Review: If you're after a near faultless selection of peak-time ready house and disco jams, this special Amsterdam Dance Event compilation from Yam Who's Black Riot could just be the ticket. There's a good mixture of fresh floor-fillers - see the sample-heavy, boompty style Chicago house pulse of The Phantom Revenge's "Workout Music", Phonik D's piano-laden disco-house romp "Talking Vintage" and the smooth, life-affirming deep house warmth of Thatmanmonkz's hazy revision of Amp Fiddler's "Your Love Is All I Need" - and recent revisions of classic cuts. In this category you've find a superb Hi-Fi Sean revision of Psychotropic's rave-era anthem "Hypnotic", a sparkling Kiko Navarro re-make of Kenny "Jammin" Jason's "Can U Dance 2015" and a wonderful, filter-sporting disco-house take on CN Williams "Mr Bump Man" by Yam Who and Jaegerossa.
Review: Big Freaks Audio have landed with a mission statement this week by concocting a compilation which showcases some of the best talent in their orbit, featuring Two Minds, Monotype and more. It's a six-track EP that's rooted in dark, techy tones and it fits in nicely with the abundance of tracks in this style at the moment, showing the label has its finger on the pulse of the scene. 'Danger' is courtesy of Two Minds and Monotype and it rests on a groove-filled, steppy percussive line that's built up around a wobbling low frequency vibe. It's the highlight of the EP for sure, but the others are also top-notch bits.
Review: St Petersburg duo Two Mind hit album status with this all-angles debut LP. Punching a short, sweet nine tracks, across the set we're treated to the full Russian rolling spread. Jump up lovers should head for "Do You Believe In Ghosts" and the ridiculous "OMG", roller warriors will lap up "The Evil", "Something Evil" groaner fans need to wrap their head around the title track "Deeply" and "Haunting" and everyone needs to get busy to the sub slapping "Sound Killa". Deeply, truly, madly...
Review: Two Mind crash back into our lives with another full-fire VA collection on their own Big Freaks imprint. All-out, balls-out business once again, every track hammers home some serious messages: "Heavy Weight" lives up to its name with savage jungle strength, "Champion" nods towards the old Bingo-era with its bubbling bass riff, "Trying To Kill" is a stone cold necksnapper with its chiselled two-step and poisonous sub bass while "I Don't Believe In Ghosts" jumps and wriggles like an old Formation stepper. Moscow mandem Cluster Bones makes the final play with two epic damagers - the spooky groans of "Close Quarters" and the screaming high voltage bass of "Slaughter Final". Big bad and freaky, Two Mind are crushing us right now!