Review: Polish expats in Berlin Catz 'N Dogz launched their Pets Recordings imprint a while back and have become an unstoppable force in the current tech house climate. They now present newcomer Beton into the fold and while not much is known about the producer as yet, we can tell by this dynamic two tracker that he is on to big things. "Bruxelles" opens proceedings with this rusty and dusted down acid jacker that will appeal to retroverts digging the current Unknown To The Unknown or Delft style sound. Second offering "Voice 64" is more uplifting and energetic with its 808 drum roils, grinding monosynth arpeggio and druggy vocals geared for some tunnelling moments on the dancefloor during the wee hours.
Review: Label owner Tiga has proclaimed that mystery producer Beton's new record is the best of the last five years. Certainly, it's one of the most distinctive. Based on a dense, bass-heavy groove and eerie synths, "Directions" features the vocals of Wevie Stonder, which provide a GPS-style guide through the mean streets. The vocal narrative culminates with the audience being told to lift an object out of the car they are traveling in, at which point a wild wall of acid kicks in. "Keep Breathin'", also features some vocals, but they are buried deep in the arrangement, with acid lines and tough kicks to the fore. Both tracks are sure to turn heads whenever they are dropped.
Review: By now, we should all know what to expect from Toolroom's "Poolside Ibiza" compilation strand, namely groovy nu-disco, house and laidback Balearic beats inspired by afternoons spent lounging by the water in stonking White Isle heat. Naturally, there are plenty of gems to be found amongst the 40 unmixed tunes selected by chosen DJs Moullinex and Xinobi, from their own collaborative post-punk/dub number "X Marks The Spot", to the slick '80s synth-pop dreaminess of Tensnake's fine remix of Xinobi's "Far Away Place" and the drowsy, Morricone-influenced soundscape weirdness of Simple Symmetry's remix of Moscoman's "I Ran". Throw in some seriously good cuts from Felipe Gordon, Donald Dust, Pin Up Club and Meera (whose carnival-ready boogie jam "Fine Without You" stands out), and you have a fine collection of summery cuts.
Review: !K7 Records bring us the seventh in their '!Kollections' compilation series, and it's an album that's every bit as eclectic as the label itself. Accordingly, there are tracks here spanning a range of genres from Afro-folk (Red Axes' 'Abidijan') to stomping techno (BETON's sat-nav vocalled 'Directions') to jazz (Idris Ackamoor's 'Land Of Ra') to out-and-out synth-pop, but highlights for househeads include Gerd Janson's electro/Italo-inspired take on Yovav's 'Running Wave', the retro piano stylings of Anja Schneider's 'All I See' and the stunning Joey Negro Re-Grooved Instrumental of Patrice Rushen's 'Never Gonna Give You Up'.