Defected's In The House series jumps into 2013 with a serious statement of intent. Known for both his tight selection and wise A&R decisions on Noir Music, Noir has put together two very discerning house mixes loaded with his own edits - and the tracks are all available for your own personal In The House series. Highlights are plentiful but only a nincompoop wouldn't treat themselves to Kevin Over's piano-strutting groove "Hood Funk", Tim Green's trippy techno "Reed" or Noir's own jack-juggernaut "&U". One of the best In The House series to date.
Danish label Noir releases its sixth Second Chances & New Romances compilation, this time featuring some well-known material alongside standards. Ilario Liburni represents an unusual, acid-fuelled take on minimal with "Gravediggers", Bimas' "N'16" marks a turn towards a drummy end of minimalism, while Sabb & Cuartero's "Don't You Know" is evocative, with its tingling bells reminding older listeners of a time when house music was led by wide-eyed positivity. Speaking of which, the compilation also features a dark, nocturnal bassy take on Jon Cutler's classic, "It's Yours", by Nice 7, but the selection mainly focuses on the new school, as evidenced by the drummy, acid-fuelled "Clear Vision" by Supernova.