Review: London born, Ibiza dwelling DJ Ben Hoo takes up the reins for Get Physical's annual Ibiza compilation, featuring the rising stars/hit predictions for the tech house sound in summer 2018. Hoo has been a staple of the Berlin based institution in recent years, so they couldn't have found a better mascot for the label at present. His mix serves up 15 killer tracks, all available individually for your convenience. Highlights include his remix of System Of Survival 's "Kutting" (feat Vhelade) which delves deep into the exotic, the rhythmic grooviness of Spain's Clara Brea on "707Minor7" and NG Trax head honcho Nima Gorji - who appears twice with his trademark rolling/tribal tech-house of "Look Back" and "Delusion" respectively.
Review: Dark Alleys is Carl Cox's first EP in a number of years, but it's been worth the wait. Proving that he remains the 'people's DJ', Coxy's own take on the title track is an unforgettable techno-house hybrid, its muscular bass supporting a funky techno rhythm and uplifting rave stabs. As befits a DJ of Cox's status, this version is full of deft filters and drops, making it prime dance floor material. Saved boss Nic Fanciulli turns the track into a gritty, acid-soaked affair with his reshape, with the building siren sound only adding to the sense of drama as it reaches a huge crescendo. Circus has also tapped Deetron for a rework, with the Swiss DJ's grungy bass and rave break downs also sure to illicit a massive reaction.
Review: First released as a single from Cox's 'Phuture 2000' album in 1999, this fat 'n' funky houser from the big man is back for its 20th anniversary with new mixes from Snatch! Records boss Riva Starr. The Riva Starr Remix tones down the original's sax line and uses a lot less of the female vocal, ending up instead as an eyes-down, rolling affair with something of a filter disco feel, while the Riva Starr Mo' Funk Mix goes straight for the disco jugular with tuffer drums and stabs straight out of the Wild Pitch playbook.
Review: Following on from last year's Inferno collaboration, Filth On Acid owner Reinier Zonneveld again teams up with Christopher Coe and Carl Cox. On the 'Filth' version of the title track, an ominous bass rolls in, accompanied by acid spirals that build powerfully before a vocal sample announces, 'this is our moment, our time'. The 'Pure' version is less visceral, and is realised against the backdrop of atmospheric synths and lithe break beats. The 'Awesome' version sees the trio head back to the dance floor; after a reflective intro, the synths give way to a pummelling rhythm track and surging chord builds. This release certainly lives up to the claim that its title makes.
Review: Yousef's Circus Recordings welcomes the pulsing majesty of "Time For House Music", the Carl Cox masterpiece du jour. Pumping out bass and continuing the hedonistic Ibiza vibes late into the night, there's no doubt that right now, there's not a hotter tune to be closing your Balearic beach party down to. With a minimal remix from Davide Squallace that takes it down to another level of squalid glamour and debauchery and a hard-edged re-suturing from David Glass, there's more than enough here to recreate the perfect night.
HECTOR - "Sound Of BPM Festival" (continuous DJ mix) - (1:22:44) 124 BPM
Review: Mexican producer Hector has sure come a long way. From his humble beginnings in London's underground scene, working the counter of London's infamous Phonica record store and becoming a regular at popular London haunts of the time like fabric and T Bar (R.I.P.) he has gone on to international stardom, playing the word circuit and launching his Vatos Locos imprint: the very label which launches this compilation and credited to the highly popular Playa del Carmen festival that he has since become a regular guest at. Highlights on here (and there's many!) not limited to: the hi-tech soul sounds of Carl Craig with his classic "Sandstorms" or Martin Buttrich with his classic from 10 years ago "Full Clip". More recent classics such as Loco Dice's remix of Carl Cox's "Family Guy" and Nicole Moudaber & Skin (of Skunk Anansie) with their explosive "You Like This" getting a rolling rendition courtesy of Paco Osuna. The VL Recordings head honcho appears also, with a bunch of new exclusives: the best being his track "L.A. Kr3w" getting a makeover by Detroit boss man Stacey Pullen.
Review: Stuttgart's Ninetoes released his hit "Finder" back in 2013 on Kling Klong. With its sample of Ralph MacDonald's "The Path", this funked-up afro house jam gets some commemorative reworks by some top stars. The mighty Carl Cox steps up to the challenge first for a rare remix - and indeed the don of dance music does not fail to deliver the goods. His moody and atmospheric rework is purposely engineered for main room dancefloor drama. Next up is former m_nus affiliate and now Rukus main man Matador; the Irishman delivers a groovy, acid inflected tech house rendition which isn't as dark as some of his more recent efforts - it's even refreshing.
Review: Kissdafunk is one of the legendary house music nights born out of the North of the UK (formed by Glyn Tolley and DJ Rob Tissera), which over the years helped carve the scene and pave the way for an unprecedented amount of DJs and producers. It makes perfect sense then for them to start a compilation series reflecting the past whilst looking ahead to the future, and an exciting one it is too. Here we have just shy of 40 full length tracks, for a mere L8.99 and packed full of dance-floor dynamite, with; Will Gold, My Digital Enemy, Carl Cox, The Squatters, Paul Morrell, and Kryder being just a handful of the talent on offer... Get stuck right in!!
Review: This compilation to celebrate Miami 2014 features 67 tracks in total, each one resonating with forward-thinking creativity and contemporary commercial dancefloor charm. There are millions of highlights but be sure to check out the slamming stomps and vocal edits on "Unspoiled Perfection", Angello, Matisse & Sadko's cathedral-level synth anthem "SLVR" and the mad-jack fusion of Nile Rodgers and Eats Everything "Do What You Wanna Do". These are just three of many - CR2 have raised the bar ridiculously high right here.
Review: It's about that time again: bring on the summer season on The White Isle for 2019 where top British label Cr2 is guaranteed to bring the vibe on this year's Ibiza Opening Party various artists compilation. Featuring a whopping 28 tracks, the highlights are not limited to: the legendary Carl Cox on "I Want You" getting on a tough bounce courtesy of Josh Butler's remix, the unstoppable Camelphat doing their 2017 Re-Fix of DJ Wady & Patrick M's "Hulk", though to functional and peak time tackle like Green Velvet & Junior Sanchez' "Heavy Mental" (Mihalis Safras remix), DJ Jeroenski's "Back Once Again" (Max Chapman remix) and timeless feel good classics revisited on The Face Vs Mark Brown's "Needin' U" (Dimitri From Paris remix) and Adesse Versions cover of New Order's "Blue Monday" (extended mix).