Review: Audiojack are really pushing the boat out to celebrate the fifth birthday of their label, Gruuv. They plan to release two mix CDs of unreleased music, with each disc split into three EPs. This second EP boasts more selections from the "day" mix, beginning with the low-down throb, held-note chords and fluid electronics of Gorge's "Square Wave Romance". There's a little more a jackin' flavour to Waifs & Strays' bouncy "Beat On The Drums", while Julien Chaptal serves up equal doses of snappy beats, darting bass and hummable vocals on "Number 4". Finally, Luna City Express expertly blend far-sighted electronic melodies and swinging drums on the standout "Tell Me When You Ready".
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".
Da Funk - "The Final Stage" (GarcyNoise remix) - (8:42) 125 BPM
Alex V - "Attitude" (GarcyNoise remix) - (8:17) 120 BPM
Tom Reuber - "Soulshock" (feat MC Johnny Def - GarcyNoise remix) - (7:10) 125 BPM
Pablo Sanchez - "Sunstar" (feat Kissey Asplund - Tom Demac remix) - (7:56) 123 BPM
Tony Blunt - "All Night Long" (feat Iris Aneas - Matt Masters remix) - (6:14) 124 BPM
Piek meets Oscar Sala - "Louisiana" (GarcyNoise remix) - (8:20) 123 BPM
Review: Barcelona-based house label Justified Cause has quietly been building a reputation since way back in 2004. Over the years, they've released some excellent material that's been supported by some of the finest DJs on the scene. For proof, check this expansive 'best of' compilation. Beginning with the tune that started it all - GarcyNoise's deep but energetic "Boomshaka" - The Best Of Justified Cause slowly works through a variety of smart house and techno flavours. There's Iberican sweatiness (Junior Lopez), acid-goes-Balearic (Dual Concept), big room hip-house (DJ Ino), seductive deepness (Korper & Seele), Detroit revivalism (Diode), straight-up clubby deep house (Pablo Bolivar), and much more besides.