Review: Further reason to attach words of glowing praise to Angular Recordings comes in the shape of this release from the mysterious E Gold. "Separate Our Hearts" is a one off collision between the duo and Plus Ultra vocalist Alexis Mary, with E Gold laying a backdrop of snapping percussion and vintage analogue synth gargles upon which Mary's distinct vocals sit with aplomb. Keeping things in the family, Plus Ultra band member Chris Flatline slows proceedings down on his Distance remix, giving Mary's vocals an ethereal hue and adding his own synth flourishes. Tom Furse of the The Horrors puts all the elements through the aural grind, chopping up and relooping extracts and regurgitating them over a snapping drum machine groove which is finally joined by Mary's vocals around the four minute mark. Finally the hotly tipped Ghost Hunter wraps the vocals in a blanket of fragile and oh so beautiful downbeatisms.
Review: Compilation mixer Mar-T, Ramon Tapia and a host of others deliver a fair share of toolish, tribal house on Amnesia Ibiza Electronica - but that's only part of the story. The compilation also features the deranged, woozy horn sound of Betook's "Rusty Trombone"; the aggro, abrasive house of Danny Daz's "Ghetto Fab" and the excellent, shuffling 808 drums and resonating bass of Audiofly's "No Props". Techno is also catered for, with Antonio del Prete dropping a spine-tingling big room groove and Kabale Und Liebe & Lauhaus dropping a stripped back take on Alexis Carbrera's "Wherever", while the rumbling bass and detached vocals of DJ T's edit of Tensnake's "Around The House" sounds like an alternative summer anthem.
Review: Whatever you think about Hot Creations - and opinions are, of course, divided - you can't deny that Jamie Jones and Lee Foss's label has been a game-changer. Their combination of contemporary house grooves with classic house, disco, boogie and garage influences now dominates dancefloors the world over. This label retrospective tells the story of their runaway success between 2011 and 2012, offering up three hours of unmixed floorfillers from the likes of Waifs & Strays, Miguel Campbell, Burnski, PBR Streetgang, Jamie Jones and Lee Foss, plus a smattering of lesser-known gems. For those who missed the label's formative years, there's also a tasty bonus mix of early material from Russ Yallop.
Review: Monty Luke's Black Catalogue label has been building up an impressive discography over the last few years, largely featuring a mix of local Detroit artists and hand picked international talents. Here, he hands a label debut to Atlanta's Stefan Ringer, whose previous credits include outings on NDATL Muzik and The Love Below. He's in fine form here, delivering a quartet of deep house gems built around rubbery synths, Motor City style deep space electronics, and deep, jazz-flecked drum machine grooves. He adds his own spoken vocals to release highlights "Fri/Sat Nite" and "Body", with the latter's darting bass, swirling pads and jazzy cymbals making a genuinely long lasting impression. Closer "Overtone" - a kind of futurist take on soulful broken beat - is also superb.