Jay Daniel – Broken Knowz [TCLR018]

It’s amazing to think that Jay Daniel is still only 25. Since making his debut five years ago, the producer has been responsible for some of the finest house music to emerge from Detroit in recent times. Interestingly, he’s slightly modified his woozy and gently soul-flecked blueprint on this hotly anticipated debut album. For starters, many of the tracks – standouts “Paradise Valley” and “Knowledge of Selfie” included – feature live drums, played and recorded in his mother’s basement. This rhythmic adjustment gives Broken Knowz a far looser and warmer feel than his previous work, in the process elevating his deliciously rich and musical deep house to a whole new level. In other words, it’s an impressively assured and entertaining debut album.

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Jay Daniel – Broken Knowz [TCLR018]

Gnork – No Gravity [MAGICRS010]

The colors are stunning. In a single view, I see looking out at the edge of the earth, all the colors of the prism. Red at the horizon, blends to orange and yellow, followed by a thin white line, then light blue, gradually turning to dark blue, then black as the vastness of space engulfs the surroundings. As I looked upon our home rock, I saw many natural features. I witnessed a large river meandering slowly along for miles, passing from one country to another without stopping or hesitation. I also saw huge forests, extending along & across several borders as if these divides didn’t exist. I watched the extent of one ocean touch the shores of separate continents; then suddenly, a profound thought came over me as I looked down on all this….The Birds Don’t Fly This High

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Gnork – No Gravity [MAGICRS010]

DJ Nature & Damon Lamar – Shubaka 03 [SHBK003]

Shubaka 03 comes pushing hard. Dj Nature, the legendary Milo Johnson from 90´s NYC scene, is here at his best, with a magical downtempo house track with a crispy bass line, and mystery keys. Damon Lamar well-known for his contribution to the dance music with his fantastic releases on his own label, tetrode, (and his first works as ‘Baby Pop’), is bringing to B-Side an emotive, atmospheric and deeply rooted slow house track.

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DJ Nature & Damon Lamar – Shubaka 03 [SHBK003]