Review: Lee Foss' intention is to Repopulate Mars: ambitious as that is, we're pretty sure he'd turn in a good effort to Repopulate Miami this year - with this bunch of tech house heroes. 2018's fun in the sun is soundtracked by the likes of Bristol's Eli Brown on the tough rolling main room groove of "Cartegena", Verona's Federico Ambrosi with the bumpin' bass driven funk attack "Egypt" and rising UK star Dale Howard (Elrow/Toolroom) with his jacking and adrenalised dancefloor drama as heard on "Naughty Organ". Elsewhere, Malaga's Javi Lopez turns in a fine effort following up releases on top labels like and VIVa Music on the grinding pre-peak time people mover "Vibes Up".
Review: Jamie Jones presents a killer release up next on his Hottrax label courtesy of Federico Ambrosi, who serves up some dubby tech house with The White Isle in mind on the 'Conscious' EP. Although he's been releasing music for the best part of a decade, the last couple of years have been incredible for the Italian producer - having made appearances on Repopulate Mars, Paul's Boutique, NONSTOP, Stereo Productions, Relief and Sola.The title track is tough rolling and bass-driven thumper that will hypnotise the dancefloor into submission. He then gets on a druggy, minimal and totally afterhours vibe on the wonky "Analize"
Review: Coronavirus may have kiboshed this year's Winter Music Conference but 2020's still seen a fine crop of samplers, so why not invest in some sunlamps, mix up a bathtub full of mojito and have your own two-week, self-isolating pool party! This 26-track offering from DeadFunk should get things moving: big names may be in short supply but chunky house grooves certainly aren't, ranging from a brace of dark, techy twisters courtesy of Flatless to the retro 90s M1 vibes of the Twin Peaks Bedroom Organ Remix of Rodolfo Zhor's 'She' and nu-skool hip-house in the form of Andre Salmon & Volkoder's 'Hidden Voices'.
Black Girl & White Girl - "Mystikal" - (6:16) 129 BPM
Sosa - "Booty Shake" - (6:09) 126 BPM
Review: Repopulate Mars, the LA-based label headed up by Lee Foss and born out of the nomadic party of the same name, bring us their first compilation album, which features 18 house and tech-house cuts built with one purpose in mind: to get booties moving on dancefloors. Black Girl White Girl, Martin Ikin and Andre Salmon are among the better-known contributors but more undergound names make up most of the tracklist, and the overall mood throughout is fast-paced and energetic, with highlights including Ikin's Donna Allen-sampling 'Serious Talk', Mhod & Federico Ambrosi's phat n' funky 'Groovin' and the robotic techy stomp of Syap's 'Two Fifteen PM'.