Review: Intriguingly, for his latest release this veteran French Touch producer is exploring his early inspirations. There are four Gallic disco gems featured here, all with his inimitable production gloss. The title track mixes a bleepy Mr Fingers Stars-esque riff and shimmering summery synths, "Do It" lays a typically late '90s jazzy loop over a sumptuous 4/4 groove and "On & On" lays the "Respect Is Burning" filtered loops on nice and thick. However though it's the electroclash-on-ecstasy vibes of "Fresh" that's the best of the lot.
Review: Making for a great entry into K7's always essential DJ Kicks series, German electro-house duo Digitalism aka Jens Moelle and Ismail Tufekci pick out some interesting selections from amongst their peer group. WhoMadeWho's shuffle beat disco ace "The Sun" finds a welcome home amongst a new mix of The Rapture's "Sail Away" and an edit of Gai Barone's "Alicudi" from the Digitalism pair. However special props have to go out to the quite-stunning waves of pitched-up chords that make Kulsch's "Lorely' an instant classic. Available as individual, unmixed tracks or as a continuous DJ mix.
Review: Dutch super trio Kraak & Smaak go poolside: Miami style here for Toolroom. Indeed this compilation showcases the many shades of house music that soundtracked some serious fun in the sun, at 2018's edition of Miami Music Week. The longtime staples of the UK imprint Jalapeno serve up all things deep, funky, nu-disco and even a bit of French Touch for good measure. Highlights include Lindstrom & Prins Thomas' disco odyssey - translated via their remix of Temples' "Born Into The Sunset", Freerange boss Jimpster's lush and hypnotic "English Rose" (original mix), last year's comeback by Parisian legend Alex Gopher & Pierrick Devin on "Jazz Rock" (receiving another well deserved rinse!) and the inimitable Detroit legend Andres with his remix of Cool Peepl's "Free" (feat Billy Love, Amp Fiddler & Sundiata O.M). Several of the trios funked-up tracks feature throughout in addition to a continuous mix of the playlist.