DJ QU – Conjur [SMR016]

DJ Qu returns with his sophomore album ‘Conjure’ out on Strength Music Recordings. Five years on from the release of his debut album, Gymnastics, Ramon Lisandro Quezada finally serves up a follow-up. ‘Conjure’ is a fine set that neatly showcases the varied sides of the prolific deep house producer’s output. So, we get Iberican tribal drums fused with hazy trumpet solos (“Feed Off Of”), dreamy ambience (“Candlelit”), groovy downtempo beats (the hip-hop influenced “Supafly”), sumptuous and sensual dancefloor deepness (“Lotus (In Memory Of)”), and dark, intense, occasionally dubbed-out late night business (“Whistle Song”, “Visitation”, the stripped-back hip-house of “Toc”). There’s little in the way of filler or fluff, and plenty of playable, club-ready material.

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DJ QU – Conjur [SMR016]

DJ QU – Redtones EP [SMR015]

By his own prolific standards, veteran deep house/techno producer Ramon Lisandro Quezada – better known since 2005 as DJ Qu – has been rather quiet of late.  Several bases are covered on the Redtones EP. Contrast, for example, the drifting, sci-fi chords and dense, deep house goes tribal rhythms of the title track, with the picturesque pianos and crackly samples of downtempo bonus “Sadness In The Static”. Best of all, though, is “Sweaty”, a formidably wonky fusion of psychedelic electronics, trippy effects and throbbing, grime encrusted house beats.

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DJ QU – Redtones EP [SMR015]

DJ QU – Raw 7 [SMR014]

DJ Qu – aka New York-based producer Ramon Lisandro Quezada – has been doing his thing since the mid-2000s, delivering spacey deep house cuts. There’s more stargazing fare to be found on his latest EP on Strength Music. “Raw 7” has a real sci-fi feel, with alien synths melodies and outer-space stabs riding a powerful, cymbal-driven rhythm. “Untitled (High Life)” is a little more relaxed, with picturesque electronic melodies complimenting a dense, afro-influenced house groove. It’s floor-friendly enough, but positive enough for home listening, too. Finally, “Soma” is thrillingly deep, transporting listeners to the far reaches of the galaxy via endless chords and shuffling percussion.

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DJ QU – Raw 7 [SMR014]

VA – Reiterate Vol. 2 [RMG002]

Reiterate bounds back in the room with a 2nd iteration, this time with edits by JTC, DJ QU & a remix by New York’s Steve-Oh. Strictly dancefloor reworks of Dinosaur, Rafael Villafane, Bee Gees, & Liaisons Dangereuses.

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VA – Reiterate Vol. 2 [RMG002]

VA – Alphabet Soul [INMR004]

Anderson is doffing his curatorial cap with the latest release on his own Inimeg Recordings label entitled Exchange Place presents Alphabet Soul. Productions from Anderson bookend the record and in between DJ QU and Nicuri offer some strong representation for the esteemed Strength Music camp. Lead track “She Is Afraid” finds Anderson working once more with Ebony Ugo, whose treated vocals complement the bugged out house backing perfectly. “Alphabet Soul” from DJ QU could almost be a Pangaea production whilst “Navigation 8th Density” finds Nicuri combining taut techno rhythmics with an underlying cosmic sense of light. If you enjoyed Anderson’s late 2013 Dekmantel dalliance you will most certainly dig final track “Linguistic Command”.

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VA – Alphabet Soul [INMR004]

VA – Semesters III [SMR013]

Four years on from the previous instalment, DJ QU’s Strength Music returns with a third edition of their Semesters series, with contributions from Pixel Music, Nicuri and QU himself this time around. Leading the way is “M- Theory” from Pixel Music, a lesser spotted alias of Italian producer Massimiliano ‘Hazylujah’ Vianello which selfishly grips the entire A Side and quite rightly so as it’s a potent production filled with mind bending potential. Having recently flirted with Joey Anderson’s Inimeg operation, Nicuri returns to the Strength cause on the B Side offering the pensive deepness of “Thoughts Of You” whilst DJ QU signs off the 12″ with the bugged out beat down of “Undescribed (Believer)” which is what Parliament would be making if they were to surface in today’s sonic climate.

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VA – Semesters III [SMR013]

JTC – Valley Road (We Are 1) [SPC114]

Tadd’s acid warrior alter ego, JTC, returns to Spectral Sound a label he’s been a part of for at least a decade and with it comes an onslaught of house and funk to fill up a dancefloor. ”Valley Road (We Are 1)” has a classic Detroit sound that could easily find its way into Mike Huckaby or Rick Wade’s DJ bags, and includes the assurance that ”together we are one.” After the intense and dark Creep Acid 2xLP that came out on Nation in 2011, it’s impressive to see the former Mr. Cotton return with something so fun and buoyant. The DJ QU remix is a perfect accompaniment, coating the original version’s classic New York house elements with a deeper, hypnotic tribal rhythm that can be heard at QU’s late-night warehouse sets where Queens meets nowhere.

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JTC – Valley Road (We Are 1) [SPC114]

Unsound Festival 2013 @ Kraków (Poland) 13-20.10.2013

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DJ Qu – Eden / Do This Here [YYGREC002]

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The second series of yygrec comes from DJ QU. The 2 new tracks unleashes yet another underground vibe with a dark, mysterious, composed simple touch.  More than anything, the uplifting rhythm unique to a former dancer will surely capture and fulfill your senses.

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DJ Qu – Eden / Do This Here [YYGREC002]

Andrew Grant & Lomez – 3rdwave [EDEC006]

Andrew Grant teams up again with Lomez for the sixth release on EDEC Music Outlet. “3rd Wave” definitely nods to the Stateside influence with its classic touches, smooth synth chords and spoken vocal drops. New Jersey´s DJ Qu with his signature cut ups and splices delivers a rework to completes the package.

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Andrew Grant & Lomez – 3rdwave [EDEC006]

VA – Tri-State EP [CO001]

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The Corner is a new imprint from Anthony Parasole. The concept is complete D.I.Y. like the great street labels of the nineties, from Nervous to Rawkus – music with no boundaries! The first track up, ‘Cuttin’ Headz (Tribute)’ is by Nor’Easter which is an ode to the interlude; a tribute track to early nineties Hip-Hop! ‘Times Like This’ by Dj Qu is a fresh, driving, deep and forward moving percussive dance floor thumper. Then there is ‘Tri-State’ by Nor’Easter, a gritty NY Hip-Hop track.

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VA – Tri-State EP [CO001]

DJ Jus-Ed – Endurance [UQCD044]

Following numerous mix CDs, singles and doublepack vinyl EPs in 2011, jus-Ed begins 2012 with a typically impressive collection of soft-focus deep house with a rugged, floor-friendly edge. As ever, there’s a high musical content (see the haunting acid bass and twinkling pianos of “Confused Passion”), alongside rougher cuts that explore the darker recesses of early morning deep house. Take, for example, the dreamy synths and ice-cold acid of “Trip To Hamburg” or liquid atmospherics of “Mr Pete’s Cribby”. Like the rest of Endurance, they’re inspirationally melodic without losing dancefloor focus.

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DJ Jus-Ed – Endurance [UQCD044]