Review: On this excellent archive style reissue, Jerome Derradji celebrates the greatest hits of short-lived Chicago 1980s acid label Westbrook Records (the personal imprint of producer Chris Westbrook, AKA Bam Bam). Bam Bam's "Where's Your Child" and Armando's "Land of Confusion" are acid house must-haves (the latter arguably being the single greatest acid track of all time, though that's clearly a matter of debate), while Bam Bam's "Move To Da Groove" brilliantly blends acid tweakery with hip-house era funk. If all that 303 tweakery gets a little too much, Westbrook's loose, piano-laden "Nightlife" is as breezy and sweet as they come.
Review: The latest release on Coyu's label is a compilation of upcoming producers. Both "The Power of Acid" by Giovanni Carozza & Black Shade and Chipi's "RAM 303" are relentless, heads-down 303 tracks, peppered with acid lines and insistent vocal samples. Meanwhile, Peja's "Nomen Luris" is powered by a searing sub-bass that is inspired by old school hardcore. I AM BAM draws on similar sources for inspiration, but instead peppers "Hell Tell" with wild rave stabs. ElementO's "Loaded" also looks to the past, but the fusion of call and response lyrics with wild acid builds and break downs sounds like Hardfloor mixed with hip house.