Review: Annan's Ki Creighton has been DJing since the '90s and on the production front has released on some serious labels down the years - including Elrow, Snatch, Circus, 8bit, Lost Recordings and more. He collaborates with London based singer/songwriter Jem Cooke on the sexy and slinky tech house of "Love Is Here" (original mix), the dub version up next allows for a more driving and hypnotic perspective with more dancefloor dynamic. Then, the remix by Dutch rising star Franky Rizardo will mesmerize you with its hypnotic use of melody, lush assortment of soft synth leads and sturdy rhythm action - all supporting Cooke's seductive vocal contribution.
Review: Following well-supported singles on Simma Black, Madtech, DFTD and Toolroom, tech-house stalwart Made By Pete makes his bow on powder house megalith Crosstown Rebels. In its original form, "So Long" is something of a humid and intoxicating treat, with Jem Cooke's ethereal vocals seemingly drifting above a humid, feverish backing track rich in shuffling, tribal-influenced drums and a booming bassline reminiscent of Jaydee classic "Plastic Dreams". Solomun steps up to remix first, giving the track a more obviously electronic feel and intoxicating tech-house vibe, before Audiojack makes it bigger, bolder and brassier. Bonus cut "Modify Saturn", a deep Afro-tech cut blessed with dense percussion, nagging electronics and suitably stretched-out breakdowns, is also impressive.