Next up on Bristol's Futureboogie is Alex Warren aka Kiwi who has had previous releases on the likes of Optimo Music, Blase Boys Club and Sneaky Music in addition to promoting for well known London parties and clubs like Orlando Boom/Kate Boss and The Nest. The versatile producer wastes no time getting stuck in, starting out with the explosive "Orca" which features one of the most amazing arpeggios this side of "I Feel Love". There's more vintage, synth driven disco vibes on "Minke" or "Logmans Break" while the feel good nu-disco vibes of "Pygmy" are reminiscent of modern greats like Jay Shepheard or Milton Jackson.
The fourth release on Rukus shows how far its owner, Matador, aka Gavin Lynch has come. Having made his name with releases on Richie Hawtin's Minus, the title track seems to channel John Carpenter's dystopian soundtracks and fuse them with a contemporary disco-noir groove. "The Vicar" sees the Irish producer make a return of sorts to club techno with its buzzing bass and stuttering vocal, but Lynch quickly makes a shift back to the disco sound he explored on the title track with "Space Charmer". There, an ominous, throbbing bass and minor key trance hooks vie for attention and the interplay creates wonderful tension. "Clowns" and "Bells And Whistles" are like halfway houses between Lynch's techno and newly-found disco style, with the latter impressing thanks to its incessant cow bells.
Ralf Fabian Laumer is no nu-comer (sorry) to music production, boasting a discography that stretches back to releases on Daniel Offermann's White imprint at the tail end of the noughties. This, though, is his first EP for well over a year, and sees him showcase a warmer sound than we've come to expect. He gets off to a flying start with "Endup", an attractive 112 BPM riff on Afro-house that sits somewhere between the humid, new-age influenced deep house goodness of Young Marco and the comforting haziness of Balearic nu-disco. He dips the tempo significantly on the EP's other two tracks, first laying down some hypnotic, dub-influenced slow house on "Cosa Mia", before repeating the trick with the quietly disco-influenced Balearic chug of "Palomita".
Detroit legends Octave One return with a new full length LP, following up last year's brilliant Burn It Down on their esteemed 430 West imprint. Lenny and Lawrence Burden are on point as usual with their soulful/emotive futurist vibes ensuring surefire dancefloor bombs. With such anthems in the making like the energetic tech-funk of "Locator" or the gritty Motor City Soul of "Just Don't Speak" (Midnight Sun ReDub) that features all the hallmarks of the Burden brothers sound: funky basslines, uplifting strings, diva vocals and hands in the air piano rolls! "Where Time Collides"
The rise of San Francisco's Avalon Emerson continues with her new EP for Ghostly International diffusion label Spectral Sound. Following up some great release for the likes of Icee Hot and Shtum, Emerson is in fine form with these four attitude driven tech house cuts. Starting out in style with the funky and uplifting jack of "Natural Impasse", there's then the emotive analogue soul of "Dystopian Daddy" that's full of vintage vintage pads, gritty synth leads and rusty rhythm patterns. Finally the high octane thump and shuffle of "Groundwater" hammers the message home in gloriously.
Rock To The Beat Records are a French label run by Steve Ekman and Markus Gibb who now present Greek duo Nevada Test Site, who throw down one hella tripped out nu-disco journey straight into the cosmos with the delightful "Cyber Jump". It gets a wicked remix by Hardway Bros who keep the track true to the original but their rendition injects some much needed adrenaline into it: works great! Finally, the awesome electronic disco vibes indebted to Giorgio Moroder return on the brilliant "Global".
What a collaboration this is! Two of the modern masters of hypnotic techno (and dynamic live acts alike) team up for some elaborate, melodic and truly entrancing auditory journeys for Hypercolour. Mathew Jonson should need no introduction: the Canadian producer bursting onto the scene in the mid noughties with releases on itiswhatitis and his own Wagon Repair imprint. Sebastian Mullaert also has a long history in electronic music; at one time part of duo Minilogue in addition to recording for Kontra Musik and m_nus more recently and running his great WaWuWe label. Strap yourself in for an epic journey across all its 12 minutes of glory on St "Pollen 4 Life (main mix)" where a medley of dreamy and gliding arpeggios dance away over subtle and minimal elements; a trademark of both respective producers. The dub version is much tougher and darker; aimed squarely at the dancefloor to get into some of those more tunnelling, vortex like moments.
