Being at the forefront of drum & bass for over a quarter of a century, Hospital Records proudly step into 2023 commemorating their 500th release with a brand new anthem packed celebratory compilation - '500'. Offering a bass-infused insight into the past, present and future of the south-London based imprint, brace yourself for 23 brand new original tracks and remixes of NHS certified classics.
When it landed on vinyl a few weeks back, Leonid & Friends' terrific cover version of Chicago classic 'Street Player' sold out in record time. It's with some relief, then, to find that the track, which was mixed by French disco and house legend Dimitri From Paris, has swiftly made the transfer to digital download. His 'Super Disco Blend Parts I & II' take is an extra-percussive, musically expansive affair which builds brilliantly before unleashing the familiar horns and vocals. He then cycles through various instrument solos as the track progresses. The accompanying dub is, naturally, a more stripped-back and groove-back affair, with the stricture and choice of instrumentation doffing a cap to The Bucketheads' 'The Bomb', the Kenny Dope produced house classic that famously sampled the Chicago track.
New York City-based artist Jovoon, with release on labels like Clone, Rush Hour, and his own label, Goldtone Records is bringing his soulful and deep house style to the re-energized NYC label Nu Groove. Jovonn immediately sets the tone its infectious bassline and hypnotic melody of 'Raise Up (Raise Up High)', using piano chords and vocal samples create a warm and inviting atmosphere. 'Sunday Ride' brings a more relax atmosphere with a groovy bassline and minimalistic percussion while the chunky "WHAT" is sure to get the dancefloor moving. The EP closes with "Let The World Dance," a track that is full of energy and drive featuring big room bass and a plunging sub that is guaranteed to make an impact.
Dixon & Ame's esteemed Innervisons imprint returns with its annual round up of the very best in advanced house and emotive techno on the 15th edition in its Secret Weapons series. They have once again done a fine job of curation, with all artists representing its distinct sonic aesthetic, with highlights coming from: Chloe Caillet on the deep and introspective electro cut "Moonwalk", rising Israeli Tal Fussmann really nails the label's futuristic vibe on the suspenseful "Persona" and esteemed Dutch duo Glowal give you another taste of their intelligent indie-dance sound on "Figures". Elsewhere, the ever impressive Floyd Lavine takes a more experimental path on his hi-tech cut "Blackalicious" (feat Wayne Snow) and Spanish producer EdOne delivers the mandatory serving of dancefloor drama on the sublime "Mjolnar".
One of Planet Rhythm's most consistent emerging artists, Steve Parker returns to the label after 2022's X-2222. This four-tracker sees him cover a range of styles. The title track is a fast-paced, lean rhythm, featuring insistent chords and firing percussion. On "Aural Singularity", the focus changes as Parker goes deeper to conjure up a lush dub techno workout. While the tempo is slower, it remains an effective club track. "Paranoid Skyline" also embraces dubbed out soundscapes, but Parker fuses it with relentless percussion and swirling filters to ensure it packs a strong dance floor punch. "Psychotic Impact" is more linear and led by looped chords, demonstrating that when it comes to tough but soulful club techno, Parker has few peers.
If it's excitable, energy-packed, house style disco re-edits and reworks you're after, this four-track excursion from the long-serving Discogalaxy crew is a must-check. Opener 'Want Me Back (Original Mix)' by French Revo sounds like a celebratory peak-time anthem in waiting, with the little-known producer providing a lightly beefed-up, insatiably funky revision of a sing-along disco gem from the mid-to-late 1970s. The same producer then serves up 'Joy (JR Disco Mix)', a more soulful disco-house tweak, before we're treated to two takes on DJ Stan's 'Shake It Up': an original mix that sticks a rocket up a heavily filtered peak-time disco number, and a 'Corradu Alunni Extended Mix' that re-imagines the same cut as a surging piano house explosion.
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