Review: When they clicked at a showcase organized by Richy Ahmed last year, Ben Rau and the Jansons decided to join forces in the studio and make music together. This two-tracker showcases the first fruits of their collaborative labour. Lead cut "The Player" is particularly potent, with the fast-rising producers wrapping razor-sharp, mind-altering acid lines and sweaty female vocal samples around a booming, bass-heavy big room house groove. They change tack on "Le Fonque", employing dreamy electronics, breathless vocal snippets and jaunty, funk-fuelled bass on a touch chunk of mid-set deep house with definite funky house flourishes. It's nowhere near as muscular and breathless as its predecessor, but every bit as alluring.
Review: London producer Jansons is the latest artist to appear on Hot Since 82's label - and this diverse release suggests that this is not the last we will hear of him. "Ensemble" blurs the boundaries between house and techno with its buzzing bass and insistent back beats, while on "Spinnin", he takes inspiration from the sound of late 90s West Coast house to create a hazy, dub-heavy tribal groove. Most impressive is the title track, where insistent piano keys and a ponderous spoken word vocal crash in over a jittery, jacking track. Phil Weeks turns it into a spiky percussive affair on his rework, while Doc Martin's take on "Spinnin" sees the veteran US producer add some tripped out disco flavour to the mix.
Review: Michael Jansons has released on labels like Knee Deep In Sound, and recently 8-bit. He's back in action but this time on Yousef's Circus Recordings out of Liverpool with the tough rolling main-room tech house of "Switch", featuring some infectious female rap vocals atop. The Funk Dub up next is more sunny and uplifting, with its sexy latin flair and finally "Octave" hammers the message home in Motor City inspired hi-tech soul fashion - mad chord progression on this one. Top!
Review: As Hot Since 82 is in the midst of the second season of his Labyrinth residency at Pacha Ibiza, his Knee Deep In Sound label present their annual sampler inspired by the island. As always these albums are an opportunity to showcase up and coming talent, with the remit being tracks that are working on the dancefloor for the label boss both in Ibiza and beyond. Highlights include Spanish power duo Chus & Ceballos' dub laden hypnotism on "Ain't Nobody", French legend Oxia's electrifying peak time tool "Instinct" and even a bit of German-style dancefloor drama on the suspense filled "Night Crawler" by Hauswerks. Fellow German (speakers!) Dennes Deen and Philipp Strab from Austria contribute also, with the sexy and slinky prog house groove of "Haunted Drums".
Review: With Ibiza's extended summer season almost upon us, Toolroom has served up a suitably epic collection of cuts that it expects to be big on the White Isle this summer. Label boss Mark Knight has provided a trio of DJ mixes ("Poolside", "Club" and "Afterclub") and the unmixed tracks included all fit into these loose categories. There's not enough room to list all of the highlights, but we've been enjoying the funk-fuelled disco-house rush of Illyus and Barrientos' "The One", the sleazy, bass-heavy bounce of Max Chapman's "Steppa", the acid-powered tech-house-jack of Del-30's "Gravity" and the weighty, mind-altering thump of "Low End Theory" by Eli Brown.