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: Huxley's recent LP Blurred saw the rising UK producer offer a more comprehensive display of his production range, dipping more thoroughly into his influences for an eight-track set that covered UK garage, deep house, bumping techno and pitched down rave. This latter avenue was best explored on "Give 2 U" the collaboration with vocalist Femme, whose stirring tones were a perfect match for Huxley's winding production. It's got single material written all over it, so kudos to Will Saul for this EP, which features a darker house Club Rerub from Huxley himself as well as a brukkish remix from the Saul man and Bristolian Komon. Huxley fans will also appreciate the presence of a new production from the man that closes out matters.
Review: Huxley's come a long way since his formative releases on labels like Cecille Numbers, Tsuba and Kolour Recordings. In recent times he's delivered the goods to Rinse, Hypercolour and Defected with last year's impressive Chatsworth Sound collaboration with Shenoda. His second EP for Will Saul's Aus Music is a varied affair with something to please everyone with a taste for UK flavoured house. It's a certainty the bassline of "Callin" will make this track a summer smash - festival dancers watch out - while the grittier low end frequencies of "Machina" are more suited to a underground club vibe. Huxley goes deeper into the minimal end of tribalish house music on "Tendered Mess" while "Oil Spill" is a signature of Huxley's trademark bassline style.
Review: n the six years since he made his debut on Cecille Numbers, Huxley has racked up an impressive number of releases, showcasing his bass-heavy blends of deep house, garage and tech-house on the likes of Hypercolour and Tsuba. It's arguably Aus Music that he's most associated with these days, though, and here he returns to Will Saul's label with another pleasingly varied four-tracker. Opener "Still Love" builds steadily from a dreamy start, eventually turning into a stomping blend of bumpin' drums, heady vocal samples and deft melodies, while "Weapon" is a typically booming UK garage/techno hybrid. Flip for the early '90s revivalism of "Vok (Decent Mix)" - think bleep and rave hardcore influences - and "SinkHOLE", another bass-heavy roller.
Review: Having won some fans with his Hypercolour release, Huxley now leaps to 20:20 Vision to dish out more smooth, feel-good house music. On "Box Clever" a rubbery bass line and steady drum machine beats meet with cheery piano samples for a track that could become synonymous with outdoor grooving in the sunshine. "Atonement" is more inwardly focused, not least in the filtered synth that lends a sexy late-night feel to the track. "Out Of My Mind" switches things up nicely with a cheeky broken beat bouncing off smatterings of Detroit chords for a surprising and addictive groove.
Review: Aus Music affiliate and No Idea's Original boss Huxley is back (following up some great releases by Boxia and J Phlip) with "Unconscious Competence (Spider)" a moody and slow burning dancefloor journey that's just made for drifting with its hypnotic vibes. Tring's finest also serves up "Weapon 2 (Grinding)" which is definitely a departure from his usual style, but we were really feeling this one. It is a tough and stomping industrial techno workout, with steely rhythms and druggy vocal loops on top and balanced out by generous servings of dark strings and white noise washes. Have we piqued your interest?
Review: Rag & Bone is the latest in a long series of releases - including an album - by Huxley aka Michael Dodman for Aus, and sees him explore a big room sound. It also represents a major coup for the UK producer, who has managed to get Roy Davis Jnr to provide vocals for "Do You Feel Me". These are delivered in the American's trademark sultry, velvety tones - including the breathy 'walk with me / talk with me' vignette - and set against a backing of dub-fuelled drums. On two versions of "Weapon 3", including a dub take, Huxley goes for the jugular; the drums are pounding, the bass booming and the rhythm relentless, with just a vocal repeating 'love you baby' the only human element.
Review: Huxley sure has found his sound. Appearing this time for Will Saul's always reliable Aus Music imprint, the guy known as Michael Dodman to his Mum throws down three surefire grooves for a variety of moods and situations. The adrenalised tech house heard on the title track is the kind of dancefloor bomb you just know is going to work from the second you hear it; prepare to hear this one a lot this year. Things get a lot deeper down and nasty on the raw and bass driven rhythm tool "Hopeless" while "Tailwind" is definitely the most experimental and tripped out excursion on here; it's quite dark and perfect for bending minds during the pre-peak time or after-hours alike.
Review: This third volume in the celebratory Tsuba Loves series - a way of championing some of their favourite artists - gives virtual hugs and kisses to Huxley, a producer whose stock seems to rise by the month. For those who've not been following his career, this is a great place to start. While largely made up of material previously released on Tsuba (naturally), it does chart his rise from young upstart to in-demand club favourite. Along the way, there's a chance to revisit some of his best material, including the garage-influenced deep house banger "Take No More" (check, too, the thrilling MK remix), the brilliant deep-but-wonky jazz-house cut "Get Your Own" and a string of early collaborations with similarly feted producer Ethyl.
Review: This is a significant moment in the development of Michael "Huxley" Dodson. Following six years building his reputation via a constant trickle of singles, the London-based producer has finally delivered a debut album. It's a little more expansive and varied than many of his singles, and variously touches on many of his regular inspirations - UK garage, deep house and bumping techno, in particular - as well as some he's not previously explored (see the pitched-down rave breaks of "Give 2 U" and the "Circles"-ish liquid D&B of "MXR"). The result is a polished, floor-friendly set that impressively straddles the line between club tracks and home listening fodder.
