Review: The second volume in Toy Tonics' occasional Jockey Jams series is something of a gift to DJs. Although naturally rooted in deep house, each of the showcased tracks offers something distinctively different. So, while Felipe Gordon's "Rinogal" is an funk-fuelled house bumper built around an elastic, acid-fired synth bassline and trippy late night effects, Metropolitan Soul Museum's "Saab" is a delicate, warm-up friendly fusion of lilting synths, bubbly electronics and the kind of twinkling pianos frequently found on vintage Italian dream house records. The eclecticism continues elsewhere, too, from the Adonis-via-Rimini thrills of Jacky Mingo's wonderfully positive "Brothers Cup", to the jazzy warmth of Black Loops and analogue house bleeps of Jad's "Overpriced Kaiser Chips".
Review: We enthusiastically described Beats Of No Nation's first Dance Ideas EP as a "fabulous collection of tracks", so hopes are naturally high for this follow-up. Corbi kicks things off with the wonderfully fluid and groovy "OK, Tell Me", an ultra-deep and groovy house shuffler rich in jazz-funk guitars, swirling strings and punchy sampled horn stabs, before Levan unveils the bluesy, eyes-closed wonder that is "The Right Thing, The Hardest Thing", a kind of vocal-free Sade record for the disco-house generation. Label co-owner Jad Lee confidently skips into jazz-house territory on the piano-fired warmth of "Jazz hands You'll Never Understand", while Olywok takes us into space via the nu-disco tinged, house tempo Motor City futurism of "Maintain".
Review: The cheeky scamps at Editorial can usually be relied on to bring the goodness. This latest split EP is, predictably, bulging with highlights. Ed Wizard and Disco Double Dee drop a bit of deep house/rubbery disco fusion on the head-nodder's fave "The Way You Move", while Aussie Jad & The Ladyboy ops for a sinewy, seductive, ultra-deep house vibe on his sumptuous "Love Is". B-Jam's "Have Some" is an almost X-rated chunk of electrofunk cut-up madness, all backwards cuts, grunting grooves and stuttering edits. There's a dash of straight-up disco in the form of Joutro Mundo's stretched-out "Body Heat", while Tonbe impresses with "Hot Ivy", a hip-grinding slice of electrofunk badness with analogue synths by the shipload.
Marlon Hoffstadt - "Heavily Dancin On The Ones And Twos" - (6:45) 126 BPM
Jesse Bru - "Tonite" - (7:01) 124 BPM
Jad & The - "Gospel Five" - (5:04) 118 BPM
Turenne - "Triplett" - (4:40) 120 BPM
Review: Federic Lange's AOW just keeps on bringing the heat. Their eighty EP is no exception. Sometimes the heat is blazing with vibrant synth flames (Hoffstadt's "Heavenly Dancing"), sometimes it's smouldering MAW-style (Jesse Bru's "Tonite"), sometimes it's smoking, jazzy and moderately jacked (Jad & The's "Gospel Five") and sometimes it's plain scorching (Turenne's "Triplett"). In summary: hot.
Review: Beats Of No Nation is an Australian label based out of Brisbane, run by Jad Lee & Dom Bird. They intend to present weird and wonderful sounds from around the world. Label boss Jad & The appears with the dusty hip-hop influenced house sound of "Outside Here Man" - no doubt inspired by his experiences in Berlin. Glasgow's Octo Champ delivers an oddball groove on "Evoo" as does WHATEVER on the infectious bump 'n shuffle of "Stacy". Finally, Ed Woods' "Passing Chords" sees the London based producer deliver an emotive excursion in late night deepness and was definitely our pick of this fabulous bunch of tracks.