The unstoppable Amplify continues to get his mates involved with a brand new Amplify & Friends EP. The last one was on Low Down Deep, now time for a new tag-team tear-up on the world dominating Crucast. First up, 'See Me' with Nu Elementz sets the scene with its nagging sandpaper funk bass riff before good friend and Gradient co-runner Metal Work joins for the super brutal rough-house jam 'Gradient'. Elsewhere Master Error and Nu Elements get stuck in on the more dramatic grot-fast 'Gone' before we hit an emotional rave finale 'Knuckles' with Master Error. Get friendly!
Adelaide-based Italian Dave Mathmos is a prolific re-editor, as a quick glance at his website will quickly prove. He's featured on Too Slow To Disco's edits series before, back in 2019, though this EP is a far more expansive and action-packed affair. There's plenty to savour across the seven tracks on show, with our picks of a very strong bunch including the rubbery, slap bass-propelled AOR disco excellence of 'Encore Une Histoire D'Amour' (a rework of a French language cover of a familiar favourite), the squelchy, Latin-tinged 80s soul gorgeousness of 'Late at Night', a genuine future classic (the mid-80s power synth-pop-goes-electro-disco brilliance of 'My Baby Don't Care', which edits up an unlikely cover of the Beatles) and the reggae infused, low tempo disco-chug of 'Whispers'.
Buoyed by outings on Dirtybird, 8Bit Records and Crosstown Rebels, long-serving Leeds duo Audiojack make their bow on Shall Not Fade. They're in confident, all-action mode from the word go, peppering a funk-fuelled breakbeat with new age ambient melodies, mutant bass and eyes-closed female vocals on lead cut 'Hooked', before exploring dreamier and more psychedelic breakbeat house pastures on 'Rise Up' (check the speed garage influenced bassline that drops midway through). Elsewhere, 'Haze' is a subtly bassline-influenced chunk of tech-tinged deep house heaviness, and 'Bring It Back' is an energy-packed fusion of mind-mangling tech-house sounds, tactile chords, female vocal samples and warped speed garage bass.
Three tracks plucked from Avichrom, Dominik Eulberg's sixth, avian-focused studio album get the remix treatment. In the case of "Grauspecht", !K7 has commissioned two versions. The first, from Acid Pauli, is a subtle, stripped back take, melding dreamy melodies with acid blips. This fusion makes for an atmospheric affair that builds slowly and dreamily. Isolee's remix also favours an understated approach. Powered by an offbeat, loose rhythm, it sees the veteran German producer conjure up unhurried, jazzy tones. Aera's version of "Schwarzhalstaucher" also focuses on melody, with warm textures and breathy filters unravelling over a glistening electronic groove. It sounds like even techno producer Etapp Kyle has been influenced by the mellow approach, and his take on "Gelbspotter" revolves around a humming bass and lithe break beats.
Kobosil's label delivers the third edition of the Sektion compilation. As with previous volumes, there are well-known contributors. OBU and Krl Mx both deliver slamming industrial techno on "Wir Sind Die Nacht" and "Techno Tool For Trashkids" respectively. In Verruf opts for a different approach. On "Frei", soaring synths combine with screeching vocals, making for an epic, rousing affair.
There are also some newer contributors. These include Warin D, who drops the gabba-influenced banger "I Apologize For My Acid" and SZG, whose "Parametric" integrates tranced out synths into a pulsating, throbbing groove. Like every release on R-Label Group, each track on Sektion 3 is sure to cause dance floor mayhem.
Skatman's latest release titled "Rewarped" showcases his exceptional talent for reviving and revitalising past sounds. The Tunisian-born producer, DJ, and label owner skillfully blends old-school hip-hop samples with energetic house tracks, seamlessly bridging the gap between different musical epochs. With six new tracks of hedonistic club music, Skatman, also known as Aziz Haddad, takes familiar elements and infuses them with a fresh twist. The result is a masterclass in creating an exhilarating musical experience that resonates with both nostalgia and contemporary dance floor desires.
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