Review: Turkish-born, Tulum-based multi-instrumentalist Bora Uzer is known for his impressive live performances, where he sings over an assortment of electronic and acoustic instruments. Now he arrives on Diynamic with a four track EP titled Birth, which is proof of his accomplishments as a global citizen thus far. From the hypnotic and spellbinding energy of the title track, to the dark and meditative polyrhythms on "Falling" featuring his emotive vocal delivery, to the funked-up tribal ritual of "Sammaye" while the closing track "Rounds" combines pumping tech house energy with exotic arrangements.
Review: Javi Bora's popular and prolific Too Many Rules label has now been operating for two years, so to mark the occasion he's decided to offer-up this epic, 30-track retrospective of the imprint's output to date. There's naturally much to admire, including a string of fine cuts from the boss man (Chus and Cheballos's slamming, bass-heavy take on his hook-up with Huxley, "You're Everything", and the lolloping collaboration with Iban Montoro and Jazzman Wax, "Fresh Prince", being our picks), a terrifically bouncy, tech-tinged vocal number from Jairo Beltrami ("Don't Love Me"), multiple muscular workouts from legendary Chicagoan producer DJ Sneak (check the breathless, extra-percussive "Rising") and a notable disco-house workout from Junior Sanchez. Throw in headline-grabbing remixes from Groove Armada, Demuir and Roger Sanchez, and you have a seriously solid set.
Stu Hirst - "Clap, Snare, Repeat" (Yousef's One Night In July remix) - (7:41) 126 BPM
Scurrilous - "They Play It Safe" - (5:55) 125 BPM
Paul Darey & Alan Lockwood - "Wicked In Japan" (original mix) - (6:48) 128 BPM
Ito & Ran Shani - "Aviation" (original mix) - (7:58) 125 BPM
Review: Cr2 Records presents the 2020 edition of Ibiza Underground. which features some of the label's biggest house and techno tracks this year. Getting straight down to business with Abel Ramos & Sansixto's tough rolling "Hola Mi Amor", the deep latin tribal groove of Uner & Coyu's remix of WWW's "Relaxx" and Saved chief Nic Fanciulli's emotive rework of Ito And Star's "Sudoko Kid". Elsehwre, British upstart My Cat Snoop gets deep into the groove on "Yo Mama" (extended mix), Paolo Mojo's tech house epic "Alininha" gets a funked-up perspective by Edu Imbernon, and you might remember when boss man Mark Brown teamed up with Steve Mac on "Bells Of Brighton" a little while back? Well that one gets an uplifting summer reinterpretation by Dutch legend 2000 & One.
Review: 2019 was a very successful year for Javi Bora's Too Many Rules imprint, so it makes sense that he would want to celebrate it with an expansive label sampler. There's naturally much to admire across the 25-track set, with Bora wisely choosing only the most impactful peak-time house jams and rugged remixes (see Chus & Ceballos's throbbing revision of Huxley & Bora's "You're Everything" and the vintage Junior Vasquez flex of Groove Armada's revision of Bora's "Smashing Up"). There's more than enough variety to stave off accusations that the label sticks to one groove, though it should be said that a number of the collection's many standout moments sit somewhere between funk-fuelled disco-house, DJ Sneak style "boompty" and good old-fashioned chunky house (for proof, check Junior Sanchez's ace "Hard To Resist").