After previous, if infrequent, transmissions for Electric Minds and Non Plus, Commix producer George Levings returns with some new Endian material for the always impressive Secretsundaze Music. The more attentive out there may well have heard at least one of these tracks in the club or in a mix of late, with Joy Orbison ending his Essential Mix last year on the opening track "Finish Me". Well done to Secretsundaze for facilitating a wider release for them then with "Finish Me" the sort of fiery, low end heavy club track you feel will be heard on dancefloors for some time to come. Don't ignore the B side tracks though as they are equally potent tools for the dancefloor.
This is a typical Steve Bug release and this is what makes it so impressive. Like much of his back catalogue, it effortlessly flits in mood from celebratory to deep before ending up in tripped out mode. The title track sees the Poker Flat boss in typically jaunty mode, with summery keys unfolding over an upbeat tech groove. "Thick As Mud" is much darker and rides a searing bass and tougher drums. Rounding off the release is "Pants on Fire", where Bug draws on his minimal background to deliver a pulsing, acid-soaked affair that is custom-made for after hour usage.
Landis Lapace lands most vertically on This Ain't Bristol with two minimal cuts in UK flavour, dressed with plenty of salt and vinegar and a little bit of BASS. "Surrender" is a bleepy and teched-out floor mutant for the peak time hours, while "Zesty Nachos" is a little more ravey, peppered with deranged piano keys and even the odd break here and there! There's also a 'hard mix' of the latter, which features a tad more drum swing in the mix.
David Angelico Nicholas Gooden, or simply known as Dave Angel, is a British house and techno legend, that's just a fact. The man has been going string since 1990 and has appeared on everything from the mythical RCA, to London's very own R&S and his own Rotation imprint, of course. In 2015 he joins forces with John Digweed, another British dance music legend, and released an EP for the man's Bedrock institution. "Progress", as the name impartially suggests, is a classic progressive house monster for the big room, where hypnotic waves of sound are carried forwards by militant drums and percussion. "Stand Strong" carries more swing and its melodies are hidden deeper among the kick-snares, a rather memorable collection of sounds once they're freed from the depths of the mix.
Until the release of the first two volumes in the El Rudo Del House series earlier this year, Matias Aguayo hadn't put out any of his own material on Comeme since 2009. This third instalment in the series is as essential as its' predecessors, offering a quartet of quirky, South American influenced house and techno jams. There's naturally much to admire, from the low-slung bass, metronomic rhythms and pitched-down vocal samples of "El Grubb", and thumping, Cumbia-influenced madness of "Ven Aqui Que Te Destapo", to the tribal drums and sludgy, mind-altering bottom-end of "El Volcanio". Best of all, though, is "Chup Chup", a sweaty, basement-bothering, choppy house workout destined to raise the tempo in more than a few clubs this summer.
It's to mix series Balance's credit that they have given Fur Coat the platform to do a mix. Anyone who has followed techno over the past few years will be aware of the Barcelona-based Venezuelan duo's tech releases on labels like Crosstown Rebels and Hot Creations. Fans of those records won't be disappointed by this selection. From the microscopic beats and bleeps of Mathew Jonson and The Mole's take on Tobias' "If" to the upfront, acid-soaked pulses of Ame's remix of Joey Negro & Akabu's "Phuture Bound" and the shimmering synths of Chardronnet & Afrilounge's "Morning Poem", this collection is essential for anyone who likes techno with a side order of sass.