Hailing from Pretoria in South Africa, DJ Spoko has to date only issued one EP on True Panther Sounds, but now he steps forward with a whopping great 20-track collection for Lit City Trax (previously known for DJ Rashad and Visionist releases) that will truly announce his distinctly African take on house and UK funky. It's a bright and bold cocktail that works soca rhythms into brash box beats, while the melodies fly in direct and catchy formations. What is most noticeable is how Chicago house traditions have been contorted to fit melodies and grooves more befitting of the geography, making for a distinctive blend of house music with a relevance to dancers and DJs the world over.
Roska's Kicks & Snares imprint - or RKS for short - began life as a self-financed outlet for his own productions, but since 2010 has largely played host to EPs from like-minded artists from the UK bass scene. This shift is reflected in the make-up of this sixth anniversary compilation. While it does begin with a new track from the man himself - the deep and undulating "Whaaat", his first material for the label since 2009 - for the most part it showcases old and new material from some of the imprint's extended family of artists. There's naturally much to admire, from the surging, roughneck UK funky blast of Shox's "Well St", to the alien bruk-meets-kuduro rave-up of Beer Fridge Project's "Motorboat".
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