Review: Lumberjacks In Hell draft in a sublime cast of sympathetic operators for a second volume of From Hell With Love, providing you with eight perfectly formed tracks that straddle the divide between cosy, home-friendly house and dancefloor delectation. Laville's moody vocal turn kicks the record off in style on Austin Ato's 'Control', while Waajeed works his broken beat magic on 'What You Know'. Elsewhere Detroit Swindle bring a tougher slant on soul-rooted house music to the table, while PBR Streetgang aim straight for your pleasure centre with the soaring 'Madame Z'. And that's just the half of it...
Review: If you like your house music to be big, bold, celebratory and served with lashings of mirrorball-friendly disco flavours, this expansive compilation from CR2 should be right up your alley. It boasts plenty of tracks and remixes from modern masters of the revivalist disco scene (think Dr Packer, the Reflex, Birdee, and Sneaky Sound System) plus bona fide legends of the scene who have been operative since the original days of disco-house in the mid-to-late 1990s (Dimitri From Paris, Mousse T, Lenny Fontana and Rhythm Masters, to name just four). The plentiful highlights include Phil Fuldner's fine rework of Get To Know's chunky "I Just Love", the swirling, string-drenched peak-time rush of Exhibit A's "G Minor", Casual Connection's hybrid electrofunk/nu-disco revision of Sneaky Sound System's "Can't Help The Way I Feel" and the all-action, filter-sporting cheeriness of sometime Greenskeepers man James Curd's ace "Shake Yourself".
Review: If you're after a near faultless selection of peak-time ready house and disco jams, this special Amsterdam Dance Event compilation from Yam Who's Black Riot could just be the ticket. There's a good mixture of fresh floor-fillers - see the sample-heavy, boompty style Chicago house pulse of The Phantom Revenge's "Workout Music", Phonik D's piano-laden disco-house romp "Talking Vintage" and the smooth, life-affirming deep house warmth of Thatmanmonkz's hazy revision of Amp Fiddler's "Your Love Is All I Need" - and recent revisions of classic cuts. In this category you've find a superb Hi-Fi Sean revision of Psychotropic's rave-era anthem "Hypnotic", a sparkling Kiko Navarro re-make of Kenny "Jammin" Jason's "Can U Dance 2015" and a wonderful, filter-sporting disco-house take on CN Williams "Mr Bump Man" by Yam Who and Jaegerossa.
Review: Melbourne's Circa Trax are back, following up some great releases recently by the likes of Holmes John, Tim Light and Peekay with this new one by a couple of right legends. US veteran Junior Sanchez teams up with Chicago deep house vethero now based in Adelaide James Curd (Greenskeepers) on "Everybody Wants" - a funked-up and loopy disco jam delivered in both artist's trademark style. There are some great remixes too: Curd himself steps up to give the track a lo-slung makeover, while Superlover elevates the track with a powerful funky house style of flavour. Finally, Jerk Boy goes deeper into the night with his smooth and sensual perspective.
Review: Perhaps best known as the founding (and since 2008 only) member of Classic faves Greenskeepers, James Curd knows a thing or two about crafting a quality house groove after 20 years in the game, and this latest EP for Yam Who?'s Midnight Riot label is no exception! The bouncy 'You Give Me Pleasure' opens the EP with crisp beats, a lolloping b-line, spoken male vox with a female chorus and a touch of acid. 'Love Motion' itself follows, a heads-down, 131bpm roller with a sparkling two-note piano riff and head-fried synths galore, before a Radio Edit of 'You Give Me Pleasure' completes the package.
Review: It's that time of year again: London's CR2 are heading over to Miami for the Winter Music Conference - where deals are made and stars are born. It's electronic music's biggest party of the year and these guys have a swag of surefire dancefloor bombs to set the club alight. Miami Underground 2019 features almost three dozen grooves that will all take your fancy we're pretty sure, with highlights not limited to: Aussie outfit Sneaky Sound System doing their thing on "Can't Help The Way That I Feel" (David Penn remix - extended mix), Chicago legend James Curd on the lo-slung disco funk of "Free Me" (extended mix), Reelow delivering some tough rolling tech on "Bad Swinger", CASSIMM bangin' one out for the main room on the druggy "Work Out" (extended mix) and Leeds favourite Jey Kurmis (Hot Creations) getting deep down and dirty for the afterhours on "About Knapp".