Richardson finally makes it to Vancouver's Nordic Trax imprint and offers
this pumping, hypnotic rocker of an EP. "Pink Champagne" opens
the record with a driving kick and bass combo backed by insistent synth
sweeps - sure to cause mayhem on the main floor - and Gavin Froome rework
beefs things up even further with a huge analog bassline that must be heard
on a sound system to fully appreciate. The title track rounds out the EP
in fine, acidic tech house fashion. Big music here, folks, don't miss it.
BPM Magazine, Dean De Costa
house producer/DJ Macari scores high marks with his debut for Nordic Trax,
especially from Mark Farina, who featured a cut on his latest Om mix CD,
Larry Heard fans will be over the moon with "Seven Of Nine" which borrows from 80's classic "Can You Feel It." On the flip" "Trek House" is the kind of complex swirling house that begs to be played towards the end of the night when the drugs have taken over. Lets hope this is the first of many.
XLR8R, Luke Magnusson
possibly the title is a homage to the Francois Kervorkian 12" of the
same name seeing as it blisses out on dubby keys and Federation-style b-lines.
But Macari is a past master at this deep house lark in his own right, as
productions for After Hours, Filter Flow, Guidance and Low Pressings will
testify, and the lead track "Seven Of Nine" here - featured on
Mark Farina's forthcoming mix CD for Om Records ö maintains the quality
7 Magazine, Kieran Wyatt
URB MAGAZINE 01.02
Joe Silva The One (Nordic Trax / CAN)
Our fine friends from the Great White North come with a bubbling slice of pumping progressive tech-house (hey Deep Dish, get with this!). Think Maurizio forgoing minimalism and working the main room of your local super club. Jon Delerious takes the epic approach, filling out the track even more. JT Donaldson gets my vote for his stripped-down and dirty dub.
SS URB MAGAZINE 01.02
Vancouver's best-loved house producer sticks with Luke McKeehan's stylish Nordic Trax imprint for this superb follow-up to his '99 album, Mobile Villager. Like many forward-thinking producers, Froome is no longer content to produce just one style, as evidenced by Post + Beam, which spanned organic jazz, sophisticated house, lazy downtempo and funky mid-tempo breaks. While some tracks are destined for the dancefloor, there's enough depth here for the home listener. It's pleasing to see that Froome has refined his sound even further with the kind of swanky house and slinky downtempo that could turn shit into sugar.
Luke Magnuson XLR8R # 55
Deep house to keep you warm' Like a mountie tickling a sleeping moose, Gavin Froome's second collection of tunes is as mischievously titillating as any deep house album you'll here this year, seemingly aimed at the moment that E-glow turns into a weary self-indulgent slump. 'Post + Beam' is a record riddled with a ongoing sense of melodic ease. And because of that, it's a pleasure.
4/5 Vicky Flats MIXMAG 12.01
Luke McKeehan founder of Canada's Nordic Trax label, mixes tracks from Gavin Froome, Home & Garden, JT Donaldson & Chris Nazuka and Mtrax into one continuous, evolving groove. Home & Garden remix of "Trip Chick" by Mtrax is a characteristic of the label's sound with it's driving, smooth mix and rolling beats. Colette also graces Home & Garden's "Innocent" with her sweetly resonating voice. Lazy Transmissions represents Nordic Trax in a manner that is anything but lazy-rather, each track of the release is crafted with painstaking skill.
Sara Jayne Crow XLR8R # 50
This is so up my alley I may move in. If you can start a compilation of your label's releases with 'Innocent' by Home & Garden, life must be very good. The slinkiness of Colette's vocals are capable of making you lose your head and you're only one track in. 'Lazy Transmissions' is anything but. you can tell the artists featured, including Trax, Gavin Froome, Morgan Page and Jon Delerious, have worked hard at their craft, all packaged with style by label boss Luke McKeehan. Sex in a CD jewel case and one of my albums of the year.
