Review: Over the course of the last decade, Swiss stalwart Deetron has been responsible for a string of impressive remixes. Happily, these - and many others you may have missed - have now been collected together on the decidedly epic Re-Creation: Remixes Compiled. As you'd expect, the 25-track set flits between full-throttle, peak-time friendly techno futurism, bustling deep house goodness and more downbeat explorations that defy his reputation as a maker of killer club cuts. Highlights include the loved-up synth breakdowns and jacking, Chicago-style groove of his Juan MacLean remix, a wonderfully retro-futurist take on George Fitzgerald's "Every Inch", a thrusting, stab-happy revision of Quarion and a lusciously jazzy take on Todd Terje's "Alfonso Muskedender". That said, on another day we could have listed another five or six highlights: it really is that good.
Review: Given that she first worked with the Classic Music Company 15 years ago, it seems fitting that the label is releasing the long serving Chicagoan's debut album. Described by its creator as a "very personal statement", the set contains a mixture of remastered gems from the vaults and fresh new material - including a swathe of collaborative cuts featuring headline-grabbing names such as Seven Davis Jr, Joi Cardwell, Sam Sparro and regular studio sparring partner Tim K. It's naturally rooted in deep house, but also rather varied, with the First Lady of Chicago House variously doffing a cap to classic jack-tracks, smooth soulful fare, synth-laden boogie-house, wide-eyed late '80s fare and Dancemania-inspired hip-house. The set also contains a rather wonderful cover version of Carly Simon's "Why".
Review: Soon, Chicagoan rising star Honey Dijon will release Xtra, a bulging collection featuring reworked versions of tracks from her 2017 debut album The Best of Both Worlds. First, though, we get this taster EP that predictably boasts some seriously good revisions. We're particularly enjoying the hip-house-goes-boompty bounce of Derrick Carter's fine rework of "Catch The Beat" featuring the superb flows of rapper Cakes Da Killa, though Harry "formerly Choo-Choo" Romero's dark and bustling big room take on Charles McLoud collaboration "Personal Slave" is also rather fine. Completing the package is Rampa, who delivers a slick and attractive European deep house revision of Tim K hook-up "Thunda".
Review: The wonderful Honey Dijon returns to UK institution Classic with some top remixes from last year's LP The Best Of Both Worlds that she completed with Chicago veteran Tim K (Home & Garden) and guests Nomi Ruiz and Matrixxman. Here on Xtra, Keinemusik main man Rampa delivers some sultry and emotive dancefloor drama with his perspective of "Thunda", her homeboy - none other than legend Derrick Carter - brings the super boompty business (like only he can!) with his Black Catcher Extended Vocal remix of "Catch The Beat" and New York's finest Harry 'Choo Choo' Romero delivers an Extended Remix "Personal Slave"- a proper darkroom dub that gets deep-down and devilishly dirty.
Review: Honey Dijon may sound like a type of mustard, but is in fact a Chicago-raised DJ known for producing hot and peppery joints. Inspired by Danny Tenaglia's sets at legendary 90s club Twilo, Dijon is travels the world playing everywhere from the Sub Club to Berghain. Whenever she's got a spare minute in all this, she's also dedicates her spare time to transgender activism. Here however she's doing what she does best - delivering a pulsating tech-house stormer that balances tough beats with delicate rhythms. Cakes Da Killa adds some MC flow, bringing a touch of old skool hip-house vibes in the process.
Review: What could be more fun than a hot-to-trot combo of driving disco bass, psychedelic acid lines and haunting, Sylvester style vocals? That's the winning formula behind Chicago star Honey Dijon's new collaboration with Aussie vocalist Sam Sparro. This killer combo is brilliantly executed on both the original mix and longer "Disco Version", which sounds to us like a summer anthem in waiting. The track's nagging TB-303 acid lines are pushed to the fore on the wilder Cosmic Energy Dub, while Cratebug's "Nova Remix" is a predictably dusty slab of deep house/disco fusion.
Review: One of Ibiza's biggest tickets, Defected throw parties in the same spirit as they release music. With full force and serious knowhow. Here they've curated 40 perfected positioned tacks that don't just represent their vibe, or the spirit of their parties, but also a fitting snapshot of what's going on in house music right now. From Low Steppa to Damian Lazarus, Skream to Claude VonStroke, Josh Butler to The Shapeshifters, the entire tracklist reads (and sounds) like a who's who in house music 2015. Delivered with two mixes and whole host of exclusives, Defected aren't messing around right now.