Review: When Eskimo Recordings approached Bill Brewster with the idea of putting together a compilation exploring his epic record collection, the acclaimed journalist and DJ decided to take a widescreen approach. While the CD and vinyl versions are split into multiple, themed editions ("Post-Punk", "Balearic" and "House"), this vast, 41-track digital edition gathers everything together in one place. Predictably, it's a hugely impressive and eye-opening set, with Brewster serving up largely obscure or long-forgotten cuts that range in scope from trippy, dubbed-out post-punk disco, jaunty jazz-funk, synth-heavy boogie and heavily percussive Afro-disco grooves, to saucer-eyed European synth-pop, the dub techno of Maurizio, Swag's early UK tech-house and the East Midlands deep house bump of Charles Webster's "A Love From San Francisco" project. In other words, it's a cracker from start to finish.
He Not In (Eats Everything's Chicken Tits Rewix) - (7:21) 124 BPM
He Not In (Groove Armada's dub Reconstruction) - (7:39) 126 BPM
He Not In (Noir's Personal edit) - (6:44) 126 BPM
He Not In (Mutiny's Real Life mix) - (6:34) 127 BPM
He Not In (Stanton Warriors She Not In edit) - (6:56) 130 BPM
He Not In (Straight Down La Brea remix) - (6:45) 126 BPM
Review: Although it's widely believed that electro-house evolved out of the electroclash phenomenon of the early Noughties, the truth is that the blueprint had already been established with the release of Chicken Lips' masterpiece "He Not In" back in 2000. The impact of this record by the rebranded pop-rave act, Bizarre inc, cannot be underestimated - with its 4/4 disco clap and melodic electro bassline, it influenced so many producers over the years. Many of who return the favour here with a host of remixes. Highlights include Groove Armada's hypnotic 'Dub Reconstruction" and Noir's "Personal Edit" (a staple of his live sets for years).
Review: Doorly steps up to compile Souther Fried's fourth instalment of the Southern Fried & Tested series. There's over forty-five tracks on here so it should keep you moving and warm for the entire duration of the summer, not to mention Doorly's ingenious mixing and mash-up style. The compilation also spans many different sub-genres of house, from booty, electro, tech and more dancehall-inspired tunes, creating one hell of a party and one beauty of an addition to Southern Fried's catalogue! Check the "Big Booya" acappella!
Review: Andy Meecham and Dean Meredith's Chicken Lips project seems to be one of the most enduring production partnerships in recent times. The classic bassline of their seminal "He Not In" was recently the subject of major label excavation by Defected, whilst the duo's talent for new original material has found itself a home on Southern Fried. Having debuted on the South Coast operation last year with the appropriately titled D.R.O.M.P. EP, Chicken Lips make a worthy return here on All That You Do which comes backed with some stellar remixes. The original finds Chicken Lips in full out disco form, bouncing all manner of analogue tweaks and a soaring vocal from Charmaine Baines off the rubbery groove. Both Meecham and Meredith also contribute remixes under their respective Emperor Machine and The Rhythm Oddysey aliases and its hard to choose a winner between their remixes and the accompanying effort from Joe Goddard.
Crookers - "That Laughing Track" (feat Style Of Eye & Carli - Sona Vabos remix) - (5:53) 122 BPM
Review: This collection highlights the many different approaches that Vabos applies to remixing. On one hand there's the bass-heavy, forceful techno of the remix of The Black Ghost's "Forgetfulness", while at the other end of the spectrum, Sona Vabos adds some spaced out, dubby beats to The Mighty Dub Katz classic "Magic Carpet Ride" and adds house suss to the 2 Bears' tongue in cheek pop ditty "Work". In between these polar opposites, there's the scary vocals, dank acid licks and belching bass of the rework of Chicken Lips' "Dromp" and the pulsing 303s and eerie synths on the reshape of His Majesty Andre's "Hymn".
Review: Following a brief diversion to allow for the release of Dean Mereditch solo project Rhythm Odyssey, Stafford's most productive duo are reunited for a new single. It's perhaps a little looser than their greatest work, combining that familiar low-end throb with fuzzy vocals, maudlin pianos and scratchy guitars. While solid, it's the accompanying remixes that offer more thrills. The real killer comes from Brummie nu-Balaeric types The Main Steam, whose Country Fishing Trip version is a delightfully dubbed-out excursion that sounds like early Fleetwood Mac after a trip down the Paradise Garage. Leo Zero excels, too, offering up a version that neatly draws out the original's hidden disco chops.