Forces (Dantiez & Andre Salmon remix) - (7:40) 130 BPM
Savage & Beyond (Rebuke remix) - (5:58) 130 BPM
Anongay (Robert Hood remix) - (6:39) 130 BPM
Velocity Funk (Wehbba remix) - (6:04) 132 BPM
Behold (DJ Bone remix) - (6:26) 128 BPM
Human Bond (RRoxymore remix) - (6:13) 129 BPM
Banjo (Funk D'void remix) - (9:15) 127 BPM
Feel The Mood (Justin Cholewski remix) - (6:00) 128 BPM
Review: Drumcode delivers a heavyweight package to mark its 250th release, commissioning a stellar list of house and techno artists to remix Kevin Saunderson's finest work. Len Faki drops a chugging, tribal take on Saunderson's "World of Deep" as E-Dancer, while Paul Woolford adds menacing sub-bass and frazzled filters to the evergreen late 80s track "Rock To The Beat", recorded as Reese. There's also good representation from Detroit on this compilation, with DJ Bone delivering a rich, chord-heavy take on "Behold", and Robert Hood adding steely drums and swirling pads to Inner City's "Anongay". Drumcode also deserves kudos for providing a platform to rRoxymore, who turns "Human Bond" into a rickety, stripped back affair.
Review: Here's a rather epic proposition: a 33-track collection from Toolroom that not only boasts 32 classic, little known and unheard remixes from the label's vaults, but also a CD-length bonus mix. With tracks seemingly taken from the entirety of the label's existence to date, there are plenty of forgotten gems - think remixes by D Ramirez, Funk D'Void, Full Intention, and Copywright - as well as inspired reworks from such contemporary heroes as Dusky (a suitably reverential rub of Cloud 9's 1993 US garage classic "Do You Want Me Baby"), Tensnake (a typically touchy-feely rework of Jake Island) and Doorly (a bouncy UK bass-house interpretation of Steve 'Silk' Hurley's "Jack Your Body").
Review: Phwoar! Whether you've experienced this crew's massive arena-filling Exodus parties or not, this 32-track release is a fitting finale to yet another monstrous year for Chuckie and friends. A sizzling sonic snapshot of the Dirty Dutch family their most extended, we're treated to cuts from across the board - from the rampant tech-electro of Marco V's "Solid Sounds" to the groovier, squelchier vibes of Sebastian Leger's rub of Format B. A true spread with every hour of the night in mind, this is the most comprehensive project the double D crew have curated to date.
Kweku Saunderson - "Inuenndo" (Battle Of The Basslines mix) - (10:04) 127 BPM
Review: Helping KMS to mark a quarter century in business is Rick Perez, who won an online remix competition, where Saunderson himself was the judge. Perez' version of "Roll On" is a fitting tribute to the KMS label, with a menacing bass building through the drummy track, eventually dominating the arrangement and relegating the sensuous chords and forceful drums to the background. Meanwhile, Kweku Saunderson himself remixes "Innuendo". It seems like the Saundersons can never resist the allure of a throbbing low end and once again it's the menacing sub bass that dominates, snaking through the dubby arrangement like an eel slipping through a swamp
Review: Kevin Saunderson's label has released so many classics that this compilation celebrating its quarter century is an embarrassment of riches. Classics provides an insight into Saunderson's diversity as a producer; from the classic late 80s/early 90s Detroit techno-house of "Rock to the Beat" and "The Groove That Won't Stop" through the pop techno of "Good Life" and the deeper, bass-heavy sound of his E-Dancer project, represented here by "World of Deep" and "Bassline", this is a well-rounded snapshot of Saunderson's best-known releases and projects. However, it also wins extra kudos for including some obscure gems like the classy, ominous vocal-led house of "Forces", reorded under the Essa guise.