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.
Don't be fooled by the plethora of comedic, pun-tastic artist names scattered throughout the track list for this sixteenth volume of Vehicle's Boogie Box Edits series. Look harder, and you'll note the distinctive scalpel alias of label boss Valique (simply "V") throughout. His edits - informed by his past in funk breaks as well as disco, boogie and shameless party-starting fun - rarely disappoint, and there's much to enjoy here. Highlights include a toughened-up, straightened out version of the Whispers' "It's A Love Thing" (complete with house pianos), a filter-heavy disco-house tweak of the Johnson Brothers' "Stomp", and a deliciously breezy rework of an old Billy Ocean fave that's worth the admission price on its' own.
For Midnight Riot's latest trip into the compilation market, Yam Who has put together an expansive set designed to pay tribute to Ron Hardy, the Music Box, and the formative years of Chicago House. Interestingly, this is done by mixing vintage material - Mach's influential "On & On", Ron Hardy versions of Nightlife Unlimited's disco scorcher "Peaches & Prunes" and Ragtyme's early house gem "I Can't Stay Away" - with tribute style tracks from Chicago legends and contemporary artists (Gene Hunt, Robert Owens, Ooft, Leo Zero, Yam Who, Robot 84, 80s Child). It's a simple idea, brilliantly executed, with much of the material successfully joining the dots between Italo, proto-house, electrofunk and, of course, early Chicago house.
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.
Being misled is rarely as excellent as this, as Spearhead share not ten but twenty five absolute bangers for no reason other than to be jolly nice folks. Oh, and to celebrate their ten year anniversary, of course. This digitised version of the hugely successful pre-release coloured vinyl pressing contains all the most requested tracks from the back catalogue that are no longer available as 12" singles as according the the Spearhead crew, all remastered and spick and span for 2015. Ten sets itself apart from the host of retrospectives out there by also containing tracks specially selected from the DJs and producers that have supported the label over the last decade, helping to complete a complete and super varied collection of flawless tunes. Add this to your list now.
Following impressive collaborative outings on Dirt Crew and their own Splendor & Squalor label, Brame and Hamo once again join forces, this time for Detroit Swindle's Heist Recordings. Predictably, there's genuine warmth throughout, as the duo showcases more tactile deep house compositions. Opener "Parish Rumours" sets the tone, lacing filter-clad female vocal samples and twinkling melodies over a compressed, cymbal-heavy groove. The filters once again come to the fore on the sweet, soul-sampling "Ghetto For You", while "Hotshot" delivers the kind of loose, hazy and jazz-flecked deep house jam - think hazy horns, tumbling chords, held-note strings and bluesy vocal cut-ups - that evokes images of humid days reclining on Adriatic terraces and Mediterranean cliff-tops.
Sao Paulo's finest export Bungle has a long history of hitting the decks hard and "Alone" is his latest tribute to the old school. Mixing vintage sounds with fresh drums and bass, the title track "Alone" is a perfect set starter to get things moving in the dance. "Looking Back" is the ticket tune if industrial, heavyweight bangers that morph into beautiful, flowing rollers are your bag. "Arcadia" channels old school Dillinja down to the dark slamming bass and percussion that keeps pushing back against swirling synths. Final track "Fast Forward" offers a more minimal sound, stepping up with tribal drums before building into a whirlwind roller, tapping into an addictive old school sound. It's pretty much perfection and you need it.
To mark the tenth release from Sheffield's finest, Chip Butty, the label have paired up Little Mesters and Dr Cryptic and strictly instructed them to deliver some 'hard 4x4 bass music'. Well they've come out fighting, albeit with some sparks flying, with six tracks spread over the EP. LM highlights includes the horror-bass pounder "Buzzin" and the snarling 4x4 prowler "Work". Our faves of the good Doctor include the demented disco meltdown "C-Word" and the end-of-the-world fuzz-out "Ph Derkhead". Dark, in a good way.
Is it that time already? Yep, yet another installment in Katakana's ever progressing re-edit series is here and this time the spotlight shines on regular label contributor Timewrap who delivers four of his finest. Having last occupied this role covering Duran Duran back on number 14, Timewrap looks more to other eras this time round. We get loose and funky 90s hip-hop vibes on the Beasties-sampling "Dopesmokah" and "Old Bisties". Meanwhile headnodding retro 70s funk meets party rap on "Bambooka" and the breezy, jazz guitar-laced Balearic house of "Jazzme" wraps things up nicely.
Everyone's gotta have an angle and Nomine's is certainly unique - he makes deep dubstep with Far Eastern influences. His latest missive boasts a sound that evokes mystical temples, secret rituals and ninjas. The sparse and brooding "Blind Man" is based around a movie sample where a young whippersnapper learns the ways of the spirit from a wise old master. "To The Sky" again features minimal arrangements peppered with bassy belches and mystical vocals courtesy of Lustina, and finally "Nomine's Robot" wraps up the release on an uptempo note - all housey kicks and rimshot percussion. Classy and unique!
