Review: Fresh from delivering a fine EP on Futureboogie Recordings, rising star Austin Ato pitches up on Phonica's occasional "White" series. Title track "Song For Mr Lewis" may well be the up-and-coming producer's single most impressive cut yet. An epic chunk of string-drenched, sample-heavy deep house brilliance, it contains all manner of jazzy keys solos, twinkling melodies and orchestral sweeps.Then Ato delivers an altogether dirtier and sleazier Dub of the same cut - with tons of additional percussion, including some restless cowbells - before reaching for the delays on the dreamy sunrise rush that is "Morning". It, too, contains some superb keys-work alongside a near perfect, eyes-closed spoken word vocal.
Review: Word of mouth is spreading fast about Scotland's Austin Ato and his unique productions: creating a blend of disco and house with elements of techno. He's up next on Jimpster's Delusions Of Grandeur, following up some great grooves previously on Phonica White, Me Me Me and Futureboogie. "Putting It My Way" is an energetic classic house jam that's in the vein of classic Ron Trent - spiritual house music done proper. "Ella" gets off on the disco tip and is one seriously lo-slung and funked-up jam for the late night.
Music Will Save The Day (dub mix) - (8:22) 124 BPM
Music Will Save The Day (vocal mix) - (8:22) 124 BPM
Music Will Save The Day (Auntie Flo's Hidden Garden remix) - (7:53) 124 BPM
Music Will Save The Day (Christophe remix) - (8:28) 124 BPM
Review: Anyone who has been to Oban on the North West coast of Scotland will confirm that it's a rather picturesque place. We shouldn't be surprised, then, by the intense beauty that courses through "Music Will Save The Day", the first Austin Ato release by experienced Oban-based producer Colin Bailey (he of Drums of Death fame). Skillfully combining chiming bells, meandering synthesizer lines, crunchy drums and sparkling piano riffs, "Music Will Save The Day", which is available in both Dub and Vocal variants, is something of a summery treat. It's backed by two terrific remixes: a kind of Reichian minimalism meets new age version by Auntie Flo, and a thrilling peak-time take from label regular Christophe, who joins the dots between jacking acid and hands-aloft piano house.
Review: Austin Ato is Colin Bailey of Oban, Scotland who has released previously on the likes of Fantasy Streetwear, Phonica and Futureboogie. He is back, this time on Man Power's always reliable Me Me Me imprint with The Sound Of : this is a belter of an EP which features the funky and lo-slung party vibe of "Dah Dah Dah" or "Ben's Vibe" doing the business in super soulful fashion - the latter in particular with its George Benson sample. Also of worthy note, check the neon-lit euphoria of "Maelstrom" nailing some throwback acid house vibes. Following up terrific releases on the label by Elliot Adamson, Artist Deleted and Vyvyan - the goods just keep on comin'!
Death On The Balcony - "Imagination Of Ourselves" - (9:11) 121 BPM
Rui-Z - "Random Noise Generator" - (6:51) 123 BPM
Review: 20/20 Vision offshoot 20/20 Editions inaugurated the New Editions series this time last year, primarily to champion producers the label thinks will be doing big things in the weeks and months to come. Think of this second volume, then, as a primer for 2018. Austin Ato kicks things off with the lo-fi drum machine bounce, acid bass and drifting late night chords of "Restless Snare", before Salvione doffs a cap to early noughties 20:20 Vision releases on the bustling tech-house/deep house fusion of "Champion Sound". Scene stalwarts Death on the Balcony impress via the layered percussion, rising organs and restless low-end chug of "Imagination of Ourselves", while Rui Z channels the spirit of David Morales' early '90s Red Zone remixes on EP standout "Random Noise Generator".
Martin Books - "Flitzepulver" (original mix) - (6:35) 128 BPM
Various - "Ibiza 2018 Closing Party" (continuous DJ mix 1) - (1:18:53) 124 BPM
Various - "Ibiza 2018 Closing Party" (continuous DJ mix 2) - (1:19:01) 125 BPM
Review: With the same certainty that the leaves will turn brown and fall from the trees, autumn sees the release of Toolroom's closing party album. It's the label's annual state of the (house) nation address and 2018 is no exception. While this year's edition contains a healthy smattering of feel good house - the most impressive exempts being the vocal grooves of Weiss' "Feel My Needs" and Illyus & Barrientos' "MEA" - there are also more adventurous variants on offer. These include Peggy Gou's tweaked acid take on Shakedown's "At Night", the chord heavy Dusky take on KiNK's "Perth" and the cut-up, abstract "Pale Blue Dot" by rising lo-fi house artist Ross From Friends, which demonstrate that this year, Toolroom is thinking outside the box.
Review: For as long as we can remember, Defected's annual Miami Music Week compilation has done a brilliant job showcasing tracks that we'll be dancing to a lot in the following weeks and months. Predictably, this year's volume is no different. There's the usual mixture of alternative remixes of familiar favourites from the previous 12 months (see David Penn's remix of Sophie Lloyd's gospel disco anthem "Calling Out" and I:Cube's brilliant revision of Peggy Gou's "It Makes You Forget"), previously released anthems (Horse Meat Disco and Amy Douglas's "Let's Go Dancing" and Ray Mang's delicious disco mix of Phenomenal Handclap Band's "Judge Not") and suitably big tunes that will soon become peak-time staples the world over (see the tracks by Bawrut, Low Steppa, Bsicits and Mighty Mouse).