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Various Artists – Winter Essentials Vol.1


-VL010.jpgLabel: Vicey LoopsScore: 7/10

Vicey Loops is an emerging label based out of Miami, Florida; an area that’s become synonymous with groovy 4/4 beats over the years. For their latest release, they continue their fine run of form and pay homage to their city in some fashion courtesy of the brilliant Winter Essentials Volume 1, a nine-track offering which goes some way to explaining their own raison d’etre. Indeed, if it’s funk-laced, booty-shaking house music of the highest caliber that you’re after, then look no further, for you’ve very much been served here.

Anyway, the V/A package gets off to an auspicious start courtesy of Lefty Gunz’s ‘7014’; the sort of synth-infused track that sounds lifted from the discography of another of Miami’s famous sons, Jesse Perez. And like Perez’s work, it retains that sort of urban attitude that you just can’t but embrace. Seriously brilliant stuff.

The good vibes arrive thick and fast from here on in. Yamil Bandi’s ‘Beats of Love’ is a hauntingly beautiful and discerning sun-kissed weapon, Lucas Rosa’s ‘Far Away’ lends the LP an ominous flair, and fast-emerging Italian producer Matteo Floris ups the ante with the jilted but supreme beats that comprise ”Flip Da Trip”.

The second half of the EP is more steely and probably has more balls, a fact that comes to the fore on Tuff Dub and Eargasm’s ‘In Deep’; a real analogue shuffler with noteworthy garage zest, and a carefully curated mound of suspense. The pick of the litter for me, however, is Zuckre’s ‘The Missing Story’, a track which brings the listener to a chilled-out, zen-like state thanks to its dubby chords and its atmospheric leanings. Jimmy Luna’s ‘U Move’ and Nick Safado’s ‘What’s Up’ are the perfect tracks with which to sign off with, as both neatly symbolize all that’s going on here thanks to their character and their dancefloor panache. An album that’s stuffed full of gems from a series of unlikely players, Winter Essentials Volume 1 is sure to ruffle a few feathers amongst fans of Hot Creations-esque disco and house. A winner throughout.



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