Review: Glasgow-based label Avoidant deserves kudos for bringing together some of the most respected names in electro for this compilation. Annie Hall and Versalife represent deeper ends of the spectrum, with Hall's bubbling "Meido Estetico" in particular standing out. Carl Finlow drops a lean, industrial funk workout in the form of "Syncopated Automated", while on the compilation's title track, The Advent teams up with Zein Ferreira on a bleak trip through discordant synths and popping rhythms. Sharing space on the compilation are label regulars like CYRK, who drop the epic melodies and gurgling bass of "Block" and Kronos Device, a project from Bass Junkie / Dexorcist, which sees concrete weight bass drums connected to wild electronic stabs on "Crisis Point".
Review: Following up the well received "Hustler's Anthem", Detroit's Filthiest (previously known as DJ Nasty) returns with his third single of 2018. With over 20 years of releasing music (one of the original producers of the underground sound of ghetto tech) you're in good hands with this Motor City legend who pays homage to artists that have inspired him from the 70's funk era on "Shake Your Booty". A deep down and dirty funk attack that proudly wears the influence of George Clinton and Bootsy Collins on it's sleeve and featuring the vocal talents of local MC/vocalist Will Simpson rocking the mic in true style. A handy instrumental version is also featured for you DJs out there.
Review: The latest Glitterbox compilation is something of an epic, featuring two all action DJ mixes from bossman Simon Dunmore, and 40-odd unmixed, DJ-friendly tracks. Naturally, the emphasis is on celebratory, feel-good workouts, with Dunmore's superb selections taking in classic disco and boogie (Change, Shirley Lites, the Originals), contemporary disco-fired workouts (Purple Disco Machine, BB Boogie's soul-fired "Sweating and Shaking"), cheery disco-house anthems (95 North, Reverendos of Soul) and all-out peak-time house gems (see the contributions from Eli Escobar, KiNK and Dj Chus and the Groove Foundation). Highlights are plentiful throughout, though it's hard to beat Louie Vega's 12-minute rework of Sylvester disco classic "Dance".
Review: House fans will recognise the vocal on this instantly... DJ Nasty (under his Detroit's Filthiest alias) released this rampant, booty blasting electro-tech banger in 2002. Now injected with a new lease of life with Disclosure's new track "Bang That", MCEC have reminded us of the roots with these untouched 13 year old originals. The original is a firing 144 chopper with switches so hard you'll be Googling the nearest fracture clinics while the slower, more stately 125BPM mix wallops with more four-to-the-floor punch thanks to its elephantine bass/kick combs. A cool alternative to what's set to be one of the bigger records of the summer... Don't pass on this.