Throughout the course of their Digger's Workout series, Swiss combo Alma Negra has proved adept at blurring the boundaries between re-edits, remixes, and original productions. The same could be said about the sun-kissed global fusion of "Burkina Berlin", where wild vocal chants and dense percussion samples are craftily combined with heady piano motifs and a rock solid deep house beat. Rainer Truby and Corrado Bucci provide a deeper, hazier and subtly soulful interpretation that plays down the sampled beats in favour of far more tactile hits, before the Basel-based trio closes proceedings with "Algadez", a rare Persian treat built around exotic fiddle lines, humid flutes and their usual chunky percussion.
Since first surfacing on Robsoul Records three years ago, Around7 has developed into a producer with a unique musical voice. This latest outing - his second for the Ondule Recordings label he set up with pal Joss Moog last year - contains another quartet of peak-time friendly house bombs. Check, for example, the stuttering, cut-up samples and booming drums of "Let'Z Rock", the boompty-era jazz-house stomp of James Brown-sampling banger "RawZe", and the chunky and dusty deep house swing of "Black & BluZe". Arguably best of all, though, is opener "Bass IZ Walkin", which crafts a hot-to-trot house bumper out and gruff vocal stabs, drowsy chords, and a rising and falling bassline