Review: Ed Banger veteran Feadz touches down on France's Because Music with a scintillating, rip-roaring debut LP which travels to all possible corners of the bass spectrum. From jittering house productions to sweltering low-end-nastiness, this a real testament to the dancefloor. Tracks like "Metaman", "Stickbuilders" and "Wettex" are truly capable of some serous damage to the chest and we don't even wanna think what happened in the mastering studio when they were being cut. Hold tight, bass crew.
Review: Cult St. Petersburg DJ/producer Kito Jempere (aka Kirill Sergeev) regularly plays at hot venues like Watergate in Berlin and festivals like Stop Making Sense, whilst releasing music on the likes of Hell Yeah!, Dirt Crew and Lo Recordings. Here his Objects LP gets tackled by a host of his contemporaries with impressive results. Highlights include the melancholic emptiness of HNNY's "Typewriter" rework, the touchy feely, early hours sparkle of Selvy's 'interpretation' of "Selvy" and the arpeggiated 303 chime-a-thon "Lumo" (Simple Symmetry remix).
Review: Viscera Transmissions' first 'Galactic Service Broadcasting' comp was released back in May, as a fundraiser for charities supporting the UK's National Health Service; now here comes Volume 2, with profits this time going to the homeless charity Shelter. With 16 tracks from as many artists to choose from, there's a fair degree of stylistic variety on offer, from the acid electro throb of Duncan Gray's 'Punish' to JMII's floaty, proggy 'Intika', but the emphasis generally is on that region of the contemporary disco spectrum where Italo, EBM and experimental electronica collide, with occasional forays too - as on Owain K's 'Quantum Leap' - into deep house territory. Interesting stuff all round.
Jimpster - "Ceilings" (feat Laura Barrick) - (6:31) 124 BPM
Brian Ring - "Love Taken Over" - (7:21) 123 BPM
Clavis - "Cydalise" - (6:32) 123 BPM
Shur-i-kan - "Beach Life" - (5:59) 122 BPM
Review: Its 20 years of Jamie Odell aka Jimpster's revered deep house imprint and he's celebrating in great style with this 20 track compilation that demonstrates that business is as good as ever and they're testament to how much the label has remained relevant. The label head honcho himself appears of course; first with Luv Jam on the smooth and dubby "We Play Pads" and the sombre and emotive "Ceilings" featuring Laura Barrick. Other highlights include Bulgarian hardware maverick KiNK's "Roads", Detroit Swindle's fiercely bumpin' "Race Against The Machine" and Pittsburgh Track Authority's magnificent high tech soul jam "Oculus Sinister".
Review: The Main Course label keeps getting stronger and stronger, a powerful beast that offers consistently high levels of bass and more. This is the third chapter of their Year compilations and, once again, we're presented with a heavy assortment of gnarly rhythms from players like Kid Kamillon, Damn Kids, Kito, Three Mike B. The thing is, if you're looking for a good dose of contemporary base that sits all under one hefty compilation, you've pretty much struck gold with this.
Review: In the second round of surefire house goodness from a celebratory Freerange Recordings, your ears and record decks get treated to four slices of contemporary tackle from a spread of artists committed to pushing things forwards. Luv Jam kicks up the dust with a playful sensibility on the bouncy "Hamburglar" before Esa & Mervin Granger take a more fluid approach to deepest house with "Goema Heat". On the flip Freerange mainstay Manuel Tur brings some serious emotion to his piano notes without losing the funk on "Laguenesie", and Kito Jempere slides into squishy dub tones with a little help from Jerry The Cat and Ruslan Gadzhimuradov for "This Is Why We Do This".
Review: Many happy returns to Germany's Dirt Crew Recordings imprint, which this year celebrates a decade of deep and tech-house releases. For this celebratory collection, they've decided to take a slightly different approach, eschewing label classics and forgotten gems in favour of new cuts from familiar and lesser-known artists. There's naturally much to admire, from the heavy, Soundstream-do-deep house loopiness of Yosa's "Love Me" and the surging deep house funk of Timothy Blake's "The Town is Quiet", to the woozy, Ame-ish rush of Matt Masters' "6&3 Twos". Tigerskin does his bit for the label's old guard with "Ad Lib Robot", a bouncy, soul-flecked acid jam that's one of the compilation's genuine highlights.