"Is house back for good? There has been a strong resurgence of old school done now that is pushing the re-edit mania out of business, propelling house, the essence of dance music, back on the decks. Dj Ionik, head honcho of Finnish labels Traveller records & killer edit label Kojak Giant Sounds introduces us to a triple pack of serious 4/4 deep house!!!"
- Phonica Records
"Is house back for good? There has been a strong resurgence of old school done now that is pushing the re-edit mania out of business, propelling house, the essence of dance music, back in the decks…
Dj Ionik, headhoncho of Finnish Traveller Records and killer re-edit label Kojak Giant Sounds, introduces us to a triple pack of serious 4/4 deep house: Rhythm Kings.
It is a triple vinyl pack with one monster track per side. And to water your mouth and ears… OOFT! and man of the moment Nicholas (No More Hits) are in here. The former give us a hypnotic deep trip of electronic music although it does not manage to take off for me. High expectations and a bit of a let down, but hey… here comes Nicholas ‘When I Think About It’, who pumps the dancefloor with soulful deep house with a 1990s flava. He adds a gorgeous female vocal on the beat, and injects more punch with a stirring choice of infectious synths and bassline. It is really an irresistible killer that builds slowly, and one of the top highlights here.
Lesser known names, but serious contenders are Leonidas who offers slow deep house number reminiscent of the best Mr. Fingers or any Prescription release. Discoshit’s ‘You Make Me Feel’ on side D, is everything but disco. It is an atmospheric techy house with some great vocal samples and a driving bassline that develops into an essential track that will please house heads with a techno inclination. Superb and the dancefloor punters mos def will thank you for it.
On the same note we have Black Alley’s ‘Trying to Find a Way’. It is darker in tones and harsher but still housey enough and a potential weapon if the crowd is right.
These gems will be in stock at your local purveyor of quality sounds from April 6. As with any Kojak 12″, this release is to be appreciated better when played LOUD!"
"It's taken a long time to arrive, but the Traveller label's "Rhythm Kings" TRIPLE pack album has finally turned up! Featuring killer deep house tracks by Ncholas, Leonidas, OOFT!, Discoshit, Black Alley and Koi, it's definitely worth further investigation.
Leonidas kicks the whole caboodle off with "Theo's Bassline (7am Mix)" - mid-tempo Chicago style house (check the TR-808 drums and percussion), but with a new-school vibe. If you want to get your head down and get sweaty on the dancefloor then OOFT!'s "Rawhide" will take you there - proper peak-time jackin' tech-house tackle that will have the crowd rockin'. Hitting us up with some 90s-style grooves on "When I Think About It" comes Nicholas - another future classic from his already bulging archive. Heading over to electro-disco territory is Discoshit and "You Make Me Feel", all galloping electro basslines and dreamy synth washes... From the final slab of wax we have the spoken vocal funky deep house bomb "Trying To Find A Way" by Black Alley, and Koi driving tech-house cut "Next" - very Planet E!"
- Piccadilly Records
"This killer triple vinyl pack recently dropped at Piccadilly Records (had been out several months elsewhere apparently) and is full of some excellent deep house tracks from the likes of Nicholas, OOFT!, Discoshit and Koi. After several listens you realise theres some serious heat going on here. If it's not the slow burning deepness of Leonidas' 'Theo's Bass Line', the peak time 90s inspired house (think Mood II Swing etc.) of Nicholas' 'When I Think About It' or the hypnotic Tech-House cut of 'Next' by Koi that gets you hooked, you can simply check out the flip for a different fill."
- Walk Into The Sea