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VELVET PONY

Velvet Pony hits its stride with its forth release to date. Art Alfie stumbled upon all three of these unreleased tracks whilst witnessing performances by the artists involved. One of those situations when you run up to the DJ wondering what track they've just blown your mind with, only to discover it's their own, unreleased, work! - what serendipity! After playing the fuck outta these jams for literally years Art Alfie's mega buzzed to be releasing them on cult Stockholm house label Velvet Pony.

Bobby Salaam's "Thicker Than Blood" is a warm deep house glider; beautifully encased with sumptuous strings and fluttering pads. Nils Westerlund's "Susperia" is suitably dark, eerie and cinematic for such a title while Peder Mannerfelt's early incarnation - The Subliminal Kid drops "Mars Attacks", a high grade techno roller circa 2004-2008 that would and has tore the arse off Bergain midsession.


Måns Glaeser

Velvet Pony Trax 2

Stockholm's quiety been one of the dance music nebula's less celebrated, but equally brightest stars. There's a plethora of under-hyped labels and producers currently emanating out of the Swedish capital which, in my opinion display a creative flair and originality which sets them apart from other regional scenes.

Måns Glaeser has previously worked with Stay Gold and Wallpaper and has released alongside Art Alfie on Karlovak and Velvet Pony. He's toured with Savage Skulls and is part of "Of The Meds" - a Swedish house (super)group (just no-one mention Mafia...) with music forthcoming on Studio Barhus.

This EP contains three varied tracks. First out is the French filter house burner ”Velvet Tony”, followed by the suave swing of ”Angelina” and rounded with the organic headiness of ”o.0.O”. It's clean, insatiably funky and primed for terrace action. It reminds me a little of Shir Khan's Black Jukebox but as mentioned, with a unique Swedish twist. Top marks. 


Next up to bat on Art Alfie’s Velvet Pony is Stockholm talent and Karlovak alumni Cj Scott who hits way out of the park. This EP includes the highly anticipated track "Peaktimekatten", already featured on Baba Stiltz Resident Advisor mix along with two more house bombs both bearing CJ´s signature touch of speed and urgency stretched out over the full length capacity of a record's side.

"Mixed Emotions" utilizes a traditional funky house sound at full throttle, landing somewhere between Subliminal Sessions and Hot Haus Records! Meanwhile "CJ's Flyby" introduces itself through head turning fx and enveloping beats, galloping into a peak time house frenzy that recalls the steam train power of Delano Smith! Finally, the aforementioned "Peaktimekatten" is the most abstract yet hard hitting of the three, long percussive passages giving way to skeletal stabs and a squashed, low end rumble.

His previous release on Karlovak gained huge support from the likes of Martinez Brothers and Cassy and this one looks to be equally devastating across clubland... Of you like your house music fresher and hotter than a noontime This & That off Mo, this bad boy burner is surely for you. T I P!


STAFF COMMENTS

Matt says: It's funny, I always end up falling for Art Alfie related stuff. I never realised this was his label and I was already going nuts for this full throttle deep house bulldozer.

Art Alfie inaugurates his Velvet Pony imprint with a four track EP shining light on a catalogue of music from the Stockholm scene. Having built a strong reputation alongside Mr. Tophat with a string of revered releases on the duo’s Karlovak imprint, Velvet Pony signals the opening of a new door for Art Alfie. "Soft Spoken" opens proceedings with a nice, cushion soft 4/4 drums supplementing bright keys, walking b-line and, eventually, a gentle housey thud. Understating but relentlessly grooving, this is perfect backroom / basement music. "Since I've Seen You" sees a eerie synth arps plotting against a canvas of spring reverb and haunting washes; before a disco vocal and groove are sweep in from the high end of a filter. This is really, really interesting folks, we haven't heard anything like this before and I'd encourage you to check out this truly head mangling track ASAP. "Hideouts" quickly changes the mood, opening side B with a heads down belter that wouldn't sound out of place on Mister Saturday Night. Containing that speaker tickling, 'woody' sound that sets the low mids alight, this is a brilliantly produced house track from the new school. "Front" sees the EP end on a techy note, rambunctious hats galloping against acid stabs steady kick for a highly functional mainline body tool. Nice strong debut here folks, strongly recommended.


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