Forever bringing forth new talents, DJ Hybrid's Deep In The Jungle proudly introduces [IVY] with these two exceptional breakbeat workouts. Both laced with soul, emotion and musicality - but not afraid to slap you silly when the time is right - 'Moving' takes a bouncy, upbeat approach with springy garagey keys and housey / old school vocals (while kicking arse on the drops) and 'Take It' is a bit more mischievous and darker in its intent but still laced with a sensual, urgent vocal that gives it a really sexy twist. Tip top behaviour.
A very fine quartet of deep disco re-edits here courtesy of Bulgarian producer V's Edits and his/her/their Vehicle label. First to get the treatment is Marvin Gaye's 'The World Is Rated X', which comes from 'You're The Man', an album that was recorded in 1972 but shelved in favour of 'Let's Get It On'. Convertion's 'Let's Do It', a Leroy Burgess production released on SAM Records in 1980, comes next, followed by an acid-flecked reinterpretation of Bob Marley's 'Could You Be Loved'. V's take on what is seemingly every re-editor's second favourite track after 'Josephine' - Banbarra's 1975 funk classic 'Shack Up' - completes the package.
A while back Running back released a compilation of classic cuts that delighted the dancefloor at seminal Hamburg club Front during the early '90s. This scaled-down sequel/bonus EP contains five more gems selected by one of the club's key resident DJs, Boris Dlugosch. There's much to set the pulse racing throughout, from the timeless dancefloor deep house brilliance of Sensory Productions' 'Deep Introspection' - a Rob Mello and Zaki Dee production from 1995 - and the bumpin', sample-rich heaviness of DJ Disciple's sweat-soaked 'Hide-away', to the five-in-the-morning tactility of the Subtle Hauze Dub of U96's 'Come Together' (a largely overlooked rework co-produced by Dlugosch), to Dlugosch's own edit of VDT's bleep techno-influenced 1992 oddity 'Strangest Musik'.
"The Attention Deficit Track" is a collaboration between scene heroes Skream and Jackmaster. They are said to have made the track with the Terrace at DC10 as inspiration, Skream saying it was an absolute pleasure to finally play it in the said venue at his Circoloco debut. A hypnotic track that takes inspiration from the UK tech house sound from the turn of the millennium, its catchy, whirring vocal sample plays centre stage underpinned by tribal drums. With the track being played by all the top DJs over the last couple of years, its release has been eagerly anticipated so finally - here it is.
Fadi Mohem returns to Klockworks, this time to share a release with label owner Ben Klock. Inspired by 90s minimalism, opening track "Prefix" is a stripped back, bleep-laden affair. Powered by an angular rhythm and hissing percussion, it recalls vintage material from DBX. "Gateway" has a more contemporary flavour, as the pair deploy a swinging rhythm and lead-weight kicks for maximum impact. "Hydrocarbon" is much more visceral, with Klock and Mohem dropping the kind of gritty, swinging drums more commonly associated with Neil Landstrumm's 90s work. Shifting styles again to focus on modern sounds, "Prism" is a linear workout that resounds to hypnotic, clicking percussion.
Earlier in the year, A-Trak paid tribute to old-school house and rave-era breakbeat hardcore via the 10 Seconds Volume 1 EP. The Canadian turntablist-turned-big room headliner opts for a similarly retro-futurist vibe on this sequel, first opting for a bouncy, loose-limbed and warming, Chicago "boompty" kind of sound on 'Keep On' before charging away on a surging, filter-sporting French Touch tip (think compressed, chopped and looped disco-house) on 'Maximum'. Arguably more potent - and certainly less in-your-face - is 'Limbo', where acid bass, bleeping melodies, spacey electronics and snappy drums catch the ear, wile 'Cortez' sounds like vintage, late '90s Caassius with added jazzy samples.
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