Review: If the combo of Butler, Demuir, Flashmob and De Hey doesn't get your musical taste buds tingling then we have to ask: do you even deep house, bro? Butler and Demuir kick off a fine sampler EP with the hazy, looping 'Tropicana', an understated number topped with some chorus'd lounge-y vocal snips, while Italy's Flashmob takes us into pacier, more jacking territory with 'The Island' and its SAW-like vocal. Michel De Hey's 'Garyamoi' is an eyes-down small hours chugger with classic Chi-town stabs, before JPA channels mid-90s house vibes on the glorious 'Here Now'. Four very reliable bullets for your Saturday night disco machine gun.
Review: Alongside the likes of yourself, you can bet that Mark Knight & Co. will be also be a known presence at Amsterdam Dance Event in 2018 and indeed they'll be well prepared with the appropriate tools - as this killer compilation proves. Highlights on this annual edition come from Maceo Plex - whose remix of "Nervous Tics" (feat Holly Walker) by hot British duo Maribou State takes you to the dark side, label chief Knight's massive rework of Sterling Void's eternal anthem "It's Alright" (feat Paris Brightledge) will surely get the hands in the air, as will Adesse Versions' edit of legend Kerri Chandler's "The Boom Can" and many others over the collection's five dozen tracks. To take you through every part of your trip, the album comes complete with three perfectly crafted and perfectly primed mixes.
Review: Italian dancefloor expert Flashmob returns with more surefire tech-house for the main room at peak-time. He's fresh off releases on top labels such as Hot Creations, Snatch! and of course his own Flashmob LTD imprint. With a name like 'Killer": a track like this certainly puts its money where its mouth is! This tough rolling and druggy people mover is sure to lift the room off the place and that druggy monologue atop is just mental! Second offering "Take Your Car" is more funky, sunny and uplifting - you can try this fun-loving jam during the daytime when the crowd is less serious.
Review: The ever reliable Flashmob returns with more tough rolling house, for the main room at peak time. This time courtesy of Manchester's Underground Audio, following up great ones by Cabarza, Powda and Yost Koen. "Piranha" is the same kind of bass heavy, sample-based attitude with diva vocals (lifted from old-school classics) that his earned him releases on similar minded labels like Snatch! Material Series and Hot Creations. Another banger in the form of "Alright" features an Ibiza ready bassline, swing-fuelled groove and all round druggy elements - all coming after that big drop of course!
Review: With releases on labels like Defected and Get Physical to his credit, it is fair to say that Alessandro Magani aka Flashmob is one of the hottest tickets in house music right now. This is abundantly clear on The Lone Brazilian, his Hot Creations debut. The title track sees him sampling tribal chants and an ethnic vocal over a robust bass and tough, punchy drums. It makes for an intoxicating combination and is sure to cause mayhem whenever it's dropped. By contrast, "Lower Level" is more tracky and sees him opt for a murky bass and rolling snares to achieve the same effect as "Brazilian".
Review: Started as a duo with Danny Minchella, Flashmob is currently led only by Alessandro Magnani. Founder of Flashmob LTD: a top label that has signed the likes of Marco Dionigi, Terranova and Julien Sandre in recent times. His new explosive offering "Ease The Pain" is for fellow Italian in London Riva Starr and his always impressive Snatch! imprint. The funky/booming roll and shuffle of "Africana" features catchy West African vocal chants over druggy loops and a relentless groove. But that's nothing on the title track: this slamming, tunnelling and hypnotic jam for the pre-peak time has a sonic aesthetic which sits somewhere between the sounds of Drumcode and Saved: slightly industrial edged but still funky enough to get some hands up in the air. Starr's imprint has been running strong on seven years now and this year has been particularly impressive: with releases by Chicago legends Green Velvet and Gene Farris, in addition to great ones by rising star Mele and the return of the Italoboyz.