Review: As the title suggests, this epic collection gathers together a bumper selection of remixes of tracks from Damian Lazarus and the Ancient Moons' sophomore set, "Heart of Sky". There's naturally plenty of floor-focused fare throughout, with highlights including Emanual Satie's moody, rumbling revisions of "All I Need To Get High", Butch's shuffling tech-house versions of the same track, Serge Devant's analogue bass-propelled peak-time take of "Feedback Loop" and La Fleur's urgent, faintly foreboding and wonderfully percussive Dub of "Five Moons". There are further high quality "big name" revisions courtesy of Black Coffee, Jamie Jones and Luciano, while Mad Professor's ludicrously heavy dub reggae re-makes of "Feedback Loop" offer intriguing, sofa friendly diversions.
Lovers Eyes (Mohe Pi Ki Najariya) - (7:27) 117 BPM
Inner Core - (1:58) 144 BPM
Message From The Other Side - (4:32) 120 BPM
Trouble At The Seance - (8:36) 120 BPM
We Will Return - (7:05) 123 BPM
Sacred Dance Of The Demon - (5:56) 119 BPM
Eyes Won't Let Me Hide - (4:20) 135 BPM
Create The Age - (3:27) 85 BPM
Tangled Web - (6:27) 120 BPM
Vermillion (Reprise) - (3:37) 143 BPM
Review: Crosstown Rebels boss Damian Lazarus seems to be mellowing with age - or at least getting more artistically adventurous. This follow-up to his 2009 debut, Smoke The Monster Out, was co-produced by Simian Mobile Disco's James Ford in LA. London and Mexico, with the assistance of an impressive cast of musicians from around the world. While rooted in the kind of tactile house and techno most associated with the evergreen hipster, Message From The Other Side is impressively psychedelic, otherworldly and stargazing in outlook. The album's woozy, horizontal appeal is therefore enhanced by Lazarus and Ford's use of Indian instrumentation, African percussion and impeccable keys-work from American jazz pianist Eric Lewis.
Review: Don't worry if you weren't able to get to hear veteran DJ and Bedrock co-founder John Digweed's recent set at Treehouse in Miami's South Beach, because its all here for you to enjoy. There are a whopping 41 tracks included, spread over three mixes and also provided in their individual form including such gems as Agoria's moody synth-drenched reworking of Damian Lazarus' "Vermillion", the fuzzy Fairlight fancy of Solaris Heights's "Nightfall" and Digitaria's Art Of Noise-style electro jam "Little Boy".
Review: Damian Lazarus is usually good at spotting musical trends, then reinterpreting them in his own occasional singles. The globally focused Ancient Moons project, which sees him working alongside Simian Mobile Disco's James Ford and various musicians and vocalists from around the world - is a perfect example. Here, the tech-house-meets-world-music jam "Lovers Eyes (Mohe Pi Ki Majariya)" is remixed by Mendo and Dixon. Both producers make extensive use of the traditional qawwali vocals, with Mendo layering them over a thrusting, Panorama Bar-friendly darkroom rhythm. Dixon, meanwhile, goes deeper still, delivering a chugging, Innervisions style groover that makes great use of the original's traditional Asian percussion.
Review: This is not the first compilation to drop whose sole aim is to raise funds for NHS Chartities Together - R&S Records and Bass Agenda both delivered similarly epic sets - but "Care4Life" may well be the strongest and most diverse. As you'd expect, each one of the 45 tracks is previously unreleased, and the cast list reads like a who's who of dance music culture. Notable highlights include an ultra-deep, saucer-eyed number from Daniel Avery, an unheard rework of the Chemical Brothers' "Catch Me I'm Falling", a superb revision of Harvey's Locussolus project by Kiwi, Matthew Herbert in jazzy broken beat mode, a rare solo outing from Optimo's JD Twitch, a rip-roaring rave workout from Jas Shaw, and thumping peak-time bangers from Dusky, Eats Everything and Patrick Topping.
Review: The boss is back! The legendary UK pioneer and Bedrock head honcho gives us a live set from Canada's second city, complete with crowd noise. Digweed's knack for sniffing out the most cutting edge progressive and tech house grooves is second to none and you can bet that this set is chock block full of narrative, innovative grooves: one journey you'll never forget! Featuring contributions from Germany's Recondite ("Tame"/"Baro"), Glasgow's Sei A ("You Can Bring"), Berlin's Smash TV ("Cascadia"/"God Key") and Los Angeles' Eagles & Butterflies amongst a host of other big names. Also comes as six continuous mixes for your listening pleasure. Enjoy!
Review: One of Ibiza's biggest tickets, Defected throw parties in the same spirit as they release music. With full force and serious knowhow. Here they've curated 40 perfected positioned tacks that don't just represent their vibe, or the spirit of their parties, but also a fitting snapshot of what's going on in house music right now. From Low Steppa to Damian Lazarus, Skream to Claude VonStroke, Josh Butler to The Shapeshifters, the entire tracklist reads (and sounds) like a who's who in house music 2015. Delivered with two mixes and whole host of exclusives, Defected aren't messing around right now.