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Powering their way through 2019 with no sign of letting up, WOLF Music unleash their next house gem, ‘Strangerinthecity’, from German pairing Kandinsky & Mr. Fries. Six slices of soulful deepness, that range from blissfully Balearic and chugging groovers, to hazy jazz-infused sweetness, crunchy beats and sweeping interludes.

Kicking off the A side a cinematic intro, laced with movie samples and thundering pianos, gives a grand opening for ‘Stranger’ to slide in with its bongo delights, dusty trumpet melodies, psych guitar licks and fluttering Rhodes. Couple that with the modulated vocal snips and it’s a wave of warmness destined to win over any dancefloor. ‘Fallingasleep’ takes the final slot on the A side, a chuggy bass-arp-fuelled interlude with rippling hats, echoing rides and washes of the sea, to lead you serenely into the second half of the record.

On the flip side, ‘Downhere’ and ‘Strollingaround’ sandwich either side of ‘Junkfoodnmusicpt2’, like the juicy pleasures its namesake depicts, encasing it lovingly in two dreamy house numbers. The former is a trumpet laden, smokey cocktail of grooves and the latter a more disco-tinged offering, led by a dynamic bass / guitar combo alongside delicate brass and string tones. The tender filling to this deep-fried delight? ‘Junkfoodnmusicpt2’ – a beatsy trip of glistening, lo-fi, instrumental hip hop that will leave you salivating for more.

Wolf Music proudly present a fantastic reissue for those in love with the dancefloor.

If there's one thing WOLF Music know a thing or two about, it's house music. So it's no surprise then that they've decided to reissue a golden 2003 deep house nugget in the form of BRS (British Rhythm Services) - 'Spring Dom'.

Reissued from the original DAT tapes 'Spring Dom' is one of those timeless records that even 15 years on sounds as soulful as it did when it first hit the racks. Echoed sweeping stabs, chunky drum loops and powerful synth flurries alongside those mesmerising vocal refrains, all tied together with a driving bassline - this is deep, deep goodness of the highest degree. Reworking 'Spring Dom' for the present day, WOLF mainstay Medlar provides a rave tinged remix, chopping the vocals and reworking the synth lines to give it a peak time, dancefloor demeanour.

The flip houses the other two tracks from the original '03 release - 'Clubtronic' with it's UKG flavoured beat, M1 pads and jazzy free flowing melodies and 'Miss You' combining a bumping groove, dynamic bass melody and stirring Rhodes chords.

A much-welcomed reissue package from the WOLF camp and a chance to own this house treasure without feeding the sharks.

STAFF COMMENTS

Sil says: Monster deep house tune for all of you that sounds as fresh now as it did 15 years ago. It has aged superbly. Medlar ups the game revisiting it and adding roughness to it. 'Spring Dom' and 'Miss you' are two diamonds you totally need. This is by a mile my deep house record of the month!

Ishmael

Wolf EP 26

    Soul has always been a constant in WOLF's musical adventures, and here they release an EP that is positively drenched in it.

    WOLFEP026 has been crafted by WOLF favourite, Ishmael. A multi-instrumentalist who has featured on the label in the past but is now stepping up for his first full EP.

    Fans of WOLFEP017 will be familiar with his debut single 'Want You' that received praise from the likes of Jimpster, Lovebirds & Ben Westbeech.

    This release is his full debut EP, and is a taster of what you can expect from this exciting new addition to the pack.

    Ossie hits the spot with this four track of pure heat on Wolf Music. Flavours range from the emotional and subtle groove of "She Knows (That Love Hurts)" to the Jackson bashing sample abuse of "Fovever" (Let Me Show You The Way To Go) via the warehouse shaking throb of "Heart Beating". Up first on the A, "She Knows" combines the bass heavy, pitched down stylings of modern house with classic songwriting, to come up with an emotive groove that'd be number one in an alternate universe. The rising bassline is perfect for getting heads nodding, and the vocals will have them thinking while they groove, nice. "Heart Beating" updates the Sound Factory blueprint with a little contemporary UK grit, and adds some string snippets that could well be nicked from a well known Freddie Hubbard tune. On the flip, "Forever" reimagines disco house as a tool for club destruction, with Ossie slipping the Jackson's through a black room morpher with brutal, speaker smashing results. The set is closed out with the deep and hollow dub of "Heart Beating", which will go down well with the Sheffield crowd I reckon.  

    Finally, Wolf Music answer my prayers and unleash the full 12" mixes from Medlar's excellent "Sleep" LP.  We're treated to the soul, jazz and gospel sampling beatdown of "Tides" and "Tap Spring" in extended (nicely mixable) format, as well as a shimmering nu disco mix of "Tides" from Kon, and a clanking tech house rework of "Listen" from Wolf music stalwarts Greymatter. Kon's first at the mixing desk, smoothing out the thump and rumble of Medlar's live drums and bass in favour of a precision engineered drum track and subby dubby bassline Soul Clap would be proud of. The strings and pads he adds offer a glimpse of a Pet Shop Boys melody which quickly vanishes in the mirror ball's spin. Powerhouse nu disco that's gonna rock 'em in Croatia this summer. On the flip, Greymatter go in harder than we're used to hearing them, with their rubbery tech house take on "Listen". Their effortlessly tasteful use of a sampler still features, with excellent offbeat vocals and skittering hats, but the reverb heavy mix and dubby beat make this one the perfect thing to spin next to your LoShea collection. I reckon this'll be a massive Sheffield record.