5/5 Kate Wildblood
I've had my eye and ear on Vancouver's Gavin Froome since his early dancefloor stormer "Fly Me To Brazil". His brand-new Post + Beam furthers the sound, gathering jazzy keys, bumpin' bass, deep tech and late-night dancefloor vibes. It's little wonder that Mixmag, Straight No Chaser and Laurnet Garnier have all sung his praises. Gavin performs a live PA, with Nordic Trax head Luke McKeehan blending deep, sweet tech-house. The two join residents Felix & Gani. Saturday(Nov. 3). Fez Batik, 129 Peter.
DB'S BEST BETS EYE(TORONTO) 11.01.01
So for the first half of the album or so , I'm thinking, hmmm, elevator-style electronica:
Fun. The remote is all the way over there, though, so I decide gut it out. But then-hallelujah-midway through track nine ("S.M.O.K.E."), Froome tips a switch and everything takes off like a "Concorde" in a hurry. (Incidentally track six is called "Concorde" It's sort of tasty too.) Vancouver represents.
SHIFT MAGAZINE 12.01
the house warm, this low-key producer has become a critical fave. His shimmering
new Nordic Trax CD is easy, intelligent listening: disco for grownups, and
the perfect soundtrack for our city."
Vancouver Magazine, SEPT 2001
NIGHTLIFE (MONTREAL) 10.01
Vancouver native Frooome erects more of the quality instrumental tech house we've come to expect from Vancouver's Nordic Trax Label. With plenty of room to breath and wide open vistas, Froome designs a jazzified, acid-edged house, somewhere between the chill of minimal techno and the warm percussiveness of laid-back house. Clean lines, polished production, dubbed-out rooms and a fluidity of structure make this as entirely pleasurable listen. There's good reason Froom's releases end up in the boxes of some of the world's more discriminating top DJ's.
LC NIGHTLIFE (MONTREAL) 10.01
(UK) - Nov 21 - Dec 4 1998
"One to seek out from this soon-to-be hip Canadian label. 'Fly Me To Brasil' is the one to head for -- a really raw piece of club music, led by a fat as fuck bassline, a repetitive Latin-y cowbell-ish noise and some trippy headfuck synth action which would probably play havoc with your mind if you were on drugs (but hey, we wouldn't know anything about that, or recommend it..). It's a really simple track (great for serious EQ abuse!), but a very good one too, probably best heard on a good system in a small, sweaty club. If you liked the rather excellent 'Sound of K' of F Comm, you'll probably dig this too. The other track isn't bad either, but 'Fly Me..' is definately the one." Rhythm- D (2nd reviewer): "Slightly reminiscent of Dinosaur L's 'Go Bang' with its punchy uptemp groove, growling bass, and expressive key-stabs. A peak time play for me, though the extra '8th Hour' track is unmemorable & lazy by comparison." 8-Bit: (3rd reviewer): You get subtle builds, adding layer upon layer of shuffling grooves, inter-changing organ stabs and deep basslines which roll relentlessly over everything. Rather reminiscent of Todd Terry's more inventive moments in dub-house territory."
of Sound Magazine
Britain may be where club culture's heart beats but there's a whole planet of awesome danceterias out there. Book your flights now - this is the ultimate guide to long haul madness: "The Best Clubs In The World" Sonar, Vancouver, BC CANADA A small, post-industrial gem, with cutting edge musical adventures. LTJ Bukem, Carl Craig and Cevin Fisher have all done it here. Credibility is a problem, though - Lee "Scratch" Perry refused to use the dressing room, because it was underground. "Later we had to ask him not to urinate into a beer glass," remembers promoter Luke McKeehan.
December '98 Gavin Froome 'Fly Me To Brasil' (Canadian Nordic Trax import)
"Low-slung tech-house with a hypnotically deep bassline groove, jazzy stabs and relentlessly building percussion.
An imaginative club track."
19 Dec 98 - 15 Jan 99 FROM 'ONES TO WATCH FOR 1999'
"Vancouver based trippy/deep/jazzy/funky house imprint looking good for '99. With Gavin Froome's superb floor burner 'Fly Me To Brazil' causing a storm recently, plans are afoot to increase the label's profile. Next up, expect an EP from label boss/local scenester Luke McKeehan (as High Fidelity), another Froome EP and a Nordic Trax mix compilation (segued by Tyler 'T-Bone' Stadius and NT's McKeehan).
