Hot on the heels of the recent Butch album, Plastic Confidence suggests that more of the Great Stuff stable has rediscovered 'real' house. Admittedly, there are remnants of the minimal wave on the stripped back, slinky title track, but these references disappear on Hugo's remake. Deploying linear tribal drums and hissing percussion, the centrepiece of the remix is an insistent, infectious disco filter. The same approach applies on "Grasso"; over a rolling groove, Hermanez adds in an insistent vocal sample, but the arrangement reaches a crescendo with a building disco riff. It might be hard to appreciate in the depths of winter, but come the summer, this could well be the dominant soundtrack.
Belgium's Hermanez is back on Lapsus (out of Florence Italy) with some warm and emotive tech house that packs a punch at the same time. The funky and hypnotic "Most Likely" rolls along nicely supported by tribal drums and a killer drop towards the end! "Pocket Groove" gets even tougher on you with its dark and trippy sound design drowned in the right amount of reverb on this finely tuned groove. Finally "9 O'clock" features Davy Dee on this deep and atmospheric tribal house cut with booming toms and throbbing bass which is perfect to get things weird at the afterhours.