Review: Here is the third installment of Watergate Affairs, after a long break and as always focusing on emerging talent. Danish duo Baime contribute the hypnotic journey into the exotic that is "Majka", Tel Aviv's Kadosh returns to the label after featuring on the Adana Twins' 'Watergate 25' compilation last year. His track is the seductive "Better Days" - a dreamy and evocative composition that you could imagine Lee Burridge playing on a sunny rooftop, while Argentinian Kintar provides some moody dancefloor drama on the riveting "Paradisou". Another Argentinian producer appears in the form of Kevin Di Serna with "Lucero Del Alma" which continues on with those heartfelt and glassy-eyed narratives for the dancefloor.
Human Element - "Zuzmara" (original mix) - (8:52) 124 BPM
Alex Metric & Ten Ven - "Saudade" - (6:50) 122 BPM
M.E.M.O. - "Ormus" - (7:22) 81 BPM
Review: Like its' predecessors, this year's edition of Armada Deep's annual Miami WMC themed compilation is an absolute treasure trove of dancefloor treats for DJs who enjoy the more melodious, soaring and electronic end of the house spectrum. It boasts no less than 40 full-length, floor-friendly cuts, including tracks from some of the biggest names in the game. With such an epic track listing, picking highlights is tough. Our personal favourites include Dixon's atmospheric, crackling and beautiful remix of Amberoom's "Kastell", the grandiose breakdowns, swirling electronics and Balearic guitar flourishes of Tube, Berger and Alegant's "Cure", the rolling warmth of the Brett Johnson Dub of Infinity Ink's "Rushing Back", and the pitched-down throb of Moscoman's celebration remix of Three Drives on a Vinyl's vintage trance classic "Greece 2000".
Review: In order to release more music from exciting young artists, the Stereo MCs run connected is launching connectedbeats edition 1. The first in this new series puts out great music from connected friends and allies 'that would otherwise be unable to get a release with the label because of a busy schedule.' Highlights not limited to Yourr's dreamy and exotic Afro house journey "Molo", the label bosses Stereo MCs then deliver the slinky and hypnotic "Tender Unto You", the epic dancefloor drama of "Tala" by West & Hill, the moody vocal-led tension and suspense of "Sewan" by Claudio Ricci and ending with a major climax with the mentalist main room epic "Wazimu" by Soandslow - which calls to mind classic Innervisions aesthetics.
Review: Well it is that time again: revered Berlin imprint Innervisions presents the 11th installment in the acclaimed Secret Weapons series, and as always does exactly what it says on the tin. Expect the very best in emotive house and melodic techno as curated by Ame and Dixon - who stated quite succinctly themselves as "to create vivid moments, be it after hours or peak-time.' Highlights coming courtesy of rising Spaniard Pablo Fierra on the folk-inflected/sunkissed vibe of "Tel Aviv To Casablanca", the return or veteran British producer Thomas Gandey (Cagedbaby) who teams up with Santiago Garcia on the spooky dancefloor drama of "On Two Strangers", Israel's Yotam Avni who continues his impressive run of tracks into 2019 on the utterly hypnotic "Regis Is For Regisford" while label staple Denis Horvat gets into some properly futuristic groove action with "Vetiver".
Review: Berlin clubbing institution Watergate proudly present the 25th edition of their Watergate compilation series, mixed and compiled by Hanseatic tech house heroes Adana Twins. It is the first Watergate mix that consists of 100% new and unreleased tracks from the likes of Lehar, Acid Pauli and Musumeci and two new works from the pair. They are releasing the exclusive material on separate EPs after the mix, with Part 2 here featuring such highlights as Adana Twins themselves on the moody dancefloor drama of "Ocelotes", Andre Hommen delving into hypnotic and evocative territory on "Nowadays", and Daniel Bortz/Sascha Sibler delivering some seriously sensual and slinky tech house on "Yuppie".