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3040 W. Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
I always said I would only mention something going on in LA if it is really jaw droppingly great. Rhonda is known for bringing in that sort of talent, but this time they really hit the spot. They are bringing over Nicholas and Simoncino, two of the best in the deep house world, for their first US appearances.
These Italian natives’ interpretation and perspective is fresh yet it is also a homage to the original feel of house music. There is good reason I have handfuls of their records in my collection, it is an obvious fact that these records will withstand the test of time and be classics in their own right decades from now.
You can find out more about Nicholas by reading this Habituate article “USA underground via Perugia, Italy.”
And here are some of my favorite tracks by the two Italian producers.
Simoncino – Beat the Street
Nicholas – Reachin’
Nicholas – No More
This project fell into the perfect hands, Nicholas has hit the mark with the early nineties US deep house. You can expect to hear some classics sounding as robust and deep as ever. In anticipation for this release enjoy a free vinyl rip from my own personal collection. This is one of my favorite produced by one of the originators of the label… back in ’91!
Also check out this artist, who will for sure be featured on the remix compilation.
NY House’N Authority – Surveillance Cameras
From the amount of times I mention Italian producer Nicholas, you might think I have some bias for Italy. But truth be told I simply just love the energy and sound coming from this scene. Nicholas has showed me aspects of house I wasn’t aware of and now Simoncino has taken me another step deeper. Simoncino is quickly coming to the forefront of my thoughts when I consider what sort of house tracks I want to play out. This release comes soon after one of my favorite releases of summer; his “Beat the Street EP” on Mathematics Recordings.
Simoncino seems to be somewhat of a master of those 80′s era claps and is brave enough to bring those airy pads back into house, “All Night” is a perfect example of his unique outlook & explorations in house. Nicholas has a solid grip on the skill of sampling and looping to produce a solid groove, the piano sample in “Holdin’ On” is no exception. It’s one of his best productions and properly fitted on the Quintessential imprint.
Simoncino – All Night
Nicholas – Holdin’ On
No More Hits is back with one of my personal favorite producers, Nicholas Iammatteo. This 4 track EP is chock full of those classic re-interpretations Nicholas and the No More Hits label are loved for. I asked Nicholas about the EP and he let me in on some of what went into this release.
Nicholas’ favorite on the EP is the second track on side A entitled “If This World.” The vocals are taken from Marvin Gaye and Tammy Terrell’s song “If This World Were Mine.” The track leaves the classic soulful vocals for the most part completely true to the original but layers it over some of that deep electric 90′s 4/4.
Nicholas – If This World
Marvin Gaye & Tammy Terrell – If This World Were Mine
“World of Confusion” is a heavy enthralling 85 BPM edit of Undisputed Truth’s 70′s psychedelic funk song “Ball of Confusion.” This is actually Nicholas’ second edit he has ever made, it was produced a year ago and is finally being released now.
Nicholas – World of Confusion
Undisputed Truth – Ball of Confusion
My favorite track on the EP is “I Know a Place.” The horns in this track get my blood pumping and the vocalist’s message is so great, “I know a place where they don’t care who you are, or who you know.”
Nicholas – I Know a Place
B1 is another good soulful re-interpretation, it’s tracks like this one where you understand the aural appeal No More Hits is after. Classic talented vocalists and musicians getting a chance at reaching a new generation and another chance at filling floors with a revamped production. This track has a lot going on in it, guitars wailing, a vocalist belting his soul out onto the floor, and a chunky beat to keep things going.
Nicholas – Can You Understand
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Artist Bio Nicholas:
If you find it difficult to locate classic American underground dance music of quality in Orange County then why on earth would you think to look in Italy? The answer lies in one individual who has has taken on the mighty task of sculpting a global scene and put in more than his fair share. Let’s be thankful residents of U.S.A., that both classic sounds and songs are tended to by those who could easily be distracted by their own countries immensely deep culture. Italian native Nicholas Iammatteo, at his young age of 25, has an impressive and extensive sense for deeper dance music, on the same level of heavy hitters like Iron Curtis or Ilija Rudman.