Ed Nine - Timeless (Groove Access Records)

After gaining much attention for his recent split single with Bai-ee on audioJazz Music, Chicago DJ / producer Ed Nine unveils four tracks of dance floor dynamite on his own Groove Access Records imprint. With the label previously limited to digital releases, the Timeless EP represents Groove Access's first vinyl-only issue and it's one to remember. Ed shows off his Chicago born-and-bred bonafides through an EP that touches on tough deep house, retro-tinged acid house, and bold late night rhythms. "Timeless" and "Almost There" capture the warehouse, after hours vibe with a seasoned precision, while "8x" and "Over & Over" bust the doors down using 303 swells and sweaty drum machine riffs. This is prime time DJ music.

DJ Heather - "Solid EP!"
Sunshine Jones (Dubtribe) - "It's very refreshing and so good to hear a stripped, Chicago-style set of tracks. Music to my ears."
Larry Tee - "Chicago!"
Hippie Torrales - "Nice old school flavor."
Jason Hodges - "'Over & Over' is choice."
Severino (Horse Meat Disco) - "Wow … amazing EP."
DJ Craig C (Pound Boys) - "I love this retro-feeling package … it reminds me of the good old days when it all began."
Dean Facer (United Colors Of House) - "Absolute quality throughout! Solid jacking vibe that can only come out of Chicago … a stunning four tracker."
Gene Farris - "Good stuff!"
DJ Harri (Sub Club) - "I'm digging all of these."
Jaymz Nylon - "A nee EP with great sound quality."
Louie Gomez (Bassment Tapes) - "I have always liked the productions on Groove Access and this is another really good EP from Ed Nine."
Al Bradley (3am Recordings) - "'Timeless' is exactly that … a slice of real house music which could have been released at any time in the last 25+ years."
Kid Enigma (I'm A House Gangster) - "This is an amazing EP … Ed smashes again!"
Rory Hoy (Howlin' Records) - "Lovely acid house vibes with this one."
Jamie Topham (CDPool) - "A cool quartet of classic house grooves echoing the halcyon heyday of acid and techno."

Available now on 12" vinyl from Juno Records, Groove Dis, Phonica, and Deejay.de.

The Narcoleptic - Robots Like Zombies (Get Up Recordings)

Get Up Recordings’ sound is highly influenced by the New York City scene where it’s based out of, but it is equally influenced by the house music capital, Chicago. As such, the label is pleased to welcome Chicago native The Narcoleptic, a.k.a. Matty Harris, to the Get Up family. His single “Robots Like Zombies” is a sublime, infectious, and very deep dance floor groove. With both remixers hailing from the west coast, Arturo Garces of Jump Recordings and legendary San Francisco DJ David Harness each smack their signature style all over it.

The Narcoleptic started spinning in the suburbs of Chicago, but it wasn’t until he took on his residency at Smart Bar’s Tuesday night party Pump, with fellow residents Derrick Carter, Miles Maeda, and Terry Martin, that music really began to unfold for him. His career has been a slow and steady build up with releases on labels such as Classic Music, Jump Recordings, and Loveslap!, all perfect for his style of quality over quantity. His track “Robots Like Zombies” is in a similar class, mysterious and subtle at the start of the track and building into a groove that is unforgettable.

Jump Recordings head honcho Arturo Garces was born and raised in San Jose, California, and has been surrounded by dance music his entire life. Interested in making his own music, Arturo got hold of a sampler in 1995 and hasn't looked back since. He has releases on both established and strictly underground labels such as Robsoul Recordings, Cross Section, Magnetic, Oomph, Smoke City Music, Subliminal Soul, Jump Recordings, Solid Trax, and Sneak Classics. His approach on his remix of “Robots Like Zombies” blends the driving, beat-laden beauty of techno with the soulful, deep melodies of house. This is the same timeless sound that has helped define the unique Bay Area sound.

