Review: Legendary Euro-synth pop duo outta Germany, Paso Doble - most notable for charting hits like "Computerliebe", "Herz An Herz" and their Fantasie album (1985) - hook up with Kenyan vocalist Idd Aziz and DJ Mastershine! The original cut, "Tishiki", pairs a spiralling synth line some deep 'Richie Hawtin' techno-bass with the spiritual, chant and song of Aziz, punctuated by a slamming afro-rhythm and percussion. A beefy remix and bonus dub comes from ManOo who hones in on a booming loop, pumping its drums and thinning out the vocals in the remix, with beats and melody only in the dub. Tishiki!
Review: Coming in with the funky house flavours this month are Paso Doble and Idd Aziz, whose track 'Djadjalo' has been given the remix treatment by Fred Everything across four different renditions, all of which play on the already-wicked original in a slightly different way. The main mix is, as the name suggests, the main mix. It sprawls across 8 minutes and is deep house at its finest, touching upon synth-based relaxation, tribal influences on the fantastic vocal as well as more classic house notes. It's deft, deep and damn good.
Review: More typically deep, dreamy and melodic house tackle here from Lee Burridge's All Day I Dream stable, but this time served with an Afro twist, as Birmingham-based producer Pippi Ciez teams up with Idd Aziz, a Kenyan vocalist who's worked with the likes of Youssou N'Dour, Angelique Kidjo, Alpha Blondy and Salif Keita. The Original is the more floor-friendly of the two rubs, thanks largely to its deep, rumbling bassline, but both are pretty laidback and would be perfect for kicking off those warm-up sessions and longer mixes. Burning Man is taking place virtually this year anyway - spin this, and you're virtually there!