Review: Catz 'N' Dogz, one of the first Polish house acts to achieve international success, has decided the time is right for a two-part, "cultural statement of intent from their country's great thinkers, creators, collaborators and disruptors in electronic music". This first part of the all-Polish compilation series is naturally full of intoxicating but varied dancefloor treats. Compare and contrast the Orbital-goes-dream house lusciousness of Earth Trax's "Horyzont", Kuba Sojka's dubby and hypnotic, late night tech-house trip "Walkin Bass" and the lo-fi house fuzz served up by The Analog Roland Orchestra. Best of all, though, is Das Komplex's epic remix of Till von Sein and Aera's "Dynamite", which bubbles away on a Balearic dub disco tip for 10 mesmerizing minutes.
Review: Talented Polish producer Kuba Sojka takes a break from releasing on Jamal Moss's Mathematics Recordings imprint to deliver an impressive trio of cuts for Dogmatik. In its original form, "You Can't Take It" is a tough, atmospheric chunk of droning late night tech-house, all "Energy Flash" acid stabs, drifting vocal samples, drawn-out chords and urgent grooves. Brilliantly, there's also a total remake in a hazy, lazy, sunshine-flecked modern boogie style (check the drifting trumpet solos and rubbery electric bass). You couldn't get any more different, really, but it's a superb rework. Bonus cut "Don't Be Shy" is an intriguing effort, too, sitting somewhere between UK garage, deep house and synth-heavy electrofunk. The boy's got skills.