York-based Alfa Flite is slowly building a reputation as a purveyor of fine, soul-flecked edits that tiptoe the fine line between deep house and disco. Here, the mystery combo drops a new edit - a sensual, head-nodding and toe-tapping reinterpretation of what appears to be a classic Sade cut. With rubbery bass, unfussy beats, gentle guitars and emotion-rich vocals, there's plenty to enjoy. With a decent amount of compression on the beats and bassline, as well as a surprisingly distant feel about the vocal, it feels primed and ready for dancefloors that like their grooves toe tapping, head nodding and groovy.
While he's more than happy to reflect and look back via his Trust Me I Was There mix series and the recent Rinse 20 re-releases, Zinc is in his element when he's bringing the roots kicking and screaming into the future... Which he's done consummately right here with this six track UKG/bass house adventure. "If You" is a bubbling old school rave feeling wrapped up in contemporary house styles, Marky co-lab "Double" is a dark strutter, all snares and menace, "Boppa" flips the electro switch with one simple waspy bassline, "Emanate" does that hooky up-and-down bass refrain Zinc has always been a sucker for while "After Time" is an organ-heavy twist on the current deep house flavours. Finally we hit "Runouts". A breakbeat-surcharged homage to the hardcore era in which Zinc cut his teeth, it's instant shock-out material. Bring on Structures part two!
Hailing from London of Ghanaian lineage, Fuse ODG has cultivated a sound that nestles somewhere between Afrobeat, EDM and moombahton. He recently hit the jackpot with the synthy tropical anthem "Tina", and here's all subsequent remixes all in one neat package. Highlights include Bassboy's perky, wobble heavy houser, Adam Turner's slammin' peak time epic and Apexx's noisey electro-meets-Diplo banger.
Emotional, lighter-thrusting material from the Swiss selector Schuhmacher, "Back Home" is all about stately pianos and great heart-rending country-style vocal from Dr May. Oozing a great sense of life-affirming unity, this works perfectly as a set opener or a poignant set finale. Remix-wise Low Steppa does his UKG thing with awesome results, Deputy takes us back to late '80s Chicago and James Silk lays down a sub-squeezing 4/4 garage twist. Powerful.
Toolroom by name, Toolroom by nature. Mark Knight's label has a habit of delivering loads of one off DJ tools that are always tough and consistent and often consistently tough. Here Mario Ochoa steps up with a nice, (almost) seven minute long, slice of tough filtered disco house that will wind itself into many a fine set and clubber's head.
American house veteran Todd Terry is back on his own Inhouse label with the hands-in-the-air future classic "Feel The Melody". The clue's in the title as the tune is literally bursting with melodic joy - all incessant pianos, catchy vocals and some big synth strings towards the end. Good times ahoy!
Russian upstart Simple Symmetry appears to be a bit of a history buff. His last track was called "King Solomon's Mines" and for this Glenview debut he's kicking it old school Byzantine-style. We'll save the lesson in eastern Tourkia and its crucial role on the Silk Road for another time and instead explain how SS's original is rich in eastern flourishes and elements, dynamically telling a narrative that once seems familiar and fresh. Meanwhile The Stallions Black Sea remix strips the vibe back to low-swung early Terje-style groove, before introducing mystic guitar lines and repurposed chants of the original. Incredible adventures guaranteed.