James Teej's work hasn't ever really edged towards the funkier side of house music; however Fame on Apersonal Music sees the producer enter hitherto uncharted waters. An underlying funk rolls with immediate effect on both "Fame" and "City Celebrity", with the title track playing with synth snarls, groove ridden guitar licks and a wailing vocal; a belting summer hit if ever we heard one. Up next, the Cisco Cisco remix strips things back and focuses on a pushing key sequence and addictive rhythm section that moves things forward. Last but by no means least, "City Celebrity" sees a plucked bass guitar that swallows the bottom end and bounces perfectly against the electric keyboard arrangement up front. Solid release.
Thomas Mathers takes time out from tending to his My Favourite Robot project to deliver more boundary-crossing house music. Listening to Disorder, it's not hard to understand why DJ T and Sasha have teamed up with him. The bass pulses until it reaches Hoover proportions, the percussion is streamlined and glistening and the melodies have that mysterious feeling that are certain to pop up in Digweed or Sasha's sets. It's no wonder then that Timo Maas has been drafted in to provide a remix. The German DJ's version is powered by break beats and he slows the groove down and adds some acid bleeds to create a tripped out affair.