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16 Apr 13
Played by: Eric Sharp, Mat Cant, S-File, Diplo, Aka Tell (A.g.trio), Carl Cox, Xpress 2, Trevor Vichas, 2 Good Souls, Caserta, Groove Armada, Resident Advisor, Nice7, Tocacabana, DJ Hell, Sister Bliss, Phuturelabs, Umut Akalin, Ntfo
Review: Ben Westbeach's Breach alter ego continues to frolic wildly in the lush pastures of low-end house music with "Jack". The bassline swings like an acid house pendulum while the beats shuffle nonchalantly in the background and a sultry staccato vocal delivers concise instructions on how to unleash the sexual potency of the groove. "Let's Get Hot" continues the timeless less-is-more jack magic but does so with much more of a techno twist. Getting hot is not an order... It's a promise.
28 Feb 12
UK Funky/UK Garage
Played by: Space Ranger
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24 Jan 12
Played by: John Norman, Combo (Bangana/Sumo), DJ Purple Rabbit, T.williams, Alkalino, Juno Recommends Minimal/Tech House, Deepgroove, Thomas Schumacher, Kai Acid, G-Blaster (Rotarydisco76), Tulioxi, Heidi
Review: Hatched is a taster for a forthcoming compilation on Claude Von Stroke's label and shows why Dirtybird has thrived where other labels have failed. The label boss' collaboration with Eats Everything, "Ignorance is Bliss" sets the tone, as a jerky house groove features heavy claps, insistent bleeps and a catchy vocal intoning 'we're sailing across the river'. A1 Bassline and Sascha Robotti's contributions are more stripped back, with heavy drums and nagging rhythms - and in A1 Bassline's case, a filtered siren riff - prevailing. But the more spaced out tracks impress most and the swirling chords and hissing percussion of SFX's "Kingdom" makes for the release's highlight.
13 Mar 12
UK Funky/UK Garage
Played by: Son Of Kick
Review: Despite Claude VonStroke's many years of experience as a producer, it's only on this excellent track, in collaboration with Jaw, lead singer of the dOP crew that he's worked with a vocalist. All VonStroke's hallmarks are there; the funky, minimal bass, rhythmic snap, but the falsetto vocal delivery adds a welcome human element to proceedings, whilst the spacious, suspended organ note adds a touch of majesty to an already excellent track.
13 Nov 12
Played by: Smutlee, Ya Dun Know, Haszari, Recloose, Neon Steve, Pete Tong, Diplo, Shox, Major Notes, Allmostt, Highgrademuzik Aka Don D Selectah
Review: Parisian producer French Fries returns to Dirtybird with a pair of tracks even heavier than the ballroom referencing "Yo Vogue", once again showcasing his growing talent for bass-heavy techno fusions; "Space Alarm" is characterised by tunnelling laser bass, snappy percussion and weighty kick drums, while "Smoke Wine" sounds like slowed down footwork played through a haze of dry ice, complete with smacked out organ and detuned vocals. Dirtybird regular Justin Martin provides "Space and Smoke", what we can only assume is his own combination of both tracks, flipping from muggy synth heavy house to light diva led garage in an instant, while hot Belgian producers GoldFFinch provide a typically bouncy piece of bass-house with soupy low end and hi-impact percussion.
27 Mar 12
UK Funky/UK Garage
Played by: The Town - Clekclekboom Recordings, Daniel Haaksman, Justin Miller, Monkey Beats, Ricky Simmonds (DJ Rsi), T.williams, DJ Dizzy, Bert On Beats, Juno Recommends Uk Funky/Garage, Hxdb, Greenmoney, Gntlmn, Shox, Sounds Of Sumo, Breakbeat.is, Paradisiaca Recordings, Baxter Beez, Tulioxi, Jordan & Santero, Mak & Pasteman, Tcts
Review: The story behind this release is a smile-inducing one; Parisian producer French Fries rushed the decks during a Claude Von Stroke set in Paris. "They were playing a new sound, some nasty bits sitting somewhere between juke and bass music and I knew we had to get this vibe on Dirtybird no matter what," recalls the American. And here it is, with "Yo Vogue" arriving at a time when interest in the resurgent NY ballroom/voguing scene is at a high. The pitched-down vocal intoning the words "I wanna see you vogue b*tch" is backed by splashing, reverbed hats, frankly mental rave stabs and a killer bass line. CVS turns in his own remix, a heads-down affair the chops the vocal with effortless ease, while the Leroy Peppers version goes deep on the atmospherics and plunges deep into the murkiest depths of sub bass.
19 Feb 13
Review: Liverpool producer Friend Within is a perfect fit with Dirtybird. His hectic, all-action style, previously seen on Hypercolour, bolts bulging, rave-era bass to cocaine house pads and UKG-influenced drums. There's enough depth to please the heads, but more than enough low-end pressure to work gigantic rooms full of sweaty, pie-eyed students to the brink of collective orgasm. Choose between the stab-tastic lead cut, "The Game" - all Robin S riffs and booming basslines - and "The Hollow", a deeper excursion that nevertheless packs more punch than Vitali Klitschko after an all-night amphetamine bender.
30 Apr 13
Review: One of Dirtybird's freshest signees, Justin's low-swung bass mischief fits the label with glove-like glee. Both teetering around the sexy, slurring 120 mark, "Static" is a droning bass massage with cheeky wisps of breakbeat in the background. Warning: it will leave you covered in a fine disco sleaze you won't ever want to wash off. "Waves" plays the fitting foil; deep, soulful and star-gazing, it's very similar to Justin Martin's softer work. A very, very strong release from Dirtybird here.
16 Oct 12
Played by: Vision Collective, Pete Dafeet, Smutlee, Lifecycle, Grant Nelson, Wascal, Blacksoul, Ricky Simmonds (DJ Rsi), All Good Funk Alliance, Juno Recommends Deep House, Juno Recommends Drum & Bass, Tim Livingstone, Tiesto, Hxdb, DJ Cure (Aufect Recordings), Ave Blaste, King Jackal, Sasha, Manikan, Jay Lumen, Noir, Paolo Madzone Zampetti, Sounds Of Sumo, Lucent, Allmostt, Marc Romboy
Review: A candidate for house music's album of the year, Ghettos & Gardens gets six treatments that upkeep the sonic standard Justin originally set this summer. The standout rub - for its uptempo cheekiness alone - is Bachelors Of Science's ace half-step/double time switches on the album title track, but each of these reversions sparkles in its own special way. From Catz n Dogz's added melancholy on "Butterflies" to Danny Daze's classic acid house injection on "The Gurner", this is an exemplary lesson in how to nail a remix. Very impressive if you consider how spotless the originals are.
18 Dec 12
Justin Martin, Leroy Peppers - "Riding Spaceships" (Shadow Child In Search of 94 mix) - (5:01) 114 BPM
Played by: Smutlee, Neon Steve, Alkalino, Juno Recommends Minimal/Tech House, Tim Livingstone, Aka Tell (A.g.trio), Coyu, Jay Lumen, Metrik, Roger Sanchez, Eats Everything
Review: The second instalment in this remix series varies wildly in sound and tempo. At one end of the spectrum there are the trance horror riffs and organic, high-speed break beats of Shadow Child's 'In Search of 94' version of "Riding Spaceships". It faithfully replicates the sound of ambient jungle and is in stark contrast to the sweet vocal house of Tanner Ross' take on "The Gurner". There's house of a harder, tougher persuasion here too on the slamming beats and heavy filtering of Pezzner's Water Mammal version of "Molokini", but it can't compare to the tearing low end and enormous wall of spiralling acid that Claude Von Stroke brings on his version of the title track.