Review: Arguably the most notable thing about this third volume in Full Pupp's "Splits" series - aside from the fact that it's really rather good - is the appearance of Doc L Junior, one of the unsung heroes of Norwegian dance music (he first started DJing and producing music in the '90s). His contribution, the quirky dub-disco/Munich Machine/Erot fusion of "C'est Ca", feels like a long-lost gem from the "Bergen Wave" era of Norwegian dance music. It's great, and about the most Norse thing you'll hear this month. Elsewhere, Frantzvaag doffs a hat to vintage Those Norwegians releases on Paper Recordings via the low-slung, filter-heavy disco-house of "Saitama", while MI re-edits "Sampletune" into a suitably celebratory chunk of left-of-centre disco cheeriness.
Review: Its great to see Paul Oakenfold's iconic Perfecto label back to its very best, with a constant slew of great music on both the main imprint and Fluoro. As his 'Four Seasons' album tour / compilation continues, its time for the Spring sampler, and we think this is the best yet. Magnus (JOOF Recordings) drops a pacey and uplifting psy trance inspired bomb 'The Chase', that has no let up of energy across the full 8 minutes of acidic twists and turns. On the B-side is one of the most exciting producers of recent years, Slovenias Reaky who locks horns with new talent Skaivox for a 'Collective Insanity', a trippy, techno laced affair once again carrying some forward thinking psy elements... The sound of the future?
Review: A true (and somewhat rare) success story of the, producer-ran-record-label within a large empire, is John O'Callaghans Subcultre (via Armada). Over the past few years JOC's hands on approach has kept a perfect balance between new, and established talent with just the right amount from his own studio. This March collection is prime example, featuring; Ost & Meyer, Gareth Emery, KhoMha, Super8 & Tab, plus the Jorn Van Deyhnhoven remix of 'The Real You' from Dark Matters, and the banging Heatbeat cut of Parker & Hanson - 'Afterthought'. 16 full length tracks for just L7.49!!