Ultra Bass recently released an epic label compilation, The Ultra Underground Vol 2, however rather than sit back and bask in the glory, they're already knocking out even more jams. The latest of which is "Take Me Away" - a collaboration between producer Junior UK and London singer/songwriter Martin Carr (not he of Boo Radleys fame, mind), and the original mix is big, summery Euro-dance with its eyes on the top ten. Also, our picks for remixes include Thorn's slinky late-night-stepper, Rare Candy's 90s-style house cut and Underheadz's garage-wobble hybrid.
Following a recent outing on Hudd Traxx, Dutch DJ/producer Nachtbraker returns to Detroit Swindle's Heist Recordings with four more chunks of floor-friendly deep house. There's much to admire throughout, from the squidgy basslines, relentless cymbals and floatation tank chords of "Dark Roast", to the loose-limbed, triple-beat-goes-jazz flex of the wonderfully fluid title track. The eyes-closed chords, intricate melodies and undulating acid lines of the smoother "Gurl" impress, as does "You're Out of Your Element", a warm, rich and jazzy homage to Detroit deep house blessed with all manner of aural Motor City trademarks. While considered a bonus track (it was hidden away on the flipside of the vinyl version), it's arguably the best thing on a strong EP.
In recent years, Dave Lee seems to have been concentrating on remixes, compilations and side projects. As a result, "I Can Hear Your Body Rock" is, somewhat surprisingly, the first original Joey Negro single for two years. As you might expect, it's a deliciously summery affair that effortlessly joins the dots between piano house, early '90s US garage and '80s boogie. Lee concentrates on the latter on the alternative Serious Mix, which pleasingly sits somewhere between the delay-laden proto-house of Paul Simpson's Serious Intention project, and breezy early '90s house. For those who just want more pianos, Lee also obliges with the sumptuous "Pianohead Dub".
Sassy sonic vibes aplenty; James Silk taps into house music's most timeless motifs to create a slinky, synth-primed jam that's so fine tuned for the summer it should come with a pair of free budgie smugglers. Primed with a vocal that's reminiscent of Ben Westbeech/Breach and climaxing with an emotion-drenched breakdown that will cause some very sultry scenes on dancefloors this season, "Talk Dirty" also comes complete with a bassier/classic four-to-the-floor UKG version from Tom Zanetti and Ko Kane. Talk dirty to your dancefloor today.
Did you know that Lima, Peru, has earned a reputation as South America's party capital? Or, for that matter, that the City is home to a thriving "tropical bass" scene, where a dedicated band of homegrown heroes giddily fuse dubstep, techno and electronica? Peru Boom aims to chart the rise of this healthy but internationally under-represented scene, via tracks from all of the city's major players. For those not schooled in the scene's intricacies, it makes for fascinating listening, as traditional South American rhythms and vocals get mangled, re-arranged, and fused with heavy sub bass lines, fizzing electronics, humid melodies and tipsy, 8-bit funk.
Back in 1997 veteran house DJ Harry 'Choo Choo' Romero helped another veteran DJ Erick Morillo set up his Subliminal label. Now in 2015 Morillo has revived this label to much fanfare and so it's only fitting that he should recruit Romero once again. The first new release is "The Restorer" and, at nearly nine minutes long, this thumping slice of smooth, proggy tribal house is bound to please all those patient fans. Good to have them back!