Review: Parisian producer Clyde P and Las Vegas's Mighty Mi (Milo Berger) join forces on this quality tech-house EP for Hannah Wants' Etiquette label. There are two tracks on offer: the titular 'Finer Things' is a joint effort with a looped rap vocal that nudges it towards hip-house/G-house territory, underpinning said vocal with a constant surging bass pulse and no-nonsense (but slightly wonked-out) drums, while 'From Mars', a Clyde P solo outing, operates in pretty similar territory musically but, with its soulful male and female vocal snips, will play better on straight-up house floors.
Review: As you'd expect, there's plenty of dancefloor heat to be found on this sixth volume in Mother Recordings' ongoing Mother Is Best series. Check, for example, the booming, bass-heavy, bongo-laden carnival-house thrust of Cozzy D's slamming opener, "Jungle Bells", the fizzing New York freestyle stabs and funky house bounce of Bohemien and Raf Parola's "Crash Love" and the preacher vocals-over-colossal sub-bass flex of Clyde P's "Bob Likes House"; all three sound like sweaty, peak-time anthems in the making. There's plenty to enjoy elsewhere, too, not least the (sampled) screaming diva vocals, grandiose builds and even bigger drops of Claus Casper and Freiboitar's rubbery, disco-fuelled "Feel You".
Review: Each year 'This Is Toolroom' sets the tone for the British powerhouse's musical plans. Presented by London veteran (and Soul Purpose main man) Martin Ikin, this is an essential compilation to kick off a new decade, where you will discover essential cuts from label staples and newcomers alike across these 20 tracks - that cover the musical spectrum that Toolroom dubs its own. Highlights are not limited to: label boss Mark Knight kicking things off with the sultry and tribal vocal house anthem "Mona Lisa", the man himself Ikin contributing the funky house bomb "I'll Be" featuring Malika, Windy city legend Gene Farris bangs the party with the absolutely electric "Back In The Day" as well as the hosts of the label's last compilation Sllash & Doppe and Mendo, who serve up some seriously good vibes on "Back To The House" and "Give It To Me" respectively. As always, it comes with a continuous mix that's blended to perfection by Ikin.