Review: San Francisco's Ardalan Noghre-Kar serves up this year's eagerly awaited annual Dirtybird Campout compilation, which is now into its third edition. Happening in the beautifully idyllic surrounds of Bradley in Monterey County on October 6th - 8th, 2017: get your camping supplies packed as they gear up for the Great Outdoors with a proper soundtrack. Von Stroke & Co. reached deep into the Dirtybird vaults for a 'super sized' version of this year's mix. Featuring 15 tracks from featured artists you will see perform live at the event, including many past Dirtybird favorites. They also added two special bonus tracks: the previously unreleased remix of head honcho Claude VonStroke's "Barrump" and his collaboration with the recently retired veteran Jesse Rose "Bare Mountain", which was originally released on Rose's A-Sided label back in 2015.
Review: Like their first official mix CD for Get Physical back in 2012, Catz 'N Dogz latest mix on Watergate - Watergate 22- sees the pair drop classic house music from DJ Garth, Mystic Bill and Todd Terry. But as this second sampler shows, it also sees them deliver their own interpretation of these sounds. "Blakkat", their collaboration with Yotam Avni, is a killer chord-heavy serving of 90s tech house, while on "Afterglow", the Polish duo delivers a tough tribal workout. The mood changes on "To Ma People", their collaboration with Reno Wurzbacher, where deep Detroit chords are mixed with a soulful vocal to create a truly memorable deep house sound.,
Review: Doorly steps up to compile Souther Fried's fourth instalment of the Southern Fried & Tested series. There's over forty-five tracks on here so it should keep you moving and warm for the entire duration of the summer, not to mention Doorly's ingenious mixing and mash-up style. The compilation also spans many different sub-genres of house, from booty, electro, tech and more dancehall-inspired tunes, creating one hell of a party and one beauty of an addition to Southern Fried's catalogue! Check the "Big Booya" acappella!
Review: The unstoppable rise of Eats Everything continues, and Southern Fried have had the good sense to re-release some of his earliest cuts. While dating back nearly two years, they still ride roughshod with the trademark trippy, jacked-up sound that sealed him a place at the top of the Dirtybird table. The main highlight is the cheeky remix of Man Like Me but if you missed out on any of these subversive bass-bitten house grooves last time round, now's the time to grab them.
Review: House colossus Eats Everything returns to action following a 10-month hiatus, in which his most recent singles, Green Velvet hook-up 'The Duster' and the accurately titled 'Big Discs', became dancefloor anthems. This first appearance on his Edible imprint is likely to be just as successful. "Rita's E" is a throbbing, warehouse-friendly treat, with cut-up, manipulated vocal samples and warped electronics riding an acid bass-propelled 4/4 groove. In contrast, "Veronica's Electronica" layers stylish, spoken vocals atop the kind of heavyweight house rhythm that would once have emerged from the studios of DJ Sneak and, yes, Green Velvet. It's a simple, no-nonsense kind of cut, but one that will sound immense over a sizeable sound system.
Review: Bristolian tech house hero Eats Everything takes time out from his ever reliable Edible label to serve up this tasty treat for Desolat. These are three massive tracks that really portray the giant personality of the man behind them. He stated that a series of happy accidents resulted in the first track ''Lickal Rolla". A track full of old school rave energy, he knew immediately that it was a tune that would fit on Loco Dice's label. 'It's really nice when you make something that a label you really respect is into" he has said. This is followed by the bouncy big room acid funk of "LLR" and the deep druggy afterhours shenanigans of "Smartypants" which welcomes back the signature squelch of his trusty 303.
Review: Eats Everything arrives on Futureboogie Recordings and, clearly, it's all going off. "Tone Music" is a slice of majestically wasted raw house that centres around a beguiling sci-fi synth riff, plinky plonk noises and the tormented warbles of a mad man. Oh, and a snare, a ridiculously massive snare. "Lo-Fi" is loose, dirty, garagey house that has a really urgent sense of spacey sleaze. Lastly "Doldrums" ends things on high with huge build-ups and, infectious rubbery bassline, skippy beats and a relentless cheap keyboard riff. In other words, pretty much perfect dancefloor material.
Review: Eats Everything is at it again and accepts a helping hand from one of the true greats of house music in the form of Curtis Jones aka Green Velvet on "The Duster", originally a personal edit from 2014, it's probably the most experimental track you'll have heard from the UK prankster and on Disclosure's Method White imprint no less. The track stutters and grinds about the place in delightful fashion: this one's just got to be heard. Second offering "Monegros" is more straight ahead; this is a funky and energetic tech house cut with funky bongos and ravey aesthetics of the more reduced kind which we're really digging!
Review: Dirtybird and Futureboogie signing Eats Everything lands on Method White alongside the great Tiga and Audion, for a collaborative one-tracker. "Dancing (Again!)" is a Saturday evening house bombshell with a poppy, above board edge, and its bouncy shells of bass jump to and fro between the "I wanna go dancing" vocals - instantly recognizable and surely a winner. There's also a radio edit for listening playback in there...bang!