David Harness has been described as a man who lives, breathes, and emanates everything that is beautiful about deep house music and classic garage. He began DJ'ing in his hometown of Monterey, California in 1990. As his popularity grew, he was invited to establish a residency at Tilt and the Sound Factory in San Francisco. His success as a club DJ led to a spot on the popular radio show Your Mama’s House on the Bay Area’s number one radio station, KMEL FM. Then in 1996 he started DJ’ing at The End Up’s “Sunday T-Dance”, and the rest is pure House history. In 2000, David started his own production work, which has led him to work with artists such as Mary J. Blige, Simply Red, and Alicia Keys as well as establish a relationship with fellow producer Chris Lum, resulting in the birth of their label Harlum Musiq. His remix and the Bonus Beats for “Robots Like Zombies” find a tech-y, syncopated beat and bass line rhythm, which really highlight his abilities to reinvent tracks. The melody mirrors the bass line, giving the track a fierce commanding harmony.

DJ Sneak - "Good remixes all around."
Chris Fortier (Fade) - "The David Harness remix for me."
Severino (Horse Meat Disco) - "Great release."
Lomez (Better On Foot) - "I'm digging those David Harness Bonus Beats."
Andrew Macari (Greenhouse / Tastie) - "Yeah! The Arturo Garces remix is a great jackin' house jam … love it."
DJ Craig C (Pound Boys) - "I love David Harness … his mix is werkin' me out!"
Alvaro Hylander (DeepWit) - "Arturo Garces is the man here … turning a dark feeling track into a deeper, moody groover. Well done."
Hippie Torrales - "Nice remix from David Harness."
Jason Hodges - "The Arturo Garces remix is the cut!"
Chris Harris (Tronicsole / Nordic Trax) - "The original is a nice mood builder."
DJ Di Costa (MoodyLushious Influences) - "That Arturo Garces remix is ace … absolutely smoking hot!"
Distant People (Foliage / Seamless) - "A slammin' main room shaker."
Shane Johnson (Fish Go Deep) - "All tracks here are cool, with Arturo Garces's remix edging it for me. Groove and samples all working well."

Available now from Beatport, Juno Download, and iTunes.

Roy Davis Jr. feat. J.R. Jordan - Take You There (Rouse Records)

San Francisco bay area house music label Rouse Records kicks off with a bang, revealing a single that's fully loaded with legendary talent. The incomparable Roy Davis Jr. is joined by accomplished vocalist J.R. Jordan for the deep, rhythmic, and acid-flavored "Take You There". J.R.'s vocal delivery smoothly recalls classic late night excursions as the keys and pads build, leading to a liquid acid line. The production is pure Roy Davis Jr., giving the dance floor a blissful moment to savor. "Take You There" is also a Chicago affair … a couple of the city's other house music legends join the single with remix treatments. Gene Farris (Farris Wheel, Cajual) delivers a rolling, high calibre version that will give the nightclub speakers a workout. Next, DJ Spank Spank, one-third of Phuture -- known as the founders of acid house -- is joined by the combo's newest member, Lethario Lee, for what is fittingly dubbed the Acid Soul Mix. It's an impressive beginning for Rouse Records, and yet another feather in the cap for the man that is Roy Davis Jr.

Johnny Fiasco - "Dope!"
Jask - "I'm liking this one a lot … big up, Roy!"
Groove Assassin (Pacha / Defected) - "Nice pack … I'm feeling the Spank mix. Nice old skool wild pitch feel."
Lars Behrenroth (Deeper Shades Of House) - "Spank Spank Spank Spank!"
Chris Fortier (Fade) - "Legends."
Craig Whitfield (The HHA / Restless Soul) - "Yeah, Mr. Roy Davis Jr. is a don of the acid sound. Only minutes into the original mix you kind of understand why. It's a slick house track with a soulful melody that evolves into a crazy acid track. Brilliant, exciting, and fresh."
Pete Williams (Natural Rhythm) - "Roy Davis Jr. does his acid vocal house thing like only RDJ can do."
RICKY INCH (King Street Sounds) - "Gene Farris adds his ace approach to it … tune!"
Doc Link (Liberate) - "Solid release … I'll be bumpin' it!"
Bruno Lepretre (Ibiza Global Radio) - "Quite good. The Gene Farris dub is great."
Willy Sanjuan (House Kingdom Radio Show) - "I love all the mixes … pure Chicago!"
Michael Fossati (Spirit Of House) - "Amazing remix by DJ Spank Spank and Lethario Lee oozing with a truly dazzling old skool feel."
Louis Hughes (The Truth Radio Show / 6th Sense Music) - "Twisted club house at its finest. Peak time jams to move the floor as they should! Great stuff."
Tee Cardaci (Low Down Grooves / Sine Qua Non) - "Roy Davis Jr. is the truth in a day and age filled with charlatans intent on faking the funk. 'Take You There' does just that, takes you back to real house music!"

