MAM are heavyweights Miguel Campbell & Matt Hughes who have been creating killer variants of house since Sexy Girl back in '07. Cut to 2014 and they're still nailing it with The Happiness EP on Italy's Nice To Be. Highlights include the almost French touch sheer joy of "Hand In Hand" and the urgent electro-funk of "Foursome". Classy.
Freshly Squeezed have long proved themselves king of the swingers, but just in case you've somehow missed them here's a little reminder. Blue Cover Series Vol 1 collects highlights from the label's 1940s big band releases - all of which feature blue-tinted sleeves (unsurprisingly) and hellzapoppin' swing madness from the likes of DJ Dunya, Cristal Distortion & Got KDS and Le Jockey.
According to BBE legend, Mega Jawns - comprising two guys from Philly who are both named Will - struck such a strong chord when they first met that they wrote, recorded and mixed an entire album within a week! "Joy" is the first fruit of this creative explosion. A slick slice of contemporary soul, laced with touching organs, subtle synths and even subtler talkbox, there's heaps of space for the honey-coated vocals that are neatly reminiscent of Amp Fiddler. As far as debut records go, this is golden - we can't wait to hear more!
Already championed by the likes of Pete Tong, "Fly Tonight" has every hallmark of a summer classic. Refusing to play the current tried and tested deep house game, Jesse Rose looks towards the filtered, jacking sounds of early noughties France for reference points while retaining his consistent heavyweight, unrelenting jacking dynamic. Coated with the right amount of vocodered vocal edge, and a filtered string loop that just keeps on giving, this really does stand out from the crowd with distinction.
After four years of grafting at the vast techno coalface, Tokyo producer Hoshina Anniversary was finally given his dues on Fake Blood's Blood Music in 2013. Ably snapped up by Boys Noize earlier this year, his profile has gone supernovae, exploding with this startlingly epic debut album. Flexing a muscular range from the off, we're treated to myriad techno treatments from straight-up bleep magic ("So Far") to booty-smoking 808 science ("156 to 128") via industrial strength Surgeon-style slammery ("Jojo") and twisted sample-shattering early '90s New York homages ("80 Kiss"), Hoshina's message is demonstratively dark, dramatic and designed strictly for peaktime dancefloors. Refreshingly uncompromising.