Review: Since arriving on the house scene about three years ago, Daley Padley aka HS82, has soared to some dizzying heights. Having already released a mix album with Pete Tong this year, he's now back with a solo one, 2015: The Review. Its full of fresh, upbeat house productions, some of our faves include Montel's disorientating "I Cant Remember", Sindey Charles and Sante's acid-pop stomper "Blade" and the retro 80s chaos of vintage jacker "Libertine" by Steve Lawler.
Review: Manchester's Kaluki Music are back and this time with London tech house heroes Leftwing & Kody who really cannot put a foot wrong these days and following in form is this collection of killers on the Sub Syndrome EP. First up the title track is just made of peak time main room mayhem on The White Isle with its bad rolling, tough shuffling groove plus the right amount of darkness. Next up "Binary" with its hands in the air melody and pitch shifted vocal samples gets even more druggy and adrenalised and perfect to make that transition in your set: taking them higher! Finally "I See You" is more functional and hypnotic to take it down a notch, but still holds the suspense; the bass on this one absolutely blows the doors off too!
Review: Leftwing & Kody's debut on seminal UK label Solid Grooves is sure to cause a stir. The pair, who have worked for well-known labels like Truesoul and Relief, have delivered an EP that is influenced by the rude, raw sound of UK garage. The title track, already played by tens of thousands of fans online, is a rough roller, featuring tough drums and rude, time-stretched vocals. "Who Can Draw" goes even farther down that route; based on a bowel-shaking sub-bass, its snares roll and rhythm bounces as a backdrop to the 'who's the badman' vocal sample. It's sure to be a summer bomb.
Review: Under No Illusion is a label owned and run by Ki Creighton: who is no stranger to house music. He has been on the scene since the early 90s and has been majorly influencing matters both north and south of the border. As a producer / DJ and label boss at the aforementioned, as well as one half of Carlisle based Superbrand Uber he is crtainly a busy man. Based in Annan (south west Scotland), this year will see Ki release tracks on his own UNI imprint as well as Yousef's highly regarded Circus Recordings. Highlights on the label's second various artists compilation include: Italian Pirupa's rolling peak time tech house monster "Everyday" and Lost head honchos Leftwing & Kody who bring the goods as always on their jacking killer "Drum Roll" that really lives up to its name. Expecting to be hearing these jams on The White Isle this summer.
Review: It's that time of year again when all the industry heavyweights and wannabes alike converge in Miami for WMC. Deals are signed, hits are made and stars are born and the likes of Hot Since '82 and his Knee Deep In Sound imprint are playing centre stage. This compilation no doubt showcases what had hands in the air on Nikki beach's dancefloors this Summer such as Moonwalk's absolutely massive "Reflection"; the perfect track to transition into the peak time and possibly the most razor sharp bassline you'll hear all year. Honourable mentions also to Anhouser & Who Else who get well funky and progressive on "Apology" which sounds like it could have been on Sasha & Digweed's Northern Exposure a good twenty years ago and Outstrip's "Galosha" definitely the most fierce cut on here; a stripped back, slinky tech house tool that's made more the late shift.