Statue is a new Australian percussion-based dance project by two drummers: Tom Gould and Nicolaas Oogjes of Melbourne bands Worlds End Press and NO ZU respectively. The pair now collaborate on Statue, a project said to have drawn influence from artists diverse as Floating Points, Pachanga Boys and even Ricardo Villalobos. You can certainly hear it across this handful of oddball balearic/exotica infused grooves. The polyrhythmic drum workouts on "Entrance" or "Admiration" will certainly appeal to fans of Harmonious Thelonious, while "Monument" gets a brilliant remix by Tel Aviv's enfant terrible Moscoman, rocking those funky steel drums even louder than the original!
Two heroes of the new breed kick off a new mix series for Jamie Jones' esteemed Hot Creations imprint. Jones began Paradise at DC10 (Ibiza) five years ago and it's gone on to be a huge success, inviting the biggest names in the business to come play alongside his crew of residents. The first mix is courtesy of Toronto's Nathan Barato, a frequent collaborator with local heroes such as Carlo Lio and The Junkies and whose career has been on the rise with releases on Cajual, Saved, Circus and Defected. Highlights include the Derrick Carter classic "Where Ya At?" (Mix Originale), Makam's brooding "Loleatta" and Jared Wilson's rusty acid odyssey "Girl, I'm Waitin". UK talent Patrick Topping this year completed his third summer as resident at DC10 in Ibiza for Paradise. Here Topping showcases the sound and style of his sets with high energy from the word go. His mix features several of his own productions guaranteed for maximum dancefloor impact, as well as Metaboman's lo-slung and exotic "Next Please" through to Dave Clarke's massive remix of Jark Prongo's "Movin Thru Your System".
Polish heavyweights Catz 'N' Dogz has had a quiet year by their usually prolific standards. It would be fair to say, though, that these two cuts have been worth waiting for. "It's Happening" is a warm, rich and groovy affair, with fluttering deep house notes playing second fiddle to a booming disco bassline, flanged vocal samples and huggable drums. "Our Crazy" feels dirtier and a little more intense, with restless arpeggio lines and nagging electronic percussion combining perfectly with the duo's deliciously dense, tribal-influenced drums and chiming, marimba style lead lines. It's the kind of track you whack on to raise the temperature on the dancefloor when things are flagging, and every DJ needs a few of those in the crates.
Mainz duo Teenage Mutants team up with Spain's EdOne for Chapter Two, giving us four servings of dark house for Oliver Koletzki's famed Berlin imprint. Starting out in fine form with the fierce and moody energy of "Alive" which will appeal to progressive house fans while "The Question" is a brooding journey track that would make even Jonas Saalbach stand up and notice! Proving there is more diversity in their arsenal yet, "Unchartered" is a rather stomping and direct techno banger that is more suited to Tresor than Ritte Butzke, if you catch our drift?
Cologne minimal/tech house institution Traum Schallplatten are still going strong and allow German producer Rauschhaus to deliver their next release, fresh off stellar EPs for Steyoyoke and Submarine Vibes. "The End Of All Things" is a dark journey track that ticks all the right boxes: wonky melodies, humming bassline, subtle drums and brooding strings: all creating a wonderful atmosphere. "Ritual" and "Revelation" up next are more optimistic and uplifting: you could imagine these being played at one of Lee Burridge's All Day I Dream parties. The remix of "Ritual" by Riamiwo is very melodic, hypnotic and tunnelling; reminiscent of recent work by Mathew Jonson or Sebastian Mullaert.
