Review: Messrs Cato & Findlay join forces with vocalist Ms Brightledge, then hand over the two resulting concoctions to a trio of remixers. Octave One's take on the title track is a retro-fied piano houser of a calibre that few but the Burden brothers could manage, while the Johnson Somerset remix operates at the more commercial end of the contemporary deep house spectrum. Situationism regulars BRS then bring us vocal and dub remixes of the more soulful 'I Can Only Miss You', whose vocal is, to these ears, vaguely reminiscent of Urban Soul's classic 'Alright' from back in the day.
Review: Nine months after the original version signalled Groove Armada's rush towards colourful, late-'80s proto-house-meets-deep house territory, 'Get On The Dancefloor' has been given a new set of remixes by two producers sympathetic to the original's deliciously retro-futurist sound. Psychemagik steps up first, surprisingly abandoning the feel-good warmth of Groove Armada's original version in favour of the kind of druggy, percussive, analogue-rich hedonism that makes most sense when you're dancing in the dark - all Tenaglia-style synth riffs, Sweet Exorcist clonks and bubbly acid bass. Crazy P man Jim Baron AKA Ron Basejam takes the opposite approach, layering decidedly Balearic acoustic and electric guitars, impassioned vocal snippets and sweeping synth strings atop a huggable nu-disco-meets-deep house groove.
Knowhat - "The Magician" (original mix) - (8:13) 125 BPM
Review: Riva Starr's Snatch! celebrate 10 years in the game in 2020, and this collection rounds up the best of their output over the latter half of that first decade. Tuff, chuggy tech-house is, unsurprisingly, the dominant sound here, but it's by no means all that's on offer - Rogue D flirts with 80s boogie on 'Take It Easy', for instance, while Soul Speech loops up Heatwave's 'Boogie Nights' on 'Soul Speech'. With tracks from the heavy-hitting likes of Max Chapman, Darius Syrossian, Steve Bug, Groove Armada, Wade and Denis Cruz, and cheeky reworks of classics like 'My Beat' and 'Pride (A Deeper Love)', there's useful ammunition here for house jocks of many different micro-persuasions.
Review: This is not the first compilation to drop whose sole aim is to raise funds for NHS Chartities Together - R&S Records and Bass Agenda both delivered similarly epic sets - but "Care4Life" may well be the strongest and most diverse. As you'd expect, each one of the 45 tracks is previously unreleased, and the cast list reads like a who's who of dance music culture. Notable highlights include an ultra-deep, saucer-eyed number from Daniel Avery, an unheard rework of the Chemical Brothers' "Catch Me I'm Falling", a superb revision of Harvey's Locussolus project by Kiwi, Matthew Herbert in jazzy broken beat mode, a rare solo outing from Optimo's JD Twitch, a rip-roaring rave workout from Jas Shaw, and thumping peak-time bangers from Dusky, Eats Everything and Patrick Topping.
Special Request - "Codename Turbo Nutter" - (5:41) 85 BPM
Source Direct - "Vigilante" - (7:25) 113 BPM
J Majik - "The Lost Tribe" - (5:16) 162 BPM
Shackleton - "Drawn And Quartered" - (8:11) 136 BPM
Pinch & Trim - "That Wasn't It" - (2:45) 128 BPM
Daniel Avery - "Whilst We've Got Metal In Our Blood" - (4:02) 145 BPM
Mantra - "Embers" - (5:24) 127 BPM
B.Traits - "Mameya" - (6:08) 126 BPM
Groove Armada - "Wesley Nightshade" - (6:11) 118 BPM
Unkle - "Catch Me When I Fall" (Fabric Club mix) - (10:49) 115 BPM
Review: This second 20 Years Of Fabric compilation presents a new arranged selection of the defining network of artists that have come to call fabric home. Taking in deep and atmospheric loops from Groove Armada to the light and sprinkled chords of Call Super, the sound of the Farringdon trips through the live and acoustic percussions of Margaret Dygas, the devastating hardcore cuts of Special Request and pure strads of drum and bass by Source Direct and J Magick. More recent tracks include the epic classicalisms of B.Traits acid-flecked "Mameya" to the industrial and dubbed out techno from Marcel Dettmann and Imogen. And not to be overlooked of course are bonafide classics from Unkle, Shackleton, Cassy and Sascha with "Comet Chaser".
Review: Chopshop mark the completion of their first decade in the game with this 17-track compilation of funk n' breaks nuggets from the label vaults. Groove Armada and Situation both feature, but generally the emphasis is on less well-known names, who serve up a mixture of cheeky bootlegs, re-edits and original material. Dave Gerrard samples the Average White Band on 'Drop The Pieces' and George Kelly & DJ S's 'Movin' To The Groovin' takes Wild Cherry to the breakbeat party, but the majority of the tracks draw on less obvious sources of inspiration, with standouts including the big beat/lounge-y vibes of Senior Citizens' 'What A Body' and the ghetto disco groove of Appo's 'Getaway'.
Review: Well, it look as if Bomb Strikes have caused a ruckus yet again here as they look set see out the year in style. This 6th edition of their now infamous 'Funk N' Beats' series sees them bring together a collection of twenty high powered insta-classics, all packed to the maximum with old school flavours, crunchy riffs and explosive grooves, perfect for chopping down any party. This project sees appearances from the likes of Smoove, Torpedo Boyz, Groove Armada, A.Skillz, Chrome, The Traffic and many many more, who all deliver the goods. This project also comes complete with a full continuous DJ Mix.
Review: DJ/producer Josh Butler has previously tempted a swathe of old school house heroes to join the Origins Rcrds [sic] family, including Kerri Chandler and Rhythm Masters. Here he continues the trend, persuading Groove Armada boys Andy Cato and Tom Findlay to serve up their first new single in almost two years. Title track "House Musique" is a deliciously muscular, bass-heavy affair, with the long-serving duo peppering a stomping groove with nagging stabs and all manner of druggy vocal samples, before unleashing classic riffs and head-in-the clouds chords. "JB & The Drive" is similarly chunky and low-slung, with the epic breakdown, sleazy vocal sample and muscular vibe recalling the basement-bothering thump of Junior Vasquez's Sound Factory era work.
Review: Andy Cato and Tom Findlay aka Groove Armada are back with "House With Me", a deep down and dirty jacker optimised for maximum dancefloor sleaze just the way we like it. Second offering "U Can" gets more on the soulful tip with emotive, Mr Fingers style chords and detuned diva vocals over a bumpin' groove for added dancefloor drama; this one's very nice if we do say so ourselves! Finally Italian prankster Riva Starr gets onboard for a thrilling edit of their major hit "Superstylin'" from back in 2001. This version rolls deep and with serious attitude to get even those peak time Ibiza crowds having frantically.