Arguably, the key to a successful "split EP", featuring tracks from a range of artists, is delivering a range of floor-friendly cuts that DJs can reach for at different points in the night. What's on offer here more than passes this test. There's some stabbing, stomping old skool revivalism from NDV ("Chestivations"), a glittering slice of warm-up futurism from Appian (the superb "G381"), and a sweet, undulating, late night foray into melody-heavy space-house from Cyclonix ("Rising Tide"). Best of all, though, is Nubian Mindz' "Lock Out", a formidably sweaty romp through heavily percussive peaktime pastures that's worth the admittance price alone. As ever with Nubian Mindz, the drums are layered brilliantly, with just the right amount of murky atmospherics to impress the heads-down late night crew.
Kornel Kovacs, Axel Boman and Petter Nordkvist Studio Barnhaus label can usually be relied upon to deliver the sort of curiously left-of-centre deep house that offers more than mere straight-up dancefloor thrills. That's certainly the case on the latest piece of eccentricity from label regular Baba Stiltz. While "Transit" itself is the epitome of eccentric - think vintage acid house fused with early '80s New York electro and dreamy electronica - it's the jazzy "Principles", all lolloping rhythms and fiercely cut-up rhythms that really impresses. Even odder is "Principles Oh So Fresh", which dispenses with the beats and concentrates on the original's chiming music box melodies.