Daytoner appeared on many a music lover's radar with album Sunburst Radio back in 2012. Since then he's gone underground, but now re-emerges into daylight with four feel good anthems. The sound of the EP is split right down the middle with "Stevies Stomp" being a raucous re-jig of Wonder's Uptight and "Smokin'" being a more bewitching take on similar 60s soul, whilst there's a rockier 70s sound in the second half. "Keiths Soup Thing" is big beat take on classic Stones and "Like Jumping" is an effervescent slice of jump up, pop-ska at its sunniest.
To mark reaching fifty releases, Editorial has decided to push the boat out a little, unleashing an album's worth of edits, reworks, re-imaginings and sample-heavy cut-ups from regular contributors Ed Wizard and Disco Double Dee. There are few surprises, but plenty of floor-focused groovers and breezy summer jams, in a range of tempos, that variously touch on funk, soul, disco-funk and boogie. It will almost certainly take you a while to really get your head round it all, but it's worth the effort; the fluttering, slap bass-propelled "Phunkosphere" and rip-snorting funk rework "Sho Nuff" are amongst the strongest things they've done to date.
Following a recent acclaimed re-edits outing under his alternative Loshimi alias, Serbian producer Milos Djordjevic once again dons the Tonbe guise for a trip into cheery disco-house/nu-disco/deep house fusion. As usual, he has his eyes fixed firmly on the dancefloor, delivering a quintet of tracks that lace chunky house grooves with all manner of authentic disco elements (think clipped guitars, rubbery bass, slippery synths and breezy vocals). There's naturally plenty to enjoy, from the Clavinet-laden disco-funk thrills of "Give Me Funk", to the dreamy vocal sweetness of "This Is The Place", via the sharp string stabs and parping horns of "Disco Frisco".
Armed with a ravishing string/harmony sample that swoons with instant summer breeze, Cole Medina has created this year's essential sunset piece. Armed with the right amount of squelchy low-end weight and groove that won't quit, it's Cole at his very best. For more sample mastery flip for the dubby disco lollops of "Make Your Body Move" and the Vadim-esque cosmic hip-hop meanderings of "Big Pimpin'". Super spacious. Another classic 12" from the Medina discography!
Original Sin's reputation for absolute tearout tunes precedes him and this EP comes with a lot of expectation. Lucky for him then, that every tune smashes it in a multitude of ways. From the heavy histrionics of "No Limit" to the get-on-the-floor-now intensity of "Tetra", "Get The Fuck Out" hams up the B-movie clips like a good jump up track from back in the day before revving up a monumental bassline. Final track "Killer" takes the time to lay back for a second, showing what this man can do with a simple beat and a host of pads at his disposal. For all of 30 seconds before it ratchets up the beat into a face-contorting stepper bound for total destruction. He's here and he wants you on the dancefloor. Are you actually about to say no?
Soul Rebels is the alias Soul Revolution Records boss, Mike Millrain. Here his recent sleek future-garage jam, Being With You, gets the remix treatment. First up is Millrain himself, who takes the track into lush and deep soulful UKF. Next Martin Depp keeps it deep too, adding vintage New York garage vibes for good measure before Large Joints go all out spacey 2-step for an EP highlight.
The beats are big and the vibes are plentiful in this massive remix release from the Deep In The Jungle crew. Already releasing a massive anthology of anthems earlier on in 2015, they return with refixes of some of the more devastating tracks. Bringing in the likes of Kartoon, Brian Brainstorm, SR and Digbee to bring new life into these tunes has made this EP one of the tuffest jungle releases in a long time. If junglism is your thing and you're tired of pale imitations, you need an injection of this in your system. Turn it up and feel that dub!
The masterful Lazy Flow has cooked up a rather special compilation for France's Folistar, showcasing the French capital's best and brightest house music stars. Although you get a mixed and continuous version of this comp, you can also cop the singles. All centred around the 4/4 continuum and the Chicago dynasty, it's up to you to hear what you require for your weekend evening sets...bumping, deep, hard and dubby, its all in here. Comprehensive to say the least!
It's a while since we last heard from Edinburgh-based re-editor B-Jam, who previously impressed with a couple of excellent EPs on Superbreak. Here he resurfaces on Fingerman's Hot Digits label, delivering a selection of edits clearly aimed at house dancefloors. The real killer is "Sundog", which although based on loops from Clout's Balearic, reggae-disco classic "Sunshine Baby", does a terrific job in chopping up and beefing up the original elements. It's accompanied by a housier, acid-flecked rework from Fingerman. Elsewhere, he turns a disco-funk jam into a straight-up house hustler ("Juicer"), reaches for the filters and heavyweight kick-drums on the synth and slap-bass rinse-out "On It", and delivers another deliciously stuttering dancefloor cut-up ("Good Turn Out").
For the first Magic Feet single of 2015, label boss Craig Bratley has decided to showcase the work of two relatively little-known producers; Correspondant contributor Paresse, and Clouded Vision associate Markus Gibb. The former kicks things off with "Nada", a stylish Italo chugger that makes great use of reverb, delay, foreboding electronics and sparkling synthesizers. The Swedish producer also offers up "Little Wanderer", a surprisingly grandiose chunk of fluttering Balearic disco. Gibb flips the script a little on "Prey", a slightly dark, post-punk influenced chugger blessed with fuzzy, atmospheric guitars, before rounding things off with the moody, mid-tempo rave revivalism-meets-new wave throb of "Whistler" (which, incidentally, does feature whistling).