Review: It's endemic of electronic music's globalised nature that Israeli producer Shlomi Aber and Chicago veteran DJ Sneak are working together. What's even more notable is the fact that Aber's take on "After Touch" is more Berlin than Tel Aviv. In fact, if you were to close your eyes while playing this at a high volume, it would be easy to imagine it emanating from the Ostgut / Berghain stable, as firing, snappy percussion and dense drums underscore an insistent, surging bass. On the other hand, Sneak's version disproves the globalised theory; while it too has a driving feeling, he can't resist peppering the arrangement with disco filters. Some things are just mean to stay local.
Review: It's been a full six years since we last had a new long-player from Messrs Buxton and Ratcliffe, so for now, fans of the duo will have to content themselves with this collection of remixes (mostly by the Jaxx themselves) of classic tracks. Featuring a handful of unreleased mixes as well as passes culled from the original 12-inches and EPs, the emphasis generally is on tough, drummy reworks but the collection's most interesting moments are those where the pair flex their musical wings a little more - see the Jaxx Do Your Swing Dub of 'Do Your Thing' or with wonked-out, soundtrack-y Instrumental Mix of 'Close To You'.
Review: When not dividing his time between L.A., Berlin and London, Jesse Rose can be found helming the quality-orientated house label, Play It Down. The lastest in the Labelmates series, Untouchable Funk EP sees Canada's Demuir and the mighty DJ Sneak thrash it out over three distinct jams. First up, "Music's Underground" is loopy seven-minute pounder that just fizzles with machine gun snares and choppy rhythms. Elsewhere "Open Minds" is a camp funky house slammer that lends a nod to 80s classic White Horse. Lastly the title track features dreamy 70s samples, rolling garage beats and sunkissed chimes abound.
Review: No matter what you make of DJ Sneak's online persona, there is no doubt that his music cuts an idiosyncratic shape. Inspired by disco, hip-hop and a big bag of green, the Chicago producer's cut-up tracks are far superior to the vast swathes of faux deep house. Maybe that's why he's so grumpy on Twitter. In any event, this reissue shows just how skillful he is; over tough tribal beats and rolling groove he drops infectious disco loops. Sneak's own remix turns up the heat with incessant vocal samples added to the mix, while deep house veteran Chris Simmonds delivers a jazzy version whose loose drums will keep the dance floor bumping.
Review: Not much has changed in DJ Sneak's inimitable world since he emerged in the mid-90s. He still has a love of sampling catchy piano solos - audible on "Evil Women" - and as most of the tracks on Necessary Evils demonstrate, he does filtered disco house better than anyone else. However, this release for Loco Dice's label also signals that a number of changes are afoot. Apart from the decidedly un-PC track titles - "Beat Some Sense Into You", anyone? - Sneak's production sounds smoother and slicker. The drums and pulsing bass on "Women" are devoid of the rawness that characterised his 90s releases, while "Assault on You" heralds a new-found fascination with techno, as dark chords are combined with an evil rave horn.
Review: Taking a break from his regular beef with various EDMsters and techno hipsters, Sneak returns to the studio to do what he does best; slap seventy shades of sonic shizzle out of his studio. Here are four class examples; "House That Jack Built" is a bone-shaking homage to every house record to ever come out of the US, "Definition Movement" is a Yazoo sampling behemoth, "Micronolito" is jacking groove that winks with Latino spirit while "You're Welcome" brings us to a percussive climax that's closer, at points, to techno than it is house. Explosive!
Review: Following up a great release by renowned actor Idris Elba, Doorly's Reptile Dysfunction (easily contender for the year's best label name!) now bring you more cheeky house shenanigans by the legendary Carlos Souza aka DJ Sneak. The Windy City Don now dwells in Toronto, but his roots will always be heard in his signature sound. He teams up with Russian wunderkind Tripmastaz (Plant 74/Dance Mafia - Chelyabinsk) for the second time in 2017, following up a great EP for Ovum. "Booty Ho" is a cheeky 'percolator' style jack, calling to mind the classic Chicago hard house sounds of the mid '90s - popularised by Relief Records and DJ Rush. There's something more familiar of Souza next up on the boompty disco loops of "Sneak Attacks" and equally so on the smoothly hypnotic edit of "Beat Phreakin" by Tripmastaz himself. These guys are such 'House Gangstas' - what more can we say!
Review: Chicago's unofficial house king, DJ Sneak, drops some of his signature swing and turns a cloudy and wet Thursday morning into a mini beach rave here at our HQ. The original "Body Talkin'" is absolutely classic Sneak doing what he does best...dusty drums rolling left, right and centre surrounded by melodic samples and vocal shots. There's a fine selection of remixers here too, with Sneak himself delivering a more Ghetto number on his "Gangster Mix", while DJ Mes goes for a funkier French house sound. Bluntz & Roaches smoke the place out by adding a back layer of delay and reverb, but Arturo Garces quickly sobers the groove back up into a bumpy roller-coaster for peak time play. Strong.
Review: Although DJ Sneak considers Tribal Sexy to be one of his classics, it seems to have gone unreleased until he decided to commission this set of remixes in 2011. In truth, the original could have been penned at any time during his long career, and offers a near 11-minute romp in his trademark style - all thumping drums, cut-up horn samples, tweaked filters and heavyweight bass. Sneak's own remix is typically thunderous and, if anything, even more in-your-face. Elsewhere, Hector Romero goes hard and bumpin', Chris Carrier delivers a Nuyorican Soul style, Latin-tinged shuffler, and Arturo Graces provides two contrasting versions; one focusing on surging disco-house (the 408 Mix), and a deeper interpretation (the Zone Mix).
Review: Rewind to 1997 and Sneak was already shin-deep into what's become a long and occasionally controversial career. More Detroit than Chicago, the original is a loopy, cyclical slammer that bangs harder than a complex equation. Revisited by Sneak himself, his remix softens the blow slightly with more of a bass swing. Elsewhere DJ W!ld dips low into jacking house territory, Shlomi Aber flips the deep dub techno switch, Tripmastaz add a jazzier twist while processing the vocals with trippy effect and Unabombers get their extended Balearic chug on with a heavily percussive sun-kissed version. Originally released in 2011, this still sounds great four years later (or 18 years later in the case of the original).