Review: Over the last two years, Brighton-based Black Key Records has proved a reliable source of high-grade deep house. Proper deep house, too - the kind you can get lost in while dancing like a lunatic at four in the morning. This EP features three more reasons to be cheerful. There's the tumbling electronics, tipsy chords, moody atmospherics and clattering drum machine rhythms of Ethyl & Flori's "Technology Pavilion", the deep, dubby and delightfully spacious groovery of BLM's "Tough Times", and the multicoloured boogie synths and filter-heavy rhythms of Pawas' liquid house gem "Nokickfunk". All three tracks are strong in their own right, making this one very tempting EP.
Review: Arguably the most recognisable of Panorama Bar's resident DJs, Steffi follows Cassy, Tama Sumo, Prosumer and Nick Hoppner in cooking up the fifth batch of tracks to make the Panorama Bar mix series. Exclusive material comes from Big Strick, Fred P, Dexter, Juju & Jordash and Steffi herself, while other house cuts come from former drum and bass staples Endian (Commix) and Trevino (Marcus Intalex). Other veterans to feature in the mix include DJ Skull with his original '93 pressing "Don't Stop The Beat", while Steven Tang's Obsolete Music Technology chips in with "Latency". Newer sounds come from Fear Of Flying's BLM, US-based deep house producer Chris Mitchell, DJ Fett Burger and Will Martin collaboration with John Barera; one half of Boston outfit B-Tracks.
Review: The UK-based label Fear Of Flying presents a second volume of some of the label's finest remixes, with reworks provided by some heavyweight names. Highlights include Cally Vinyl's remix of BLM & Pawas' "Online", sharpening the focus of the slightly foggier original, Christopher Rau's remix of Drake & Griffiths' "The Devil's Eyes", putting its rhythm through a series of tumbling filters and smooth Rhodes melodies, Jens Bond's remix of Leif's "Commonplace", which adds booming toms and dry stabs to the funkier original, and Andromatt 300's remix of DadaBleep's "Ghipwe", coiling it's bleeps and bass into a tightly would spring, exploding with snatches of melody.
Review: Kevin Griffiths is a wag. Having previously decided to press up just 100 copies of his latest Tsuba Limited compilation, he then had the masterstroke of calling it One Per Customer. Now it's available digitally the joke is slightly less amusing, but it's still a bit of a belter. Made up of previously vinyl-only jams (Italo Johnson's rather fine remix of Spencer Parker's "Show Him You're The One" being the most obvious example) and a smattering of new cuts (including a bassy chunk of low-slung basement house from Milton Jackson and a near Balearic rush of eyes-shut goodness from Rio Padice) this compilation comes highly recommended.