Review: UK tech house legend Jamie Anderson is back on the scene, teaming up with Owain for some smooth late night deepness for Steve Bug's Dessous; a fitting home come to think of it. ?Just A Groove? is more than that; a tough drum groove with the right amount of shuffle is balanced out by some dreamy and mesmerising chords. ?Edge Of Infinity? takes things down a notch or two for something more typical of the label; slow burning and sexy house executed well. ?Throwing Shapes? no doubt references everyone's favourite pastime with a floating tech house journey into dancefloor oblivion while ?Nightscanner? gets a bit darker and mysterious with its killer bassline, sparse Rhodes stabs and intermittent haunting chords.
Review: Italy's Bimas is back after some great releases on the likes of Desolat and Circus, but this time for Adam beyer's esteemed Truesoul imprint which is still going strong in its pursuit of tougher tech house alternatives. Starting out with the relentless 808 workout of "80's Cool (Club mix)" which unlike its namesake sounds more like early '90s pursuits by the likes of Chicago's Relief Records. "Traffic" continues on in said style utilising the same infectious drum patterns but injects a tunnelling bassline and jacking vocals to adrenalizing effect. Finally "Intensify" goes for the jugular, closing out the EP in fine fashion with this fierce and booming peak time cut that bridges the gap between the previous two tracks and sturdier industrial techno styles.
Review: Steve Lawler's label unleashes the second installment of its Warriors series. While the UK DJ is synonymous with his tribal house sound, there is enough variety on this compilation to keep the listener interested. Sante's "That Girl" revolves around heavy drums and a tripped out break down, while Davide Squillace & Guti's "The Other Side Of Hustler" pushes further in that direction, with spooky chants unfolding over a driving groove. Vocals also prevail on the compilation's other highlights: Philip Bader's "Crazy" sees pitched down vocals introduced over deep chords, while Bimas' excellent "Never Say Goodbye" fuses icy synths and a moody male vocal to create a sombre dance floor cut.
Review: This compilation provides a taster of what's in store on Loco Dice's label this year - and it would appear that classic house music is its 2015 theme. That's not to suggest that Desolat has commissioned a series of throwaway tracks, and there is a surprising amount of diversity on offer. Yaya and Lorenzo Chiabotti's "Dhalism" is a deep, dub-infused groove that recalls DiY's sound, while Alexandar Ivkovic's excellent "B70" fuses dark, tribal New York drums with breathless chords. Fans of the harder iterations of 90s house - as opposed to plain old hard house - will also find much to love here, including the drum rolls and ominous chords of Chuckie's "Abu Dhabi Join" and the irresistible track head sound on Santos' "Flow".