You can always count on Local Talk to bring the heat where pumping New Jersey house action is concerned, and it's no different on this offering from label mainstays Dirtytwo. "Waisted" sounds as though it looks to a certain Mr Vandross for some soulful crooning, but he's surrounded by a wealth of romantic string blasts and cheeky DX7 lines to round out a peppy belter. "Talkin' 2 U" gets sassier thanks to a crazily addictive lead synth line that bounces like the most uplifting of peak time jams. If that wasn't enough, there's a "Hard On edit" of that second cut that lets some squelchy acid in on the action amidst more wistful synth lines.
Greymatter - "Give Up (Never Gonna)" (feat Sophie Brown) - (6:33) 122 BPM
KRL - "The Game" (feat Sarah Blake) - (5:59) 121 BPM
Homeboy - "Spacelift" - (6:51) 118 BPM
Ishmael - "Lumo" - (5:21) 115 BPM
James Welsh - "Sleepless In The Saddle" - (7:48) 119 BPM
Wolf Music has enjoyed another solid year, and here rounds of 2013 with another strong package. Greymatter kicks things off with "Give Up (Never Gonna)", a perfectly pitched chunk of sparse deepness with hints of smoky late night soul (thanks largely to some warm chords and a cut-up vocal from Sophie Brown). KRL's "The Game" works loops and filters hard, delivering an off-kilter take on sample-heavy house that sounds a little like Andres, while Homeboy's "Spacelift" is pleasingly melodic and intoxicating, with the added bonus of a suitably heavy analogue bassline. Ishmael's "Lumo" sparkles with glistening synths and touchy-feely grooves, while James Welsh employs some clattering snares and sparse melodies on the powder house-included "Sleepless in the Saddle".
Kolour Recordings are understandably proud of their association with Bulgarian produced KiNK, and here ram home the point with an EP of vintage tracks from the label's back catalogue. There's predictably much to enjoy, from the shuffling voodoo drums, razor-sharp strings and simple electric piano melodies of "Tropic", to the slap bass-sampling deep house funk of hustlin' fave "At Night". There's some extra-dreamy deepness in the shape of the luscious "Fish Feeling" and, arguably best of all, the paranoid jazzwise pulse and loose, rave-era breakbeats of "Trevoga". Despite being four years old, it still sounds impeccably fresh.