Apparel Music pushes forward this November with a four track single from label-founder Kisk. The Italian producer teams up with some associates of the imprint on a couple of the featured cuts, while Anton Kubikov reworks the title track to shape up the ‘Friends’ EP.
Giuseppe D’Alessandro aka Kisk founded Apparel Music in 2009, a label that’s tipped its focus towards jazz infused electronic explorations, while introducing sprinkles of London’s Jungle sound, Trip-Hop, Detroit Techno and authentic Deep House. Dropping material from heavyweight house heads like Delano Smith and John Tejada, while bringing to light the talent of newcomers like Jacky 0, Sarp Yilmaz and Accatone who collaborates with Kisk on this release. Kisk can also boast performances at some of the industry’s leading nightclubs, namely Fabric, Tresor and Amnesia, standing as further testament to his flair and expertise in this field.
Title track ‘Friends’ opens the single, seeing Kisk delve deep with a dusty Jazz-tinged deep house workout. Gritty drum samples, a double bass hook and a blend of cosseting Rhodes and murmuring vocal lines lay the foundations, while emotive string melodies add a further beauty to things creating a classy, understated piece to kick things off. Kisk then teams up with Undeep aka Gennaro Mastrantonio for ‘4Friends’ following in the same ilk the duo drive the record with sweeping pads, bumpy raw rhythms and bubbling background atmospherics to again create a slow-blooming elegant record.
On the latter half of the release Kisk pairs up with Portugese producer Accatone, this time taking the feel in a more upfront and direct direction as weighty sub tones fuel the tracks energy and ethereal pads, subtly processed piano hits and spoken word vocal lines drive the musicality. Then finally to close the EP Moscow based producer, notably known for his work with the likes of Kompakt and Trapez turns in a stunning melodic interpretation of ‘Friends’, skillfully composing dazzling piano hooks alongside heavenly pads, berloque percussion and a hefty amount of sub. Digital bonus track: Kisk & E-dward!. Image courtesy of Andrea Contin, mastered by Lopazz, published by Apparel Music Ltd, Uk.
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Caspa (Rinse FM) Uk
Beautiful ep, smoother than a babies bum ;))) full support :)))
House Nation (demonfm.co.uk
Friends is a nice chilled out affair, love the whole feel to the track. The remix is a nice energetic version of the original with the old skool elements. 4 Friends is seriously moody and atmospheric. Great EP.
Christallization Radio Show (Radio AS FM) Serbia
Cool release, thanks!
Grüter & Bürgin Musikredaktion (DRS Virus) Sweden
Audiotonic (Radio 1) UAE
Lovely EP with super musicality, Friends will be a winner for me in the Deep End. Thumbs up.
Afterhours Radio Show (99.1) Peru
DJ Mag (ES) (Reviewer)
Soundtraffic (FM Brussels) Belgium
Great release, Digging all the tracks :) Full support !!
House Nation Radio - France
Another Superb House Release. Top stuff. Will play & FULL SUPPORT !!!
Resident Advisor (Editor)
Beatport News (Freelance)
Nice release overall!
Lots of wind in this release's sails. Good stuff.
Bass Explorer (Editor)
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Nice remix! think we will choose "Kisk - Friends (Anton Kubikov Closer Friends Remix)" for our recommends!
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Very nice EP! Really dig the collaboration with Accatone...
Nice stuff, really enjoying 3/4 ....We are low on reviewers atm but will do my best to get this covered.
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Franck Roger (Real Tone Records)
Will chek it on the road thxx
Jonas Kopp (Ostgut Ton, Spectral Sound)
Like it , thanks.
Alex Cowles (DFRNT, Echodub)
Friends is lovely!
Chris Duckenfield (Swag)
Friends orig is a groove
John Osborn (TANSTAAFL)
Some super deep and loverly sounds here that will serve me well in warm up sets for sure! - on first listen the Kubikov remix stands out for me
Friends OG for me : )
Stacey Pullen (Transmat, Detroit)
Lo Shea (Seaghdha, 100 Years, Hope Works)
Lovin 2 friends.will defo play this one! x
Nubian Mindz (Delsin, Rush Hour)
The Anton Kubikov remix of 4Friends is something I'll always have time for. Authentic Deep house music done righ.
Sweet release!!! Support :0)
Eric Cloutier (The Bunker, NYC)
"4friends" is pretty damn special. really going to enjoy using this one.
Very cool EP.
Radio - Leri Ahel / Mutant Disco Radio Show
"Withoutyou" is my favorite. It's a shame that the best track is digital bonus.
Great release! like all tracks! nice...
Anton Kubikov & E-dward brings this EP to an extraordinary finishing.
Wow that a outstanding release! Full Support!
Radio - NOICE! - Harry Ruffner
Solid EP love it
Nice thx for the music
Radio - Calin aka Catastrophic (Tunnel FM) Sweden
Cool tracks and sound here. Thanks
really nice mood in 4friends!
Great deep shit! Will love to spin it soon!
lovely...all of them!
Super nice tunes. Cheers.
Radio - Docepulgadas, Spain
Downloaded for DocePulgadas!
Good deep hypnotic house here! Like Friends and Closer Friends Mix!
Radio - Altroverso (DJ Misk)
playlist in altroverso radio
Friends & Withoutyou are the best! Really nice dopeshit, thx
Radio: Sceen.fm, Germany
Fantastic release. Will soon be released on sceen.fm (md, redaktion sceen.fm)
liking the bonus thanx
Interesting ! support
Downloaded for r hawtin
De:Bug - Sascha Kösch
Considering for review
Cool stuff, 2friends my fave.. thnx ;) L
E-dward! Once again!
Radio - Triangle Fm // Laurent N.
Another superb House release.
Original tracks are nice with a superb Anton Kubikov Mix.
Will play & ALL MY SUPPORT !!!
Nice vibes here!
Winderful deep house produced by great musicians, thank you downloading for Tensnake
Downloading for Sophie Nixdorf. Thank you for good music!
Really nice tracks, will play for sure .. thanks :)
Really like the vibe on this record
Friends original - positve vibes !! bonus track is also cool. will play one of them in our next RT-Transmissions Show. Thank you kisk !!
Magazine - Posivision
Radio - Radio Fritz (Bruno Dietel)
Downloading for Radio Fritz Remix Nightflight!
Whatpeopleplay's Peter Armster
will give friends a try.
4Friends is for me
Radio - AMDJS, St.Petersburg
"2friends" is massive track. Will spin a lot!
Stefanos Nosak (offradio.gr
No comments ! just an amazing ep/music trip ! I ll play all the tracks for sure ! congrats ! thanku guys! i cant pick my favourite track !
Friends original is my fav, thanx!
Magazine - Tsugi Mag
Friends original for me
Anton Kubikov did the masterpiece here!
Great ep - full support!
Radio - Diversions (CHRY.FM) Toronto
Very good release - like the edgy vibe and chunky rhythms of 2Friends !
4Friends is cool, will try it.
Radio S1 UnserDing - Thorsten Mathieu
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Great Job! thanx
Feelin' this vibe... well done.