Manchester duo Scurrilous are really making waves with their US influenced house sounds at the moment and their new track "Suck my soul" is testament to this, taking its cues from Chicago acid house pioneers like K Alexi Shelby. The jackathon continues on with "They say that We're freaks" and the brilliant "Run it" hammers the message home gloriously going for a rolling main room tech house vibe. It's quite redolent of Gruuv or Saced style fare.
Originally released in 2015, Young Marco's "The Best I Could Do" shows that he is as adept in the studio as he is behind the decks. The renowned crate digger draws on his knowledge of underground house and techno for this understated, melancholic affair. Sad synths swirl up over a raw, resonating bass and the end result has a decidedly wintry feeling. House veteran Tom Trago drops a similar sounding track, "Brutal Romance (TT's Love Fix)". However, on this occasion, the groove is upbeat and the riffs are more insistent, but the same frazzled approach to production prevails. Keeping it atmospheric, Fatima Yamaha delivers the slow tempo, synth-heavy "The Creature From Culture Creation", which also featured on the original 2015 release.
It is that time of year again and Hot Since 82's Knee Deep In Sound is back with some treats that are going to be unleashed at the Mexican super-festival this year. Iman Habib aka Habischman is a super talented production phenomenon that brings you "Moan", a driving progressive house style journey much like the following slow burner by James Grow entitled "Te Mar". Piem & Spencer K's "Lowrider" is more typical faire of the label on this bouncy and rolling tech house groover that will rock White Isle punters this year too. Druggy afterhours minimal is covered courtesy of Veerus & Maxie Devine who serve up the rather Mobilee-ish "The Church".
The retroverts at Super Rhythm Trax return with yet more acid madness courtesy of Matt Whitehead; he of Rebel Intelligence and Model Citizens fame. It's a pretty straight up affair on the Bombing EP, where opening cut "Crosstalk" batters you with 909 snare attacks and the hypnotic funk of 303 acid squelch. "Seeing Red" is a much more tunnelling affair where that little silver Roland box again does most of the talking. The title track is one of the real highlights; this sleazy and bombastic electro-funk number is reminiscent of Jimmy Edgar's finer moments until "Birdland" hammers the message home in style with yet more vintage flair and those early rave style steel drum presets in full effect.
The latest up-and-coming artist to join the Earthly Delights roster is Kora, a Montreal-based producer of evocative, emotion-rich deep house/tech-house fusion. With its' chiming melody lines, tactile synth bass and hazy atmosphere, EP opener "Vayu" sounds like a cross between late '80s Italian dream house and the contemporary tech-house shuffle of Dixon and Ame's Innervisions label. The latter influence is arguably even stronger on "Fragile", which laces plucked guitar notes and held note chords (the latter reminiscent of Orbital's "Belfast") over a hypnotic groove, eyes-closed groove. Timujin provides a tasty remix of the latter tune, beefing up the drums via some African-influenced percussion, while also adding some mind-altering effects to Kora's original chords and melodies.
Italian artist Roberto Clementi has released previously on Soma Records, Echocord, Kontra and Hypercolour. This time it is for famed Berlin imprint Pets Recordings where he serves up more deep and lush techno of the dubbier persuasion on "Avesys". On "Voschod" he takes it all the way to Berghain on this factory floor style stomper that wouldn't be out of place on a label like Fachwerk. Finally "Landing A Man" merges the sensibilities of both previous tracks wonderfully on this fierce yet stripped back slow burner with immersive low end dynamics intact.
Frankfurt innovator Rajko Muller returns as Isolee, working his magic this time for The Drifter's rather impressive Maeve imprint; which in recent times has brought us fantastic work by Ed Davenport, Baikal and Ripperton. "Pisco" is a slow burning groove with phased marimbas that cause a hypnotic dream state, while "L5 Syndrome" dives deeper: this smooth and introverted trip is definitely suited to the early night as it is for the afterhours and reminds us of his seminal, earlier works in the nineties for imprints like Playhouse. Finally, the title track is where Muller saves the best for last; this dubby, lo-slung groove is drenched in delayed and reverberated aesthetics. More great work by one of electronic music's true innovators.
