Following impressive collaborative outings on Dirt Crew and their own Splendor & Squalor label, Brame and Hamo once again join forces, this time for Detroit Swindle's Heist Recordings. Predictably, there's genuine warmth throughout, as the duo showcases more tactile deep house compositions. Opener "Parish Rumours" sets the tone, lacing filter-clad female vocal samples and twinkling melodies over a compressed, cymbal-heavy groove. The filters once again come to the fore on the sweet, soul-sampling "Ghetto For You", while "Hotshot" delivers the kind of loose, hazy and jazz-flecked deep house jam - think hazy horns, tumbling chords, held-note strings and bluesy vocal cut-ups - that evokes images of humid days reclining on Adriatic terraces and Mediterranean cliff-tops.
Germany's kings of the compilation, ChinChin, recently dropped ChinChin Present 2015, a widescreen view of their current roster highlights. Now they've followed it up with a more specific collection, The Art Of Electro Swing Volume 4. It shares some tracks with the former but still forms its own cohesive shape with 17 delicious variants this iconic sound. Highlights include Pep's Show Boys thumping electro-swing rework of Louis Armstrong's "Cuban Pete", the spooky electro-pop refrains of "Alibi Afternoon" and Sound Nomaden's epically catchy housed-up rejig of "Goin' Wild".
Nu-disco imprint Editor's Kutz are into their second year now and to mark the occasion they're re-releasing their fourth volume of re-edits. There's quite a few crackers here, including Sleazy McQueen's clap-n-cowbell groover "Let's Make Love Tonight", Jean Claude Gavri & VinylAddicted's Balearic disco rocker "Let's Play Around" and the dreamy Mediterranean shuffle of Lillo Carillo's rework of "Le Viole". Perfect for the sunnier summer weather that's due any day now.
Defected have ambitious plans for their upcoming Ibiza season. In fact they've so much hot new music that they need three mix CDs to feature them all. This year the club brand relocate to Amnesia's famous terrace and Simon Dunmore has been recruited to present us with its soundtrack. Expertly mixed, the mixes here are presented digitally and include all the individual tracks too. There's a whopping 42 slices of forward thinking future house here including highlights from Guti, Reboot, Session Victim, Chez Damier, Louie Vega and Damian Lazarus to name but a few. Roll on summer!
Given that Rae & Christian's collaboration with London mic man Jake Emlyn first surfaced on their Mercury Rising album back in 2013, it seems a little curious that Late Night Tales has decided to release it as a single. This is not a criticism, though, as the quality of the remixes is impressively high. Ray Mang weighs in with three excellent disco versions - an expansive, soaring, festival-friendly vocal mix, an accompanying instrumental, and a superb 'Beats' version, which turns the track into a Konk style, Latin influenced drum workout - while former Silver City man Fernando drops two bubbly nu-disco interpretations full of his usual colourful synths and rubbery bass. Best of all, though, is the Reflex Remix, a fuzzy disco-funk stomper that's nothing less than an invitation to drop all inhibitions and lose your self in the dance.
It promises to be yet another interesting year for Dial Records with an upcoming compilation and the tantalising prospect of a debut album from White Material man DJ Richard on the horizon. Before that, it's Herr Flugel that kicks proceedings off with a new three track release that sounds and feels every bit as vibrant as this stellar 2014 LP Happiness Is Happening. Sliced Africa opens with "Black Towers" a racketing slab of epic deepness that appears suited to the early morning moments, whilst the title track has our Roman veering off into more tropical territory. Some superb drum programming on this one. To close "Spiritual Enhancer" adopts a more contemplative poise, easing down the tempo and providing the warm up DJs with a digital B-side gem to cherish.
Having developed a sterling reputation for sudden splashes of one-track attitude, Berry returns with his most extensive EP since last year's Swing It EP. The party ignites with the glitch-swing jazz jam "Grandiose". Built up around a well excavated '30s vocal sample with big walls of slippery bass, it sets the tone for the entire EP. Further on "Twitch" takes the vibe up several BPM with a festival-ready piano-slapping vocal jacker, "Heart" averts full focus to the horn section with cinematic glee, "Showtime" jives and swings with Cab Calloway-style cheek and charm and "NFY" brings the show to a full-flavoured, bass-burping pumping finale. Consistent, extensive and exciting, this is Berry's finest release to date.
