Review: Goshawk is the latest solo alias of Rhythm Plate man Matt Hunt and over the last few years he's offered up some suitably solid fare for labels including Boogie Caf?, Hudd Traxx and Pressed For Time. Here he debuts on Quintessentials with four cuts of "Strictly Bungalow" - deep house that keeps the party on the ground floor. Begin by checking the bluesy bump of "Never Let Me Go", where twinkling pianos and hazy female vocal samples ride snappy beats and a chunky synth bassline, before admiring the spacey synths, dubbed-out vocal snippets and head-nodding house beats of "Why I Sing". "All I Have To Give" is an odd and trippy late night affair, while "Time Is Just A Loop" is a classic slab of quirky, bass-heavy goodness.
Review: Is there a more on-form label right now than Boogie Caf?? The Bristol-based imprint is certainly in a rich vein of form, as this second compilation of previously unheard treats proves. In fact, it's such a fabulous collection of cuts that singling out just a few tracks for praise is particularly tough. Even so, our current favourites include the slinky, synth-laden deep house/jazz-funk fusion of BRS's "Get In There", the drowsy downtempo hip-hop beats of Chezz's "Yeah Baby", the late '80s New Jersey garage revivalism of Goshawk's "Got You All Night", the Seiji style broken beat business that is Lord Leopard's "Magic Hands" and the Latin-fired disco-house bump of J Morrison's "Mullet Frenzy".
Review: In honour of the imprint's fifth birthday, Boogie Caf? founders Jimmy The Twin and Alex Dinham have decided to offer up a first label compilation containing previously unheard tracks from their growing family of artists. There's naturally plenty to set the pulse racing among the woozy deep house, shuffling broken beats, seductive synth-boogie and retro-futurist US garage on offer, with highlights including the musically expansive brilliance of Sean McCabe's "Infinity", the slick New Jersey bump of Goshawk's "Home (Throwback Vibe Mix)", the Balearic nu-disco bliss of Piers Kirwan's "Shout", the spacey Afro-bruk shapes of EVM128's "Tuff" and the sub-heavy dancehall-soul bounce of Haze City's broken house gem "Yer Tiz". Top stuff from the Bristol-based imprint: don't let it pass you by!
Review: Situationism is run by a mysterious 'collective of DJs and producers from the five valleys'. Although little is revealed about their identities, we do know that this compilation is their biggest release yet and it boasts the mighty "On It" by Peza. The track's clever fusion of a boogie sample (Starguard's High On The Boogie) and some subtle 303 work has got people talking and dancing already. The quality stays high over the remaining tracks too, highlights including George Kelly's melancholic Italo gem, "Trip to Jupiter", Vampire Disco's moody synth prowler "Orbit" and the chilled cocktail grooves of Alkalino's "Trigger".