Review: Up next for Defected's In The House series is the UK's DJ Haus, 'a decidedly untraditional DJ, producer, originator and DIY label innovator.' The Unknown To The Unknown and Hot Haus Recs boss has received big props from the underground house community and in Defected's opinion: he's an ambassador for the future of house music. Quite a compliment there! Serving up a a wicked collection of raw and jacking sounds that encompass electro, Chicago house, disco, techno and UK garage: and all very much on the lo-fi tip. The supporting cast on DJ Haus In The Haus is quite a remarkable one and musical highlights are not limited to: NYC hero X-Coast (who is fresh off a killer release on Underthesea) with last year's sleeper hit "Mango Bay", Aussie larrikin and Steel City Dance Discs boss Mall Grab with the wicked "Pool Party" through to stateside jams by Justin Cudmore - who gives us a taste of the acid life on "Forget It" and so does the master Matrixxman on the epic "The Spell" (Original Mix).
Review: The nomadic Mele lands on Quadrants after a diverse string of releases and remixes for the likes of Sounds Of Sumo and Mixpak over the past couple of years. He's been quiet of late, but he's back with a vengeance on "The Ritzy", a wavey half-step banger with rolling snares and some killer 808 action. "Learn 2 Love", on the other hand, is a true hybrid tune that incorporates jungle, hardcore and that early Chicago/Detroit sound with ease and style. Ace.
Review: "Ambience" from the creatively restless Mele surfaces courtesy of yet another new home, Lobster Boy. The reluctance to be held down to one style is also pleasingly present too, with Mele delivering two new bass bombs, with the title track's carnival-esque fusion of deep tribal beats, diva vocals and absurd breakdown, as well as the quirky, helium laser attack of "UFOZ". Typical Mele - always ahead of the pack.
Review: Quadrants main man and Merseyside's finest Mele is back with Queens Day: no doubt a tribute to Amsterdam's best party of the year and what a fitting soundtrack it is. A Latin-esque Carnival flavoured track that crosses over with bass music splendidly. Those whistles and steel drums are pretty sick, but just wait for that drop! Second track "Body Thing" continues on with the Latin festive vibes; those steel drums go even more ballistic with even more funk, this track could easily mix well with some summery big room tech house for monstrous effect.
Review: Encompassing everything from glitchy electro, shiny Detroit techno and crunky, low-down rhythms, Mele's output of originals and remixes so far (including his much-rinsed rejig of DHS' "House of God") has been simply essential for fans of future-looking bass music. On "Starlight", he goes straight for the jugular with a huge drop into an early '90s acid groove - peppered with a host of electro tricks - while "Lego" gets on an Addison Groove with a Juke/Miami Bass tempo and plenty of dirty south-influenced snares. With "What's The 411" reminding of Canblaster with its gonzoid rhythms and "Raider" again viciously flicking between juke, dubstep and crunk, this EP continues to keep Mele in place as one of UK bass's leading lights.
Review: Merseyside's rising star Mele is back, following up this year's explosive bass anthem "Queens Day" with the absolutely mental "Scouse Afrika". He borrowed heavily from Latin rhythms on his last hit as we all know and executed it wonderfully. This time around he looks to Afro spiritual vibes for inspiration and as a result comes up with some incredible riddims. Next track "Sleepless" is much more straight ahead, this rolling and druggy tech-house stormer is the kind of thing you could hear rocking loved up crowds on The White Isle next Summer.
Review: Merseyside man Mele has a reputation for creating bass-heavy club smashers, though in recent times he's delivered slightly subtler - though still floor-friendly - cuts for labels such as Lobster Boy and Edible. "The Latin Track" continues this trend, basing the action around carnival-friendly Latin rhythms, layered hand percussion, chanted vocals and powerful drum fills. Think of it as Batacuda house, expertly tweaked to raise the temperature of dancers at festivals and in big rooms the world over. On the virtual flipside you'll find "Chi-Town", a sweaty tribute to the Windy City full of scattergun drum machine handclaps, mind-altering analogue bass, and some seriously psychedelic TB-303 acid lines.
Review: Best known for his releases on Lobster Boy and Eats Everything's Edible label, Mele now delivers a raucous release on DJ Haus' imprint. It starts with the bleep-heavy tones and rolling snares of "Moog Beat", which eventually descends into acid-soaked madness. On "Larry's Beat", the UK producer tries his hand at emulating Chicago house. Featuring a "rocking the house" vocal sample alongside a dark bass and firing percussion, he adds his own clanging drums and tough kicks, lending it a unique signature. As its name suggests, "Tribal Layers" is a dense, percussive roller. The remixes are also impressive; DJ Boring turns "Moog.." into a tougher workout, led by doubled up claps and pressure cooker climaxes, while the Bontan take on "Tribal Layers" is a raucous, bleepy affair.