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: A global ambassador of Chicago's sound, Farris has spiritedly contributed to the evolving house and techno culture of this century. He began playing at a young age, developing a unique sound that lead him to performances at Chicago's legendary underground warehouse parties of the 90s and a residency at the Power House. A self-taught engineer and producer, his work with Cajual, Relief, Defected, Soma and his own breakout label Farris Wheel Recordings propelled his influence into ever expanding realms. Farris is back on Mihalis Safras' esteemed Material imprint with a bunch of main room bangers that'll rock dancefloors from Chi-town to The White Isle and beyond. "Like This" keeps in line with the labels M.O. with a rolling and headrush inducing slammer to lead into the peak time, after all: it's a contribution with boss man Safras. The EP features quite a few collabs actually; fellow Chicagoan Anthony Attalla teams up with Farris on "Pocket Party" with its suggestive lyrics and again pitch shifted vocals telling an all too familiar story in clubland while Toronto's Nathan Barato helps Farris deliver a right dancefloor detonator on "We Like The Deep" and that title track gets deeper, slinkier and downright sleazier for some early evening mood lighting.
Review: It is that time of year again down in the City Of Magic. Winter Music Conference, Miami Music Week or whatever you prefer to call it - we just wish we were there too! And this is as close as it gets, with San Francisco powerhouse Dirtybird doing an 11-track compilation featuring the likes of Franklyn Watts, Bode V Steve Darko among many more. The tracks also come as a continuous mix by Windy City legend Gene Farris: he of Farris Wheel Recordings who serves up an exclusive here with Frenchman Tim Baresko on the electric "Fly With Me", also the bass heavy bounce (right in line with the label's sound) is also heard on Jaksan's "LaLaLa", Belgian veteran Kolombo makes a surprise appearance with some dirty nu-disco on "O Ride O Ride" and Brazilian Scavazza gets deep down and dirty on the grinding "This Time".
Genghis Clan & Gene Farris - "We Work The Bass" - (4:57) 124 BPM
Shatafak - (5:58) 124 BPM
Genghis Clan & BOT - "Roketup" - (6:53) 126 BPM
Review: Riva Starr's diffusion imprint Brock Wild returns with more classic house perspectives for the new school, with Genghis Clan taking up the reins on this particular outing. This enigmatic Californian duo have worked with the likes of Dirtybird - who presented their collaboration with scene hero Will Clarke a few years ago and local institution Night Bass when they collaborated with BOT. That unholy alliance makes a return here on the wonky speed garage of "Roketup". After laying low for a couple of years on the production front, they team up with Windy City legend Gene Farris here for the druggy, swing-fuelled bounce of "We Work The Bass" - talk about a comeback! Also worthy of mention is the bass heavy UK shuffle on "Shatafak".
Review: Each year 'This Is Toolroom' sets the tone for the British powerhouse's musical plans. Presented by London veteran (and Soul Purpose main man) Martin Ikin, this is an essential compilation to kick off a new decade, where you will discover essential cuts from label staples and newcomers alike across these 20 tracks - that cover the musical spectrum that Toolroom dubs its own. Highlights are not limited to: label boss Mark Knight kicking things off with the sultry and tribal vocal house anthem "Mona Lisa", the man himself Ikin contributing the funky house bomb "I'll Be" featuring Malika, Windy city legend Gene Farris bangs the party with the absolutely electric "Back In The Day" as well as the hosts of the label's last compilation Sllash & Doppe and Mendo, who serve up some seriously good vibes on "Back To The House" and "Give It To Me" respectively. As always, it comes with a continuous mix that's blended to perfection by Ikin.
Review: Snatch! is Riva Starr's first label project and the aim behind it is to push new talents and well established forward thinking producers. Expect slamming fresh house cuts from some of the most exciting talent in the scene. For its 89th edition, he presents a collaboration with Spanish tech house hero and Chicago deep house legend Gene Farris on the druggy and rolling mani room tech house of "Play" which absolutely reeks of White Isle hedonism this Summer. Second offering "A Jem Be" is much more deep and rhythmic with its sexy latin influence that is perfect to the set the mood early on the terrace on a Sunday afternoon before launching into the harder stuff.