Fingerman's Hot Digits imprint has always reflected his production style, delivering releases that gleefully blur the boundaries between re-edits, remixes and original material, and blend elements of disco, funk, soul, boogie and deep house. This groovy, warm and floor-friendly formula is much in evidence on this first anniversary compilation. Featuring a blend of previously released gear, exclusives and a bonus DJ mix from Fingerman, Hot Digits: Year One is an effortlessly entertaining collection. There's naturally much to admire, from the subtle house beats and P-funk synths of Fingerman's own "Shine Yo Litez" (a rework of an old Grangers tune), and the disco-funk chunkiness of Groove Motion's "Party Now", to the compressed, dubbed-out disco house madness of Chewy Rubs' "Let It Go".
The second London/NYC Transatlantic session within four months; it's clear the fusion between the two city's labels is healthy, creative and ultimately fertile. Highlights across this international modern bass romp include the delicate jazz samples of Matt Deco's spacious stepper "Absent Minder", the juicy digidub bubbles and woozy horns of Dubsworth & Tapa's "Backflipper", Bakir's percussive snake-hip wriggler "Hyperion" and the breezy hums, distant yearns and dampened rim shots of Jobanti's "Afrique".
Hot off Randall's Mac 2 label, Pieces is a ludicrous collection of behemoth tunes found, remixed or simply well-placed in no particular order. Why? Because he's good to us like that. Featuring a stellar line-up of OGs and freshly hooked-up newcomers, this is 18 tracks of pure drum and bass energy ready to make a mess of your cochlea. Special mentions for the DRamatic remix of Lenni Dee Ice's "We Are IE" and Trex's massive stomper "Sudden Impact" which should currently be tearing up the dancefloor in your nearest darkened warehouse with a soundsystem. Instant purchase.
You'd struggle to find a more passionate champion of the nu-disco and re-edits scene than Yam Who. His edit-focused Midnight Riot label does a great job in spotting and showcasing talent. Somewhat predictably, this eighth installment in the label's self-titled compilation series is another winner. It features some 31 tracks, plus a bonus mix from the Dead Rose Music Company, and bristles with the kind of floor-friendly material that blurs the boundaries between electrofunk, nu-disco, house, funk, soul and, of course, straight-up disco. Given the sheer scale of the collection, picking highlights is tough, but look out for some urgent boogie business from Rayko, a dose of spinetingling, sax-laden sweetness from Goldboy, and a live bass and vintage synthesizer rinse-out from Fran Deeper and James Rod.
Lost Village (continuous DJ mix) - (1:09:55) 119 BPM
On the second May bank holiday weekend, the Lost Village festival makes its debut, with the action apparently taking place at a "mysterious woodland village". Moda Black bosses Jaymo and Andy George are doing their best to promote the event, putting together this collection of tracks and remixes from artists playing at the event. Based firmly in the deep house camp, but also boasting tracks that touch on disco, tech-house and more leftfield exploits, highlights come thick and fast. Amongst our favourites are Tiger & Woods lolloping boogie-house rub of Rex The Dog's "Do You Feel What I Feel", Dan Ghenacia's bumpin' "Acid Walk", and the delay-laden riffs and booming basslines of Dusky's anthem-like "Love Taking Over". It is, though, all rather good.
Here's the pitch: ask six of Chicago's finest exponents of bumping house and pitched down disco cuts to contribute some of their finest works, blend them all together and present in the appropriate space of a bumper digital EP. What's the end product? The rather hot looking Chicago Service from the Amsterdam label Lumberjacks in Hell which features a merry cast of the city's finest in Gene Hunt, Rahaan, Jamie 3:26, Cratebug, Hugo H and Boogie Nite across seven tracks.
Soul Deep's "Unsung Heroes" series has unearthed some real treasures in its time, offering forward some of the scene's brightest new stars and unearthing some of its darkest new sounds. Despite their never-ending stream of releases, there's never chance enough to give under-the-radar artists the airing they deserve. Enter the fifth incarnation of the series, offering beautiful and deadly tracks from the likes of Magnaflow, BoxPlot, Radicall and DJ Tempo who work their way around a full spectrum of drum and bass; from soulful liquid to experimental session, this blockbusting LP is not to be missed.
