Review: Not to be confused with the Irish hardware mangler The Cyclist, Toronto producer Mark Penner continues his mutant disco adventures as Cyclist with a fine release for the emergent Mani/Pedi label. Lead track "Incoming Instructions" is the most derange five minutes of disco we have heard this week with echoes of vintage In Flagranti throughout and a killer shift in tone midway through. Following this, "Meta" feels like Penner is playing it a bit straighter down the path to cosmic jam enlightenment and the B side houses remixes from Brioski and Alexander Robotnick. Of the two it's Brioski that really impresses with a narcotic rework that feels like it's been chewing on sugar cane for days.
Review: Toolroom's Poolside annual returns for 2020 in a big way, welcoming Alex Preston to the Toolroom Family, who has hand picked the finest in house and disco across two continuous mixes, including essential cuts and exclusives from industry veterans and newcomers alike. Highlights comes from Dutch trio Kraak & Smaak who become right disco Stus on "Aftersun", boss man Mark Knight shows us exactly what uplifting house truly sounds like on the massive "If It's Love" featuring Laura Davie & The Melody Men, as does label staple Weiss on the joyous funky house of "You're Sunshine". Elsewhere, Robsoul head honcho Phil Weeks gets loopy on his typically jazzy kind of something called "Good To You" and the mandatory banger comes from legends Green Velvet & Technasia on the funked-up "Suga" while a classic comes in the form of Sterling Void's "It's Alright" (DJ Spen & Reelsoul remix).
Gary Gritness - "Preachina Some Tight Game" (original mix) - (6:35) 120 BPM
Review: UK label Hypercolour has proven to be one of the most dependable outlets of house and techno for over a decade now. Matter of fact, they're so consistent that they can take take any particular segment within the label's history - in this case between 2015 & 2017 - and comfortably show off an extended collection of highlights from their discography. It was a great couple of years of music with Jamie Russell, Alex Jones & Ste Roberts proving their stable of artists were active throughout all of it. Highlights coming from: Space Dimension Controller with his remix of legend Luke Vibert's "Jack U Whole", Vibert again under his Kerrier District alias getting reworked by Bulgarian hardware maverick KiNK on the euphoric "Techno Disco", UK retrovert DMX Krew on the groovy electro-funk jam "Spiritual Encounter" and the inimitable Robag Wruhme working his minimalist magic as always on his rework of The Cyclist's "Pressing Matters".