Review: More surefire, tough-rolling tech house for the main room, courtesy of the ever reliable Leeds-based powerhouse Gruuv once again. This time around they've reeled in Swiss veteran Dachshund, back after last year's Major Shift EP and following up some great tracks this year on Fantastic Friends and Sirion. "Slow Deep Breath" is a fitting title for what is one undeniably mesmerising track. With it's slinky melody, hypnotising pads and minimal beats, it will altogether cast its spell upon you - you can't go wrong with this one. There's more quality to follow that up, whether it's the dubby and glacial afterhours groove of "Alive" that tickles your fancy (quite reminiscent of his mid-'00s work) or the wonderfully exotic polyrhythms of "Meanwhile" could charm you instead - which reaches near tribal moments.
Review: In the past, Eddie Niguel has shared releases with Basic Soul Unit on the Midnight Shift label, but on this occasion, he pairs up with a new partner. Dachshund is the founder of the Clapper imprint and approaches house music from a different perspective. Versed in the same aesthetic as his con-temporaries Quenum and Mountain People, the Swiss producer's "Must Say" is a rolling, hypnotic groove, peppered with a repetitive vocal loop and haunting chord builds. By contrast, Niguel's "Who Made Who" is a more reflective affair, with melancholic synths building against the backdrop of a mid-tempo groove that builds gently and with great subtlety.
Review: On this release London club and institution Fabric helps Terry Francis, Nathan Coles and Eddie Richards' Wiggle brand celebrate its 20th anniversary. It's done so by putting together a 20-track compilation that includes music from Just Be, (aka Bushwacka), Berkson & What, D'Julz and Jay Tripwire. Just because it's minimal in sound doesn't mean it's minimal by nature and this Wiggle For 20 Years compilation presents 74 minutes of grooving rhythms with material from recent Wiggle guests Alex Arnout, Saytek and Dachshund, as well as some fresh cuts from long running Wiggle affiliates like Gideon Jackson.