Review: Next up from the Robsoul Essential crew we take in this stunning new selection as they present the sixth edition of Smokers Delight. It's jam packed with goodies across the hip hop scale, from the smooth yet soulful approach of Ladybird & JFilt on 'All I Wanna Say', to the almost breakbeat drumwork of 'Nightlife' from DJ W!ld and choppy rap stylings of 'Players' from El Pres Beats. It's a fantastic compilation, bringing together a tonne of different futuristic styles, glued together by their emotional sound design. There are a couple of instant favourites for us, including the killer minimal disco link up of Phil Weeks, Joss Moog & Around7 on 'What Can I Do?', alongside the boombap inspired drum work and techy phone melodies of 'Warned Bros.' from Homequest. It's a great listen start to finish!
Review: This is the third 'best of' from Phil Weeks' Robsoul in just five months - the label celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2020 - but the quality standard remains high. Featuring several of Weeks' own productions alongside cuts from the likes of DJ W!LD, Jordan Peak and Chris Stussy, the album covers an impressive range of house ground, from filter disco (see, for instance, Weeks/Hector Moralez/Fries & Bridges collab 'Peep Game') to chunky, eyes-down 3am throbbers (Politics Of Dancing's 'Hi Soul') to Weeks & Kid Enigma's retro, electro-tinged 'Love Me Right'. As such, it's a package that warrants investigation by househeads of many persuasions.
Review: Liverpool institution Circus are back with another volume in their Moments series. Home to residents such as the legendary Yousef and not to mention the new breed: Lewis Boardman, Kydus and Scott Lewis amongst others. This compilation of surefire tech house artillery will bring the vibe of the revered club to your sound system right now. Highlights not limited to Green Velvet's "Bigger Than Prince" (given a sleek and slinky remix by Leeds hero Darius Syrossian), Material Series head honcho Mihalis Safras on "Santuro" (delivering the druggy main room adrenaline as always) and of course the return of Carl Cox with "Time For House Music", given a makeover by resident David Glass which has that boompty and looped up Latin vibe that's reminiscent of classic DJ Sneak or Derrick Carter: loved this one!