Review: For an artist who was catapulted onto the international stage by asking "Who's Afraid Of Detroit?", things have come full circle. Claude Von Stroke's latest venture takes him back to the Motor City and features a recording of his DJ set from the recent Movement festival. Fittingly, it starts with the steely electro of Van Stroke's own "Maharaja" before heading into the stripped back techno of Tom Reed & Sonik's "Alert", veering into harder sounds courtesy of Will Clarke & Born Dirty's relentless "Boss Man" and peaking with the raw, percussive "Loud!" by Alex Rubia and Maiki. As homecomings go, it's an impressively raucous one.
Review: AC Slater's Los Angeles-based Night Bass label has been turning the US on its head what with all the real UK bass flavours they've been serving up. They've now made it to the fourth instalment of the mighty This Is Night Bass series, and once again it's sizzling with energy. There are eight tracks this time including the heavy stomp of Aussie Yolanda Be Cool & Wongo's "Roosevelt", Sinden's gloriously dark "God" and the deep jackin' grooves of Bijou's "Cant' See Us". Night Bass then, bringing quality to the masses.
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.