Mikey Velazquez is a DJ, Producer & Vocalist from Los Angeles, California, who has been a staple on the West Coast underground house scene since 2006. Following up wicked releases for like likes of Cajual and Classic, he appears here for DJ Sneak's always wicked I'm A House Gangster with the Can't Fight The Feeling EP. The title track is a tough and rolling cut that is more intense than the label's usual fair but impressive nonetheless; this one wouldn't be out of place on a label like Knee Deep In Sound or Lost. "Candy Flip" is a druggy afterhours cut bordering on minimal and electro house and those woozy pitch shifted vocals really help hammer the message home. "Crazy" featuring Mena is yet more loopy tech house business reminiscent of Terrence:Terry or Dyed Soundorom's earlier sound which is coming back in vogue on labels like Apollonia.
Nuno Dos Santos' label now presents another wonderful release by Quince following up equally stellar efforts by Love Over Entropy and the legendary Kurt Baggaley. On the Rif EP, the title track starts off proceedings in fine style on this soothing deep house journey on the techy side. He then throws us a curveball with the grinding EBM attitude of "Propheet" which features dirty analogue arpeggios and rusty minimal drum patterns. "CoAttus" goes for some Robert Hood style hypnotism of the minimalist kind, until "Stop" returns to the deep house side of things.
Southern Italian techno hero Ilario Alicante's profile continues to rise after releases on a who's who of labels from Cecille to Soma to Dubfire's SCI + TEC. This time around it's for Sven Vath's Cocoon powerhouse where he smashes out a high octane, peak time techno affair on "Virgo Storm" which could have equally been at home on Drumcode. Adventice aka DJ Deep and Roman Poncet deliver a fine rendition of it next, reminiscent of Robert Hood's cyclical minimalism. Speaking of which, "Hypno" again goes for that trance inducing vibe with with its churning and modulating synth loops and driving rhythm. Who better to remix it that British techno don Mark Broom: his version creating more time and space to play with and a fine edit indeed that'll come in handy for serious DJs.
In 2013 Italian duo Mario and Daniele aka Fideles gave their debut on Be As One, the imprint of Shlomi Aber, with two tracks that introduced their sound to the ears of the most influential artists in the sector. Here they appear for Josh Wink's Ovum with "Waiting Drop", a dark journey track with dramatic strings and epic wonky synth leads that ticks all the right boxes. While on "My Work" they go for something for positive and uplifting: this is high tech soul at its finest. Finally "No Rules" once again proves there certainly is some diversity in their arsenal on this bumpy and adrenalised tech house workout that's perfect to lead in to the peak time.
Getting 2017 off to a fine start, Desolat have again called upon the services of Cuartero, the DJ and producer whose profile is on the rise following releases on Hot Creations, Moon Harbour and Viva. The Spaniard's sound sits somewhere between house and techno and the Nosy Neighbours EP is no exception. The title track gets down with some funky and rolling main room business after the massive drop but "Multiverso" is more stripped back and functional, not to mention soulful: this one is reminiscent of Joris Voorn's Detroit influenced work. "Who Put The Bomp" is definitely going to appeal to DJs looking to rock The White Isle this summer and will catch fans of Audiojack or Leftwing & Kody.
Last spotted cooking up science under his birth name Elliot Thomas, Etbonz gets his chunk on with a hurricane tapestry of cosmicity. Thumping with a loose but focused tech punch, the space between the layers of pads, synths, guitars and soaring FX allow you to weave, bob and lose all sense of time. Remix-wise Prins Thomas lowers the tempo and heightens the dubby aspects of the track with some really neat, intricate rolls on the percussion. Welcome to the future.
Valencia's Pablo Say (Toolroom/Stereo/Non Stop) is back with more surefire peak time techno for Adam Beyer's always reliable Truesoul imprint; which as always is focused on the funkier side of the main room. On "Green Melody" an adrenalised groove powers away, assisted by a rushy and arpeggiated bassline, snarling hi-hats awash in reverb and industrial strength sound design keeping pace with the relentless thud of the cavernous 909. Second offering "Reencuentro" shows more restraint on this dark and tunnelling journey into the abyss; complete with a wonky synth lead, rolling bass and powerfully tight rhythms keeping pace with a freestyle melody that is sure to cause hysteria on the dancefloor.
