Dutch mainstay Alden Tyrell has turned his hand to many a different form of vintage house, techno and electro in his time, and on this occasion he's up on regular haunt Clone with some Dance Mania-inspired riot-baiting material. "Wurk It" makes a convincing case for the revival of ghetto house in the wake of the footwork explosion, going for maddening insistence in his vocal hook to get all asses wiggling, while the 303 is taking no prisoners either. "Some House" is excitable in its own way, matching any sample bashing with an equally catchy organ line that makes for an addictive and wonderfully simple house dish. The "Dub Mix" of "Some House" is no softer, instead choosing to lay off the wild splatter of speech and let the musical elements do the talking.
Alf Tumble offers two deep, disco house tracks on his debut for Heya Hifi. Both holding driving and sexy flavours, these are both dancefloor tracks that will get hips shaking. Accompanied by the originals are a dub version of each. The "Southern Bell" dub is the highlight, riding away into the distance, bounce after bounce.
Hot Like Fire (Andrea T Mendoza vs Tibet dub) - (5:41) 128 BPM
Hot Like Fire (Chris Daniel & Fabrizio Czubara remix) - (7:03) 128 BPM
Hot Like Fire (Tavo remix) - (7:07) 128 BPM
It's Italy vs Spain in this hand-raising beat battle as seasoned club players Mendoza and Perez go toe-to-toe. Big synths designed for big rooms, this is Euro house at its most epic and energetic and AJ's hype-raising vocals serve the track well with added impact. Complete with an even more euphoric piano version and a selection of remixes from the boys themselves it's a mighty fight, leaving both parties unanimous winners.
After just over a year of consistently deep, driving tribal house releases, Andrea serves up his impressively slick debut album. Hypnotic percussive vibes are the order of the day, each cut building in energy from the last; openers "Rhythm In The Jungle" and "Congas People" are both stripped back and jacking while "Coconuts" shows Andrea's more mental side with tripped out horn slides. "Master Loop" is like a turbo-charged Riva Starr and, further on, we reach Rio-level fever pitch with the condensed carnival chaos "Africa Jamba" while "The Earth" ends the collection with a subversive tech house twist.