Wednesday, 15 October 2014

V/A – Between Earth & Space – Minuendo Recordings

Perhaps it is my imagination but there seems to be a rake of fine house and techno washing around right now. Must-have labels have been knocking out must-have releases like there is no tomorrow and this week sees the return of one of the best imprints that the underground has to offer, Minuendo.

Under the steady guidance of the wonderful Ernie, the Madrid-based label has produced killer after killer in recent years and firmly established itself as one of the most important imprints amongst the deep house connoisseurs.

Minuendo’s brand new twelve, Between Earth & Space, will do that reputation no harm at all.

Leading the way is the irrepressible Joey Kay, who’s got form stretching back to when Jack had a groove when it comes to sublime melodies and infectious grooves. It is the last few years, however, that his music has begun to find a more appreciative audience. And more recently, his Altered Tempos EP on Troubled Kids back in the spring is one of the strongest deep house releases this year. He is in fine fettle again here for the Minuendo massive.

The Chicago-based artist’s I Wonder (vocal remix) is about as seductive, sumptuous and seductive as soulful house gets without being naked. Follow-up track In A Trance flips the script entirely and is Kay at his most angular, robust and spikey, yet with a groove that is entirely mesmerizing.

Secret weapons are becoming a bit of a habit for Jesus Gonsev, producer and boss of the aforementioned Troubled Kids. He near on stole the show recently on the Batti Batti EP Giuseppe’s Groove with his wonderful contribution, Drift. He’s doing his utmost to grab the limelight here too with the beautiful Seppuku, a track so achingly divine you could rewind for hours.

Surprise package, however, is Allstarr Motomusic featuring Nicole B. from the deepArtSounds crew. The increasingly popular Zurich-based label is a firm favourite round these parts and with the sassy, summery classic Chicago house sounds of Little Trinidadian Girl, the imprint has been done well and truly proud. 

Check out:
Between Earth & Space @ Juno
Minuendo Recordings 
Joey Kay @ Soundcloud
Troubled Kids Records

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