Review: In the decade since it was established, Solomon's label has gone from underground outfit to the home of Boiler Room-leveling anthems. The most notable thing though is that it hasn't lost its identity along the way -and it still puts out killer underground house. Dee Montero's "Halcyon" is a classic Diynamic tune, with soaring, dramatic strings taking off over a building electronic groove. It's exactly the kind of tune that the label is known and respected for. On Thyladomid's "Exit", the mood changes - crashing percussion and underpinning a cacophony of acid-led trippiness, while Raxon's "Nebular" is a menacing, minimal affair, resounding to rolling snares. Closing the release is Lopezhouse's "Dark Place", which resounds to an acid-soaked throbbing groove.
Review: Lopezhouse are a duo consisting of David Lopez and Carlos Cruz from La Mancha, Spain. They return to John Digweed's esteemed Bedrock label after some great releases recently on Hafendisko and Sincopat. Their new Sunburst EP features the strobed-out and entrancing title track, which will entice you onto the dancefloor with its slinky aesthetic, the tech house vibe continues on the infectious minimal bounce of "Midnight Sun", the slo-mo chill house of "Strumming Bridges" and closing out this wonderful outing is the evocative mood music of "Pinksauce" which is perfect to hear as the morning sun comes shining through the windows.
Adana Twins - "Strange" (Acid Pauli & Nu remix) - (7:25) 120 BPM
Compuphonic - "Metropolis" - (3:17) 116 BPM
Review: Ten years of tech house powerhouse Exploited's exploits - pardon the pun! A born and bred Berliner, Shir Khan started the label in his home city in 2007. The imprint now plays host to a who's who in the current tech-house climate - including Adana Twins, Doctor Dru, Claptone, Joyce Muniz, Urulu and Cocolores to name a few. Its artists have been receiving full support from tastemakers such as Pete Tong, Soul Clap, Wolf & Lamb and Kraak & Smaak. All the usual suspects appear here: many golden oldies and even some newbie surprises too - perfect for the Christmas season and to forecast trends moving forward into 2018. To prove their relevance, they've served up a whopper of a compilation: over five dozen tracks showcasing their illustrious discography. We are certain that these are timeless grooves and will prove to be just as relevant another decade.
Some of these go as far back as 2009! Take for instance Malente & Dex feat. Analogik's "Gipsy Kings" which homed in that whole loopy latin house trend - popularised by similar tunes like "We No Speak Americano". Swedish electro house dons Zoo Brazil appear as well, with their 2012 dancefloor hit "Rock The House", then get deep and slinky with Moodymanc's 2013 sleeper hit "Joy" (Ralph Lawson Dub). They were even doing jazzy/dusty deep house as far back as 2011, like on Homework's "Whipped Cream". Remember Serge Santiago's remix of Murphy Jax's "Let's Get To It" featuring the inimitable Mike Dunn? It's here!
But when best describing the label's success thus far, we'd have to give honorable mentions to the true staples of the label. The legendary Chicagoan James Curd (formerly one half of the Greenskeepers) has kept on going from his new home of Adelaide, Australia and served up some of his best work in years. The emotive and bittersweet "Forever My Friend" is just one example. Likewise, Belgium's Compuphonic appears several times also - his recent hit from earlier this year "Metropolis" appears in all its soulful and evocative glory. Here's to another 10 guys, cheers!
Review: The premise behind Leftroom's sister label, Left'd, is almost needlessly simple. It was set up in early 2012 as an outlet for material from new, up and coming and little-known artists. By and large, the artists they pick are in the first flush of their careers, taking their formative steps in the business. Going by this first round up of label releases to date, there are a fair few producers to watch amongst Left'd's 2012 intake. We'll surely be hearing more from the likes of JammHot, Pierre Codarin (whose electrofunk-meets boompty jam "Right Now" stands out) and Andrea Gludice, all of who confidently skirt round the edges of the tech-tinged deep house sound.