Review: Hot Natured band member Luca Cazal (AKA Luca C) makes a belated solo debut for Crosstown Rebels, predictably delivering an EP jam-packed with atmospheric, shuffling tech-house gems. The groove underpinning lead cut "Mariri" swells impressively, offering ample room for Cazal's low-register bassline, restless cowbells and unusual vocal sample to take effect. Detroit techno legend Stacey Pullen remixes, delivering a version with a touch more energy and plenty of sci-fi inspired electronic touches. Elsewhere, Cazal joins forces with Mark Jenkyns on the bouncy, rave-goes-deep chugger "The Bullfrog", while all-star hook-up "Memory Man" is formidably wide-eyed, centering the action around dreamy vocals, bubbling electronics and deliciously tactile chords.
Review: More punchy, summery tech house to soundtrack White Isle debauchery from the Hot Creations camp. Taking up the reins for the label's 110th release is Geordie producer Mark Jenkyns - who has appeared previously on sister imprint Hottrax, in addition to heavyweight releases for Suara, Crosstown Rebels and VIVa. From the tough rolling peak time grooves like "Questions" (which receives an absolutely thumping remix by UK minimal legend Inxec later on) or "Soulfood" which are perfect to rock the main room - Jenkyns then proves he's got a broad range in his repertoire like on "Heated" which is a deep and sexy piece of mood lighting for the late night.
Review: Josh Butler is a tech house hero from the north of England with releases on Rejected, Defected and Kaoz Theory among many other heavy hitters. His flourishing Origins label readies its first various artists EP where he hands the reins over to some of his favourite picks. South Shields' Mark Jenkyns gives us the slinky and melodic tech house of "Peanut Butter", Truth Be Told's "Somniac" gives you your fix for rolling main room tech house (in the vein of Gruuv or Saved) while Naples rising star Stefano Esposito gives us the uplifting classic house sounds of "Believe", channeling the spirit of the legendary Lil Louis.
Review: Amsterdam Dance Event holds a special place in the electronic music community's calendar, and it just wouldn't be the same without the Toolroom family putting on a very special showcase for the industry and punters alike. The Dutch capital's clubbing culture is one of the best in Europe and there's only one place to be this October. They join the fun once again this year and this are kicking off the week at Chicago Social Club for an opening to ADE like no other. In celebration, Mark Knight & Co. anticipate the event with this solid collection of sonic arsenal with highlights not limited to: label staple Weiss serving up classic vocal funky house on "Let Me Love You" (extended Club mix), legends Dirty Vegas getting remixed by CamelPhat on the extended remix of "Days Go By" (which reaches near acid moments), the ever impressive Alan Fitzpatrick providing austere peak time tackle on banger "The Approach" and rising stars like Jacky (with Example) on the wonky tech house of "Another 24" and label newcomer Maxinne dropping the riveting main room thriller "The Message" amongst many more. Comes with two continuous mixes: the first by Romanian upstarts Sllash & Doppe and the second by Swiss scene hero Mendo (Clarisse).
Review: One of Ibiza's biggest tickets, Defected throw parties in the same spirit as they release music. With full force and serious knowhow. Here they've curated 40 perfected positioned tacks that don't just represent their vibe, or the spirit of their parties, but also a fitting snapshot of what's going on in house music right now. From Low Steppa to Damian Lazarus, Skream to Claude VonStroke, Josh Butler to The Shapeshifters, the entire tracklist reads (and sounds) like a who's who in house music 2015. Delivered with two mixes and whole host of exclusives, Defected aren't messing around right now.