The artist names here might not ring any bells, but their music will move bodies for sure
Few things make this reviewer happier than getting sent an EP or album full of quality house music, made by a bunch of people I've never heard of. And making me happy this week are Belgium's Play Label Records, with this four-track of juicy house goodness.
Interstate get things off to a flying start with Get Down, a rolling, jazzual affair that's like a slightly smoother take on that whole Carter/Sneak/boompty-boomp sound, complete with brushed snares, live-sounding double bass, and brass stabs and Hammond licks straight out of a 60s spy thriller soundtrack. For once, the "house music!" vocal that comes in (quite discreetly) towards the end does actually serve as a useful reminder of what it is we're listening to, cos this one's seriously jazzy, Daddio.
Get Down would be worth your money on its own, but the fun doesn't stop there. Folamour's Dancing On Your Heartbeat is dripping in disco/funk flava but in a definitely non-tacky kinda way, and there's more fat-assed funk coming your way in the form of Siler & Flabaire's House Resort, which centres around looped slap-bass and augments it with wukka-wukking geetar and pulsing, surging pads. Completing the EP, Yooj's Alto Glide takes us into more chilled territory, with nods to both classic NJ garage and Italian ambient/dream house of the early 90s.
Final tally: one certified dancefloor killer (Get Down), three eminently playable supporting cuts, four new names to take note of, one very happy reviewer!
Words: Russell Deeks
Release date: 22 July
Review Score: 9