Armand Van Helden - "The Funk Phenomena" (Starkillers remix) - (6:47) 128 BPM
Davidson Ospina - "Night Birds" - (6:33) 128 BPM
E-Smoove - "Lake Shore Drive" - (7:27) 126 BPM
Stron Jay - "Feel The Thunder" (Tommy Musto mix) - (5:56) 126 BPM
DJ Sneak - "My Thing" - (9:18) 126 BPM
Norty Cotto - "Hustle Me This" - (5:04) 127 BPM
DJ Kwest - "Love To Ecstacy" - (5:40) 125 BPM
Mike Delgado - "Byrdman's Revenge" (Trigger To Love mix) - (7:30) 126 BPM
Todd Terry & Marshall Jefferson - "Party People" (demo) - (2:28) 123 BPM
That Kid Chris - "One Of A Kind" (bonus track) - (5:44) 129 BPM
Robb Swinga - "Robb Swinga's Henry Street 20th Anniversary Mix" (continuous DJ mix) - (59:36) 126 BPM
Moplen - "Moplen's Henry Street 20th Anniversary Mix" (continuous DJ mix) - (1:02:26) 125 BPM
Salvatore Vitrano - "Henry Street Music Session - Mixed By Salvatore Vitrano" (continuous DJ mix) - (1:05:40) 125 BPM
DJ Angel B! - "The Henry Street Music Project - Mixed By DJ Angel B!" (continuous DJ mix) - (1:32:50) 127 BPM
Raf N Soul - "Raf N Soul's Henry Street Music Mix" (continuous DJ mix) - (54:22) 124 BPM
The 20th anniversary of iconic New York house label Henry Street Music has previously been celebrated via a series of 2014 reissues of classic material from Clone. Now, BBE has taken the baton, putting together a superb retrospective that stretches across five CDs and, in this case, three heavyweight slabs of wax. Wisely, BBE has chosen to pack it with both must-have classics - Bucketheads' "The Bomb", Armand Van Helden presents Old Skool Junkies' "The Funk Phenomenon", and DJ Sneak/The Polyester's string-laden disco-house bomb "Show Me The Way" - and lesser-known gems. It's these that really set the pulse racing, with Timmy Regisford's hard-to-find - and utterly brilliant - remix of DJ Duke and Roland Clark's "D2-D2 (I Get Deep)" standing out.
Leading London funk enthusiasts Jalapeno bring the heat with another annual collection. Uniting recent highlights with killer exclusives, it's a detailed document that sheds light on the spicy imprint's many directions... Flexing from the gutsy soul of Aldo Vanucci's instant 60s "What Happened" and Ephemerals' emotional white-flag-waving "You Made Us Change" to booty-shaking boogie such as Basement Freaks' "Ain't Got Nobody" and Supasoul's "Funky Hot Grits" via Kraak & Smaak's lush, lolloping synth-laden cruiser "Drunken Master", it's a fitting testament to one of UK dance music's most authentic, dedicated imprints. Get funky.
Hailing from unlikely new bass capital Denver, Colorado, Ultra Bass have already made quite an impression internationally and to mark their 10th release they have unveiled another label compilation. Boasting '19 monster house and garage tracks straight from underground scenes across the globe', this collection really does perfectly capture the temperature of the scene right now. Highlights include the merciless big bass house steamroller "Feel It", the tropical doom-house tip of "2015 Crew 4 Real" and the bonkers hypo-step of "Magical".
The long-standing Editorial stable have welcomed many choice boogie and disco heads to do the honours in reviving classic gems from the seemingly endless mine of 70s and 80s wares, and they're at it once again with the Good Fot Get Down collection. Regular contributors Ed Wizard and Disco Double Dee keep things lightly shuffling and laid back on "Let U Go" while The Owl gets into a more stripped and stiff floor-focused funk. The Funk District have more clear intentions in getting the party started with "Disco Dynamite", while Spankie Hazard gets a little jazzy on "Party". Whatever your funky needs, Editorial have it all and more.
Champion's Formula fam come correct on this expertly curated 15-track exploration into the future realms of bottom heavy music. With exclusive cuts and versions firing from all the label's most consistent contributors, it covers all relative corners creatively; from Killjoy's gameshow grime "Turnt Ones VIP" to the chiselled, sinewy two-steps of Terror Danjah & Zed Bias's "Telepathy" via the sheet metal snares on Flava D's "Break", this collection goes further than representing a forward-thinking imprint but also documents exactly where bass music is heading in the future. Grand prix business.
Doorly & DJ Pierre - "Gotta Get" (original mix) - (7:00) 122 BPM
Thunder Clap (original mix) - (5:46) 122 BPM
Ladies Night (original mix) - (6:33) 122 BPM
The Sleazy Drummer (original mix) - (5:28) 120 BPM
Doorly & Rae - "Can't Stop Feat Davos" (feat Davos - original mix) - (7:17) 123 BPM
Doorly & Sonny Fodera - "For Me" (original Club mix) - (7:06) 122 BPM
Wait Until The Morning (feat Mario - original mix) - (7:01) 123 BPM
Doorly's arrival in the late noughties created big waves in techno with the DJs residencies in Stealth and Ibiza seeing him create a reputation for pushing forward thinking electronic dance music. Here though, he is thrilled to look backwards for once, with the majority of this collaborative release consisting of reworks of his old school house influences. Highlights include his immense "rechunk" of Todd Terry's raw "On A Mission", a techy retwist of 80s classic "Jack Your Body" and peak time jacker "Drongoism".
Various - "MusicForYourMindStep Vol 2" (continuous DJ mix by Crises - bonus mix version) - (35:46) 140 BPM
Languishing in the oceanic pastures of deep, jazz-tinged modern dub-focused electronica, MindStep missions are consistent in their soul and crystalline creativity. Here's a firm reminder - in the slim case we needed one - as the label's exponents are united for the label's second 'best of' style collection. Ranging from the two-step subversions of Sepia's "U Make Me Feel" to the more techno-minded sound palette of Dillard's "Rocks & Trees" to the 22nd century jazz of Jafu & Freud's "Sofia", every facet and feature of MindStep's ever-evolving remit is explored, represented and celebrated in great detail here. Dive deep.