    Wolf music releases come thick and fast at the moment with this various artists EP snapping at the heels of James Welsh's "Wolf EP 21". Old hands Greymatter and KRL explore their world of piano heavy dusty house, this time enlisting real life live vocals in place of the samples that featured so heavily in their early releases. Greymatter go first with the aid of Sophie Brown's soulful vocals, serving up a heavyweight deep house shuffler with plenty of bump and a smooth keyboard refrain. KRL follow up in swift succession with the sampler riding filter funk of "Burn". Rattling percussion, vamping pianos and slaptastic wah bass are all present, while Sarah Blake's vocals steal the show. Heavy duty house weapons on the A-side. On the flipside, Homeboy's "Spacelift" is a proper peak time house bomb with a real jittering bassline and some crunchy piano vamps, while Ishmael's "Lumo" is a more restrained affair, wrapping up a sweet r'n'b vocal inside a swirl of pads.


    Following on from their first outing into the world of the long player (Medlar's wicked debut 'Sleep'), WOLF Music return to their bread and butter, welcoming James Welsh back for EP 21. Kicking the EP off in soulful style is "Born & Raised", which employs shuffling hats and minor chord keys as the setting for the raw and emotional vocal sample. Deep and groovy, this is a head nodder for sho'. Wolf associate Frits Wentink takes things to ocean floor depth on his remix, filtering a vocal sample to create a swooning rhythm and adding some techy metallic keys for a post peak slow burner. On the flip the wonderfully named "Fuzzy Dunlop" is a super slow and stoned house builder which breaks into the smoothest of electro funk melodies for a few bars in the middle before locking back into that hypnotic groove. The standout track for me "Tinker's Rucksack", which deploys a little bit of Marvin with great aplomb. Add to the choice vocal nugget some mournful keys and a Detroitian lead line and you've got a winner in my book.


    Wolf Music hit double figures with this new EP from KRL. Having popped up on various Wolf Music 12"s, this upcoming producer now gets a whole piece of wax to himself. KRL uses only the deepest, most soulful samples to craft irresistable house tracks. A title like "Decay" might suggest melancholia, but this track is a sublime piece of simple house music with a delightfully uplifting pop touch to it - check the great 'Just to be close' vocal loop. Sweet. "Deep Down" gets in a 90s NY house vibe - if you loved those "Back On Track" Nu Groove samplers then you'll be up for this. Hitting the Chi-Town sound is "Nothing You Can Teach Me" - one of those raw, stripped-down house cuts with a great soulful vocal - as we all know, the rough with the smooth is a killer combination. Closing the EP is the Ethyl remix of "Deep Down", which adds a bit of pep to the mellow vibes of the original.


    DJ feedback:

    Shenoda (Hypercolour / Connaisseur Recordings) - 'Original of Deep Down is the one for me thanks.'

    Mic Newman / Fantastic Man (Murmur / Freerange / Tsuba) - 'Stong release! loving the warehouse vibes! Ethyl mix is dope as well!'

    Steve Nickolls / Joe90 (Future Boogie) - 'just genrally really quite fit innit'

    Duffstep / Duff Disco - 'Wicked!! been playing alot of KRL vibes over last year!

    Chris Duckenfield - 'Strikingly good EP & another sureshot for Wolf Music. Full Support'

    Mad Mats (Raw Fusion) - 'The whole package is sweet'

    Craig Smith (6th Borough Project / Soul Renegades / Cyberjamz Radio) - Always look forward to the next Wolf Music release and this doesn't disappoint. Dope grooves as always.'

    Severino Panzetta (Horse Meat Disco) - 'Exellent release, all tracks are GREAT"

    Ali Herron (OOFT!) - 'KRL showing how it's done once again. Wolf just can't stop delviering the goods. Full goddamn support!'

    Crazy P - 'All aces. Dreat deep grooves, very interesting drum programming and sounds. another one out of the top draw.'

    Osunlade - 'its all about "Deep Down"!'

    Cosmic Boogie - 'My current favourote producer on one of the best labels around. It was never going to be shit was it.'

    Bicep - 'KRL killing it as per usual! amzing stuff Wolf pack"

    Catz N Dogz (Get Physical) - "Deep Down"!. Always soo exited to listen new WOLF. still one of the Top labels around'

    Jacques Renault / Runaway - 'Another killer wolf release - keep it up guys.'

    Matthew Chicoine/ Recloose - 'Cool release, always digging on the WOLF
    music and KRL joints.'



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