Tuesday, December 31, 2013

DJ Set - Liam December 2013 Choices-Picks MiX

AD Bourke - Prelude (Five Fold) T
Genius of Time - Gliese 581G (Aniara Recordings) T
Neville Watson - Hot and Heavy (Don't Be Afraid) V
C.Robert Walker - Nobody Else But You 'Main Mix' (Offering Recordings) V
Owen Jay & Melchior Sultana - That Feeling (Moods and Grooves) T
That Plenty Herbs - Mood (Serenades) V
Juan De Dios - Missing You 'Always on my Mind Mix' (Nylon Trax) V
Takuya Matsumoto - Autumn Park Session (iero) V
Johannes Albert - People Say 'Fred P Reshape' (Frank Music) V
Brian James - Lord of the Shadow (Batti Batti) T
Kisk, E-dWard! - Without You (Apparel Music) V
Lars Behrenroth - Diserver (Deeper Shades Recordings) T
Tim McAllister - Can't Hide 'Original Mix' (stilove4music) V
V = Vocal, T = Trax
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Choices - December 2013

Owen Jay and Melchior Sultana - Movement EP (Moods and Grooves)
After Underground Quality in 2010, and Minuendo Records earlier this 2013 year the Maltese deep house masters put there name on one of the most renowned highly respected US Detroit labels, i.e Moods and Grooves. In this four track extended player Owen and Melchior show there jazz deep side.  Collection stuff!

Brian James - Lord of the Shadows (Batti Batti)
Surely a fellow Maltese DJ who helped spread underground in Malta in the early nineties.  This is his first release on the Maltese Batti Batti label, what is a two tunes of deep house acid flavor trips.

Sobz and Soulpoizen feat. Goo J. Poet - God's Peace (Soul O Music)
Five mixes for Gods Peace and the very good Latin flavored magic Sabela.

Kisk - Friends EP Bonus Track Version (Apparel Music)
After the three volumes of the Kisk and Friends series comes this Bonus Track Version extended player.  In this Kisk, the Apparel label boss collaborates in three of the five tracks with Undeep, Accatone, and Ed-ward. 

SoulVarti with Tantra-Zawadi - Jazzy Nights For Jayne Cortez (Peng Africa)
Seven mixes in this latest from Peng Africa.  My preferred is the Ta-Ice dub and it's infectious bass line.  

Juan De Dios - Dark and Light EP (Nylon Trax)
Juan De Dios makes his second appearance on Nylon Trax and presents this different four track extended player.  Underground, deep, and dub sounds here.

various artists - Tony's Traxxx (Tony Records)
Legendary Tony Hunphries selects eleven tracks by Luis Radio, Spellband, Tony Jesus, Rikki Montanari, Alex Font, Pako di Rocco, Roby Maas, and Jacopo Gagliardi.  Take your picks.

various artists - Late Night Serenades, Vol.1 (Serenades)
Four different artists tracks extended player.  The Plenty Herbs track Mood is the best in my book.

Moniker - Billy D (Circus Company)
Deep trip in the remix by Detroit man Patrice Scott.

Neville Watson - Hot and Heavy EP (Don't Be Afraid)
The second catalog from the Don't Be Afraid Special Edition series.  This one sees Neville return to Don't Be Afraid with this three track extended player.  I like the deep house Hot and Heavy, with the other two tracks being techno.

Takuya Matsumoto - Drafting Under The Stars, various artists - Goshiki (iero)
Japanese label Iero releases some of its vinyl in digital format.  The man to watch here is Takuya Matsumoto and his Detroit techno jazz sounds.

Genius of Time - Gliese 581g (Aniara Recordings)
Originally released in 2011 and since then has been one of the most sought after vinyls.  Now gets a repress and a digital release.

various artists - The Recollection Part.2 (Offering Recordings)
Twenty tunes all in Afro Soul House from the nice Offering catalog. Take your picks.

various artists - 5 Years Deeper Shades Recordings (Deeper Shades Recordings)
This nice West coast San Francisco label celebrates five years with the fans, giving them 31 tracks in one release at a convenient price.   Nice stuff with known names and previously unreleased material.

various artists - The MC / Son (stilove4music)
This highly regarded label part of the Still Music family from Chicago has recently transferred its only vinyl catalog into digital.  This is its latest release with four tracks produced from Rick Wilhite and Tim Mcallister.

AD Bourke - Prelude (Five Fold)
A new label and a growing producer in this four track extended player.  Deep nu-disco sounds with Prelude being the best of the tracks followed by the beat less A Night in Almeria.

Johannes Albert - Hotel Novalis The Remixes (Frank Music)
Fred's P remix of People Say is the top one here.  But the Moonin remix of Muskrat Susie deserves. 

Monday, December 23, 2013

DJ Set - Mix for Matt Pond Deep Systems Show on MyHouseYourHouse.net December 2013

Was an honor to be invited to do a mix for Matt Pond Deep System show this Monday.  Matt Pond Deep Systems show airs every Monday fortnight on MyHouseYourHouse.net and is an inspirational sound journey. This is the recorded mix enjoy.
Playlist for the Mix:
Lady Blacktronica - Feel Nothing (Little Angel Records) V
Nasty Boy - Fall Out (Old Future Music) T
Joe Drive - Tefnut (4Lux Black) V
Jus Ed - All I Want To Do 'Part 2' (Underground Quality) T
Owen Jay and Melchior Sultana - Oceanic 'Original' (Minuendo Recordings) T
Fred P - Come This Far 'Reprise' (Soul People Music) T
The Machine - Leopard Skin 'Joe Claussell Re-Interpretation' (Pyramids of Mars) T
Trinidadian Deep - Olofin Santos 'Album' (Afro Sun Recordings) V
Marcello Napelotano - And Now A Grace's Grass Joint (What Ever Not) V
Marcellus Pittman - T.O.M. 'Project Mix' (Sound Signature) T
Marco Nega - Voodub 'Sumbody is Missin' (Batti Batti) T
Nick Jones Experience - Nick's Theme 'Nite Grooves CLub Mix' (Nite Grooves) T
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Monday, December 2, 2013

Review: Owen Jay & Melchior Sultana - Movement EP (Moods And Grooves)

Debuting on Connecticut's Underground Quality label, followed by The Riot EP on Batti Batti and more recent a superb 10" titled Here For You on Spanish label Minuendo, the Maltese duo Owen Jay and Melchior Sultana head to Detroit with a outstanding four-track EP titled Movement on the highly praised label Moods and Grooves; the label with previous releases from Moodymann, Kyle Hall, Rick Wade, Brad Peterson, Andres, Theo Parrish, Glenn Underground, Anthony Shakir, Mr. G, and Mike Grant to name a few. When a label of such caliber turns its attention to Europe it has to be something special, since from a catalog of over 50 releases only a few of the artists hail from the old continent. In this extended player Owen and Melchior show a new side to their various deep faces thus far, with a vibe leaning towards Afro Jazz house sounds. The four tracks in this player; Movement, Sentimental, That Feeling, and Mesmerised are definitely for the refined audience. Movement, the title track of this EP opens the groove with solid phasing drums and alternating rhodes chords leading to a jazzy break and followed by build up of raw 909 hats and snares. Sentimental is the most atmospheric yet soulful track of this release with saturated afro percussion, ambient pads and a brass-like chorus taking the listener to other places with it timeless melody. On the flip side That Feeling takes an old school deep house approach with warm pads and jazzy vibes reminiscent to the classic Guidance Recordings. The last track Mesmerised is a 7 minute broken-beat Afro jazz masterpiece with drowsing brassy pads and moaning leads.