Dutch mainstay Alden Tyrell has turned his hand to many a different form of vintage house, techno and electro in his time, and on this occasion he's up on regular haunt Clone with some Dance Mania-inspired riot-baiting material. "Wurk It" makes a convincing case for the revival of ghetto house in the wake of the footwork explosion, going for maddening insistence in his vocal hook to get all asses wiggling, while the 303 is taking no prisoners either. "Some House" is excitable in its own way, matching any sample bashing with an equally catchy organ line that makes for an addictive and wonderfully simple house dish. The "Dub Mix" of "Some House" is no softer, instead choosing to lay off the wild splatter of speech and let the musical elements do the talking.
The Melodymann - "Beat The Drums" - (5:56) 125 BPM
The Melodymathics imprint launches with four tracks of deep and dreamy, wide-eyed goodness from the combined talents of Alex Agore and label boss The Melodymann. Agore's "No Name 4" is a liquid delight - a fluid, emotion-rich, enveloping take on classic US house, all breathy vocal samples, sensual melodies and warm, late night hustle. Belgian producer Melodymann drops two gems. The first, "I Want It", is unsashamedly warm and sexy, all comfy chords, twinkling electronics and enveloping pads. "Beat The Drums", the EP's standout moment, is a little rougher and tougher, charging off on a sweaty percussion workout with the simple addition of a relentless bassline and a few choice vocal samples.