Review: With the Christmas gorging season fast approaching, WotNot Music thinks it's an appropriate time to crack open a second selection box of Dancefloor Sweets. EMV128 kicks things off with the sugary soulfulness of "Warm 'n' Easy", a deliciously rich and tasty fusion of broken beat, future jazz and deep house. Galactic Ganesh impresses with the soft-centred, but hard-boiled electrofunk/house fusion of "Tell Me", before Danvers invites us to unwrap the gooey melodies and popping drum machine hits of "Hoxton 203". The last sweet in the tin comes from Body-san, whose dub-wise fusion of heavy bass, undulating organs and cheery positivity will leave you hungry for more.
Review: Joey Negro's Soul Of Disco series has always been a great source of forgotten disco gems for those who like their dance music rich, stringy and soulful. This third two-disc selection from the Z Records boss is no different. For disco diggers, there's plenty to enjoy, be it the rich, horn-drenched instrumental grooves of Board Of Directors' "Hanging Tough", the raw, clavinet groove of Loi's "Body Contact" or the wobbly synth bass and perfect percussion of Phenomenal's "One Two Three". With a smattering of bonus re-edits from Joey Negro himself for those who like their grooves a bit more DJ-friendly, The Soul Of Disco 3 is nigh on essential.
Sam Weston - "Lamb's Euro Select" (Straight Cut Tool) - (6:03) 123 BPM
Jamie Blanco - "Claro" - (6:08) 120 BPM
Body Corp - "VOSA" - (5:04) 109 BPM
Review: The first in a series from Pelvis Records, DJ Tools Volume 1 features an all Australian lineup of artists across six tracks. Varying in tempo and moods, this first round comes courtesy of Sam Weston, Mall Grab (his contribution "GTFO" is a gnarly 303 acid jam with one seriously angry monologue atop), Chunyin, Body Corp (with the tribal trance induction of "Vosa" which will take you deep into the exotic), Jamie Blanco (UK expat) and Pelvis. From flat out percussion jams to four-to-the-floor acid, these are tracks to get you out of tight spots... or take you deeper into them.
Review: Danish DJ/producer Noir's self-titled label has been surprisingly prolific over recent times. So prolific, in fact, that this latest label 'best of' features a whopping 20 tracks, each of which originally came out in the last 18 months. Those who've followed the label will know what to expect - comfy, melodic deep house, springy electronic house and the occasional fuzzy tech-house groover. With tracks and remixes from Kruse & Nuremburg, Tiger Striples, Solomon, Ron Carroll, Trickski and Dan Ishu (whose "Nu Luv" re-invents Frankie Knuckles' "Your Love" as a synth-house banger), there's plenty of high grade house music to enjoy.