Review: The legendary 3D DJs aka Darren Emerson, Dave Seaman & Danny Howells return to complete their trilogy of EPs for Seaman's Selador imprint. The third installment of their collaborative album project sees each of them contribute an individual track. It's Howells who kicks things off with the slinky and hypnotic groove of "Shortwave", followed by Emerson who contributes the balmy percussive tech house journey of "Sleeping Bag' featuring subtle balearic undertones. It's boss man Seaman hammering the message home with the powerful, peak time dancefloor drama of "Press 1 For Human". All for one and one for all, three is the magic number.
Review: What a trio: Bedrock head honcho John Digweed with fellow progressive house don (and former Underworld member) Darren Emerson with rising star Nick Muir: who all work their magic on this joint effort entitled "Tracer". This moody and hypnotic cut has all the qualities of a Bedrock hit with just the right amount of adrenaline and suspense within its fine arrangement. The remixes are pretty fine too: the aforementioned Emerson steps in to deliver another rendition with the "Womb mix" and it's surprisingly heavy: taking its cues from heavyweight labels like Klockworks or Figure, would you believe? It's impressive and damn fierce. German tech house hero Ruede Hagelstein steps up to the challenge too and delivers a brooding and atmospheric take that's geared for proper dancefloor drama: Berlin style.
Review: If this compilation is anything to go by, Miami must have become a far more interesting musical place. From the tripped out melodies and humming bassline of Robert Babicz' "Rabbit Clouds", to the dramatic electronic disco pulses of Thodoris Triantafillou & CJ Jeff's "Body Clock", it sounds like the home of the WMC is no longer the preserve of pumped-up, thong-baiting cheesy house. Even the tribal grooves sound more wonky and out there, a progression that's audible on the dubbed out drums and Gregorian monk chant samples of Coyu & Ramiro Loez' "Diferencias". It's also heartening to hear Dave Angel features, and the beautiful synths and tight groove of "Keep It" show that he hasn't lost his magic touch.