Available now from Beatport.

audioJazz - Summer City Nights / My House (audioJazz Music)

Jazz-influenced harmonics and tech-inspired roots mix to create the distinct and eclectic sounds of audioJazz. DJ Bai-ee and musicians Dirty Turk and K Koltz collaborate to create imaginative music inspired by the house scenes of NYC and Chicago. The audioJazz sound is deeply rooted in house music’s past but feels like something soon to come, ‘future old school’ if you will. The trio has ties to New York and Oakland but came together in Chicago, bringing each of their pronounced influences to the group. The result is an exploratory selection of deep house with an inclusive attitude, often featuring vocalists and musicians from across the country.

Following up the more raw live tracked studio recordings of the '7 Inch Music Sessions', audioJazz provides a deep refresher with “Summer City Nights” and “My House”, newly prepped for vinyl release. "Summer City Nights" features the iconic voice of Yvonne Gage calling out for the return of summer nights after a long Chicago winter. Upbeat and hard-hitting, smooth soft pads, classic piano stabs, and a spongy bass line make for a '90s Windy City appeal. Starting off much softer, "My House" makes use of busy drums to propel the track forward before building into a swirl of psychedelic synths. audioJazz’s Dirty Turk steps in the booth to let everyone know whose house this is over a Juno bass that rides the line between deep and driving.

Mr.V (Sole Channel Music NYC) - "Nice pack of tunes."
Karizma (Basement Boys / Defected) - "I love 'My House'!"
Willie Graff (Willie Graff & Tuccillo / Freerange) - "Lovely feelings from these tracks."
Hollis P Monroe (Renaissance Infinity) - "'My House' is dope!"
Claudio Coccoluto - "Such a great sound."
Hippie Torrales - "'Summer City Nights' is a really nice tune."
Tyree Cooper - "I love audioJazz … keep it up, fellas!"
Jask - "Very cool."
Jaymz Nylon (Nylon Trax) - "A perfect ride …"
DJ MFR (Transport Recordings) - "Great release!"
Diz (Iz & Diz / Vizual Recordings) - "Nice all around!"
Vincent Kwok - "Great, breezy tunes!"
Joey Silvero (Distant People) - "Funky bounce to this … nice loose percussion gives the beat a great feel. It's working my feet."
Oscar McMillan - "Both tracks are absolutely stunning and absorbing. Dance floor magnets -- even further, dance floor magic."
Alan Powell (The Midnight Mix on Solar Radio) - "Both tracks have a very underground feel which I love, and it's fab to hear Yvonne Gage again."
Michael Fossati (Spirit of House) - "Truly glamorous old school-infused jazz-ilicious deepness."
Aja Allsop (Ketch-A-Vibe Radio Show) - "Grinding beats and a stunning vocal from Ms Gage."
DJ Deelay (Underground Sessions Radio Show, UK) - "Just what I needed! Some deep business flows … I love both tracks. The combination of tight drums, key stabs, and the vocal create moody deepness."
DJ Nova (Rodon FM, Greece) - "West coast deep house meets the east side's soulful sound via the house capital of Chicago. Five stars, no less, for this release."

Available on vinyl now from Juno Records, Gramaphone Records, and Red Eye Records.