Review: Roll out the red carpet as bouncing UK duo Camelphat arrive on Moon Harbour with vocals from Cari Golden. "Freak" sees the pair, still hot from collaborations with Riva Starr and other records on Circus Recordings, turn in an industrial tinged vocal single preaching all matter of seduction and sin to the self-isolating dancers out there. Bossman himself Matthias Tanzmann beefs up the original in a bassline driven, tribal house context with edited vocals for the best of fever dreams! To the club!
Review: Lee Burridge's elusive new label Tale + Tone has impressed us with its smooth grooves of late that came courtesy of equally mysterious producers such as Newman, Lost Desert and Cornucopia. However, Berlin legend Daso finally presented as someone a little bit more familiar - even if it had been a while since we last heard from him! Now they have called in Los Angeleno duo Dance Spirit, who combine Reagan's formal music and computer programming training with Chris's burning passion for dance music and DJing to create a duo of true synergy. They've had a strong run of releases recently, on tastemaker labels such as Superfreq, Supernature and Sol Selectas: so go figure! "Wash Me Clean" (original version) has all the hallmarks of parent label All Day I Dream: slow burning syncopated rhythms, ethereal pads, lush orchestral arrangements and in this case - some life affirming female vocals for good measure.
Review: This EP from the previously little known Habischman is jam-packed, so we'll leave the niceties and crack straight on. The title track is a curious concoction, all space pop synths, folksy vocals and vintage synth-pop chug. It might not grab you on the first listen, but give it a few spins and you'll soon be hooked (even if the vocal sounds like it's not been produced properly). Bonus cut "Closer" offers a more straight-up nu-disco flex with deep house nous, guaranteeing floor-filling capabilities. There's a bulging remix package, too, with Martin Dawson's bleep-heavy atmospheric deep house rub and Douglas Greed's bleep techno-goes-pop excursion most impressing.
Review: It's a trans-continental collaboration as Finland's Kiki and Israel's Chaim question the effects of love. Ably assisted by vocalist Cari Golden, the duo return to the early 90s for influence with a pumping house groove, replete with old school keys and hardcore-evocative bells underpinning Golden's observation that 'love don't pay the rent'. Such existential considerations are put aside on "Clap II Thizz", a rolling groove littered with urgent, squealing saxophones and stuttering vocal snippets. But the remixes do revisit the theme: Chaim's version offers an esoteric feeling with the vocals sounding ghostly and detached, while Kiki's take is more ominous as building chords support Golden's contention that "we ain't got no flame".
Review: By now, we should all know what to expect from Toolroom's "Poolside Ibiza" compilation strand, namely groovy nu-disco, house and laidback Balearic beats inspired by afternoons spent lounging by the water in stonking White Isle heat. Naturally, there are plenty of gems to be found amongst the 40 unmixed tunes selected by chosen DJs Moullinex and Xinobi, from their own collaborative post-punk/dub number "X Marks The Spot", to the slick '80s synth-pop dreaminess of Tensnake's fine remix of Xinobi's "Far Away Place" and the drowsy, Morricone-influenced soundscape weirdness of Simple Symmetry's remix of Moscoman's "I Ran". Throw in some seriously good cuts from Felipe Gordon, Donald Dust, Pin Up Club and Meera (whose carnival-ready boogie jam "Fine Without You" stands out), and you have a fine collection of summery cuts.
Tocadisco & DJ Roland Clark - "Wolves" - (6:26) 125 BPM
Circularity - (1:21) 107 BPM
Tocadisco & David King - "Feel" - (5:23) 123 BPM
Collywobbles - (6:03) 124 BPM
One More Track - (5:58) 124 BPM
Tocadisco & DJ Roland Clark - "Deep Inside" - (6:43) 124 BPM
Meant To Be - (3:05) 123 BPM
Have Mercy - (6:12) 124 BPM
Tocadisco & Cari Golden - "Smoke And Mirrors" - (5:46) 126 BPM
Basslein - (5:12) 123 BPM
Bamalam - (3:07) 106 BPM
That Body (Koen Groeneveld remix) - (6:44) 126 BPM
Review: German producer Tocadisco is currently celebrating his 20th year in the music biz. He has notched up 1000 remixes, seen his name on millions of record sales and has played all over the world. Despite all this though, he has only released three albums to date. Now he's back with LP number four and it features 12 brand new originals to check out. Highlights include the moody bass lines and clattering percussion of the low-slung "Wolves" (featuring DJ Roland Clark), the sinuous muscle of the deep and proggy "Collywobbles" and the peak time acid meltdown "One More Track".