Wearing his heart firmly on his sleeve, Berlin dwelling producer Quell gives us "Rugburn" (not literally) which takes Mr Fingers's Distant Planet as a starting block before delivering a shuffley, garage-inspired vocal house romp. Also aimed at the heart of the dancefloor is "Go Away, Humans!", which is all about deep 90s tribal hypnotics. An EP highlight, though, is Palace's absolutely slammin' minimal-garage-laser-tech rework of the title track.
Yam Who is a man who is on a mission to uncover the coolest cult re-edit guys around and make sure the public hear them. This is usually through his own ISM imprint and it's also usually via the medium of the EP. Here, though he's gone all out to present this huge compilation album, bursting with party goodness, and boasting 24 tracks. Highlights include the '80s Child's rework of power-snare soul anthem "Let Me Be The One", the neon glow of arpeggiated synth boogie gem "Jeckermich" and Ron Basejam's deep and sensuous take on the sultry electro-soul of "Changes".
An accomplished blender of styles and sounds, Austrian producer Parov Stelar brings his jazzy electro swing to Part Two of The Princess LP. Opener "Jimmy's Gang" is a perfect example of why he's acquired such a strong fan base of late, with deftly-chopped jazz samples bolstered by simple-yet-effective house beats making for an instantly likable vibe. Away from the sample-heavy tunes, songs like "Sally's Dance" and "Oh Yeah" showcase Stelar's deeper studio skills.
Armand Van Helden - "The Funk Phenomena" (Starkillers remix) - (6:47) 128 BPM
Davidson Ospina - "Night Birds" - (6:33) 128 BPM
E-Smoove - "Lake Shore Drive" - (7:27) 126 BPM
Stron Jay - "Feel The Thunder" (Tommy Musto mix) - (5:56) 126 BPM
DJ Sneak - "My Thing" - (9:18) 126 BPM
Norty Cotto - "Hustle Me This" - (5:04) 127 BPM
DJ Kwest - "Love To Ecstacy" - (5:40) 125 BPM
Mike Delgado - "Byrdman's Revenge" (Trigger To Love mix) - (7:30) 126 BPM
Todd Terry & Marshall Jefferson - "Party People" (demo) - (2:28) 123 BPM
That Kid Chris - "One Of A Kind" (bonus track) - (5:44) 129 BPM
Robb Swinga - "Robb Swinga's Henry Street 20th Anniversary Mix" (continuous DJ mix) - (59:36) 126 BPM
Moplen - "Moplen's Henry Street 20th Anniversary Mix" (continuous DJ mix) - (1:02:26) 125 BPM
Salvatore Vitrano - "Henry Street Music Session - Mixed By Salvatore Vitrano" (continuous DJ mix) - (1:05:40) 125 BPM
DJ Angel B! - "The Henry Street Music Project - Mixed By DJ Angel B!" (continuous DJ mix) - (1:32:50) 127 BPM
Raf N Soul - "Raf N Soul's Henry Street Music Mix" (continuous DJ mix) - (54:22) 124 BPM
The 20th anniversary of iconic New York house label Henry Street Music has previously been celebrated via a series of 2014 reissues of classic material from Clone. Now, BBE has taken the baton, putting together a superb retrospective that stretches across five CDs and, in this case, three heavyweight slabs of wax. Wisely, BBE has chosen to pack it with both must-have classics - Bucketheads' "The Bomb", Armand Van Helden presents Old Skool Junkies' "The Funk Phenomenon", and DJ Sneak/The Polyester's string-laden disco-house bomb "Show Me The Way" - and lesser-known gems. It's these that really set the pulse racing, with Timmy Regisford's hard-to-find - and utterly brilliant - remix of DJ Duke and Roland Clark's "D2-D2 (I Get Deep)" standing out.
Given the quality of Session Victim's 2012 debut album, Haunted House of House, expectations are naturally high for this follow-up. Like its predecessor, See You When You Get There takes a widescreen approach to deep house, with the German duo drawing on a myriad of influences, from jazz ("Hey Stranger"), soundtracks ("Crystal Maze") and evocative downtempo beats (the impeccable title track), to Atmosfear-ish jazz-funk ("The Most Beautiful Divorce In The World") and, most notably, classic Balearica (see the druggy pop of "Hyuwee" and deliciously slow "EOS Place". Best of all, though, is "Never Forget", a glorious blues-house epic laden with smoky vocal samples and thrilling piano motifs.