VA – Nightfall & Other Stories [RS025]

London/Lisbon label Release/Sustain start the year as they mean to go on. Presenting a 4 track various artists 12” titled “Nightfall & Other Stories”.  Opening proceedings on A1 is Vakula, a regular at the Release/Sustain ‘Conclave’ parties and part of the RS family. His offering, “809”, is a percussive drum tool trip of a track, with sporadic raw percussion shooting shining across a positively minimalist backing. For A2, we see Italian stalwart of underground dance music Simoncino. Obscure sample work, and a repeating line ‘I can use a friend’, twist and turn over rugged, thumping, functional drums and bass. Furthering the quality of this standout 12” is Chicago house music pioneer Vincent Floyd. Rich in melody and familiar classic house sounds, Reggie’s soft jacking house sound bring a silky smooth, North American touch to a previously rugged, European 12 slab of wax.

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VA – Nightfall & Other Stories [RS025]

VA – Genesis Tracks Vol.2 [SIS027]

Sistrum welcomes the second installment in the Genesis Tracks series, bringing together four special cuts from Patrice Scott, Reggie Dokes, Eric Cloutier and Kai Alce. Label head, Patrice Scott opens the EP right – setting the tone with a smooth excursion into lush chord stabs and deep, low end vibrations. Vintage strings ride high, while tinkling jazz keys dance amongst the waveforms, making for yet another future classic in the Sistrum lineage. Mr. Reggie Dokes offers up nothing less than a baptism by sound for his contribution, going deep with reverberant rhythms and crisp synth work, crafting an interstellar afro journey of the highest order. Keeping the quality at its highest, Eric Cloutier’s entry is a deep, techy mover – designed to lock the dancefloor into a hypnotic state. Drifting strings provide the foundation for highly modulated, gritty chord stabs to lead the way through the darkest of dancefloors. Kai Alce rounds out the EP in fine form – stripping things back to the essentials. ‘Jelly’ is raw, bouncy goodness, simply put. The filtered down acid-esque bassline is nothing short of a call to movement for all believers in the authentic sounds of house music.

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VA – Genesis Tracks Vol.2 [SIS027]

Reggie Dokes – Afro Sci Fi [POEM002]

The second release on People of Earth is from another Detroit native that calls Atlanta home, Mr. Reggie Dokes. The Psychostasia Boss is back with his trademark jazzy, soulful house tracks that blend techno and house in a way that only Reggie can. Straight dance floor heat.

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Reggie Dokes – Afro Sci Fi [POEM002]

VA – Far & Beyond: Selected by Dubbyman & Above Smoke [DEEPEX030-2]

Ten years of Deep Explorer… The celebration started with “The Capsule remixes 10” that was released 2 months ago, now is closed with this “Far & Beyond”, a double pack vinyl where the brothers and heads of the label (Dubbyman & Above Smoke) make their own selection of exclusive material into groove and dark deepest house tunes from artists worldwide.

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VA – Far & Beyond: Selected by Dubbyman & Above Smoke [DEEPEX030-2]

VA – In The Dark: Detroit Is Back [STILLM3LP011]

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The ever-loving team at Still Music present yet another unmissable selection of East side beats, this time shifting focus from Chicago to Detroit to shine the light on some of the less celebrated talents operating in the city. There is boundless quality at every turn here, from the jazzed out tones of Craig Huckaby to the raw chemistry of Marcellus Pittman. Terrence Dixon does an excellent demonstration of wormhole techno with “The Fall Guy (Part 1)”, and DJ 3000 brings a demonic brand of slow-chugging house to the table. Alex Israel also reminds everyone that he truly is one of the most slept-on gems the Motor City has to offer, so get busy and connect with this utterly essential selection.

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VA – In The Dark: Detroit Is Back [STILLM3LP011]

Reggie Dokes – Once Again / Haiti [ROYAL008]

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Reggie Dokes returns on Clone Royal Oak, with 2 amazing tracks. Emotional and passionated house tracks, raw, unpolished music. Title track “Once Again” has received a remix treatment by two young dutch producers called Morning Factory. These guys show the same passion for their productions as Reggie, and they delivered a great edit version that added some extra energy to the original mix.

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Reggie Dokes – Once Again / Haiti [ROYAL008]

Reggie Dokes – Untill Tomorrow [Royal02]

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After his big release on the Clone Loft Supreme Series, and great tracks on Prime Numbers and Philpot Mr Dokes is back in the spot lights. Here another intense three track ep with tracks that ll give you goose bumps all over. With his special way of programming, his dramatic strings and light piano play and shuffling house beats this is one of those artists with a special musical finger print that one recognizes out of thousands. A rare talent which puts more value on playing with his moods and emotions instead of aiming in straight dancefloor power. This 12 is building on what he started with the Chicago Pimp release… Pure house tracks with a deep irresistible drive combined with joyful keys and seductive strings. Some magic tracks from Mr Dokes!

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Reggie Dokes – Untill Tomorrow [Royal02]

Reggie Dokes – The Golden Years EP [DEEPEX018]

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The Golden years EP represents the special tribute that Deep Explorer make to Psychostasia Records, one of the most influential labels of the underground house of this age. The EP opens the fire with Reggie Dokes that plays with the tribal electronics in his completely new song called “Mother Africa” and its exactly what the title suggest, a tribal journey through the machines into the continent. In the same side the EP continues rescuing a lost track from Eric Johnson planned for a new Psychostasia but because the big pause of the label in 2006 the precious rhodes and tribal percussion of “In 2 deep” never saw the light. In the B side we afront the personal tribute that Dubbyman makes to the Psychostasia label creating two remixes but in a different way never seen before; taking samplers from many songs included in the Psychostasia catalogue to create new collage versions from one of the first songs edited in Psychostasia in 2001: the classic “Black thoughts” and “Mother africa” the ultimate song from Reggie Dokes. The first one called “deep in the hole mix” rides the 4×4 rhythm into a neverending deep climax. The “tribute mix” pitch down the tempo in a kaleidoscope of different sounds like a musical collage. Of course that the remixes are a wink to the Psychofans but also is a perfect time to discover the sound …through Deep Explorer….

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Reggie Dokes – The Golden Years EP [DEEPEX018]