Review: A Portsmouth lad done good, Junior Gee makes a welcome return to 8bit Records after the success of the Kerfuffle EP last year. On "Brothers" his approach to tidy, functional deep house keeps the percussive loops rolling steadily while the atmospheric sweeps of distant vocal add a touch of fluffy soul. "Don Berrioni" meanwhile turns the heat up with a tougher groove, bouncing off a hooky chord stab that could fill a big room without losing the depth of the overall production, before DJ tool "Shinjuku Playground" drops a strict beat to be worked in all manner of mixes. "Something About Me" gets a touch more playful to round the EP off with a solid vocal lick that worms its way into another steadfast tech house roller.
Review: Nick Curly's 8 bit is still at it and doing what it does best: sure-fire tech house executed to perfection, this time courtesy of the UK's Junior Gee who's also done stuff on Plastic City, Material Series, Bondage Music and Danse Club. "Run For Your Life" is so typical of the 8 bit sound you'll love it. Dark and sleazy groove for late night dancefloors with a tribal edge: this is serious. On the other hand "Mushroom Mountain" is more uplifting and adrenalised with it's immersive and hypnotic layers of pads supporting some epic reverberated vocal samples and tightly programmed rhythm.
Review: Previously spotted on 8Bit and Suruba, Portsmouth's Plastic Gee makes his debut on OG Mannheim imprint Plastic City with two stone cold, chugged-out head-dazers. "Cloud9" thumps along with an elephant-like tribal kick and a warped spiralling sample that decays further and further into the subs in a hypnotic insistent style. "Backchat" strips back the layers for a more spacious percussive beat that's not dissimilar to the classic sounds of Chus & Cebellos. Watch out for those majestic pipes creeping up from the background! Hypnobliss.
Review: Nick Curly's Mannheim based 8-bit recordings is still going a strong. The tech house institution has launched the careers of everyone from Lewie Day and Mic Newman through to fellow Germans Johnny D and SIS over its decade long run, so you can rest assured they know what works on the dancefloor. This time around it's their current batch of young guns telling it how it is. First up System2 gives us "Jack Off" which fits in with 8-bit's modus operandi just perfectly on this deep and slinky tech house groove with intermittent diva vocal samples and syncopated rhythms. Junior Gee also gets on board with "Dancin' Solo" which you could imagine Nick Curly himself playing to a pre peak time crowd on the island; it's a deep and tripping track for cruise control. Finally Liverpool rising star Lewis Boardman gives us the funky and energetic "Get On" full of exotic percussion, hands in the air vocal stabs and dancefloor detonating bass frequencies.