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smartworkdjvoice.jpgLabel: Svogue MuziqScore: 8/10

If I’m honest, I’d yet to encounter Svogue Muziq until recently. On the basis of this six track V/A EP, however, I’ll definitely be delving deeper into their back catalogue. And what a curious proposition All Night Long is. On the one hand, it seems to adhere to a relatively stringent and all-too-contemporary path, while on the other, it’s a thoroughly engaging, inspiring and enjoyable listen.

That said, there’s nothing on show here that’s in any way boring; it’s just that All Night Long is at its most admirable when the musicians on show are taking risks. The first track up gives us an early insight into the label’s brave mentality, as Italian producer Matteo Floris stirs up a captivating listen on ”Loose Control”, where Cakau’s sultry urban vocals play off the backing music like a modern re-rub of sometime Ed Banger starlet, Uffie. Either way, the music and the vocals prove an apt foil to one another, helping to lift the track to an unlikely place that’s every bit as head scratching as it is downright excellent.

The diversity doesn’t end there though. LowLife’s ”I’ll House You” is, mind you, still set up on a far less whimsical and more straight-laced theme. That said, it too will work wonders on the floor, with its intricate melodies and many detailed charms ensuring our attention is retained throughout.

The horns that race through Carlo Gambino & Al Bradley’s ”Watcha Got” invoke obvious parallels with a one Mr. Chandler, and Manuel Del Giudice’s ”Never Tell Me You…Me” brings on a merry dance that’s laden with bassline fueled charm. Gregarious, lighthearted stuff that still boasts a cultured vibe that’s hard to shake off. Low District’s ”Just Dance”, however, is my own personal favourite. A dreamy, celestial house ride, it’s an idiosyncratic take on modern and vintage aesthetics. Chunky but with flair aplenty, it’s by a distance the winner here. Still, one last talking point comes courtesy of Fabio Carla & Matteo San, who let the drums do the talking on ”Cubalibre”, a throbbing, meandering track that’s notable for its frantic keys and warm, inviting crescendo. The final third of this package might be when it’s at its most potent, but judged as an EP in its entirety, this is undoubtedly a fairly stunning effort from the Svogue boys. Hats off. 

Grahame Farmer

Grahame Farmer’s love affair with electronic music goes back to the mid-90s when he first began to venture into the UK’s beloved rave culture, finding himself interlaced with some of the country’s most seminal club spaces. A trip to dance music’s anointed holy ground of Ibiza in 1997 then cemented his sense of purpose and laid the foundations for what was to come over the next few decades of his marriage to the music industry.

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