First Thoughts: Javonntte – Drumma


The London based imprint return with their fifth release from Detroit born and bred native – Javonntte. During his career, which spans over 20 years, he’s been fortunate enough to work with some legendary producers like Blake Baxter, Amp Fiddler, and Andres. In more recent years he’s of focused more on his solo career and released a string of releases through labels such as, Traxx Underground, Quintessential and Kai Alce’s NDATL.

The inaugural track aptly named ‘Drumma’, gets straight into the Detroit house groove, with an encapsulating freestyle on the drums which makes full use of the drum kit setting the tempo early. The accompanying elements from the bassline, to the ethereal backing piano, and vocal line subtly build throughout the track giving it that amazing Detroit deep house style.

Jazzpianodance’ takes a slightly different turn with a broken style drum pattern seeping after a brief vocal line opening. Javonntte seemingly fuses he love for deep house and funk into a bouncier bassline and drum pattern which invigorates the track with more energy.

The B-side of the EP includes two of London’s most exciting electronic music producers, showing us their remix of Javonntte’s Jazzpianodance. Melbourne raised and now London based, Winters shows off a stripped back, silky rendition to the original. Whilst Touching Bass family, Romal Kultan delivers an impactful, high energy remix, with gradual broken percussion and breaks towards the end of the track as it develops.

First Thoughts: Alton Miller – All Things Good


With the release date going back to the 1st of June, established producer and DJ; Alton Miller’s EP titled ‘All Good Things’ was clearly slept on. Released through electronic music record label Waella’s Choice, who have just surpassed a year since their debut release from artist’ Warren Harris aka Hanna’. Waella’s focus on soulful dancefloor rhythms, have them slowly becoming a firm favourite for us, having already caught our eye with the sonically gifting work from Portable earlier in the year (read here). Which combined the poetic lullaby vocals from the South African group ‘Korus’ with pulsing persistent deep house beats.

And so, with continuing their focus on soulful sounds, Detroit raised Alton Miller’s 5-track EP perfectly follows suit. Growing up in Detroit, he naturally developed his deejaying and passion for house music, eventually taking that further, with the eventual opening of Detroit’s legendary dance club; ‘The Music Institute’ in 1988.
Miller has cleverly created a mood which combines ethereal reflective elements to more upbeat funk-inspired house elements. ‘In the D’ has enough engrossing percussion tones to keep you entertained, as to the backdrop of gentle kicks and claps, the bouncing synths, and persistent bells create a great mood to move any dancefloor.

Whilst, the resonating tranquil synthesised strings and echoing xylophone sounds in the stand out track ‘The Storm’, builds the perfect immersive energy which, along to the sampled empowering spoken word piece makes for an uplifting feel-good track, which would close a set nicely in any nightclub.

You can have listen to the EP via bandcamp: