Reaching out to the massive! Liondub and good friend Marcus Visionary curate another absolutely slamming collection of upfront bubblers and blazers from a whole range of on-point talents for the fifth volume of their Jungle To The World series. Every single track is a highlight here as we slide and glide from vibe to vibe. Bladerunner's 'Jungle Strike' is the perfect intro that sucks us deep into action with pure energy while elsewhere other cuts like the VIP of Jayline's 'The Lion' go full-on elephant bass, Conrad Subs goes classical jungle with the chops, cuts and warping bass notes of 'Call It Love' and Teej gets militant with his breaks on his remix of SuM's 'Disorder'. World beating junglism.
You'd expect a collaboration between Columbia-based fusionist Bosq, Ibibio Sound System's horn section and vocalist Kaleta to be pretty darn good, and 'Song For Ehi' most certainly is. Inspired by a combination of classic Edo-funk, Afro-disco and reggae disco, it starts with the original version delivering a near perfect mix of timbales-sporting dub disco grooves, reverb-laden lead vocals, Afro-funk guitar licks, Afrobeat-esque organ licks and punchy horns. The track's inherent dubbiness is further explored on the revision, which adds extra layers of percussion and the kind of breathless dancefloor weight that marks out the greatest dub disco workouts. In a word: essential!
More from Kerri Chandler's forthcoming Spaces & Places album, which sees the legendary U.S house producer record tracks inside - and in tribute to - some of the world's most renowned club spaces. Like its predecessors, this third sampler is an expansive and action-packed affair. Chandler first pays tribute to Ibizan superclub DC10 on the deep acid house wiggle of 'Feeling Red', before channelling the spirit of Sir Henry's on the intergalactic bounce of 'Keep One (But Do It Again)'. His tribute to Croatian open-air club Barbarella's, 'Who Knows' (featuring Dora Dora) is a breezy, sunrise delight, while 'Industria' is a locked-in big room roller and Club Qu tribute 'The Calling' is a glistening, life-affirming Afro-house delight. Top notch tackle from Chandler all told.
Anyone for a spot of big room friendly, tribal-tinged tech-house with strutting, life-affirming R&B style vocals? That's what on offer on the latest single from Italian star DJ Tennis, whose hook-up with vocalists Ashlee and Lady Donli ticks all the right boxes. Whack on the 'Extended Mix' and you'll hear the pair's vocals rise above an attractive mix of locked-in, kick-heavy tech-house drums, tribal percussion hits, glassy-eyed synth stabs, booming bass and the dreamiest of immersive aural textures. Arguably even better - or at the very least, equally as potent - is the accompanying 'Acid Dub', an even more driving, energetic, sweaty and breathless affair full of percussive builds, wonky sub-bass, razor-sharp TB-303 motifs and choice vocal cut-ups.
The Cocoon compilation series has become an unofficial state of the nation statement for modern house and techno, and the latest instalment is no exception. It features deep, Detroit styled grooves from Damiano van Erckert and Stephen Brown alongside more accessible minimal house from Claude Von Stroke and murky, analogue jams, including the layered, dubbed out Daniel Avery track, "Your Future Looks Different in the Light". The compilation series has also been successful in spotlighting emerging artists, and volume T is no exception, as it shines a light on Yokto's bass-heavy deep house and the swaggering electro-techno of Defekt's "Terraform".
The label's suffered a little from Man Utd Syndrome over the years but for me, you just can't fault a Toolroom comp: they always offer great VFM, and as quick bi-annual (or whatever) snapshots of 'where house is at right now', they're unbeatable. The headline for this installment is that, where the Toolroom story over the past few years has mostly been about label boss Mark Knight getting back in touch with his soulful roots, this set leans a little more to the tuff n' techy side. But with 50 full-length tracks to choose from, plus two hour-long DJ mixes - and with that M1 drop on Azete's 'Born Bad' worth the price of admission on its own! - you really can't go wrong here.
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