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Next up on Aus Music is the welcome return of a label regular: Marquis Hawkes. Having released four singles on Will Saul's label thus far, he makes his return in the form of these blazing, floor-focused two tracks which sit neatly with previous outings on the label. "The Basement Is Burning" takes its name from the time of an electrical fire in the artist's home, which resulted in him and his family being evacuated from a fifth floor balcony. This soulful and life affirming classic house jam is geared for some sure hands in the air moment, with its addictive church organ melody, tough rhythm patterns and evocative strings all doing the business proper over its glorious nine minute duration. "Tower Block Boogie" is a tough and funky hard house jam, fuelled by dusty/overdriven drums and hypnotic disco loops that are filtered to perfection.
With summer party season in full swing, W&O Street Tracks has decided to deliver a multi-artist EP packed full of tried-and-tested bangers, tailor-made for sweaty, open-air dancing. Frag Maddin does his best Dam Funk impression on the brilliant "Blufunk" - all loose and groovy electro rhythms and sparkling analogue boogie synths - while U.S duo 909 Til Infinity gives the late '80s hip-house sound a booming contemporary makeover via "Just Show Up". The fun continues on the virtual flipside, where Stretch & Farley expertly combine muscular beats, drowsy chords, raw electronics and wavy old skool house vocal samples on "No Control". Meanwhile, Taran and Lomov reach for the speaker-busting sub bass and Kraftwerk style computer bleeps on top-notch EP closer "Error".
Manchester duo Scurrilous (aka Adam Bell & Andre Cornwall) have been delivering solid US-style house jams for about three years now. Self described devotees to 'the 303, 606, 808, 909' its quite clear where these guys are coming from, and these machines are all over these two new tracks. "They Play It Safe" is a tough progressive house roller, with hazy, Chi-town vocals. "Smoke n Pancakes' is edgier - all sleazy, jackin' rhythms and undulating basslines that conjure up images of hedonistic nights at the Music Box.
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