Review: After celebrating 15 years in the business with a series of explosive parties in 2018, Mark Knight & Co. are taking already taking 2019 head on! Liverpool's Dale Howard is back with his third mighty effort for Toolroom and delivers the same quality you've come to expect from the man, following up efforts on Suara, Elrow and Gruuv. The uplifting and life-affirming main room "Rogue Keys" is sure to be an anthem in the making this year with its massive chords, while that classic NYC vibe of old on second effort "Hands Up" calls to mind the glory days of Strictly Rhythm or King Street of the late '90s. With its jacked diva vocals, Todd Terry-styled stabs and its sense of swing - this one is havin' it!
Review: For the 160th installment of elrow Music's catalogue, the Barcelona-based brand has reined in one of the current heroes of UK dance music Dale Howard, with some top shelf tech house for the main room at peak time. For the Soul EP, Howard delivers three original tracks: from the uplifting and emotive funky house vibe of "Soul" with its infectious disco vocal loops, this is followed up by the adrenalised and bass-driven action of "Off" which features one of the most massive drops you'll hear this year, and ending with the tough banger "Thick" with its massive drums and furious bassline balanced out by some irresistible diva vocal loops. Expect to be hearing these tracks a lot this summer.
Review: Lee Foss' intention is to Repopulate Mars: ambitious as that is, we're pretty sure he'd turn in a good effort to Repopulate Miami this year - with this bunch of tech house heroes. 2018's fun in the sun is soundtracked by the likes of Bristol's Eli Brown on the tough rolling main room groove of "Cartegena", Verona's Federico Ambrosi with the bumpin' bass driven funk attack "Egypt" and rising UK star Dale Howard (Elrow/Toolroom) with his jacking and adrenalised dancefloor drama as heard on "Naughty Organ". Elsewhere, Malaga's Javi Lopez turns in a fine effort following up releases on top labels like and VIVa Music on the grinding pre-peak time people mover "Vibes Up".
Review: With the likes of Loco Dice, Ryan Crosson and many other tech house dons playing his music, Dale Howard is on a steep rise to the top of the game. His latest EP for Audiojack's Gruuv label is a three-track stomper backed with an effective, floor-ready remix by the Big Apple's MANIK. "Damaged", "Right On Time" and "Break" are all equally thumping house tracks with a swinging batch of percussion to boot. MANIK's remix of the title track is pure class, too - heavy, shuffling party noise.
Review: After previously impressing with the excellent Throwback EP on Local Talk, Dale Howard brings his brand of energetic old skool revivalism to Mo. "Chancer" itself is a formidably sweaty concoction, all booming kicks, snappy snares, relentless cymbals, wonky vocal samples and eye-popping stabs. Compared to his previous work, it's impressively raw - an excellent example of the sheer power of a few simple elements, arranged perfectly. The slightly deeper "Never Know" features similarly garage-influenced drums, alongside a delicious analogue bassline and some warm but subdued chords. It sounds a bit like DJ Duke on downers, if that makes any sense. Either way, it sounds good.