Review: Motor City Drum Ensemble man Danilo Plessow believes that this split 12", first released on Manchester's Rainy City Music 20 years ago, is one of the finest deep house records ever to emerge from the UK (he's not alone, either - Theo Parrish and Jeremy Underground are also fans). For this official reissue, all three tracks have been re-mastered from the original DAT tapes. City People's ten-minute "It's All In The Groove", where delay-laden percussion hits and sparkling, Si Brad style synth flashes ride a deliciously deep, disco-house groove, kicks things off in fine style. The other two tracks are solo efforts from City People man Irfan Hussain; both "A Lil Tribute To The Moody Black Keys" and "Jus' Nite Groovin" sound like classic Chez Damier productions.
Review: As ever with Joe Nice's now legendary dubstep imprint of Gourmet Beats, we are served up a delicious helping of dub inspired goodness as they bring through the futuristic sounds of City1. We start off this project with some carnival inspired experimental vibrancy as the hard hitting clap rhythms and grumbling sub tones 'Haribu' arrive, perfect for sending a dance into pandemonium. The dub vibes are back in full force on 'Joka Riddim' which brings together vibrant brass sections and progressive chords structures perfectly. The title track 'Tribal Connection' rolls into view next, stuffed to the brim with rolling percussion and rampant energy, which is followed by the more subtle arrangement of 'Siri Dub', topping an impressive body of work.
Review: We are back inside the Trusik Recordings camp with this one as they bring forward the rapidly rising sounds of City1 to the fray, who arrives with a bag of serious dubstep heat. We kick off with a look at 'Bega', a Terminator style shack-out, driven by pulsating, gabba-esc bass stabs, slowly establishing more typical dubstep rhythms and sounds. The title track 'Buluu' follows in a more stripped back nature, focussing more on expressive sub patterns and vibrant, colourful atmospherics, before we dive into the final track 'Cosmic Chant'. This one is a super spooky creation, driven by tingling synthy melodies and haunted sub pressure below, putting the finishing touches on a very well produced body of work.
Review: Few DJs have more experience of providing the soundtrack to Balearic sunsets than Chris Coco and Pete Gooding. It's perhaps fitting, then, that they've compiled and mixed this second installment of the Gecko Beach Club (based on Formentera, Ibiza's little brother) mix series. This bulging digital package contains a mix from each (Coco's is defiantly hazy and downtempo, Gooding's packed full of tactile deep house), plus their selections in unmixed form. There are some real gems to be found, from the sun-kissed simplicity of Seu Jorge and Almaz's unfussy cover of "Everybody Loves the Sunshine", and Blackbelt Andersen's spine-tingling "Mann Pa Mars", to the wide-eyed Balearic house goodness of Gooding's own "Malibu", and the bassy strut of Waifs & Strays' "Remedy".
DMVU & Deep Dark & Dangerous - "Dem Fi Kno" - (4:13) 140 BPM
CITY1 & Deep Dark & Dangeorus - "Pomboo" - (4:36) 105 BPM
Ternion Sound & Deep Dark & Dangeorus - "Funky Shit" - (4:34) 140 BPM
LOST & Deep Dark & Dangerous - "Hexagon" - (5:06) 140 BPM
Dank Frank & Deep Dark & Dangeorus - "Great Wall" - (2:57) 67 BPM
DayZero & Deep Dark & Dangeorus - "Submarine" - (4:36) 140 BPM
Computerbeats & Deep Dark & Dangeorus - "Arc" - (3:39) 140 BPM
SubDocta & Deep Dark & Dangerous - "The Spirit" - (4:14) 140 BPM
Review: Part three is upon us as Deep Dark & Dangerous unveil the final piece of the puzzle in their latest release line with 'Dangerous', showcasing the most rawcus sounds on their roster. The line up for this one is sublime, with heavyweight names such as CITY1, Ternion Sound, Lost, Dank Frank, DayZero and SubDocta all being drafted in to showcase their unique skill sets. The project as a whole bleeds creativity and musical innovation, with particular points of interest coming in DMVU's incredibly swampy 'Dem Fi Kno' original, which unleashes a wash of pungent synthesizer sweeps and impactful percussive inputs, alongside the unpredictable electronic brilliance of 'Arc' from Computerbeats. This compilation series has been truly magnificent to take in and is a real testament to the DD&D commitment to pushing dubstep forward.