Review: Avotre is a label based in Berlin, founded in 2012 by Philip Maier aka Sante. Following up great releases by Russ Yallop, wAFF and Citizen they've now got Tring's finest Huxley onboard with the brilliant "Clunk" where he displays his penchant for slinky tech house grooves. Then we get treated to a bunch of absolutely wicked remixes. Milanese duo Proudly People deliver a truly stomping remix that has that rolling peak time feel (for fans of Gruuv or Saved) while Hungarian Reelow takes you back to the mid noughties minimal techno vibe with his druggy after hours style remix. The Elrow affiliated Toni Varga steps in to deliver an absolutely electric early Detroit inspired rendition. Following up some great releases of late on DFTD, Moda Black and of course Aus Music, Huxley's No Idea's Original imprint has certainly impressed us of late also.
Review: Moon Harbour are delighted to welcome a huge summer signing for their next EP: the foremost UK producer Huxley. He turns out three club rocking tunes that all make the big impressions he is known for. These are three charming and characterful house bangers that ooze all the usual trademark Huxley qualities. Starting off with the slinky, vocal led tech house attitude of "Careo", he then ups the ante with the absolutely massive stomper "F-Bomb" which features some tough TR-909 stomp.. after the massive drop of course! Finally the laidback tribal groove of "Trampoline" gets a good groove going with its polyrhythms that equally suited to the early evening as they are to the late night.
Review: Tring's finest returns and lets it be known that even he has given into the whole hysteria surrounding the Blockchain craze- if his new HuxCOIN EP is any giveaway. Huxley serves up three perfect perspectives of dancefloor ready tech-house here: from the slinky and hypnotic groove of "Eastside" (which is sure to make the sweat drip from the walls) or the funky party starter "Struttin" which borrows more from classic Stateside formulas. With its emotive piano lines and dusty, swing-fuelled rhythms beneath the pitched down diva vocal hooks - this one's hot! If that was not enough, London based minimal house hero Alex Celler makes a surprise appearance; he's on form as always with a remix of the latter track, which takes things into tripper and reductionist territory and perfect for getting weird at the afterhours.
Review: As his Blurred LP still leaves its crossover mark on switched-on ears all over the shop, Huxley dives back in to stand-out cut "I Want You" and gets a host of sympathetic Aus Music-related heads to take to the parts with their own distinctive creative visions. Deetron creates a delirious cocktail of wild synth tones and big room pressure on his version, while Shenoda ups the techno content with some tense percussion and poignant stabs. Komon cools proceedings down with a sensual, disco-infected shower of arpeggios before Hxley drops his own extended mix of the original.
Review: Tring's finest Huxley delivers the goods once again, you can't really go wrong with this guy anyway. Following up releases on top labels such as Moon Harbour, Relief and Aus Music, it's fitting that his next thriller comes at you from the Knee Deep In Sound camp. The Evolution EP features the moody factory floor workout that is the title track, featuring dubby elements, steely drums and a druggy vocal refrain for a totally hypnotic effect. Followed by the slinky and melodic tech house cut "Weirdest Green" and a fierce minimal techno rework by ascending Polish DJ/producer Vonda7 (Last Night On Earth/Kneaded Pains) closing the fine EP out.
Review: Having released on most well known house labels - such as 20:20 Vision; Hypercolour and Aus - Michael Dodman aka Huxley delivers a tougher EP for Tronic. The title track is a grinding affair, with Huxley deploying a rough bass and razor-sharp percussion as evocative synths linger in the background. On "Have U", he opts for a more spacious arrangement that rolls to the sound of sonorous bleeps, dramatic synth drops and slurred vocal samples. "Hospitality" sees Huxley swing back towards house agin, with the arrangement underpinned by a chugging bass and shot through with organ riffs and subtle, filtered builds.
Review: DJ Haus has decided to mark the 50th release on his sweat-soaked Hot Haus Records imprint by handing over the reins to Huxley, a long-serving DJ/producer best known for his tech-tinged productions. He's not in tech-house mode here, though. Instead, he begins by peppering a tracky, bass-heavy peak-time house groove with tight, techno-style melodic loops, dreamy chords and trippy, cut-up vocal samples on bona fide banger "Die Hard". The track that follows, "Tight Knitted", is another boisterous and thumping affair. This time, Huxley wraps a weighty, bowel-bothering groove in tribal percussion, elastic riffs, warehouse-ready stabs and some suitably raw-sounding electronic motifs.
Review: UK producer Huxley launches his label with a techno-oriented release. The title track is a storming workout, its deep building chords married to a muddy, murky bass for a thrilling, peak-time workout. On "Salvia", he goes back to his UK garage roots; the rhythm has a stepping feeling and the bass booms and belches like a malfunctioning jet engine. However, it's only a temporary diversion, and the main style here is techno; this is audibly the case on the Vin Sol remix of the title track, where tough claps and robotic bleeps unravel over a slamming ghetto backing track.