Concentrated jack juice, "Cause & Effect" sees Slovenian techno maestro Umek collide with Spanish tech house stalwart Groovebox for a thick, chuggy slice of honest house fun. Bolstered with an infectious ping-pong bassline, a very cool Q-Tip flavoured sample and a sweet shuffling rhythm, "Cause & Effect" will resonate with fans of both collaborators. Already a major moment on the White Isle this summer, this delivers in every way.
Slovenian producer Uros Umek has come a long, long way since the searing minimalism of his Consumer Recreation releases and Zeta Reticula's dark electro. In fact, those early releases have little bearing on Umek's current incarnation as a permanent feature in DJ Mag's top 100 poll or as a White Island-conquering international attraction. As befits a techno DJ of such stature, Umek's sound is geared towards the big room. Shaped by mid-00s minimal, this collection features the insistent, rolling rhythm and pitched up monkey chatter of "Unclear Mechanics" and the insane sirens and drum rolls of his remix of fellow traveler Fedde Le Grand's "Metrum". There are still flashes of his past - the scratchy rhythm of "Jack The Groove" and the ominous chords of his "Mighty Wind" collaboration with DJ Dan - but this collection is very much Umek 2.0.
With Federico Scavo at the helm, this compilation showcases a tougher side of the Toolroom sound. The focus on DJ PP's "Broken Hips" is heavy tribal beats and a dark hoover bassline, while Siwell's "Tech This Out" is a more pulsing affair, full of FX- heavy build ups. Rene Amesz' "Ask Yourself", with its screeching vocals and major break downs, could be an update of Armand Van Helden's tough New York house sound, while Scavo himself delivers the rolling "House Music". It's not all hard-edged grooves though, and Scavo also drops "I Do", a deep house groove peppered with catchy vocal samples.
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