.”
JEPE (Moodmusic) – “Excellent work. I’m a fan of Of Norway, and this is no exception.”
Patrick Balzat (BXFM / Vibration) – “Great tool for sunny outdoor afternoons.”
Dale Middleton (Sudbeat / Sunsidence Sounds) – “Loving the remix here. Full support!”
Simon Kirk (Stag Beetle Radio Show) – “Wicked release! Love the vocals against the perfectly paced dark background. Futurists!”
Clive Craske (RadioReverb, Brighton) – “Beatservice certainly know how to pick 'em! Crisp production pairs the sultry yet edgy vocal with rubberized bass, electro arpeggiation and solid house beats that don't overdo the claps.”

Available Now From: Beatport, Juno Download, Apple Music, And Spotify.

Various Artists - The Lost Tracks (Cha Cha Project Recordings)

Los Angeles soulful house label Cha Cha Project Recordings has been going from strength-to-strength, now spotlighting three of the label’s core producers and a trio of vital Lost Tracks.

The EP launches with label don Juan Hoerni in collaboration with the amazing vocalist Chezere. With a discography of over thirty cuts for the likes of Vega Records, Large Music, and WAX, as well as his acclaimed albums Love On High and Move Mountains on his Cha Cha Project label, Juan continues to make waves in the soulful house universe. “Eternally Free” shows Juan’s acumen for deep, melodic music complimenting beautiful vocals, as well as his sharp production aesthetic. This sexy sound will create late night dance floor action for years to come.

Steve Graeber is an accomplished studio saxophonist-turned-producer, known for his work with Chicago house legend Roy Davis Jr. as well as contributions to the records of Glenn Underground, Boo Williams, and many others. With vocalist Julia Prudence, Steve has uncovered “Filthiest Disco,” a deep and emotive cut that fuses the Chicago sound through its drum programming with the polished, soulful Cha Cha vibe. Funky bass, guitars, clav keys, and Steve’s trademark sax riffs make this a DJ’s choice.

Also part of the Cha Cha Project family is Zachary Mouton, an audio engineer who has been collaborating closely with Juan Hoerni at his Route 2 Recording Studios. While working with Juan on the Love On High album, the two recorded the funky, acid-jazz flavored track “Dirty”, which includes keyboard work from Scott Wozniak. This cut is dance floor fire, complete with a potent breakbeat, a jazzy stand-up bass line, catchy sax riffs, and a wild guitar breakdown from Zachary. Cha Cha comes correct!

Craig Stewart (Montana & Stewart) – “Superb dance music, great work.”
KJ (Integrity Recordings) – “Nice vocals. Tight!”
Joey Silvero / Distant People (Soul Elements Radio Show) – “Filthiest Disco is a quality track with so much funk it’s hard not to smile.”
Ricky Inch (King Street Sounds) – “Thank you! Beautiful soul vibes.”
Stefan Popovic (DiscoTone Radio Show) – “This label simply can’t fail. Full support and recommendation.”
Tyree Cooper (Chicago Vinyl Records) – “Eternally Free is the business!”
Edground (Grooveland Music) – “Filthiest Disco is a great tune, very nice release.”
Alexander East (Planet East) – “Great vocals with the funk.”
Jonny Layton (The Saturday Soulmine) – “Awesome! Full on love.”
DJ Osric (Black and Blue Show – Australia) – “Absolute funky arse fire! What have I just been listening to? Eternally Free has got me in a tailspin, it’s beautiful. So is the whole release!”

Available Now From Traxsource, Beatport, Apple Music, And Spotify.

Jeffrey Tice - Chromatic (Harmonious Discord)

For many people, the rich tapestry we experience is a mixture of shades, hues, and palates that paint a vibrant and ever-changing outlook of our world and its changes. For Jeffrey Tice much of that tapestry is undefined. Born color blind, Jeffrey interprets art through a restricted lens. That has not stopped him from loving and appreciating the diversity of the world. Jeffrey’s music bursts with color, defying uniformity. A mainstay on the Harmonious Discord imprint, Jeffrey’s sound has evolved to encompass his many years of experience living in Austin and San Francisco, within two of the most vibrant music communities in the country. Chromatic is a five-selection project that weaves through intricate shapes and colors with common uplifting themes and progressions.

Chromatic lifts spirits and moves feet with perfectly tempered, well-intentioned grooves. Jeff decided to use a TB-303 throughout most of the EP, carefully distinguishing its use in each selection. In “Chromatic,” the 303 sits on top of perfectly placed melodies and collides with ever-ascending energy. “Haruspex” opens with dulcet synths and quickly drops into a proper dance floor rhythm. Tones rumble and dance as the song builds. Keeping the vibe light but the precision exact, “Haruspex” drives us deeper into the chromatic scape. “Once Again, My Friend” changes the mood with a rough-edged acid creeper. Packed with intensity and nostalgia-inspired vocal work Jeff offers a driving rendition certain to spark foot movement. Label front-man PointBender joins the project to offer a different take on the acid journey. In normal ‘bender fashion, the remix offers similar roughness with a smooth interplay of bass and synthesizer construction. The remix culminates in a melodic reprise of colliding synthesis amid blurred vocal abstraction and driving percussion. “Last Dance for Dionysus” closes the EP with class. Percussion-filled and west-coast inspired, this selection brings the fresh waves of the bay to the listener.

Nick Warren (The Soundgarden / Hope Recordings) – “Chromatic is a wicked track, and I’m digging the PointBender remix as well.”
Taigo Onez (Bang Le’ Dex Radio Show) – “This is sooo nice! Haruspex is my favorite, although I love the full release. This is a beautiful body of work.”
Tyler Stadius (Deepsite) – “Love the acid!”
Matt Prehn (Oh So Coy) – “There’s something catchy about Chromatic, fresh take for sure.”
Miles Buckingham (Radioactive FM) – “Finely textured and propulsive.”
Sumsuch (Colour and Pitch) – “Last Dance For Dionysus is the cut!”
Simon Kirk (Stag Beetle Radio Show) – “Loving the sonic diversity of this release with Chromatic and the PointBender remix topping my chart.”
Jeannie Hopper - (WBAI FM) – “Excellent sonics on this release, Wow! I’m loving Chromatic and Haruspex.”
Jennifer Kyle (Radioactive FM, Wellington) – “Awesome bit of Acid, great release all around.”
Hober Mallow (Mighty Reel show) – “Beautiful EP, I love the flow and emotion of it, especially on Chromatic. Full support!”

Available Now From Beatport, Traxsource, Apple Music, And Spotify.