There aren't many better at what they do in the underground than Yoruba Grooves. The consistency, cohesion, and constant evolution of the UK based imprint's releases are pretty much all you could ask from a label, while sonically, they execute a forward-thinking fusion of unstoppable tech-house grooves and subtle and experimental minimalism.
Their output is consistent, as is their ability to break new artists from all over Europe, and their last three releases have all been deserving of attention, so we're going to cut to the chase and get to all of them at once.
The title track features a vocoded hook that sounds pretty damn cool for a vocoder and gives the track a bit of an earworm nature. The original leans toward tech, while Lower's remix provides a darker stripped back flip.
The same applies to 'PDV,' where the Italian White Brothers get really murky on the remix.
The German passion for detail is evident in spades on this one.
Tim Pano's lead track, Musa, is a slow (118bpm), pulsating whorl of dark energy that sucks you underneath this plane of existence into some unnamed netherspace (obviously a good thing). Romania's Guy From Downstairs strips the chunky groove down to its bare essentials and accompanies it with some aboriginal sounding percussive flashes.
Dutchman Canuba's Klezmer EP is the most lush and melodic presented here.
Klezmer finds its ability for hypnotism in a simple looped string lick that fades in and out over thick, massaging pads. The Daylomar remix imbues some serious low-end thwonk and infectious groove, while a slightly less subtle lead melody takes over for the last half of the track.
The spaces and textures in Porumbes evoke a crumbling, moss-covered monastery or deserted well. Emiliano Ferreya's take relies on more propulsive and repetitive patterns to carry you off the cliff and into the same dark and haunting pads of the original cut.
In closing, we expect Yoruba's high valuation for quality, groove, and detail to continue to carry them far and cement them as one of the finer underground minimal & tech imprints for discerning ears.