Currently causing underground havoc with one of Liverpool's infamous Meine Nacht parties promoter and DJ OR:LA makes her Hotflush debut with four widescreen visions. A broad range is showcased: "UK Lonely" bumps with a jazzy UKG echo that's similar to that of a darker Roy Davis Junior, "Limbosoup" is much more of an upbeat peaktime techno playtime tune with a driven groove but stern sense of insistency. "X&O" is a slower, roomier broken affair that wouldn't go amiss on Heartdrive while "Jaipur" closes with intimate computer chatter and mystic eastern flurries. The nacht is but young
Dance music legend extraordinaire Sasha returns on his own esteemed Last Night On Earth imprint with a hot new track entitled "Rivaldo", a slinky and hypnotic tech house journey with liquid elements and looped vocals supported by a subtle rhythm arrangement: it works really well! Who better to get a remix from than Lebanon's reigning queen of techno Nicole Moudaber, who delivers a whopper rendition that's tunnelling, hypnotic and noisy: perfect to get some hysterical moments on the main room dancefloor. Following up great releases by Marc Romboy and Rufus, this label is totally on fire at the moment!
Hot Since 83's Knee Deep In Sound returns with rising star Athea aka James Dutton, who is said to have spent the last decade 'percolating deep within the music industry' with a lifetime of musical appreciation standing behind him. Starting out with the tough and adrenalised progressive house of "Into The Deep", there's the then the Ibiza styled main room tech house of "Capoeira" which receives an absolutely killer remix by Leonardo Gonnelli. Nick Curly's right hand man Gorge also delivers a great rendition of the aforementioned track, delivering a typically funky and percussive driven slow burner, purposely built for the after-hours.
UK based producer Montel is back, following up some great releases on Kody & Leftwing's Lost, John Digweed's Bedrock as well as Leena. This time for the always reliable Stereo Productions out of Spain with "Get Loose"; a funky, disco-infused tech house jam that goes for the same groove as ViVA's Steve Lawler has of late. Using some sick 303 acid for the bass and those timeless "Let No Man Put Asunder" samples atop: this is a surefire dancefloor bomb! On "Do Your Dance" he goes for more of an NYC basement vibe on this tough and stomping exercise for the peak time, with more diva vocal samples and gutsy techno style stabs.
Although Anthony Naples has a long and successful partnership with The Trilogy Tapes, Slice of Life is actually his first outing on the celebrated imprint for two years. Interestingly, it sees him move away from the dusty, off-kilter sound that he's most famous for, towards something altogether cleaner and more melodious. "Lekker" is astonishingly positive, with sparkling electronic lead lines, starry synth solos, and electro polyrhythms all catching the ear. Epic "Momentos Magicos" is almost as unashamedly loved-up. It's a four-to-the-floor roller, propelled forwards by a combination of darting, electrofunk style synth bass, cascading electronics, and cheery melody lines. Like "Lekker, it feels pleasingly timeless.
Venetian DJ and producer Francesco Sperotto aka Kaysand got his start with Grammophono,a deep house band in which he was the singer/songwriter and drummer. On another fine EP for the brilliant Italian imprint Rebirth, he teams up with Blue Monday for the deep down and dirty electro house of "Stop" featuring gritty synth arpeggios, dusty drums and sleazy vocals. Amsterdam prankster San Proper's "Play Pause Eject remix" gets more funky, dusty and generally lo-slung on this great rendition while the legendary Swayzak's version is an epic hypnotic techno journey over its full 13 minutes duration.
Appearing here for Nick Curly's esteemed 8bit imprint is Hamburg house hero and Bob Sinclair lookalike Sidney Charles, who delivers a bunch of slinky tech house numbers on the Phoenix EP. It's certainly nu-school, but with a touch of the old school like on the funky and swinging title track with its dusty, shuffling drums, bouncy bass and siren like stabs. "Many Ways" has the pounding and stripped back garage rhythm arrangement, with looped vocals (that have become a trademark of his work) while the funky and soulful "Lucky" rounds out the EP just nicely. More great stuff from this rising producer.
Romanian producer Adrianho is taking things to another level by taking an active part in the local Tzinah label. Here he presents the Pierdut Si Regasit EP and starts out with a deep and rolling groove aimed squarely at the after-hours on "Peripetii" (original mix) while "Pierdut" (original mix) is definitely intended for the main stage at Interval or Sunwaves in mind; this slice of atmospheric hypnosis calls to mind the work of legends like Vid or Barac. Finally, there's more early morning deepness on offer with "Mai Mult Despre" (original mix) which also gets a fine remix by Cardinal Records head honcho Ilario Liburni, giving it a trippy tribal house makeover.