Fishing for bangers? Look no further, Alphaze has taken a boat out to the deepest oceans and brought in the biggest catches of the day. Loaded with high level collabs such as Rowney, Baker, RUNNAH and Nexus, the vibes are high and full in flavour. Highlights include the grizzled out bass rips of 'Drop It Like' (with Velocity) the diesel-fuelled drama and epic energy of 'Badman' and the amazing orchestral sample twistery on 'Thy Doom' (with Nexus)... Prepare to meet thy maker!
Two tracks in a total of five mixes make up this EP from Kokoro Disco-San, AKA the Barcelona-based trio of Lalo Lopez, Miguelito Superstar and Thompson. In its Original form, 'Sunshine' is an unsurprisingly summery and mellow nu-disco joint that, as we move on up through the Beach Bum Edit and SPF76 Mix rubs from label boss JKriv, gets progressively more electronic, the former adding an 80s squelch b-line and the latter throwing in some fine stabs, while 'Jungle Deep' is a slice of moody tropical disco served with or without a spoken female vocal. I'd go 'with' if I were you...
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'.
Mystical dreamweaver Edward has previously brought out some of his classiest club-tooled gear for Trelik, with 2018's Rumours EP being a particular highlight in his glittering career in minimal. Breaking a protracted silence for Baby Ford's label, this three-tracker once more takes us into the unique atmospheric zone Edward occupies with his productions. 'The Giver' has an unnerving, desolate quality but it's also rock-solid in the rhythm department, with subtle threads of warmth to balance out the eeriness. 'Memory Motions' is a spicier cut with a pronounced house jack to propel a tense set of sonic motifs, with a special mention to the wobbly organ-like chord line. 'Tuned' is the most upfront of all the tracks, using some processed piano hooks and a full compliment of nagging, funkified ingredients to make a certified, if left-of-centre, party starter.
Veteran techno producer Samuel L Session teams up with rising star Van Czar to deliver a heads-down release on Ben Sims' Hardgroove. Inspired by the loop techno sound of the late 90s / early 00s - a period when Session first rose to prominence - this five-tracker is as nuanced as it is impactful. "Universal" revolves around a dense, layered groove and insistent percussion, while "Fetisch" is a more subtle, pulsating affair. Session and Czar opt for a peak-time approach on the chiming percussion of "Butterfly", while "Omnipresence" sees them focus on a dubby sound, with gritty kicks and a hypnotic groove prevailing.
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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