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After a couple of floor-oriented releases by UK luminary Henry Wu and head honcho Pablo Valentino, MCDE Recordings continues its explorations of the dance music spectrum with a brand new offering, right on time for the Summer.

Now batting is nomadic beatsmith Hugo LX, who develops a new chapter in his multi-faceted discography with this 5 track opus, ranging from classic house to disco flavored jams, detouring through the ambient and jazz fields, always with a certain eastern vibe to it. With help from some skilled musicians on bass, keys and horns, he delivers a soundscape that aims to be vibrant, powerful, yet sensual and most of all, timeless. We think he's done a great job...


Henry Wu & Earl Jeffers

Projections EP

Big, big release here for cult label Motor City Drum Ensemble featuring Welsh house master Earl Jeffers alongside south east London jazz cat Henry Wu. Two massive household names on one of the biggest, currently-running house labels surely equals maximum hype across the stratosphere! Combining Earl's chunky house beats, with Wu's intricate, weaving melodies wouldn't be an obvious A&R decision but it is an inspired one! So well done who's clever idea it was to get these two mammoths together in the studio. Both tracks bump and jive with deep house sensibilities, high fidelity and full frequency; before Henry comes complete on vibes and keys, throwing down some smooth AF licks in a deep and soulful manner. Ace!

New MCDE alert! Awesome gospel-inspired four tracker. He returns with a track that's been on hold since he did the remix for Midland's ‘What We Know’ in early 2012. It's another reboot of sorts: choosing his own MCDE imprint as the stage for the new record, Danilo directly confronts the legacy of his insanely loved ‘Raw Cuts’ series that brought the bounce back to deep house, injecting a blueprint grown stale with much-needed emotions and rejuvenating DJ crates worldwide.

'Send A Prayer Pt.1' is exactly the kind of raw sample-based house track that made the 'Raw Cuts' series so good - like KDJ and Theo at their very best, this is the kind of deep house that has the boys AND the girls rocking on the dancefloor with smiles on their faces. 'Send A Prayer Pt.2' ditches the raw sound in favour of a warmer, bass-heavy, Rhodes-heavy rumble - funky! 'The Stranger' goes deep into jackin' territory with a rattling bleep-house number for sweaty basements. The sublime, soulful and hefty 'SP11' closes the EP.

Four tracks that make you wish you could instantly be teleported to a packed 2am dancefloor right now.


STAFF COMMENTS

Patrick says: MCDE is back with his best work yet. Taking the sampledelic stylings of Raw Cuts to the next level, this E.P. delivers refined, soulful and grown up house. Oh, and it doesn't half bump!

Motor City Drum Ensemble

Raw Cuts # 1 & 2

Motor City Drum Ensemble are back in style on this mystery 12" that just popped up yesterday. "Raw Cuts #1" is a brilliant example of a simple loop being exploited to its full potential, it's a pretty unrelenting groove, with brilliant kiddy style voices on repeat, tight beats and a bassline teased out of the bottom end of the loop, layer up some FX and you have a winner. Over on side-B "Raw Cuts #2" has a distinctly more disco flavour being a big old slab of live bass, congas and a sample of "Ooh This Feeling" by Frank Hooker & Positive People makes for a pretty ace nu disco outing.

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12" Info: This massive club stormer gets a long overdue repress!

Motor City Drum Ensemble

Raw Cuts # 5 & 6

While too many other house producers seem to get lost in the studio and come out with the sweepings off the floor as their new releases (gee, thanks), or some tedious extended offering that'll send you to sleep halfway through (zzzz), Motor City Drum Ensemble's Danilo Plessow never loses sight of a) the soul, and b) the dancefloor. After two previous offerings in his essential "Raw Cuts" series, he's back with numbers 5 and 6 here, dropping some seriously good house music. Simplicity is the key here, with "#5" slotting together some block party chatter (pinched from Tom Browne's "Funkin' For Jamaica"?), a solid 4/4 kick, some shuffling percussion, a hint of a funky guitar lick, a female vocal snippet and an insistent organ line. Instant hit alert! "# 6" fires up the Fender Rhodes as well as the pace and pulls us in the direction of the dancefloor. MCDE rules!


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