You can always count on Local Talk to bring the heat where pumping New Jersey house action is concerned, and it's no different on this offering from label mainstays Dirtytwo. "Waisted" sounds as though it looks to a certain Mr Vandross for some soulful crooning, but he's surrounded by a wealth of romantic string blasts and cheeky DX7 lines to round out a peppy belter. "Talkin' 2 U" gets sassier thanks to a crazily addictive lead synth line that bounces like the most uplifting of peak time jams. If that wasn't enough, there's a "Hard On edit" of that second cut that lets some squelchy acid in on the action amidst more wistful synth lines.
Art Of Tones - "The Great Sgatmi" - (5:06) 120 BPM
Elef - "Holdin U" - (6:48) 120 BPM
Anaxander - "My Aniseed Lollipop" - (7:57) 114 BPM
The True Rebels - "Bitter Love" (Deep Space Orchestra remix) - (8:57) 120 BPM
Orazio Fantini - "To The Ball" - (6:26) 120 BPM
HNNY - "Tears" - (6:02) 119 BPM
Tommy Rawson - "Don't Lose It" - (8:30) 123 BPM
DJ Duke presents Freedom - "Closer" (Sean McCabe club mix) - (7:50) 124 BPM
S3A - "Sleepness 909" - (7:16) 122 BPM
Dale Howard - "Throwback" - (7:53) 122 BPM
It's a sign of the ludicrously prolific nature of Mad Mats and Tooli's Local Talk imprint that this is their third compilation of label highlights this year. That the quality threshold remains impressively high is credit to their A&R skills. Encompassing revivalist US garage, twinkle-eyed deep house and enveloping groovery, Talking House Volume 3 is packed full of distinctive dancefloor highlights. Check, for example, the fearsome acid tweakery of Anaxander's breathless "My Aniseed Lollipop", the wide-eyed, piano-laden rush of Deep Space Orchestra's brilliant remix of The True Rebels' "Bitter Love", and the baggy, organ-heavy samba-house warmth of Tommy Rawson's "Don't Lose It". And that's just for starters. In a word: essential.