Review: Bristol's Billy Kenny is up on our charts this week with a mighty fine appearance indeed, and a rather special one, too. This is because the Bristol kingpin steps out of his own This Ain't Bristol label, and lands firmly on Food Music with something a little more house-oriented than what we're usually used to seeing from him. "Horn Thing", for instance, although drenched in a considerably UK sort of coating, is a hard-edged house tune for peak time spinning, and the same can be said about "It's Alive", another bleep-ridden UK house chugger that'll likely appeal to the bass heads, too. "I Luh U", instead, is a different kind of beast; the majority of the tune is taken over by more cinematic sonics before dropping to break-ridden, four-to-the-floor rhythm.
Review: Duo UK return to Nu Wave after a sweet debut release last month! Once again, this is classic club house with a wide-eyed approach. Billy Kenny joins them on the first two bombs, both of which are simply tailor-made for floor destruction. Swinging drums, perfectly blended basslines and DJ-friendly arrangements from start to finish! Jasmine Knight joins in on the festivities, and both tracks add yet more funk to this devilish little release. Chantelle Rowe features on the final track, and you know it's a straight-up anthem from the word "go"! A batch of sublime house concoctions that should be enjoyed by anyone.
Review: The UK's Billy Kenny makes his debut on the always-on-point, Four40! Kenny is a pure garage wizard, with a sound that could seriously rip up the floor. "Call You Back" features one of those basslines which you can leave on loop for hours, allowing it to seduce you into its incessant rhythm, providing a tune for the late-night hours that you can mix in with just about anything. "Work" is similarly funky and loaded with bone-shaking low-end, except this time Mr.Kenny is in an even nastier mood. Fire!
Review: Two new sizzlers here from UK garage-meister Billy Kenny; his productions always perfectly straddle the fine line between garage and deep house and these are no different. "Burnin' Up" is livelier of two - a big room banger with an infectious ascending/descending bassline and wailing diva samples. Our favourite though, is "Your Dreams" - a sleek slice of late night moodiness.
Review: Badman sounds from the likes of Billy Ken and Duo, two UK artists on a steep rise to success and total dancefloor domination. Representing Nu Wave's second outing, the boys come trough with a nutty garage stomper for the small hours. Swamped vocals, shuffling percussion slices and whole load of funk.
Review: For a label that only launched this spring, Nu Wave has taken no prisoners whatsoever. Repping the funkier side of garage and the darker side of deep house, Deckstar and Steve Brooke have established a distinctive sonic signature in a very short space of time. Here we find them tethering their past work with a number of exclusives to form this highly accomplished debut compilation. Ranging from the dark bubble/jazz-chord balance of Deckstar's "Wondering" to Lee Martin's organ-slapping "Wanna Be" via Duo and Chantelle Rowe's blistering vocal stunner "Enough Of Your Love", Nu Wave paint an on-point picture with clarity and originality. Get to know.
Review: For those of you who can't make it, you can still enjoy these very tracks that will be thrashed on San Francisco institution Dirtybird's US tour this summer. This is the third edition of their Summer BBQ compilation titled Secret Sauce and it features an all-star cast. Starting things off in spectacular fashion with Chicago house legend Marshall Jefferson teaming up with L.A's Doorly on the wicked "Neanderthal', there's the wonky, bassbin rattling deepness of label mainstay Christian Martin (with Ardalan) on "Flight of The Pterodactyl" and rising star Justin Jay's pop-inflected epic "Broke The Law" featuring a bit of help from mates Sascha Robotti, Henry Was and vocals by Josh Taylor.
Review: Forever joining the dots between the genres and the ages, Four40 dig deep across their own vaults and those of seminal labels such as LU10 and Lepento. The end result is a snapshot of the last eight years of bass house and UKG. Whether Billy Kenny's "Work" still melts your skin or the whirlwind vocal harmonies of Sherbert Dip's "Mazeltov" melt your mind, there's a timeless mischief laced throughout. Other highlights include the sweet filtered disco loops of Peter & The Stringfellow's French-touch "Can You Hear Me" and the cheeky Chi-town chugs of Keva's "Ask Myself" and the brick-crushing side-swiping jacking funk of label newcomer Paul Lawrence and "My Summer Holiday". Forty thumbs up.
Review: It's that time again; west coast institution Dirtybird announce this year's Campout Compilation featuring an all-star cast who serve up some seriously bass-heavy tech house party vibes for the real freaks! Opening proceedings in great style is label mainstay Justin Martin with Ardalan on "Function" featuring the naughty vocals by PartyPatty on this boompty, sleazy and downright funky groove. Petz head honchos in Berlin Catz N Dogz serve up the the rolling and drugged out "Fixation", Bristol electro house hero Will Clarke gives us the typically buzzy and bouncy "Can You Funk" and for Spanish progressive house hero German Brigante is business as always on his darkly epic journey "Noose". Their latest acquisition, the young gun Justin jay presents the stripped down and bouncy teen spirit of "Hit It (original mix)" too. If that was not enough, Seattle legend Pezzner compiles all the tracks in a continuous mix for your listening pleasure.