Review: Canadian minimal/tech house legend Fairmont is back with the Obsidian EP. As always it's sleek and slinky tech house on the darker and mysterious tip, particularly with the title track with its dark and wonky synths, razor sharp bassline and sombre atmosphere all working in perfect aesthetic harmony. The remix of it by Heretic is much funkier, energetic and uplifting: a high octane groove that's just perfect to transition in to the peak time. Second original track "Onyx" is very epic: after the massive drop there's some killer synth riffs, emotive strings and a tight rhythm that shows us that this is how you make a dark journey track! It's guaranteed for dance-floor mayhem. Finally its a remix by Samuel Berdah which strips things back a lot, creating a much more sombre atmosphere and throws one seriously mesmerising melody over the top which does most of the work and rather well.
Review: Each edition of the Four To The Floor series always presents four tracks that are some of the strongest secret weapons from the sets of label co-head Solomun. Now in its 16th installment, be captivated by Lone Romantic Maceo Plex on the epic dancefloor drama of "Mutant Magic" and its killer vocal, Canadian veteran Fairmont is in fine form and serves up the moody tunnel vision of "Plastic Head TV" while Nico Garreaud's "Louisville Lip" (Abaze edit) is aimed squarely at the main room at peak time and The Vinyl Depreciation Society provide more sonic narratives - best heard under the strobelight - on "Princept".