Review: Following on from the recent UK and Germany EPs, this expansive collection further sheds light on Rekids' wide-ranging approach. There's Radio Slave's own 'Shaking The Tree' remix of Mr G's "Makes No Sense", which draws on the bongo-heavy house of US producers like Halo & Hipp-E, replete with birdsong and Rastafarian stream of consciousness toasting. In contrast, the raw, analogue stomp of Colin McBean's "Get on Down" sounds like Richie Hawtin's Circuit Breaker doing house, while Wink delivers an insane, acid-tweaked take on Radioslave's "Screaming Hands". The compilation also features lesser-known nuggets like Jjak Hogan's "Optifreeze", where tripped out synths combine with a low-slung rhythm, and the muffled vocals and dreamy synths of Amir Alexander's take on Liviu Groza & Kennedy Smith's "Could Be Anybody".
Review: Judging by the title of this release, it sounds like Matt Edwards' label has developed a bunker mentality. The reality however is that Rekids hunts high and low for release material, evidenced by the geographical diversity on this release. Nina Kraviz delivers a typically sultry house groove on "Tanya", with hypnotic vocal samples and dramatic synths combined over a clicky analogue groove. By contrast, Nikola Gala's "The Pump" bristles with steely drums and churning chords, while Jochem Paap aka Speedy J goes back to his roots to deliver "Klave". Recalling classic releases like "Ginger", its subtle claps and subtle tonal shifts make for a timeless techno groove.