Brett Gould, Hilton Caswell - "No More Games" - (7:19) 123 BPM
Review: London-based Brett Gould returns to Riva Starr's Snatch! label with two killer house cuts ready for the killing! "Believe" is a solid, bass-driven banger that pulsates its way through the groove with a ferocious swarm of bleeps that takes us back to the golden era of tech-house; that is, when people were actually making music instead of tiresome loops. Check Shyam P on the vocals, too. The artist teams up with Hilton Caswell for "No More Games", another deep and meandering burner or a track full of hypnotic zest, and what will surely make for a much welcomed rave anthem!
Brett Johnson - "BrMr Smarty Pants" - (6:11) 125 BPM
Rhythm Plate - "Keep Moving" - (6:37) 125 BPM
Review: Hudd Traxx 3rd installment of their 10th Anniversary series comes from Eddie Leader, Hector Moralez, Washerman, Brett Johnson & Rhythm Plate. Label owner Eddie Leader delivers a deep & moody house groover with the slick vocals of long time Hudd Artist Hector Moralez, aptly title 'Way Back'. Washerman picks the pace up with 'Twilite', which is reminiscent of legendary Detroit label Underground Resistance, and adds to the continued diversity of this project. Brett Johnson's 'Mr Smarty Pants' is re-released after gaining plays from the likes of Laurent Garnier and an edit by Dyed Soundorom. Closing out the EP are 2 of the most underrated Producers in the business; Rhythm Plate. 'Keep Moving' was Overshadowed by 'Inside Me' on the 'Robbin Hudd EP' in 2007 but is given it's time to shine on 'Now & Then Part 3' and is a fine addition to the 10 Year celebrations.
Review: Ki Creighton's Under No Illusion is back with Illusionists Vol 3, where the Annan based label boss (and Uber Carlisle resident) teams up with Makanan on the tough rolling main-room people mover "Countdown", the always reliable Huxley delivers the evocative dancefloor drama of "Half Moon" and Brett Gould & Majesty team up with what seemed like only White Isle hedonism purely in mind: on the terrific "Get Low". Following up some terrific releases by Yost Koen, Cloonee and Jay De Lys - it is further proof that this label is on fire at the moment.
The Dealer & Space Motion - "Push" - (6:38) 126 BPM
Saccao & Anturage - "Cyclops" - (6:47) 123 BPM
Agatha Pher - "My Only Way" - (6:53) 123 BPM
Kevin McKay - "Glasgow Underground Ibiza 2017: 1AM - 2AM" (continuous DJ mix 1) - (1:09:16) 123 BPM
Kevin McKay - "Glasgow Underground Ibiza 2017: 2AM - 3AM" (continuous DJ mix 2) - (1:12:00) 124 BPM
Kevin McKay - "Glasgow Underground Ibiza 2017: 3AM - 4AM" (continuous DJ mix 3) - (1:04:15) 124 BPM
Review: Glasgow Underground's Ibiza compilations are traditionally the biggest releases of the year for label head honchos Sam Dexter and Kevin McKay. It's stated they 'have been working their socks off to collect the best selection of cuts' and aimed squarely at White Isle dancefloors this Summer. Starting off with Sante Sansone's remix for the aforementioned McKay. This 'Italian stallion' drops his usual disco style for "What U Want", Barcelona's finest De La Swing impresses us as always with the rolling peak time stomper "No Rules" and also Vanilla Ace & Dharkfunkh's "What We Gonna Do?" (Kevin McKay remix) really brings the funk like no other on this disco-fied joint. It's a whopper here: comprised of a few dozen tracks, it's all damn good value and there's enough surefire grooves on here to keep the kids on your dancefloor groovin and movin' all Summer. And if you can't be bothered with all that: it's conveniently mixed up to perfection across three volumes by McKay himself.
Review: Australia's Balance Music is known for its quality mixes by the very finest in the underground music circuit. With previous compilations by the likes of New York's Danny Tenaglia, Deetron and Funk D'Void, among others, this is as close to a Fabric mix as you can get without those shiny tin cases. Ex-minimal legend turned all-out techno queen Magda steps up for number 27 in the series, and it's nothing but vibes on this one. Amalgamating shreds of stripped back techno - Marcel Dettmann, DVS1, Samuli Kemppi - together with newer, more underground sounds from some of the most cutting-edge labels around - Marco Bernardi's Sandman project, TTT's Minor Science, XDB and Shackleton - the Minus legend shows why she's still one of the best in the game and a true expert at evolving her aesthetic. A great mix, dig in.