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Following on from her debut release on Project Pablo's SOBO label last year, Montreal's Gene Tellem joins the WOLF Music family with a four-track exploration through the deep depths of her creative talents.

‘Phase Memory' draws you in from the off, with it's luscious sweeping synths, bumping bassline and squelching top lines. Think late night downtown cruise summoning emotions past and present, gliding past the outside world.

Following on 'Omni' treads a darker path where cosmic flurries, weighty analogue goodness and celestial pads intertwine. There's a real deftness to Tellem's production, entrancing with each added element, captivating constantly as every second passes.

Take to the flip side to find 'Big Bill', a marriage of drum machines and live percussive hits that set the scene for a full-frontal bass synth and hazy piano lines to take centre stage. This is house at it's deepest depths, with Tellem honing in on a soulful introspection she so impressively weaves throughout the whole e.p.

Rounding off this stellar sophomore release, 'NYC Meditation' is a midnight roller of swelling soundscapes, atmospheric glitches and interstellar stabs - bathing you in a cosmic journey of emotive reverberations.

Considering this is only Gene Tellem's second release, WOLF have shone a light on a hugely exciting new talent who's soon to be a name on everyone's lips.

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.

Frits Wentink

Two Bar House Music & Chord Stuff Vol.3

The third and final instalment in Frits' 'Two Bar House Music & Chord Stuff' sees him continue to showcase his distinct style of lo-fi, wonky house - both quirky & unconventional, yet instantly endearing in the same breath.

Served up first in Frits' melting pot, 'Theme 09' kicks things off with a shuffling, UKG esque rhythm and RnB flexed vocal snippets, alongside floaty arps and that 'chord stuff' that swells and stabs in the mix. Throw in a weighty bass and Frits' trademark analogue wonkiness and you've got a prime example of a Wentink wobbler. Next up, 'Theme 10' hits you with an organ melody reminiscent of a warped Crystal Waters, before twisting and turning into an edgy off-kilter house track. A glitchy synth line, bouncing bass and dreamy pads will hook you till the end.

Flip it and 'Theme 11' offers up a chuggier affair where glistening arps are interspersed with squelchy and sustained synths. Elements and effects are combined throughout, mesmerising you with a glimpse into the wonky world of the Frits'. Closing it out Wentink leaves you with a quirky club stomper, coupling a gritty bassline, saturated loops and off kilter, lo-fi stabs all tied together with a driving kick.

Across this 3-part series Frits' has left the fancy titles at the door, letting the music do the talking and demonstrating his penchant for making interesting, engaging and distinctive house music…. not your average two bar house music and chord stuff.

STAFF COMMENTS

Sil says: Frits Wentink is back and that can only be a good thing. It is! Bubbly, forward thinking, imaginative and playful dancefloor oriented deep house at its finest. Try to ignore the title of this series and focus on the music. It is plainly speaking, outstanding!

Wolf Music introduce a new addition to their roster: Neue Grafik. With previous releases on labels such as Beat X Changers, Slime Recordings and S3A Records, French producer and DJ, Fred Bwelle aka Neue Grafik, has quickly risen as one of the most promising acts to come out of the new French electronic scene. This EP presents a perfect blend of dusty, MPC-driven house jams, broken Beat, and sublime, soul-fused beatdown. Clearly an artist confident in exploring different styles with the talent to draw them together in order to produce a complete record, it has tracks that are dancefloor focused and tough, alongside soulful melancholic meanderings laced with sultry vocals, It should appeal to anyone who's enjoyed the sounds of Jay Daniel, Seven Davis Jr or Garth Be, as well as existing fans of the killer Wolf catalogue.

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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