Review: Next up from the Robsoul Essential crew we take in this stunning new selection as they present the sixth edition of Smokers Delight. It's jam packed with goodies across the hip hop scale, from the smooth yet soulful approach of Ladybird & JFilt on 'All I Wanna Say', to the almost breakbeat drumwork of 'Nightlife' from DJ W!ld and choppy rap stylings of 'Players' from El Pres Beats. It's a fantastic compilation, bringing together a tonne of different futuristic styles, glued together by their emotional sound design. There are a couple of instant favourites for us, including the killer minimal disco link up of Phil Weeks, Joss Moog & Around7 on 'What Can I Do?', alongside the boombap inspired drum work and techy phone melodies of 'Warned Bros.' from Homequest. It's a great listen start to finish!
Review: This is the third 'best of' from Phil Weeks' Robsoul in just five months - the label celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2020 - but the quality standard remains high. Featuring several of Weeks' own productions alongside cuts from the likes of DJ W!LD, Jordan Peak and Chris Stussy, the album covers an impressive range of house ground, from filter disco (see, for instance, Weeks/Hector Moralez/Fries & Bridges collab 'Peep Game') to chunky, eyes-down 3am throbbers (Politics Of Dancing's 'Hi Soul') to Weeks & Kid Enigma's retro, electro-tinged 'Love Me Right'. As such, it's a package that warrants investigation by househeads of many persuasions.
Review: French label Politics Of Dancing are back celebrating three years in the business (already!) with great releases by the likes of Lopaski, Carlos Sanchez and Two Diggers of Robsoul fame. There's a great cast on here to celebrate, with legends new school and old alike. Franck Roger's soulful, deep and uplifting "Night To Live", Berlin young gun Nick Beringer's deep swing on "Juicy Lucy", London underground hero James Barnsley's "Play The Game" and Senzala's "Spiral" too: which channels the early noughties tech house vibe of local legends D'julz or David Duriez. And there are many more highlights where they came from. Congrats!