(UK) August 1999
DJs OF THE MONTH Luke McKeehan and Tyler 'T-Bone' Stadius Way Out West, Vancouver, Canada. A Bladerunner-esque skyline is backdropped by an awesome range of mountains. The contrast of staggering nature with the fast-growing, organic sprawl of futuristic architecture is mind-fucking. Seven days a week, the region's party-seeking population - be they living in skyscrapers, the suburbs or near the snowcaps - all head downtown to chant their mantra: "house music all night long". And they have pretty long nights out here. Thankfully, Luke McKeehan and Tyler "T-Bone" Stadius have the vision, the drive and, importantly, the record colllections, to raise the roof at every gathering. "House-wise we like it all," says Luke. "We might go banging tech-house minimalism for an hour, then flip to deep and vocal disco bizness. But our common thread is a dislike of cheese. We're conscious of moving forward with the music. " The pair achieve that on several fronts. Tyler, 32 originally from Toronto, has been running his record store, Bassix, for five years now, pushing ever-outwards the parameters of sound that define his new-home city. Hooking up with Luke, 29, back in '97, the pair opened Sonar - a plush club par excellence that now caters for hip hop heads, breakbeat freaks, drum'n'bassers and, with their Fever night on Saturdays, folk with exquisite taste for quality house. The punters on the dancefloor are madly passionate. "There was one rather rambunctious guy, bouncing up and down quite boldly in front of me as I was playing some house," recalls Luke. "Suddenly he disappears from my field of vision. It turns out the guy snapped his leg in half - a really bad break. He had to be wheeled out on a stretcher at midnight. He's still in a plaster. I'd hate to see what happens to this guy on hard techno or gabber!" Whilst recuperating, at least our clubber-in-a-cast can check out Necessary Pieces - a must -have compilation of tunes from Canadian comrades who all record for Luke's killer Nordic Trax label. Mixed by Tyler, Necessary Pieces shows a full spectrum of house-sounds, from deep to vocally, tribal to minimal, chunky to funky or, as Luke says, "What we feel needs to be heard." Nordic Trax is yet another part of a colourful club-culture jigsaw that Luke and Tyler fit together - sometimes just as partners, sometimes just as friendly supporters - which takes in the Mo'Funk nights and vinyl imprint, The Chameleon Lounge venue (with its wicked jungle Sunday sessions), and general partying around the planet. "This guy from Guadalajara used to be a regular at our club, "recalls Luke. "When he returned to Mexico he started a monthly party also called 'Sonar'. I played for him last April. I love the people down there. They really got down to the funky deep stuff. There was certainly lots of yelping when the kicks dropped in.
(SF, US) - #34 - Jan/Feb 1999
Gavin Froome - Fly Me to Brasil CAN 12" " One of the problems of not having a great amount of disposable income for records is that you don't get to hear every label that comes out. Such was the case with Nordic Trax and I'm disappointed that it's been 'til now! The first EP here, courtesy of Gavin Froome, is a nice house groover. The standout tracks are the slow and chugging "8th Hour" and the bouncy "Fly Me To Brasil" that provides funky riffs and overall juicy sounds. Keep an eye out for this label, it's gonna be surfacing from the underground anytime now!" - Matthew Bernsen
Magazine House Editorial Best of the west It may come as a shock to some, but as of late, the West Coast has been hammering out top house tunes. The ever-growing population of talent, both producers and DJs, has been slowly gaining momentum here on the West Coast. Talent from around the world seeks an audience with us folks out west, especially in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Vancouver. As for our Canadian brothers and sisters, Vancouver still remains a force to be reckoned with. Luke McKeehan's label, Nordic Trax, has been pumping out some quality house music, and judging by the sounds of his last few releases, things are looking up for this label. Tyler "T-Bone" Stadius has been a DJ-aholic all over the world, including a gig at Terry Francis's Wiggle party in London. All this, and both Tyler and Luke celebrated their two year anniversary at their internationally renown club, Sonar. As you can see, it is only a matter of time until the West Coast will be a place that the world looks to for inspiration. Keep your ears peeled.
