Review: 1990s deep house survivor Jovonn is set to release a new album in the autumn. Before that, he's decided to let us tale a peak inside his bulging vaults via a six-track set of "Lost Traxx". His love of fluttering, new age house style synth lines comes to the fore on beautiful, organ-rich opener "Work", while "Lost in Bass" is a heads-down, basement-ready roller from the point when New York and New Jersey producers were looking to the North of England for inspiration. Ultra-positivity is provided via the jazz piano solos of "Movin Pianos", the Roy Ayers style vibraphone work on "Not The Way", while closer "The Deepest Moov", all tactile, synth-driven grooves and jammed-out electric piano solos, more than lives up to its name.
Review: Two heroes of the new breed kick off a new mix series for Jamie Jones' esteemed Hot Creations imprint. Jones began Paradise at DC10 (Ibiza) five years ago and it's gone on to be a huge success, inviting the biggest names in the business to come play alongside his crew of residents. The first mix is courtesy of Toronto's Nathan Barato, a frequent collaborator with local heroes such as Carlo Lio and The Junkies and whose career has been on the rise with releases on Cajual, Saved, Circus and Defected. Highlights include the Derrick Carter classic "Where Ya At?" (Mix Originale), Makam's brooding "Loleatta" and Jared Wilson's rusty acid odyssey "Girl, I'm Waitin". UK talent Patrick Topping this year completed his third summer as resident at DC10 in Ibiza for Paradise. Here Topping showcases the sound and style of his sets with high energy from the word go. His mix features several of his own productions guaranteed for maximum dancefloor impact, as well as Metaboman's lo-slung and exotic "Next Please" through to Dave Clarke's massive remix of Jark Prongo's "Movin Thru Your System".
Review: Here's something to set the pulse racing: a digital-only roundup of some of the best 2014 releases from Amsterdam heavyweights Rush Hour, and their associated labels. As you'd expect, there's a mix of fresh material, reissues (see Push/Pull's ace "Bang The Drums" and "Africa", and the sinewy deep house of Vincent Floyd's 1990 gem "Your Eyes") and lesser-known album tracks (the undulating jazz-house brilliance of Awanto3's "Bubbles Made Me Cry"). It makes for a great listen, of course, with plenty of top-notch dancefloor moments for DJs willing to mix it up. Contrast, for example, the Detroit electro of DJ Stingray's "Temporary Bond", the picturesque, sub-aquatic techno of Population One, and the glitchy, midtempo warmth of Joris Voorn's "The Recipe".