Monday, 17 November
"Every clap, breath, harmony, and note was performed by Gabriel direct to 2" tape through a Helios console in real time. Aside from a dip into Pro Tools to loop the 25 overdubs that build the claps & stomps of "6 8" and drum programming on “Me Alone” and “Pour Maman”, computers had little place in Gabriel's world. Not to imply Bishouné is a product of vintage fetishism; rather, the songs are a humble and urgent bout of self-expression guided by the natural limitations of a solo performer. Gabriel's compositions revel in such unabashed personhood. "Eve… Read more
Solo and collaborative house productions by London's Fybe.One with Deft, Francesca Belmonte, and more, plus remixes from Warsnare, Capes, Boean.
DJ Qu's deadly outing as Passing States, on his NYC-based Strength Music from 2007. This is clearly the darker side of Qu's sound, and we don't use that term lightly. A-side 'Repozitioned Souls' is a ritualistic Afro-Latin Voodoo shakedown, layering truly haunting samples of what could be ceremonial sacrifice (we don't honestly) over his trademark shuffled hi-hat and driving kick drum syncopations. Flipside 'The Zones' is a bit of Qu classic, running almost-EBM style percussion with his unique shuffles under ethereal jazz keys and mystic chords. If you don't know, get to know. Recommended.
One of New York house music's finest lays the shake-down on ya. It's his finest batch of trax since last year's mighty 'Gymnastics' album, and he's evidently saved the best for his own label, Strength Recordings. A-side comes with the hypnotic, elliptic shuffle of 'Out', accentuating and emphasising his personalised Afro-Latin percussion influences and background as a dancer to deadly, body-synched effect putting reams of by-numbers, plodding house music into sharp and unforgiving relief. Flipside, he comes smoother, more sensual with the offset tuck of 'Swayzee' sounding like some deeply related N… Read more
Prime house music from DJ Qu! One of New York's finest offers two polarised cuts of connoisseurs dancing music. 'Secret Place' on the A-side sucks us in with warped rhodes and a heavy breathing sensuality adding a wonderfully organic and soulful evolution to the track. On the flip 'Circuit' builds from the bottom up with groaning bass and highly sophisticated jackers patterns locking limbs with a supple but vice like grip. Fans of Levon Vincent, Omar S and Jus Ed do not want to miss this!
Ruggedly effective New York house styles from DJ Qu on his Strength Music Recordings. The A-side's 'Untitled (Hi-Life)' lends a surprising dash of colour to his usually stripped down styles, lacing his Afro-latin shuffle with a bold, lustrous lead synth melody bound to spark up any 'floor, whereas the B-side turns back the darkside with the gritty, hip-notising shuffle of 'Soma' and the ibnfectious, dirivng whirr of rhythm mechanics in 'Raw 7'.
Damn essential debut album of unique House music from DJ Qu! From his base in New York, Qu (real name Ramon Lisandro Quezada), has become an increasingly respected producer and DJ, managing a residency at the revered HouseDanceConference besides his own brilliant Strength Music Recordings. After four years of highly sought after releases he presents 12 tracks of inimitable and downright irresistible Deep House music, the kind of stuff that makes most other dance music seem bland, clunky and uninspired. Qu's music does not go through the motions: it is a motion all of it's own. Deeply informed b… Read more
Vintage DJ Qu on Strength Music from 2008. Some serious tackle, this. The Main Mix is a bare-bones Afro-Latin House groove tool, nudged and tweaked with that signature quicksilver shimmy for deeply sensuous, mesmerizing effect on the 'floor, while the Hardknock Shaker's Dub places emphasis on heavyweight, booming kicks cloaked with a darkly sexy sense of atmosphere and late-night potential. If you copped his 'Gymnastics' album or have had the pleasure of seeing him DJ, you'll know that this guy is a weapon. Recommended.
Rich, late-night and old skool flavoured house trax from the studios of DJ Qu, Jus Ed and Fred P. At the top of the set is Jus Ed's luxuriant 'Maryland Jam' with sophisticated chord arrangements driven by raw oily bass lunges. You can always trust Fred P to go one deeper and 'It Is What It Is' takes it downlow with emotive deep jazz chords and lush strings leaving DJ Qu to do his abstract but heavily functional thing on 'Ahead', packed with hypnotic loops and a deadly bass kick to keep you going through the night.
Early release on DJ Qu's excellent Strength Music Recordings, containing tracks by DJ Jus-Ed, DJ P-Funk and Ramon Lisandro Quezada aka Qu himself. A-side Jus-Ed gets all Steve Vai on your booty with some naught shredding over over a rugged House beat while DJ P-Funk plays it cool with a downbeat Boogie entrance before shifting into swinging New York/New Jersey House mode for the dancers on 'Can't Boogie'. The highlight is Qu's very first release 'Air's Force' on the flip, a haughty but deep piece of individual House archtitecture with a swelling orchestral finish. Smart.