Various Artists - 10 Years of Chillin Music (Chillin Music)

As things warm up, and can't seem to get any hotter, one may be curious about a mysterious cool breeze that's suddenly, refreshingly flowing through the air. To many this may be a surprise, but to the Chillin Music label who -- by no coincidence -- are celebrating their ten year anniversary, it was something they knew all along when they took the temperature of the dance climate and declared: "let there be chill." They have the science of keeping it cool down pat and over their decade of releasing quality house music they've worked with some truly heavyweight artists. Until now, they hadn't re-released any tracks or put together a compilation, but on this special occasion they present their first collection -- 10 Years of Chillin Music. This new report, featuring some exclusive, unreleased tracks, looks to be just as equally refreshing to the dance community.

Among the highlights, label head Rob Slac gets the remix treatment from Birmingham's Chris James (OFF, Get Physical) of Purple Velvet and Coat of Arms fame. Chris goes to work on "Shake & Freak," applying his familiar signature sound with delayed and reverberating rim shots, claps, and metallic bells scattered about over deep, icey pads and a punchy, full bass line. Germany's Marc Faenger, a Minus family member, takes a dubby, minimal techno knife to Mass Digital's "2 Hearts 2 Souls" which he partitions off into sections of varying structure. Pezzner is a Seattle artist with a reputation that precedes him, known for taking listeners through figurative landscapes he's released on labels like Freerange and Crosstown Rebels. On his remix of "Trains Over Broadway" by Whiskey Disco owner Sleazy McQueen, Pezzner entertains listeners in a disco jungle with guitar strings plucked like vines by a canopy of chattering animals and the rumble of tightly skinned drums. Things get a bit more tech on tracks like Dirt Crew's smooth remix of "Again" by Pablo Boilvar and the bigger, harder efforts of Daypack Solo's remix of Sasse's "City Lights" and Ardalan's (Dirtybird) original production "The Sea."

Danny Howells - “Awesome package … classic Pezzner remix, too.”
Tensnake - “I like the Dirt Crew remix.”
Audiojack - “Nice remixes … Pezzner's is my pick!”
Tyree Cooper - “I'm feelin’ 'City Lights' it will most definitely work over here.”
Matthias Vogt (Motorcitysoul) - “I’m in love with Pezzner’s magic Native Language Rework.”
Da Funk - “The Pezzner and Dirt Crew remixes are the ones for me for me … very nice!”
Shur-i-kan - “It's all about Ardalan's 'The Sea'.”
Evan Iff (Large Music / Dirt Crew) - “Congrats on ten years … I have a quite a few Chillin tracks in my library. The Pezzner and Dirt Crew remixes are the ones for me here."
Alvaro Hylander (DeepWit Recordings / Balance Alliance) - “Congrats on ten years to the Chillin Music crew! This is lovely stuff as ever … I'll be playing some of these.”
Craig Stewart (Montana & Stewart / DCSTrax) - “Dirt Crew and Pezzner remix mixes are very, very tasty. Great work and congratulations on ten years … wow!”
Al Bradley (3am Recordings) - “Superb stuff right here. Each cut offers something brilliant for the dance floors, so it's tough to pick a favorite, but Dirt Crew turn in a sensationally deep vibe here. Wicked slow-ish grooves.”
Bruce Tantum (Lowlife) - “Tons of great cuts here, splitting the difference between deep 'n' spacey and pumpin' 'n' jacking! Really good stuff … I'm digging all of these tunes a lot.”
SimonG (Deep South Audio, New Zealand) - “Not dropping a beat … this comp just hums. Congrats on the ten years and the great work this label has brought to the table.”
Joshua Jacobs (Music You Need blog) - “Super deep and chilled out vibes that are great for end of the summer grooving.”
Myxzlplix (Subdivisions Global Radio Show) - “This is one stellar collection of deep house no one should miss. No fillers here, all tracks stand tall on their own. Chillin is a label to be reckoned with for sure.”
DJ Nova (Rodon FM, Greece) - “One of the best East Coast underground labels for years. It's really great to celebrate the ten year anniversary with Chillin Music and this compilation.”

