Greek producer Andreas Dimitriadis aka And.Id is back but apppearing outside of his usual homebase of Mobilee Records, where his output over the years has been quite prolific and following up last year's Rooms EP for John Digweed's Bedrock Recordings. This time around he appears for Los Angeles based imprint Culprit (run by local trio Droog) who do a fine job of staying on tech house's ever changing pulse and present his new track "Diablada". It's a dark, slow burning journey track that's intertwined in a series of wonky synth leads and dark strings over a tightly programmed groove. There's a couple of brilliant remixes too; homeboy (via NYC) MANiK delivers something more sexy and slinky on his fine deep house rendition, while the Acidub remix does what exactly what it says on the tin on this soulful and emotive epic 303 fuelled journey.
Based in Berlin but inspired by the soul and spirit of Central America, the Cacao label brings a particularly colourful take to house and techno music. This flair is audible on the jazzy, freeform vibes and vocal drenched groove of "Endless Summer" by Tigerskin, and even the warbling, uptempo techno of And.id's "Jet Lag". Label founders K.E.E.N.E. manage to bring an offbeat sensibility and melancholic melodic undercurrent to the teased out "O Coast", while SOSANDLOW's "Agbara" resounds to organic drums and a bass that snakes and ebbs its way with sassy intent through the arrangement.