Smallpeople – Afterglow [SMALLVILLELP12]

It’s been seven years since Smallpeople’s debut album, ‘Salty Days’. In the time since, much has changed in the world of dance music, yet the Hamburg duo have remained dedicated to their unapologetically reassuring vision of house music as-a-whole. With ‘Afterglow’ we get a record carved directly from the hearts and record collections of two individuals whose understanding of dance music appears to be some sort of blissful second-nature.

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Smallpeople – Afterglow [SMALLVILLELP12]

Lerosa – Playa De La Guancha [SAFTX001]

For the first release on SAFTX , Lerosa hands out a taster of the labels new series ambitions. Vivrant house music is most definitely the back bone of Playa De La Guancha as a whole. The opening is packed with a strapping rhythm section and a vocal cut that is reminiscent of the Trax Records classic House Nation. Julius Steinhoff (of Smallpeople fame) gives Soul Tracing a modern sounding treatment that completely shifts the feel of the original and turns it into an adventurous piece of contemporary electronics.

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Lerosa – Playa De La Guancha [SAFTX001]

Smallpeople & Moomin – Secret Elevator [CLOSER007]

Smallpeople and Moomin are two pillars of the contemporary deep house game, and the Closer label from Germany is the perfect spot for them to unleash their singular beats on. “Lack Of Lighters” is a tightly packed house gem that strays onto a delightful off-kilter mode thanks its wobbling bassline, while “Secret Elevator” is much dubbier and focussed on the low-end.

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Smallpeople & Moomin – Secret Elevator [CLOSER007]

Smallpeople – Crystal Fandango [SMALLVILLE048]

Smallpeople doing the Crystal Fandango. After a little while, Just and Julius are back on wax with a fresh three-tracker, that was well tested on the road by some close friends for quite a while- and it was about time to put out this groover right in time for the summer.

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Smallpeople – Crystal Fandango [SMALLVILLE048]

Julius Steinhoff – Flocking Behaviour [SMALLVILLELP009]

Half of the dynamic duo Smallpeople, founder and one of the steersmen behind Hamburgs Smallville empire as well as a producer and DJ in his own right, Steinhoff’s debut album comes on his own label. A romantic concept of house music that is at times utopian, the album gathers eight tracks that evoke late nights, hazy mornings and walks on thin air.

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Julius Steinhoff – Flocking Behaviour [SMALLVILLELP009]

Julius Steinhoff – You Collect Secrets [PLAYRJC027]

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Three tracks that nicely bend the rules of deep house and push bass lines into the abyss. A leading member of Hamburg’s Smallville Records and one half of the critically-acclaimed and party-proof Smallpeople, Steinhoff delivers three tracks that nicely bend the rules of deep house, meander the maze of trance-hypnotism, cold-forge metallic drums and push bass lines into the abyss. A record that owes as much to Larry Heard’s way of thinking, as it does to white rooms and probably subconsciously to James Holden’s art of playing records. Built for eternity.

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Julius Steinhoff – You Collect Secrets [PLAYRJC027]

Julius Steinhoff – So Glad [SMALLVILLE033]

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Julius Steinhoff comes up with his second solo 12inch on Smallville “So Glad”. Steinhoffs soloworks strike even more voluptuary with slightly rapturous pleasure. ‘So Glad’ makes slick moves with sparse chords and a frisky machine beat revolving limber square bass. ‘Slow Movement’ slips down a gear into robust Chicago jack mode and ‘All Of A Sudden’ gets all minimal and sinuous next to the plush late night swerve of ‘Speak No Evil’.

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Julius Steinhoff – So Glad [SMALLVILLE033]

Smallpeople – Salty Days [SMALLVILLECD005]

Just von Ahlefeld and Julius Steinhoff aka Smallpeople with a double pack full of forward thinking deeper house experiments. From functional to crazy wild and weird… which is a perfect combination for an 8 tack album. The debut album of these two young lads with baseball hats not only honours and delves into a sound that already peaked some fifteen years ago, it also hones and elevates it, without everfalling into the Reynoldsmania trap or being oldgold retold.

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Smallpeople – Salty Days [SMALLVILLECD005]

Julius Steinhoff / Oskar Offermann – Faces #6 [WHITE015]

A new release in the Faces Series on White label, featuring two sweet deep house tracks that go back to the early days of Chicago, but done in a nice contemporary way by Julius Steinhoff and Oskar Offermann.

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Julius Steinhoff / Oskar Offermann – Faces #6 [WHITE015]

Smallpeople – Black Ice [SMALLVILLE027]

Lovely deep house tracks with old schoolish metalic basslines and good vibes. It is time for the season of real deepness again. Smallpeople come along with another joint in splendid House Music to welcome wintertime. Dionne and Julius Steinhoff had an enormous success with their Meadows EP together with Christopher Rau on Smallville in last year’s autumn.

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Smallpeople – Black Ice [SMALLVILLE027]

Julius Steinhoff – Out In The Woods [GEO002]

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The second release from Geography Records is the debut solo EP by the very talented Julius Steinhoff of Smallville Records. Steinhoff sets a beautiful atmospheric mood throughout the EPs three tracks. Starting of with the warm and vibrant “Mischief Of One and Another”, then the straight forward yet subtle “Out In he Woods” and ending it with the mesmerizing “Zealand”. “Out In the Woods EP” is a future classic whitin modern deep electronic music.

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Julius Steinhoff – Out In The Woods [GEO002]

Smallpeople – Before Leaving To Paris [Laid05]

BEFORE LEAVING TO PARIS

From the great success of Smallvilles first label compilation “And Suddenly Its Morning” a new deep-house collective evolved: The Smallpeople aka Dionne, Steinhoff & Hammouda, Jaques le Bon and Christopher Rau. Hanging at their record store, djing together and exchanging beats and samples made the lovely Hamburg House gang around Smallville owners Julius Steinhoff and Just von Ahlefeld (aka Dionne) an new source of deepest club culture. Due to their large output Jus Ed from Bridgeport NY signed another 12inch of the Smallpeople for his Underground Quality imprint to come out right after their amazing debut on Laid Recordings.

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Smallpeople – Before Leaving To Paris [Laid05]