First there was 'Machines', then there was 'Rituals', now comes Enei's third album 'Humans' and it's quite possibly his best and most accomplished one so far. Flexing from all-out rave fire ('No Man', 'Acid Shot') to slinky heads-down bubblers ('Move In Silence') to purring soulful vibes ('Show Me') to percussive hypnosis hurters ('Falling') and back again via massive grizzly dancefloor blow-outs ('Calm'), the London-based Russian maverick has delivered a serious trip that keeps things 100% dancefloor, fully heavyweight, fully DJ friendly but totally sick to listen to as an album experience. Nine thumbs up.
Top-level disco/house fusionists and Groove Culture Records chiefs Micky More and Andy Tee have been let loose in the Z Records archive. The result is a fine compilation that combines some of their favourites from the long-serving label's catalogue with a sextet of remixes the duo has prepared specially for the collection. If you've been following their work, you'll know exactly what to expect, namely peak-time ready, soul-fired cuts that combine authentic disco instrumentation (horns, strings, guitars, bass etc) with rolling house beats and plenty of life-affirming vocals. Highlights are naturally plentiful, with their trio of Sunburst Band remixes, Masters At Work's classic, Nuyorican Soul style remix of The Blackbyrds' 'Mysterious Vibes' and Frankie Knuckles (RIP) and Eric Kupper's 'Directors Cut' mix of Sunburst Band's 'The Secret Life of Us' all standing out.
We've banged on about how much we enjoy Felipe Gordon's work before, noting that nearly everything he touches turns to musical gold. Predictably, his first outing on Clone's Royal Oak offshoot is superb, too. Opener 'Impresiones Acidas' is particularly impressive: a near-perfect fusion of hazy deep house, Tourist-era St Germain jazz-house and undulating, near psychedelic acid lines. It comes accompanied by a TB-303-free take, 'Impressiones' (where the original's luscious jazz guitar solos get more of an airing) and two bonus cuts: the sunshine-ready, jazzual deep house wonder of slowly shifting loop jam 'Can't You See' and the chunkier, piano-sporting deep house heaviness of 'Displacing Resolution'. In a word: impeccable!
Adam's Bite has tapped Christopher Ledger for its seventh release. The Italian DJ and producer is known for his impressive releases for the likes of Meander and Brouqade and the Anticipation EP continues in his inimitable style. From rolling and hypnotic tech house ("Interchange") and playful dubby minimalism ("Swap Function) to afterhours microhouse as heard on the title track and even a bit of electro ("Without Warning") - those familiar with his craft will find more to love with every play.
Known for his releases on Bosconi and Numbers, Dukwa now brings his inimitable sound to Peggy Gou's Gudu. "Prune" is a driving affair, with Dukwa dropping electronic riffs and mournful piano keys over a driving groove. "Vox" continues in this vein, with Dukwa putting a focus on ghostly breakdowns, dropped in between a grinding, heads-down rhythm. On "Jepoardize", a similar sound prevails but with the key difference that it unravels over a leftfield rhythm and abstract percussive ticks. "Nuvola" is an outlier here; dusty analogue synths play out over skipping beats, making for a deeper, more esoteric take on Dukwa's sound.
Chewy Rubs is a name that'll always prick up this reviewer's ears and here he serves up a spanking new four-tracker on his own Bandolier label. The EP kicks off with 'Disco Magic', a solid lil' chugger with a male "disco dancing" vocal refrain. That's followed by the struttier and slightly more energetic 'Keep Going', after which we come to 'Love Takeover', a denser, more atmospheric jam with a cut-up female "your love is taking me over" vocal, before 'The Vibe', another moodier cut with a distinctive squelchy electronic bassline and male "feel the vibe" vocal shouts, plays us out.
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