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Massively indebted to the Brand New Heavies and Black Box, this is an album full of house so retro you’d swear you were working in a petrol station in Wetherby and it was 1992. The title track is a virtual re-write of Technotronic’s ‘Pump Up the Jam’. Elsewhere you get euphoric, percussive house full of driving beats, vocal samples and those house speciality four-note melodies.‘Flavoured Beats’ recalls ‘Good Time’ I think by...um...it features the James Brown ‘Yeah Wooh’ sample also used in ‘Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini’ by Bombalurina (side project of television’s Timmy Mallett). So if you were massively into chart-house of the early ‘90s this is an album full of very similar anthems but crucially not exactly the same. There is retro music out there for everyone it seems.
10/10 notforposers Customer review, 12th June 2013
Sir Stephen's debut EP on 100% Silk is almost impossible to surpass in terms of the genuine artistry that so much EDM lacks today. However, this record certainly lives up to its predecessor and only solidifies my belief that they are both 100% brilliant.
Sir Stephen has achieved in two records what most artists never do - a new House/Techno record that is anything but expendable as so many other records these days. Truly for the ages!!
Unfortunately, I feel delightfully selfish in knowing I, like VersacciRed, are likely among the VERY FEW people who may ever truly appreciate Sir Stephen for the significant musical contributions he seems to be making with relative ease... in many ways it blows my mind.
10/10 VersacciRed Customer review, 8th November 2012
"House of Regalia" by Sir Stephen on 100% Silk, though perhaps one of the best releases of the year, will certainly not be a candidate among the most familiar lists, and I feel has quickly been labeled as "retro" or "revivalist" by many online media, even the label itself with specific references to other Artists' similarities. It seems as though I am apparently not hearing the same impeccably produced and nearly ingenious piece of Art that "House of Regalia" really is. Taking into account other music released by the same producer, some with a very lo-fi approach, and others with shimmers of pop requiring skill that cannot be imitated*, perhaps more perspective will give a glimpse into what this record manages to achieve. *(See his contribution to Atlantic Rap Artist's B.G. latest album- production for the Gangster anthem "I Swar") It is not an artifact, those can be dated. It is not a copy, many songs over the years have repeatedly utilized the same phrasings as the track "House of Regalia", which actually brings something new to the tradition with an updated sound and appeal. My belief is that Sir Stephen has managed to create a timeless Album to be cherished. One that transcends any genre or comparison one might attach to a particular vibe or specific elements. Start to finish, the album listens like poetry, carefully gliding from song to song/style to style with a certain grace and authenticity that a veteran talent can create. Every nuance is delivered with a sense of urgency and deliberation that is characteristic of only true Original works of art... in any medium. This is certainly his most broad and beautifully delivered portrait of his musical sub-conscience to day... and I expect we are looking at more than just your "run of the mill" Artist, but someone who promises to deliver more masterworks of an even higher caliber. But one can only dream... and that is what "House of Regalia" is in its entirety - a wonderful waking dream.
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