Review: Here's something to set the pulse racing: a collaborative, three-track excursion from long-serving deep house producers Fred Everything and Hollis P. Monroe. As you'd expect, the composition and production is on point throughout, with the new studio buddies achieving a near perfect balance between club-ready grooves and ear-pleasing melodiousness. Opener "Dawn" sees the duo wrap rising and falling synthesizer lines and blissful electronic melodies around a shuffling deep house groove, while "Anywhere" is a much more low-slung and bass-heavy affair (albeit blessed with the colourful synth riffs and melancholic chord progressions). Arguably best of all, though, is closer "There Is A House", which pits the analogue synthesizer-driven melancholy of the Pet Shop Boys' Behaviour album against the snappy drum machine percussion of New York proto-house.
Review: Montreal-based, Philadelphia-raised Hollis P Monroe is something of a deep house veteran, boasting a career that stretches back to the 1990s. His particular strength is soulful, atmospheric house. In previous years, that would have meant Defected-ish funkiness. These days, it means shuffling, melancholic groovery, twisted P-funk synths and deep atmospherics. "If You Have A Doubt" is his strongest for some time, and benefits greatly from a perfectly judged vocal from Overnite. The remix package is very strong, too. Mario Basanov provides a chiming, bittersweet European deep house take, while Argy delivers two chunky big room versions full of spiraling melodies and booming basslines.
DJ Funkadelic & Beauriche - "Subway" (feat Taleen - radio edit) - (3:33) 128 BPM
Review: An ace collection from Black Hole Holland which showcases some of the hottest funky electro-tech out there in the world right now. Recent releases like 2Special's "Balalaika" and Garrett & Ojelay's disco-stomper "My Salsoul Symphony" (no prizes for guessing the sample source) are certified bangers, while Jordy Lishious' enormous electro beast "Lump" deserves special praise for having one of the biggest drops heard in a long time. With beauties from Jesse Voorn, Glenn Morrison, Rio Vegas and Virtual Vault also included - as well as The Rivera Project's enormous version of "Young Folks" - this is one collection to definitely sink your teeth into.
Review: It's Miami mania out there right now, with the dance world flocking to the sun, pool parties, and testing grounds of South Beach. The Miami week has always acted as a tune barometer for the year ahead which is what makes compilations like this from Black Hole so great. Much more than just a trance label, here they showcase the hotness that's to come, from the likes of; Tiesto & Montana, First State, The Scumfrog, Glenn Morrison, and Richard Durrand. A massive 14 tracks for just L5.99!
Kadija Kamara - "Eyes On You" (Giom instrumental mix) - (7:14) 120 BPM
Review: Suprematism compilation strand, which gathers together previously unheard cuts from both label regulars and newcomers. There's naturally plenty of authentic dancefloor heat within the ten tracks on show, with highlights including the gentle electrofunk influences and driving bottom end of Vincent's "Get Up", the "I Feel Love"-on-steroids throb of Giom and Andrea Rais's "Discotheque", the fluttering deep house melodies and psychedelic acid lines of Paul2Paul's "The Dallas Street" and the low-slung, warehouse-friendly bump of Matthew Anderson's "Kangaroo".