Review: UK tech house hero Archie Hamilton returns with a new EP full of more tough rolling tech house for the main room, on his ever reliable Moscow imprint. From the liquid and funky groove of "Ease My Mind" featuring The Smoothness on vocals, this one is typically bass-driven and full of syncopated polyrhythms that would go down a treat at the afterhours. There's also a couple of acid tracks which are always a welcome addition: the fierce and funky slammer "Shade" with its infectious TB-303 inflections, plus the dubby and mesmerising "Moving On" reminiscent of gems in his past discography such as "Something Else" and "Vitamin D".
Review: UK tech house hero Archie Hamilton celebrates a decade in the business for his beloved Moscow imprint. To celebrate this milestone, he's releasing a compilation featuring some of his favourite tracks from the last decade, where he looks through the back catalogue to bring you this timeless mix. Hamilton's own work is obviously pervasive, with highlights including the Inxec remix of "Two Time" that just so happened to be one of the imprint's very first releases, in addition to his collaboration with label staple Noha on "Lip Service" which gets an infectious rework by Romanian power duo SIT, and the ever reliable Samuel Andre Madsen giving "Informer" a typically swing-fuelled Reshape. Elsewhere, scene legends like Argy ("Siesta''), Shaun Reeves & Tuccillo ("Fill Calings") and GummiHz appear - the latter with his stellar remix of Keinton's "Strip Poker".
Review: London's reigning overlords of underground tech house are back, with one of the highest ranking members of their posse. Fuse return with Archie Hamilton, who has had a fantastic year thus far with releases on Hottrax, Crosstown Rebels and his own Moscow/Moss Co. imprints. On the Mercury Rising EP, he delivers some surefire tech house for the main room (at peak time!) as displayed finely on the tough rolling boompty-funk of "Right Hook", while the cruisy and melodic "Mercury" ventures a little deeper and is perfect for those heads-down moments on the dancefloor later on.
Review: Archie Hamilton is having a pretty good year, all told. Remarkably, this EP is his sixth of the year to date, following quietly confident appearances on Fuse London, Tied and Parliamnt. Impressively, there's a fair bit of variety to be found across the three tracks. Contrast, for example, the rolling tech-house/deep house fusion of opener "Confusion" - all tactile, looped riffs, rising acid lines and chunky beats - with the bouncy "Dos Equis", where woozy vocal samples ride an elastic, funk-fuelled bassline and locked-in beats. Arguably best of all, though, is flipside "Wild Thing" - a punchy late night workout full of trippy riffs, bustling bass, razor-sharp acid lines and jazzy-but-driving deep house beats.
Review: Moscow Records boss Archie Hamilton is a long time friend of the FUSE London family, having previously contributed to a number of releases. Driven To Distraction, though, is his first FUSE outing since 2015. Interestingly, there's quite a bit of surprising variety amongst the two tracks; compare, for example, the title track's bouncy, deep house/acid house fusion. "Telegram", where wilder TB-303 acid lines and dubbed-out riffs ride an undulating, late night groove, is also rather nifty. In other words, it's a solid EP containing tracks tailor-made for different dancefloor situations.
Works On Sunday (Enzo Siragusa & Seb Zito remix) - (6:46) 125 BPM
Review: Moscow Records boss Archie Hamilton appears this time on Enzo Siragusa's Fuse London imprint with these slices of rolling, Latin-infused tech-house for the beach party. This is the kind of stuff that lovers of Mindshake and Rawthentic will be all over. First up "Mind Blank" brings the tough yet sultry attitude that you could imagine playing peak time at Amnesia. Then there's a remix of "Works On Sunday" by none other than label boss Siragusa with Seb Zito keeping the afterhours vibe intact but with a druggier, minimal take on things.
Review: Man of the moment Archie Hamilton (FUSE London) is hot off some great remixes for the likes of Crosstown Rebels, Visionquest and Lazare Hoche and continues on with his winning streak of hot releases here. This new one comes courtesy of his very own Moscow label named "Make A Difference". This collaboration with New York City house music royalty Mr. V (Sole Channel Music) is a great meeting of creative minds, that sees his unmistakable vocal delivery accompanying yet another of Hamilton's rolling and funked-up tech house grooves - this one is sure to burn up the dancefloor. There are a bunch of reworks featured in addition: a handy acapella for those you wanting more of Victor Font's lovely vox, a dub mix for those of you who aren't and if that was not enough - there's a wicked VIP mix for your value.
Review: Moscow Records is now firmly established as one of tech-house's most consistent labels, with a penchant for cuts that add excitable elements - think warped acid lines, beffy sub-bass, layered percussion sounds, funk-fuelled electronic riffs and cut-up vocal snippets - to peak-time ready grooves that vary from smooth and seductive, to bold and boisterous. For proof, check this excellent compilation of some of the imprint's 2020 highlights. There's much to get the blood pumping throughout, from the off-kilter tech-funk bounce of Dimish's 'Everyday' and the hazy, sub-heavy hypnotism of Luca Donzelli's 'Der Sphere', to the thickset, mind-altering aggression of Archie Hamilton's remix of Peace Division cut 'What Is The Sound' and the garage-influenced wonkiness of Chris Stussy's 'Wake Ning'.
Review: This is not the first compilation to drop whose sole aim is to raise funds for NHS Chartities Together - R&S Records and Bass Agenda both delivered similarly epic sets - but "Care4Life" may well be the strongest and most diverse. As you'd expect, each one of the 45 tracks is previously unreleased, and the cast list reads like a who's who of dance music culture. Notable highlights include an ultra-deep, saucer-eyed number from Daniel Avery, an unheard rework of the Chemical Brothers' "Catch Me I'm Falling", a superb revision of Harvey's Locussolus project by Kiwi, Matthew Herbert in jazzy broken beat mode, a rare solo outing from Optimo's JD Twitch, a rip-roaring rave workout from Jas Shaw, and thumping peak-time bangers from Dusky, Eats Everything and Patrick Topping.