Adam Nathan - Soulmachine (Viva Recordings)

Adam Nathan is a London-born, Toronto-raised DJ and producer quickly making a name for himself on the global deep house scene. Previously collaborating under various monikers and part of Toronto’s influential Release Records crew, Adam is now unveiling potent solo tracks under his name. This new EP for Viva Recordings, titled Soulmachine, has the well-honed sound of a studio veteran, with a smooth, warm sound and emotive passages. Adam’s roots as a drummer come through with the stripped down emphasis on rhythm, while melodic flourishes and dynamic builds play masterfully on top.

The EP opens with ”Soulmachine”, featuring dramatic piano chords and a fine, pulsating kick drum. The cut builds in a mesmerizing fashion, ending in a beautifully atmospheric breakdown. “Us and Them” gets into even deeper territory, full of synth pad transmissions, shimmering sonics, and the stirring, echoing speech that enters near the halfway point. “Coda”, directly inspired by the legendary nightclub of the same name, closes things out with a classic feel. Drawing upon the deepest influences of ‘90s house music, “Coda” is dreamy, multilayered treat for the latest of nights and the most intimate of dance floors.

Andrew Emil (Broadway & Wilson) – “Super quality vibes! Thanks for this great EP.”
Rory Cochrane (Deep Site Recordings) – “Absolute deep house masterpiece. Great EP, I’m loving all 3 tracks, full support!”
DJ Firefly (Couch Dancing) – “Delightfully deep.”
Ollie Blackmore (Soul Heaven) – “Nice vibes on all tracks. I can especially see me playing Us and Them at Sunset in Ibiza.”
DJ P-REZ (Not So Fast Records) – “Wow! This whole EP is absolutely brilliant. Looking forward to hearing this out loud, excellent work.”
Efrain Navarro (E’Club Ibiza) – “Amazing tracks with good sounds.”
Kiyo To (Kanzen Records) – “This is really refreshing.”
Scheibosan (Shanti Roots) – “Well produced, sounds very good.”
Simon Kirk (Stag Beetle radio show) – “Seriously hot release – 3 deep house weapons!”
Steve ‘Griffo’ Griffiths (Freak Da Funk radio show) – “Very nice deep/tech vibes going on here, standout for me is ''Us And Them'' with its Detroit techno styled pads and 80's keyboard flourishes. ''Soulmachine'' has a more summery feel with its laid back groove. ''Coda'' is well produced with an early 90's feel to it.”

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Zone+ & Usif - Laya (Wind Horse Records)

Helmed by Hamza, New Delhi’s Wind Horse Records returns with “Laya,” a collaboration between Zone+ & Usif from Bahrain (the biggest House Music export from the Middle East). Following separate releases on Day I Dream, Underyourskin Records, and Sol Selectas, Zone+ & Usif collaborated on releases for Akumandra/Underyourskin and Talavera Records before collaborating on “Laya”

Laya” is another in the impressive Wind Horse roster seamlessly melding house music rhythms, traditional instrumentation from Indian and other world music in superlative production standards. The title track is a meandering jaunt through lush soundscapes, deep grooves, percussive and hypnotic house. Haunting flute, keys, and pads weave contemplative strains throughout. “Aria” is a slappy late-night affair with driving bass sounding sonar depths and building slowly with unexpected vocals and polyrhythmic treatments, mounting new surprise midway through the nearly 10-minute opus. Give “Laya” a spin, and be prepared for transport to a globe-spanning ride suited to dancefloors everywhere.

Kenny Substance (Redflux) – “Two nicely done originals.”
Nick Warren (The Soundgarden) – “Both tracks are really cool.”
Fer Ferrari (Deepclass Records) – “Aria is the one for me. Nice.”
Chang (Chang Bang) – “Laya is smokin’. I love the mystical vibe and flute.”
Bob Duskis (Six Degrees Records) – “Love both tracks but ‘Aria’ is particularly beautiful.”
Aryan Sharma (Dimension Radio) – “I really like how ‘Laya’ flows.”
Ejaz Ahamed (Global Mission / Proton Radio) – “These guys are on fire lately. Great EP.”
SimonG / Deep South Audio (Volcano Radio) – “Both tunes are ripe for my deep house sets … Lovely.”
Al Bradley (3am Recordings) – “Really strong, warm vibes here. Aria stood out on the initial listen, but both have real quality running through them.”
Black Alley (In Control Radio Show) – “Beautiful soundscapes take you on a journey through the Middle East and Asia. Cool stuff!”

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Ivaylo - Manga (Bogota Records)

Oslo’s Bogota Records finds Ivaylo mining deep house with the Manga EP. “Magnatronic” ascends a slow build from minimal drums to washes of warm synth, while the re-work by Arildo adds slow-burning percussive strains to the original. “Nectar” balances dark bass with hi-hat strains, while the Danny Kotz remix amplifies the original with driving locomotion. Throughout, the production swims in the deep end of the house pool without feeling dark, and manages a palatial dive into sonic atmospherics while maintaining an afterhours dancefloor vibe.

