Review: Dehousy is sometimes described as a house producer, but this categorisation is only true in the broadest sense. As "Break", one of the tracks on his new release demonstrates, the French DJ takes a broad, free-wheeling approach to dance music. The result is an irresistibly funky, drum-heavy workout that takes in hypnotic chants, gut-busting bass and centres on a stepping rhythm. "Stage 2" is similarly vivid, with Dehousy throwing Middle Eastern chants and organic percussion into an arrangement that veers from stepping into 4/4s. Rounding off this fine release is Addison Groove's frenetic take on the title track.
Review: Dehousy has only a few releases to his / her credit, but as Ritual displays, despite its irregular appearance, this project is always worthy of attention. The title track is an intoxicating house groove that revolves around tough tribal drums, warrior chants and wild shrieks, while on "No Rules", there is a similarly funky approach. Rolling drums, percussive drops and more deranged samples abound. "Gates" also mines an Afro path as an insistent groove and somewhat menacing chants take centre stage, while on the Farsight version of "Ritual", the mood swings towards garage as the chants rise a pulsing, stepping bass.
Review: The (Re)Sources label is still relatively young in terms of releases and artists, but they've already instilled a sense of reliability from our viewpoint, particularly for the diversity AND quality of their output, whether that be house, techno, or straight-up bass. This is their first compilation yet, an eight-track spew of all sorts of forward-thinking beats named Club Hexagon Vol.1. Chaams' opener is a twisted pile of bass and morphing samples, and other stand-outs include the techno-minded "Diamonds Foot" by Sheas Drunk, Tommy Kid's gunshot ride "Shanghai", and the moody, deep bass weight of "Bloom Doom" by John Vitesse. Hold tight for the second chapter!