Review: Running Back's occasional One Swallow Doesn't Make a Summer EPs are always worth a listen, not least because there's no filler or fluff - just a string of tried-and-tested club workouts from a variety of artists. Volume three in the series begins in muscular, pumped-up fashion via some sweat-soaked Italo-disco-meets-Hi-NRG revivalism from Berlin twosome Cryk, before Snad takes over via the rubbery synth-bass, sparkling synths and jaunty breakbeat house grooves of 'The Most Euphoric Moment of My Life'. Voon's 'Brando' is a cheeky fusion of bubbly Euro-disco bass, unfussy machine beats and surging synthesizer melodies, while Lukas Lehman's 'Juno Cuts a Caper' expertly joins the dots between dreamy deep house and shimmering, life-affirming synthesizer soundscapes.
Review: There's naturally plenty to set the pulse racing on this collection of "Footure Classics" (we chuckled, at least) from Phonk D's reliable Footjob imprint. Former Stupid Human regular Le Rubique kicks things off with the loose and groovy "Pata Pata", where elongated organ chords, disco style bass guitar motifs, parping synth-horns and classic Afrobeat vocal samples ride a live-sounding house groove. Phonk D and Triotitat offer some deeper and dreamier thrills via the classic piano house flex of "Another Piano Song", before Lukas Lehmann and Pallaspeople serve up a more low-slung tech-tinged take on deep house blessed with serious alien synthesizer sounds. To round things off, Sascha Ciminiera steals the show via "Don't Bring That Low", a rolling and groovy peak-time workout smothered in snaking horn solos and huggable piano riffs.
Review: Dutch super trio Kraak & Smaak go poolside: Miami style here for Toolroom. Indeed this compilation showcases the many shades of house music that soundtracked some serious fun in the sun, at 2018's edition of Miami Music Week. The longtime staples of the UK imprint Jalapeno serve up all things deep, funky, nu-disco and even a bit of French Touch for good measure. Highlights include Lindstrom & Prins Thomas' disco odyssey - translated via their remix of Temples' "Born Into The Sunset", Freerange boss Jimpster's lush and hypnotic "English Rose" (original mix), last year's comeback by Parisian legend Alex Gopher & Pierrick Devin on "Jazz Rock" (receiving another well deserved rinse!) and the inimitable Detroit legend Andres with his remix of Cool Peepl's "Free" (feat Billy Love, Amp Fiddler & Sundiata O.M). Several of the trios funked-up tracks feature throughout in addition to a continuous mix of the playlist.
Review: Bessungen-based Lukas Lehmann made his digital download debut a decade ago, making this follow-up one of the most belated in history. Hopefully, the This is Why EP will be a springboard to further success, because it's really rather good. He kicks things off with "Q&H", a springy, loose and attractive house cut rich in disco style Clavinet lines, bustling bass, tumbling synthesizer lines and the kind of mind-altering organ solos that made Jaydee's "Plastic Dreams" so irresistible. Elsewhere, "So Fragile" wraps cascading, twinkling electronic melodies around a chunky, piano-heavy deep house groove, while "Nothing But a Heartache" is that rarest of beasts: a melancholic disco-house cut. Speaking of disco-house, Lorenz Rhode's rework of "Q&H" is a slap-bass boasting treat.