(UK) December '99
Gavin Froome Mobile Villager Nordic Trax It's official: Canadians are doin' it. First comes the sublime Nick Holder and now here's the equally house-proud Gavin Froome, surfing in on the deep wave but propelled by the swell of some boomerang tech-house beats, saw toothed electronica and wry jazzy asides. You've got your standard filter fun, disco looping antics and circular riffing, but not in any aimless, knee-jerk kind of mode. The arrangements are watertight, the production precise without sounding cold and there's even a cheeky sense of humour at work within the musical warp and weft. Subtle, seductive and smooth as maple syrup.
(UK) (Issue No 55) December 1999
Gavin Froome Mobile Villager LP Nordic Trax Snowbound house riddims from deepest Canada BORED with life in a dodgy rock group, Froome succumbed to 4/4 beats and has accidentally recorded one of the finest house albums of the year. Weatherall and Coccolutto are huge fans and Sharp, Coxy and Dave Angel will surely be too. Many styles are dropped - the filtered funk of 'Blue Collar' the forlorn breaks 'n' blues of 'Closer To Leaving' and '8th Hour' is pure Ibiza by sunset. The highlight 'Disco Speciality' has the glitteriest mirrorball of the scene, its filtered Memphis soul samples will make the floors burn, baby, burn. Basoski and Mac Zimms should take note. This is fantastic.
(UK) December 1999
Gavin Froome Mobile Villager (Nordic Trax) Star of the ever-bright Vancouver deep house scene, Froome grabs the full-length format by the horns and creates much-needed album for head-nodders and dancefloor-movers on both sides of the Atlantic. Seek it out, reward yourself.
Gavin Froome Mobile Villager Nordic Trax Canada's house and tech house seems have been somewhat focused around Toronto and area residents. Think of people like Abacus, Dino and Terry, Nick Holder, the Stickmen, and John Acquaviva-if they're not living in or near Toronto, they're based in the province of Ontario. West Coaster and Vancouver resident Gavin Froome is set to change all that with this debut album on Nordic Trax. After doing time in the major label world with rock act Pull and releasing sleek techno as Iridium on another British Columbia based imprint, Lowdown Recordings Froome has quickly made himself into one of his country's best house\tech house hipswingers. If you're a DJ in the know, you're already familiar with some of this material: five of this albums cuts were previously released on his"Data Tracks To Distant Cities" and "Fly Me To Brasil" singles for Nordic Trax. The seven new tracks (wisely made available on CD and vinyl) include a delicious downtempo nodder with guitar provided by Artie Devlin. The remaining fresh four-on-the-floor pieces are potential dance-floor devastators, from the invigorating organic vibe and cavernous bassline of "Ice Breaker" to the Yost-esque "It is Time," the laid-back filterwork on "Malibu" and the current single, "Disco Speciality." It's no wonder that Froome's material has been licensed to appear on a number of DJ mix CD's and praised by the press and dancers here in North America and in the UK and Europe. Froome has released a solid work in Mobile Villager, one that is likely to be rubbing shoulders with the heavy hitters in the Best OF '99 list. Andrew Duke
UK / March 2000
Gavin Froome Mobile Villager Nordic Trax There's a lot of house out at the moment that promises to return us to those sadly missed balmy summer nights with memories of parties, good times and too many margaritas- but as we all know,too often many of them simply fail to deliver. Mr. Froome is an exception to the rule, and this eight track offering of vinyl sunblock was nothing if not a pleasure to review. As is quite often the case with any record that offers more than your standard A&B, I wasn't expecting all eight to be that good- half of them would have sufficed for a positive review - but all things stand, I wasn't left disappointed by a single one. Everyone back to Gavin's- this is definitely where the party's at. CQ