Review: This is not the first compilation to drop whose sole aim is to raise funds for NHS Chartities Together - R&S Records and Bass Agenda both delivered similarly epic sets - but "Care4Life" may well be the strongest and most diverse. As you'd expect, each one of the 45 tracks is previously unreleased, and the cast list reads like a who's who of dance music culture. Notable highlights include an ultra-deep, saucer-eyed number from Daniel Avery, an unheard rework of the Chemical Brothers' "Catch Me I'm Falling", a superb revision of Harvey's Locussolus project by Kiwi, Matthew Herbert in jazzy broken beat mode, a rare solo outing from Optimo's JD Twitch, a rip-roaring rave workout from Jas Shaw, and thumping peak-time bangers from Dusky, Eats Everything and Patrick Topping.
Review: Hot Chip founder and one-half of The 2 Bears Goddard teams up with London-based producer Alex Warren on a four-track EP that demonstrates the pair's shared love of vintage Chicago house and Detroit techno sounds. Goddard's 'Jack Come Back' centres around a 303 bassline, 909 drum hits and a spoken/chanted vocal intoning the title, while the Detroit-y 'Moebius Trip' is pacier BPM-wise, yet somehow still more reflective in feel. As for Warren's contributions, 'LakE' tops a dark, 303-tinged backdrop with stuttering cut-up vox that sound almost tribal, while 'KatE', the most contemporary-sounding cut here, is all insistent, live-sounding bass, synth swirls and disembodied vocal fragments.
Review: Here, happy collaborators Mixhell, Joe Goddard and Mutado Pintado return to action following the success of 2016 debut EP Crocodile Boots. As the title suggests, lead cut "Strong & Wrong" is ballsy and off-kilter, with spoken word vocals, lo-fi electronic melodies and hazy chords rising above a bustling groove dominated by a raw analogue style bassline that wouldn't sound out of place on a Syclops record. The poetic, Jack Kerouac style spoken vocals once again come to the fore on the sweeter, slower and dreamier bonus cut "Bella", which makes great use of Latin chorus vocals and a bouncy, pitched-down Afro-house rhythm. Mixhell goes solo on closer "In Our Sleep", a hugely atmospheric and percussive cut rich in loose-limbed, stereo panned drum solos, blissful synthesizer melodies and rumbling sub-bass.
Review: Michael Mayer's deeply majestic and romantic "For You" featuring Hot Chip's Joe Goddard on vocals was a hit in late 2016 and now gets a series of brilliant remixes by the one and only DJ Koze. The man from Hamburg delivers a bunch of equally dreamy and candlelit renditions; in particular the "Mbira Mix" which accentuates those ethereal and mesmerising bell tones from the original into something even more hypnotising and special. The "Club Mix" however is definitely a great upbeat rendition were the harbour city hero works his magic as always; creating an epic moment of life affirming bliss for late night dancefloors.