Phil Weeks - "Jack To My Groove" (Around7 edit) - (5:46) 122 BPM
Review: Phil Week's Robsoul imprint launches its new Robsoul Edits series, inaugurated by up and coming Frenchman Around7. To quote Phil Weeks himself "whether its reworking for the dancefloor, tweaking for your tastebuds or looking to inject a new freshness to the funk, the best edits are always remembered". Highlights include edits of Dave Dubbz "Lost In The Past" which sounds like DJ Sneak circa Sneaky Trax II, Parisian DJ W!ld's deep groove "Disco & Shit" and probably one of the most needed edits of all: a splice up of Lorenzo's classic "Get Deep" from 2006. Nail of UK legends Bent also appears; Around7's edit of his track "Sweet Feet" from last year gets a pretty decent re-rub too, we must say.
Review: This summer, Steve Lawler is hosting a midweek party at Sankeys Ibiza under the Viva Warriors title. Here, he joins forces with fellow resident Darius Syrossian to lay down a two disc mix set that touches on all of his usual inspirations. That means an atmospheric trawl through nuggety darkroom house, tribal flavours and murky tech-house, with additional helpings of basement-baiting New York deepness and European fluidity. In truth, Viva Warriors is arguably more fun and upbeat than many of Lawler's recent mixes, suggesting a new-found love of reaching out for the lasers and hip-wigglin' groovery. Maybe that's Syrossian's influence; either way, it makes for an enjoyable two-disc mix-up.