Mexican producer Hector has sure come a long way. From his humble beginnings in London's underground scene, working the counter of London's infamous Phonica record store and becoming a regular at popular London haunts of the time like fabric and T Bar (R.I.P.) he has gone on to international stardom, playing the word circuit and launching his Vatos Locos imprint: the very label which launches this compilation and credited to the highly popular Playa del Carmen festival that he has since become a regular guest at. Highlights on here (and there's many!) not limited to: the hi-tech soul sounds of Carl Craig with his classic "Sandstorms" or Martin Buttrich with his classic from 10 years ago "Full Clip". More recent classics such as Loco Dice's remix of Carl Cox's "Family Guy" and Nicole Moudaber & Skin (of Skunk Anansie) with their explosive "You Like This" getting a rolling rendition courtesy of Paco Osuna. The VL Recordings head honcho appears also, with a bunch of new exclusives: the best being his track "L.A. Kr3w" getting a makeover by Detroit boss man Stacey Pullen.
Frankie & Sandrino's imprint Sum Over Histories now present German producer Lazaros with he Vistors EP where the Cologne based producer serves up three epically dark journey tracks made for drifting on the dancefloor. Starting off with the ethereal bump and grind of slow burner "Under The Sun" which impressively utilises a trance style gated arpeggio, its then on to the gloomy horror movie themed "Odysee" which sounds like John Carpenter gone nu-disco. There's then two versions of the title track, but for our money it's all about the life affirming progressive house on offer with the second version: which will have you tunnelling out of control with its pure dancefloor drama.
Berlin imprint Stil Vor Talent are unstoppable at the moment and their release schedule ups the ante yet again on this fine release recruiting two new emerging talents. First up is German trio Township Rebellion who deliver some seriously epic dancefloor melodrama on "Aphrodite" full of dark pads, wonky synth leads and eerie atmosphere. Their next track "Gaia" is less sombre but equally as immersive and bound to create some tension on the dancefloor. It is then over to Amsterdam's' Marc Holstege who serves up some deeply emotive tech house on "Mangata" while "Sonorous" brings back more rich and melodic synth textures on this smooth affair geared for proper drifting on a rooftop somewhere.
Budapest's Collective Machine (All I Want) and Austrian Philipp Straub (Bedrock/Intec/Deeperfect/Yoshitoshi) collaborate on this killer EP for Nick Curly's always reliable 8bit. On "Baychimo (original)" we see the dynamic duo throw down the sound so typical of Nico Dohringer's label: deep and atmospheric tribal house with an emphasis on percussion of the most hypnotic kind. "Revolution Of House" is a much more druggy and strobe lit affair geared for optimum dancefloor impact and those pitch shifted vocal monologues work a real treat over the dubby chords and tough drums. Finally, "Stalactite" rounds off this great EP with something a bit deeper and adrenalized than the previous efforts: this one nailing a progressive house vibe that will have cross genre appeal, possibly ending up in the Rekordboxes of Guy Matzur or Henry Saiz.
Reset Robot is powerhouse U.K. Producer Dave Robertson, whose release schedule has been reserved almost entirely to Adam Beyer's esteemed Truesoul imprint. Playing center stage for Berlin institution Mobilee this time around, "In The Eyes If No One" sees Roberson deliver yet another powerful and tunneling exercise in dark dancefloor dynamics. Featuring a massive chord progression throughout, this is high tech soul reminiscent of true masters such as Joris Voirn or Greg Gow and its absolutely killer.
Leipzig imprint Kann presents Ergin Erteber aka Things From The Basement who delivers a fine EP here entitled Intimacy. As the label claims "This soundscaping and atmospheric collection of interluding House takes you to the most enjoyable basement you can imagine." The soothing tones of the title track wouldn't be out of place on a label like Erased Tapes, while "View From The Window" is a truly emotive and bittersweet deep house journey in the vein of early Simon Flower. "No One Belongs Here More Than You" gets some great remixes later on, but for our money we'd pick local lad Svensol's groovy, sunny and upbeat rendition as well as Map.ache's deep, dark and emotive remix which is on the same vibe as his fine EP for Giegling last year.