Review: NYC house legend Harry "Choo Choo" Romero is back with the La Brava EP on Mihalis Safras' Material Series so you know what to expect don't you: massive, pumping, main room tech house of course! And the funky house don is more than capable when you consider his previous releases only last year on the likes of Tronik and Saved. Speaking of the latter, the title track has the chugging peak time Ibiza vibe for fans of Nic Fanciulli's revered imprint (with adequate white noise build ups of course) while the "Chant Mix" Accentuates the latin flair with those fiesta style Brazilian vocals and added tribal percussion for pure dancefloor hysteria. Finally "Into The Groove" builds the suspense with one serious mental breakdown before unleashing a stadium sized druggy tech house odyssey on you.
Review: Astonishingly, 22 years have passed since Harry Romero - the artist occasionally known as "Choo Choo" - released his first record. The Subliminal and Strictly Rhythm Regular has barely been out of work since, as a quick glance at his lengthy discography will prove. Interestingly, Hot Again marks his first appearance on the similarly long-serving Robsoul Recordings. He begins with "Lost in Music", where rising and falling acid-style motifs are encased in chunky drums (we'd expect little less), trippy female vocal samples and woozy chords. "Indy Loop" is an intoxicated, tribal-inspired jack-track with sassy female vocal samples and plenty of low-end grunt, while "Hot Music" peppers a bouncy, piano-heavy boompty style groove with all manner of familiar vocal samples and a snaking synth-sax line.
Soul Is Another (Hector Couto remix) - (6:01) 125 BPM
Soul Is Another (Leon remix) - (7:05) 124 BPM
Review: New York City's finest, the man, the legend: Harry Romero. The don returns for Ibiza's Do Not Sleep and "Soul Is Another" is a dirty, drugged out epic with a swinging garage rhythm, wonky electro house bassline and fuzzy vocal loops repeating the title's very refrain: absolute madness. There's some wicked remixes too, with Hector Couto up first. The Spaniard throws down a tough and rolling peak time thriller. Be sure to catch this groove, after the killer drop of course! Italian minimal house hero Leon steps up to the challenge next and does not disappoint. His rendition gets on a stripped, druggy, after-hours vibe instead.
Review: Damian Lazarus' Rebellion label always has an interesting surprise up its sleeve from one release to the next - and he certainly ain't letting up here! New York City house royalty Harry 'Choo Choo' Romero - he of Subliminal Records fame - steps up to present the label's 66th release in the form of "Afro Horn". Let this atmospheric afro house epic transport you to the dancefloor, awash in hypnotic melodies and polyrhythms, tension and suspense. This is backed up by sublime deep house journey of "R.W.P." - a heartfelt and emotive affair that's sure to cause some glassy eyed moments on the dancefloor.
Review: The New York City house legend Harry 'Choo Choo' Romero has had a tremendous return to form in the last year, remaining as relevant as ever as proven by killer releases for the likes of old Jersey homeboys Subliminal, through to DFTD, Play It Say It and Circus. If this latest appearance for Hot Since 82's powerhouse imprint says anything: it's that he's serious! On "Frequency", the veteran producer nails a fierce and hypnotic groove that's perfect for harnessing that energy in the room before transitioning to peak time. For something more funky and groove oriented, you can try the late night sleaze of "Acid Bells" which like its name suggests: gets that resonant glide of the trusty TB-303 into full effect.