Marcellus Pittman – Something Like (A Dream) [UNI1006]

Motor City veteran Marcellus Pittman has been in fine form since returning from a four-year hiatus in early 2018. This EP – his third of the year – is, of course, really rather good. Opener “Something Like (A Dream)” is particularly good, offering a perfect balance between the rolling, head-nodding, pitched-down lusciousness of Beatdown and the spacey, delay-laden warmth of more peak-time focused Detroit deep house. If you’re looking for something a little less smooth, check the low-slung, off-kilter, cyber-acid rawness of “Jamie 326 Tsot”. While rather good, it feels a little out of place next to the fluttering, stripped-back deep house tunefulness of “Breath Beat”, whose echoing chords are especially alluring.

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Marcellus Pittman – Something Like (A Dream) [UNI1006]

youAND:THEMACHINES – Behind Reshaped [ORN029LTDW]

youAND:THEMACHINES is the solo moniker of Martin Müller, one half of the Berlin based luminaries youANDme. A year after the release of his ‘Behind’ LP youAND:THEMACHINES presents ‘Behind’ LP Reshaped – an opulent collection of selected edits, interpretations and remixes courtesy of a prestigious roster of distinguished producers including Matthew Herbert, Steve Bug, XDB, Boo Williams, Sascha Dive, Legowelt, Marko Fürstenberg & Luke Hess and Basic Soul Unit amongst many more. ‘Behind Reshaped’ mines deep beneath the original’s surface and is a varied compound of textures, tones and atmospheres. From Steve Bug’s glacial ‘Raw and Reduced’ edit of ‘Drift’ to The Analog Roland Orchestra’s allaying take on ‘Desire’ and from XDB’s armoured and clap-heavy remix of Perception to Freund der Familie’s lucidly textural version of ‘Entrance Room’ the listener is ferried through a broad spectrum of feeling whilst a spectral and rueful current remains consistent.

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youAND:THEMACHINES – Behind Reshaped [ORN029LTDW]

VA – Chicago Service [LIH010]

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Here’s the pitch: ask six of Chicago’s finest exponents of bumping house and pitched down disco cuts to contribute some of their finest works, blend them all together and present in the appropriate space either side of two 12″ slabs. What’s the end product? The rather hot looking Chicago Service from the Amsterdam label Lumberjacks in Hell which features a merry cast of the city’s finest in Gene Hunt, Rahaan, Jamie 3:26, Cratebug, Hugo H and Boogie Nite across two hot plates.

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VA – Chicago Service [LIH010]

Jamie 3:26 / Boogie Nite – Do The Mickey [LIH007]

This latest missive from the Lumberjacks label features a mixed bag of reliably groovesome oddities. There’s the disco-jazz madness of Jamie 3:26’s “Can You Feel It”, and three wide-eyed bangers from the unknown Boogie Nite. Of these, the most obviously upbeat is the loopy funk/soul strut of “Do Your Thang” and James Brown-ish “Sexy Sexy Sexy”. Most interesting of all, though is “Earth Calling Mickey”, a Balearic disco weird-out that sits somewhere between oddball house and head-nodding disco.

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Jamie 3:26 / Boogie Nite – Do The Mickey [LIH007]

Marcellus Pittman – Pieces [UNICD001]

The long overdue 10 track debut album from Marcellus Pittman on his own label Unirhythm. Includes some tracks that were vinyl only previously, as well as about 5 new tracks, including a Jamie 326 edit. Pittman is one of Detroit’s hidden gems of production. A talent with an unmistakeable sound that is undeniably his own.

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Marcellus Pittman – Pieces [UNICD001]