Review: 2019 was a very successful year for Javi Bora's Too Many Rules imprint, so it makes sense that he would want to celebrate it with an expansive label sampler. There's naturally much to admire across the 25-track set, with Bora wisely choosing only the most impactful peak-time house jams and rugged remixes (see Chus & Ceballos's throbbing revision of Huxley & Bora's "You're Everything" and the vintage Junior Vasquez flex of Groove Armada's revision of Bora's "Smashing Up"). There's more than enough variety to stave off accusations that the label sticks to one groove, though it should be said that a number of the collection's many standout moments sit somewhere between funk-fuelled disco-house, DJ Sneak style "boompty" and good old-fashioned chunky house (for proof, check Junior Sanchez's ace "Hard To Resist").
Review: Snatch! Records sublabel Brock Wild is back, headed up by acclaimed italian producer Riva Starr. The new adventure in the Brock Wild house trilogy is the Hip House EP and like the name suggests it does indeed take its cues from the short lived Chicago house subgenre - for the most part anyway. Featuring music from Niels Feijen & Lunoize with the breaks driven warehouse stomp of "Freak The Funk", Alex Neuret's dusty MPC house jam "FK U Story!" complete with rap vocals (calling to mind The Jungle Brothers) and the absolutely tough rolling main room tech house of "Request" by Classmatic: which absolutely blows the friggin' doors off! Supported by Groove Armada, Annie Mac, Roger Sanchez and Format:B amongst others. This follows up the much lauded 'Brakin' House' EP which came out earlier in 2017 and indeed we look forward to the next part.