Given the infrequency of their releases these days, any new 12" from Dego, Akwasi Mensah and Kaidi Tatham's 2000 Black project is cause for celebration. "Make It Hard", their first collaborative missive of note since 2008's A Next Set of Rockers on Third Ear, is predictably. The title track itself is killer; a classic, dancefloor-friendly broken beat roller complete with dense, Latin-tinged percussion and loads of brilliant synth touches from Tatham. It's the kind of record that would be been massive at the turn of the millennium. Even now, it should be. The other cuts are pretty tasty too, with some jazzier, deeper bruk in the shape of "Counter Attack", and a dash of sensual, Herbie Hancock does deep house niceness ("Steady Jam").
After kicking off their label in style with Burnski's 'Your Love' backed up by remixes from Trus Me and Steve O'Sullivan, Constant Sound use their second release to showcase a pair of up and coming producers from Newcastle., A Scott & Richard Rowell. 'Mrs J' has been burning a hole in Burnski's bag for some time now, waiting for the right opportunity to get unleashed on the public good and proper. This time around, the choice of guest remixers shows the true digging nature of the Constant Sound team, as cult German production duo Cab Drivers are invited up to do their thing. With a multitude of aliases running since the mid 90s on their own Cabinet Records imprint, Daniel Paul and Jens Augustowsky have received praise from high places for their finely honed, crisply executed house and techno. Leonel Castillo meanwhile brings a hypnotic South American touch to 'Mrs J', as the Argentinian producer draws upon more than a decades worth of experience releasing on labels such as Aux-Rec, Airdrop and Sushitech. That leaves it to label bosses Burnski and Jon Woodall to team up under their shared Constant guise, giving the collaborative project a debut airing with this sleek and strutting reinterpretation of A Scott & Richard Rowell's original track.