Review: Having re-introduced themselves to house heads via 2019's "Dignity" on Exploited Ghetto, long-serving German deep house duo Luna City Express are on a roll. Here they mark their first appearance on similarly experienced French imprint Robsoul Recordings via a typically tidy three-tracker. EP opener "Delight" is a pleasingly lolloping affair, with genuine percussive swing, addictive (if foreboding) chords, jazzy bass, rich Rhodes riffs and just the right amount of off-kilter energy. The experienced pair moves further towards stab-happy peak-time deep house territory on the hypnotic but energy-packed "Think About You", before tough, bongo-laden beats, James Brown samples and thickset organ riffs create a sweaty, carefree mood on EP highlight "Tribalism Disco".
Review: Some 12 months after we offered lavish praise for its predecessor, volume five in Shir Khan's "Exploited Ghetto Trax" compilation series arrives. As usual, he's selected some absolute bombs from the Exploited catalogue, enthusiastically sprinting between the drowsy deep house warmth of Kotelekk and Zadak's "The Big Feeling", the jazzy peak-time breakbeats of Enduro Disco, the heart-warming disco-house rush of Art LeRock's "When", the late night deep-tech hypnotism of Marcus Meinhardt's Innervisions-esque "House of Beats (Dub)" and the snappy early morning heaviness of Anti-Anti's warehouse-ready "Heat". There are naturally plenty more highlights elsewhere across the set, but for space reasons we can't champion them all. In a word: essential.