Ivaylo hails from Bulgaria, where he explored jazz before diving into electronic genres. As Bulgaria shook off the last of its communist sensibilities and became a republic, Ivaylo took to the beaches of his hometown in Varna and fell in love with the deep house sound floating over from the States. He went on to perform everywhere from London to Moscow before settling in Oslo, where he established Bogota Records in 2014.

Vanilla Ace (OFF Recordings) – “Nice chilled vibes.”
Atish (Desert Hearts) – “Deep and groovy.”
Sumsuch (Colour and Pitch) – “Lovely lovely work. High fives all around!”
Pete Williams (Natural Rhythm) – “Arildo's Remix is a deep slow burner. Will support.”
Alvaro Hylander (DeepWit Recordings) – “So many good tracks and versions in here! Lovely release all around.”
Olle Abstract (Fisk & Vilt) – “Great release. I really like Arildo’s bouncy remix of Magnatronic.”
Jarle Bråthen (Full Pupp) – “Great release! Nectar (Danny Kotz Remix) is the favorite. Will play out.”
Deron Delgado (Paradise / Dirtybird) – “Lovely. Both versions of Nectar are great.”
Jon Manley (hOUSEwORX) – “Love the original mix of Magnatronic. Sultry deep house vibes.”
Simon Kirk (Stag Beetle Radio Show) – “Yes! This is superb. Arildo’s remix of Magnatronic is my favorite with that killer hypnotic vibe. Classy.”

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Bobby Duron - Say What? (Get Up Recordings)

Next up from Get Up Recordings is the Say What? EP from NYC relative-newcomer Bobby Duron. The package includes two original tracks, “Say What?” and “Untitled”, with remixes of the title track by label owner and NYC DJ / producer W. Jeremy and Chi-town’s John Mörk.

Bobby Duron is making his mark on the music world by creatively merging chicago house, the NY underground, and jazzy and ambient house, in a sound he’s coined ‘seductive house.” Duron has DJ’ed in New York, Chicago, and L.A. at parties such as Brüt and Furball, and at venues such as Stage 48, Santos Party House, The Cock, The Bullet, the legendary Hiro Ballroom (playing along side resident Honey Dijon), and The Eagle NYC (where he holds a residency). His first production opportunity came in 2011 when asked to submit a remix for Beyoncé and he cranked out two #1 Billboard Dance mixes off of her highly successful album 4. Duron has put his remix skills on productions from other artists along with co-producer Kindbud for artists such as Ultra Naté, Rich White Girls, and The Ones. The two tracks from his first release on Get Up Recordings are pure house groovers. “Say What?”, with its pumping bass line and splattered groovy vocal snippets, and “Untitled”, with its housey key patterns, really compliment each other on this EP.

First up on remix duties is Get Up Recordings’ own W. Jeremy. He has an extensive house music industry history starting in the early ’90s through working for such luminaries as Tony Humphries, to holding a 5 year residency at San Francisco’s legendary club The End Up, to working with DJ Pierre where along with label partner, Christy Love, releasing their first couple of records on his label, to traveling the world for DJ gigs from Vienna’s Lifeball, London’s Horse Meat Disco, and NYC’s PS1 Warm-up Series. He has remixed on Trax Records, Good For You Records, KID Recordings, and Kinetika Records. His remix here is a bit acid, a bit tribal, and a whole lot of analog house.

The second remix comes from Chicago DJ / producer John Mörk. It was over a decade ago that Mörk teamed up with producer Frankie J to form the seminal house collab The Sound Republic. The duo exploded onto the scene in 2005 following releases on Dae Recordings, Guesthouse Music, and Guess Who?. Their signature driving sound went on to play a crucial role in shaping the future path of Chicago house. In 2013 he and fellow Chicago veterans Trancid, Alinka, Chris Grant, and Karl Almaria launched Nü: The Outer Space Disco Dancing Society of Chicago, a monthly party at the infamous goth club Neo. Mörk has also produced remixes for Midnight Magic, The New Division, Speck Mountain, Change Request, W. Jeremy, Christy Love, and Goldroom, and has released music on Nu Jax Music, Seasons Recordings, Plus Plus, and his own label NBD Music Company. His remix here embodies his signature bumping jazzy, acid groove.

DJ Nova (Nova Planet Radio Show) – “The whole release is a dope underground weapon!”
Enne (Electunes / Karmaloft) – “John Mörk mix is for me!”
Tommy D Funk (Good For You Records) – “Dope as Hell! John Mörk’s Remix is absolutely brilliant.”
DELLA (No Dial Tone) – “Digging W. Jeremy’s Remix. I’m liking the balance of the 303 acid sounds with the proper Deep House.”
Marcia Carr (Mi-Soul Radio) – “Adept tools to werq the club floors!”
Lee Jones / Country Gents (Buslife) – “Crikey, the Analog Only Mix knocks my socks off. Amazing.”
Dr. Best (Radio Z – Germany) – “The Original Mix of Say What is the one for me here.”
Robot84 (Paper Recordings) – “Quality house tunes. Lovin’ this.”
Velanche (Club 91 Radio Show) – “Diggin’ the analog vibe … funky!”
Steve ‘Griffo’ Griffiths aka F (Fluid Radio Show) – “Nice selection of styles. I like the broken beat vibe of John Mörk’s mix, but my vote goes to 'Untitled' which will do the most damage for me.”

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