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Soul Reductions - Got 2 Be Loved [Take Away]

When I sat down to consider Soul Reductions, the virtually unheard of production outfit based in North London, and their blinding debut for the equally mysterious Take Away label, it's probably ideal to refer to the classic adage: "less is more." Such is the case here. Despite the infinite wisdom accessible a mere finger-stroke away, my diligence at (lightly) scouring the inter webs have left little in the ways of illuminating information on either camp. It might be equally ideal here to implore a second cliche: "let the music speak for itself," which it certainly does...loudly so.
Title track, "Got 2 Be Loved" covers the span of the A-side at 7 minutes plus and anchors it's feet firmly on the floor while thick, sampled grooves encourage multiple hands-to-the-sky moments. Relying on a hypnotic disco loop that whips and teases the listener, one can only recall the halcyon days of the French Touch movement and their deft utilization of the "le…

Sleazy Peek: pothOles - Warthog * Saine remix (Common Labour)

We were first introduced to Finland's Common Labour when label owner pothOles - or Tuomo to the postman - sent a few records over last year. It's always a pleasant surprise to find fresh and unexpected wax on your doorstep, especially when something truly amazing comes along that makes you fall in love with house music all over again, as was the case here. We've been watching boutique label Common Labour ever since, so you can imagine our delight when a friendly inquiry hit our inbox a few weeks ago to see if we were up for premiering a cut of their latest missive: pothOles' Warthog.
Warthog actually did the rounds on a run of dubplates back in 2013 that was so limited even the Discogs geek massive seems to have failed to catch on and list it. It's a good thing pothOles decided to give the track the proper release it deserves as it's a timeless piece of mesmerizing, Adriatic deepness that begs to be replayed over and over. I expect to hear this all over the s…

Sleazy Peek: Ziggy Phunk - Jazzy Feelings (wewillalwaysbealovesong)

wewillalwaysbealovesong is a french house music label based in Marseille. For its ninth release the label is happy and proud to welcome Ziggy Phunk, copenhagen based disco & house producer. Here is the first track of the 'Cool Fellas' EP called "Jazzy Feelings"


The groove doesn't stop until about the three min mark or so where the tune breaks into piano mode and carries us through with some sweet ivory tickling and more stratocaster-induced mayhem. If you like your stuff in the sub-zero range and dripping wet to the tits with funk and soul, then look no further than this gem. Keep an eye out for this lovely release, the 'Cool Fellas Ep', and big congrats to Romain and Ziggy for nailing this one perfectly, will be on heavy rotation all summer we reckon. More killer wewillalwaysbealovesong cuts en route, don't sleep etc...

Tale of Tales: Chapter 02 [Lagaffe Tales]

Welp. Pour a cold one and fire up the charcoal 'cause the spring releases just keep on rollin'. As if our online carts didn't feel packed enough, another set of good times vibes is dropping for sale. Next up is a top selection of premium grade, grass-fed cuts from Lagaffe Tales. Don't worry either. These babies come pre-marinated with groove! Tale of Tales: Chapter 2is the third vinyl installment by the lads from Reykjavík and we can't wait to slap one on the platter.

For the appetizer, Jónbjörn and Viktor keep it fresh and local with a track from Felix Leifur. 'Eitt' delivers a dose of warm, jazz-infused samples sure to excite your rhythmic taste buds. Reminds me of a similar chunky jam 'Eyelids' he put out on Dirt Crew recently. Both awesome starters for the menu. Be careful though. You don't want to spoil your meal.



Like a rare fine wine, the bookend of the A-side hosts two producers who need no introduction. They've had a string of cha…

Sleazy Peek: Saint Paul - Loin des Yeux d'Hélios [Moonrise Hill Material]

If you're reading this blogpost, you're probably already familiar with the stylings of Lyon-based house crew Moonrise Hill Material. We're big fans of the collective and they've rapidly taken the scene by storm over the last two years. Sliding in the for the seventh release is co-founder Saint Paul - also known as Okwa - who previously contributed single tracks to MHM compilations, but now makes his full debut.

The Introspection EP is quintessential Moonrise Hill Material; combining disco and postdisco groovers with smooth, sample-based house cuts on the same package. While the A-side aesthetically falls into the former category, the flip gets deep and jazzy. In the B2 slot of this fine piece of wax lies our Sleazy Peek for the occasion, "Loin des Yeux d'Hélios" ("far from the eyes of Helios" for our anglophones). Man, this cut is straight silky. A jazzy bassline and rhodes combo sets the table, accompanied by sweet hi-hats and a tasty, layered…