Review: UK tech house hero Archie Hamilton celebrates a decade in the business for his beloved Moscow imprint. To celebrate this milestone, he's releasing a compilation featuring some of his favourite tracks from the last decade, where he looks through the back catalogue to bring you this timeless mix. Hamilton's own work is obviously pervasive, with highlights including the Inxec remix of "Two Time" that just so happened to be one of the imprint's very first releases, in addition to his collaboration with label staple Noha on "Lip Service" which gets an infectious rework by Romanian power duo SIT, and the ever reliable Samuel Andre Madsen giving "Informer" a typically swing-fuelled Reshape. Elsewhere, scene legends like Argy ("Siesta''), Shaun Reeves & Tuccillo ("Fill Calings") and GummiHz appear - the latter with his stellar remix of Keinton's "Strip Poker".
Review: DJ Kaos seems to keep Jolly Jams' most "hush-hush" material for the label's occasional Promo Only series. There's plenty to get excited about on this latest digital installment. For example, you'll struggle to find a more on-point early Chicago house edit than Baffopizza's sterling, gospel-tinged effort - all sweaty, jackin' beats, chunky bass and swirling vocal samples - though Kaos's own effort, a deliciously druggy, basement-bothering affair - pushes it close. Pete Herbert's contribution bubbles away impressively via waves of acid and dubbed-out synth lines, while Leo Mas and Fabrice's remix of Conor's contribution effortlessly flits between cut-up electro drums and blasts of rubbery, punk-funk grooves.
Review: Providing a choice pair of remixes for the Pampa imprint, Koze enlists himself and Die Vogel to perform surgery on tracks from Herbert and Dntel respectively. Die Vogel's version of "My Orphaned Son" is an endearing excursion into pastoral house music, where music box chimes meet with strummed bass, stoic brass and simmering strings in a purposeful and finely balanced track founded on club dynamics but expressed through a richer tapestry of sounds. Koze's version of "It's Only" finds him in brooding mood, as largely depicted by the prowling organ line. There's all the goodness (or should that say weirdness?) that you want from a Koze jam, playing on emotions with unconventionality like only he can.
Review: Brand new nu-disco brand from Brazil, Mareh have already established themselves as sonic connoisseurs with their annual festivals, long before this debut release. NYC don Duncan takes the lead with a stately Italo-referencing groover that builds and builds with analogue insistency, twisting, turning and evolving throughout. Pete Herbert and Dicky Trisco follow on a much funkier flex. A nagging synth hook, loopy guitars and a pertinent sense of disco insistency are all tied together with a bold swing and plenty of party panache. Mareh mercy!
Review: "Deeper" was originally featured on Matthew Herbert's Part Two EP, way back in 1996. Since then, that particular 12" has become something of an in-demand item, with the lead cut naturally attracting the most attention. This issue of "Deeper" contains Herbert's original in all its glory - think loopy, low-slung, jazz-flecked hypo-house with woozy, early morning breakdowns - and a fresh remix from label-hopping producer Stuart Li under his familiar Basic Soul Unit alias. He subtly beefs up and speeds up the track, adding some Detroit-influenced keys and fizzing new percussion. The result is a tasty techno revision that pays due reverence to Herbert's thrilling original.
Review: Curle Belgium re-release Matthew Herbert's underground classic from 1995 "See You On Monday" which channels that emotive Windy City style deepness that was surely inspired by the burgeoning sounds of imprints like Prescription Records and Guidance, but a sound that was undoubtedly his own and this is testament to it. Scottish deep disco fiend and Firecracker Records mainstay Linkwood gets on board for a remix and he sure does have his work cut out for him. Rest assured that he does deliver the goods by not deviating too much and staying faithful to the original by just polishing up that rhythm section a bit and injecting some gloriously life affirming strings into the mix, which work magically.
Review: Long before he became one of experimental electronic music's most storied artists, Matthew Herbert delivered a string of killer EPs on Phono showcasing his uniquely glitchy and off-kilter take on deep house. Happily, Herbert has finally decided to make these mid 1990s 12" singles available digitally for the first time. "Part Two", which was first released in 1996, begins with the ultra-deep thrust of "Deeper", where mutilated vocal samples and pots and pans percussion hits rise above a jazzy, U.S style deep house groove. The arguably superior "Non-Stop" is formidably sub-bass heavy, with thrillingly cut-up samples and crunchy machine drums clustering around a speaker-busting bassline. Finally, "Shuffler" is a deliciously jazzy and swinging number laden with woozy chords and the kind of fluid electric piano solos that would make Kerri Chandler cheer.
Review: Next up on UK legend Matthew Herbert's new diffusion imprint - it's all about The Drips. The compilation brings the swing and sampling of water to 'produce a soaking wet dancefloor.' Herbert himself provides some superb microhouse on the trippy "The Swamp", Cosmo Sheldrake takes a slight departure from his usual multi-instrumentalist live-looping avant-folk on the bouncy blip, blurp bleep of "Splosh" and Bahraini born, French / US bred and now Edinburgh dwelling Yann Seznec delivers the bombastic "Droplets".
Mouse On Mars & Mesak & Claws Costeau - "Somiak" - (3:40) 80 BPM
Mouse On Mars & FX Randomiz - "Fromm" - (3:24) 110 BPM
Prefuse 73 - "90's" - (0:55) 102 BPM
Mouse On Mars & Funkstorung - "Bon Djerry" - (3:56) 50 BPM
Mouse On Mars & Yoshimio - "NKANKA" - (3:54) 64 BPM
Mouse On Mars & Matthew Herbert aka DJ's Collapse - "Double Gum" - (3:22) 101 BPM
Mouse On Mars & Olivia Block - "Pterion" - (5:19)
Mouse On Mars & Oval - "Gitto Ski" - (3:45) 80 BPM
Mouse On Mars & Tyondai Braxton - "Off Sea" - (3:39) 60 BPM
DJ Sotch Egg - "Mouse On Egg (Happy Birthday!)" - (0:39) 86 BPM
Review: Marking the third instalment in their mammoth 21 Again project, German electronica stalwarts Mouse On Mars present another salvo of collaborations that show just how far their tastes and influences reach. There's playful electro with skweee lynchpins Mesak and Claws Cousteau, rapid-fire drum programming with Funkstorung, unhinged synth and squelch weirdness with Matthew Herbert, and folk-infused psychedelia-meets-noise terror with Tyondai Braxton. At every turn the music is loud and leering, overflowing with ideas and production skills that prove Mouse On Mars are coming of age in fine style. If there was any doubt that this pair is a powerhouse in the world of experimental electronics, let this release be a lesson to all.
Review: Some DJs use the opportunity of a DJ Kicks mix to showcase the eclectic nature of their record collections, while others see it as a chance to give an airing to the dancefloor records that have inspired them over the years. Seth Troxler's selection sits somewhere in between. On the one hand, there are impeccable jazz and downtempo moments from the likes of Sun Ra, Herbert (as remixed by Phil Parnell) and DJ Koze, whose "Bodenweich" is an undeniably atmospheric, off-kilter delight. On the other hand, Troxler has picked out some genuinely brilliant, mostly US-centric house selections; deep, soulful and bumpin' fare from the likes of Butch, Kerri Chandler, Jasper Street Company, Mood II Swing and Derrick Carter.