Available now from Beatport.

Cure-Shot - That Body EP (Deep House Proposal)

Deep House Proposal is honored to present the That Body EP from Cure-Shot, a legendary DJ pioneer of the Istanbul house music scene. Cure-Shot, AKA Kursat Gencel, started playing techno and house music in Istanbul in 1990 with his brother Tangun, and proceeded to hold down residencies at a series of legendary clubs through the years. He can certainly be considered part of Istanbul’s ‘first generation house DJs,’ and the current, vibrant scene looks to him as a trail-blazer who is still setting musical trends. Deep House Proposal’s label manager Berk Doan remembers regularly sneaking into clubs at the age of 17 to hear Cure-Shot play and would have never believed that now, thirteen years later, his label would be responsible for the DJ’s latest release.

This latest EP opens with “That Body,” a bouncy deep house number that slinks and shakes with bonafide late night appeal. Layers of atmosphere and sonic flourishes abound, as male and female vocal snippets pop in and out of the mix like midnight transmissions. This strong track earns a trio of remix treatments with the first courtesy of renowned Berlin producer Sasse (Moodmusic). Sasse adds a pulsating rhythm and mesmerizing chords that swell and fall through the track’s build. The breakdown introduces some lovely melodic elements that put the icing on the sonic cake. The next version of “That Body” comes from Alex Arnout (Dogmatik Records, Turquoise Blue) who uses a drum machine pattern, an echoing treatment of the vocal snippet, and scintillating synth pads to create an evocative aural soundscape. Deep House Proposal’s own Berk Doan is on hand for the third remix, taking things into an even deeper, after hours realm. Subtly buzzing key lines, a solid sub bass, and swirling tones all find places within the wide, expressive space that Berk creates in his production.

Closing out the EP is a bonus track from Cure-Shot, the appropriately titled “Deeper Dreams. The solid, rolling low end with sparkles of processed sound overhead seems to be Cure-Shot’s technique, creating a suggestive deep house ambience that should gratify the true ‘heads’ filling the dance floor. A pensive spoken female vocal phrase and lush splashes of reverb help make “Deeper Dreams” a classic house music effort, further branding the EP as a premium grade release. With Cure-Shot on board, Deep House Proposal continues to impress … there’s much more to come from the heart of Istanbul and out of your speakers.

Tom Findlay (Groove Armada, Lovebox) - “I really love this. It’s got loads of funk and an excellent choice of remixers, too. Yes yes!”
Nick Warren - “The original and the Berk Doan remix are both excellent.”
Claude Monnet - “Alex Arnout made the job as usual. Nice one!”
Tensnake - “A beautiful deep house pack. I’m loving the Sasse remix and the originals.”
Jay West - “The Sasse and Alex Arnout mixes are both class!”
Lars Behrenroth (Deeper Shades Of House) - “Berk Doan’s remix is nice. I like the original, too.”
DJ Rocca (Ajello) - “Nice release and great remixes.”
Justin Harris (Freaks) - “Sasse’s remix is dope! Strong EP.”
Soul Minority - “Nice EP. The Alex Arnout remix is the one for me here.”
Shane Johnson (Fish Go Deep) - “Solid release. Sasse and Berk Doan remixes both standing out.”
Craig Stewart (DCSTrax) - “I’m feeling the original jam for the floor … great work!”
Al Bradley (3am Recordings) - “Great release. It’s a very tough call between the original ‘Deeper Dreams’ or the Sasse/Alex Arnout remixes of ‘That Body.’ Sasse just shades it (ever so slightly!) but a cracker of a release overall.”
Richie Hartness (untitled music) - “The Sasse remix certainly grabbed me!”
Bobi (Global Movement Radio Show) - “Wicked release full of dirty electronic stabs, pads, and tight drums. A perfect deep house EP.”
Phil Watkins (Kiss FM, Melbourne) - “Love the Sasse remix. The original has a place as well. The Alex Arnout remix is definitely in my deeper sets along with ‘Deeper Dreams.’ Great release.”
DJ Nova (Rodon FM, Greece) - “The original is a percussive late night weapon!”

Available now from Juno Download and Beatport.