Review: Brummie dance music legend Steve Lawler continues on with the 10 year celebrations of his respected VIVa Music; aptly titled Decadedance and this is part three following up two superb volumes previously. There's more great grooves on this month's edition, with the UK's finest Eats Everything serving up the bumpy main room electro house jam "Prog-Le-Matic", Spaniard Andrea Oliva's "Rider" too; which is dirty, rolling tech house aimed squarely at Ibiza peak time dancefloors and finally American producer MANIK provides some jacking and retro flavoured acid house dirt on the sexy late night shenanigans of "The Right Moves".
Review: Here Pets unveil the second outing in the Home Is Where The Pool Is series (best name ever?), and the mood is deep and bouncy -perfect for swishing cocktails, skimpy bikinis and inflatables-a-go-go. Eats Everything is up first with the thumping and loopy rolling techno of "Chitter Chatter (dub)", before things flair up with the tingly fizz of Gemini's "On This Planet (Walker & Royce Edit)". "In Thin Air" by Steffano Ritteri is misty eyed synth-pop and Kim Ann Foxman & Shaun J Wright get really deep and emotional on the jackin' "Destination".
Review: Edible head honcho and all round tech house superstar Eats Everything teams up with Cornwall's Lord Leopard here for some bumpin' and slinky grooves aimed squarely at the dancefloor. The Murk style tribal drums on "Song For" merge with diva vocals but soon give way to a bleepy bass driven jackathon. "War Rhythm" continues on with the bouncy sensibilities with its low end swagger that reminds you that these guys really are about a Bristol kind of sound.
Review: Fatboy and Eats joining forces - and on Southern Fried to boot - is surely a prime example of "nominative determinism" in action. But it makes sense, too, because both the Brighton veteran and the Bristol not-so-veteran are known for a knack with a crowdpleasing tune, so to misquote 'Hart To Hart': when they came together, it was always gonna be moidah! We'll all probably be sick of it by August, but only because 'All The Ladies' - with its filtered, rolling drums, looped-up hip-house vocal, cheeky jazz brass and Pavlovian snare rolls - has Feelgood Hit Of The Summer written all over it.
Review: There are two mixes of 'All The Ladies' to choose from here, but as one of them is the original 12-inch mix that we reviewed back in March, let's concentrate on the remix from man-of-the-moment Rebuke. He takes 'All The Ladies' down a darker, techier path, toughening up the drums, putting the vocal through the FX mangle and, most importantly, adding a rough-edged n' rave-y bass synth riff all of his own. No great surprises there, then, but it's safe to say his rub will extend the track's dancefloor longevity for at least a few more months.
Review: Since launching early last year, Jaymo and Andy George's Moda Black imprint has forged a reputation for delivering the sort of fluid, action-packed deep house that takes as much influence from synth-laden nu-disco as tech house, '90s garage and Visionquest-ish slickness. Here, the two bossmen curate a second label compilation featuring a mix of unreleased gems and recent hits. There's plenty to enjoy, from the classic late night wooziness of Eats Everything's "Jazz Hands" and Huxley's rolling, UKG-influenced "Diesel", to the Hot Creations-ish flex of Danny Daze/Maxxi Soundsystem collaboration "Karoline" and Medlar & Pedestrian's '90s US garage groover "TR Wilson".
Review: In the summer of 2013, Nile Rodgers headed to Ibiza and recorded a slice of disco-house cheeriness, which was subsequently auctioned off for charity. CR2 won the bidding war, and here present it with a cavalcade of remixes. The MYNC Club Edit is the closest to Rodgers's original - think swirling strings, happy-go-lucky vocals, and the Chic man's distinctive guitar - while Rob Da Bank delivers two rubs that capture a little of the track's sunny, sunset-friendly intentions. Elsewhere, MK delivers a thumping Dub in his famous early '90s style, and Eats Everything goes dark and woozy on his Haus Rework. The Bristol-based producer also hooks up with pal Lukas as The EEL for a version that joins the dots between disco and two-step garage.
Review: The elaborately named Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs might not be the first name one would expect to mix the Lost series from Crosstown Rebels, but his forthcoming Lost IV does look promising, not least for the inclusion of "Lion, The Lion" a collaboration with the eponymous West Countryman Eats Everything. Wisely plucked from the forthcoming mix for single release here, Damian Lazarus and co. have also commissioned two very complementary remixes from 4Lux boss Gerd. Back to the original, and "Lion, The Lion" comes across like the second coming of fidget house and is apparently the results of two days recording at Eats Everything's studio HQ last December and has been eagerly awaited since it was unveiled on the producer's Essential Mix.
Review: This compilation to celebrate Miami 2014 features 67 tracks in total, each one resonating with forward-thinking creativity and contemporary commercial dancefloor charm. There are millions of highlights but be sure to check out the slamming stomps and vocal edits on "Unspoiled Perfection", Angello, Matisse & Sadko's cathedral-level synth anthem "SLVR" and the mad-jack fusion of Nile Rodgers and Eats Everything "Do What You Wanna Do". These are just three of many - CR2 have raised the bar ridiculously high right here.