Review: A stalwart on labels such as Dynamic, KX, Crosstown Rebels and his own ELEMENTS, Sweden's Jonas Rathsman returns with his new one for Anja Schendier's Mobilee imprint. 'No Surprise' is the EP you might expect from an artist championed by the likes of Pete Tong; the title track has that futuristic style of melodic deep house with a hint of Afro house elements and charming vocals, followed by the slinky and hypnotic mood music of "Fading Memories". Closing out this terrific EP is the heartfelt and bittersweet ambient epic "Uno" which is perfect to open or close a DJ set on a rather evocative note.
Review: Alongside the likes of yourself, you can bet that Mark Knight & Co. will be also be a known presence at Amsterdam Dance Event in 2018 and indeed they'll be well prepared with the appropriate tools - as this killer compilation proves. Highlights on this annual edition come from Maceo Plex - whose remix of "Nervous Tics" (feat Holly Walker) by hot British duo Maribou State takes you to the dark side, label chief Knight's massive rework of Sterling Void's eternal anthem "It's Alright" (feat Paris Brightledge) will surely get the hands in the air, as will Adesse Versions' edit of legend Kerri Chandler's "The Boom Can" and many others over the collection's five dozen tracks. To take you through every part of your trip, the album comes complete with three perfectly crafted and perfectly primed mixes.
Review: Hamburg's Diynamic are back with some pretty fierce tracks on Four To The Floor 06, quite a departure from the label's usual deep house sound. Pig&Dan's "Growler" is a storming peak time techno weapon with a furious beat, slamming synth stabs and a big drop: all you need really. Israeli progressive house hero Guy Mantzur appears too with "Trees Of Eden" which goes more for the Life & Death style moody and melodic journey track style. Brazil's ANNA serves up a driving, tunnelling and restrained groove on cruise control with "Odd Concept" while Jonas Rathsman serves up one of the most epic arpeggiations of the year on his monster "Cobalt".