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.
Romero's stone-cold 2001 Latin-flavoured classic gets a well-deserved revisitation from Toolroom. Riva Starr's treatment stays respectfully close the original while flexing much bolder drum muscles and some really cool chops and stutters as the track develops. Purple Disco Machine, meanwhile, shed 10 BPM from the original to create a more immersive, cosmic sensation that's heavy with cowbell clarity. Filterheadz, meanwhile, provide the most turbo-charged version that slaps and jacks unrelentingly and comes with a cool filter-heavy reference to another classic from the era that had Subliminal stamped all over it.
Mr Flash, the man responsible for Ed Banger's debut release, unleashes another crucial single from his sophomore album Sonic Crusader. All slinky guitar licks, big synth stabs and soothing vocals from Surahn, it tiptoes the fine line between deep disco and Balearic bliss. Remix-wise Jon Convex presses the tech-funk button while Margot sends us straight up the clouds with a beautiful arpeggiated synth riff and dreamily spacious kicks. Hungry for more? Good - Ed Banger have also included "Moonchild". Galvanised with slap bass and spine-tingling synth overlays, it's got summer stamped all over it.
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!
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.
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.
Looking for a cool alternative to Oliver $ and Jimi Jules' summer-smasher "Pushin On"? Look no further. Jarvis Hayes has returned to Alice Russell's source and created an epic piano-slapping viber of gospel proportions. Unadulterated feel-good flavours run amok as Jarvis lays down some of the most euphoric elements possible, blending trance-tinged synths with classic soulful house rudiments. Looking for another cool alternative? Jump straight on XY-ME's bass-flecked UKG-style garage.