Review: A global ambassador of Chicago's sound, Farris has spiritedly contributed to the evolving house and techno culture of this century. He began playing at a young age, developing a unique sound that lead him to performances at Chicago's legendary underground warehouse parties of the 90s and a residency at the Power House. A self-taught engineer and producer, his work with Cajual, Relief, Defected, Soma and his own breakout label Farris Wheel Recordings propelled his influence into ever expanding realms. Farris is back on Mihalis Safras' esteemed Material imprint with a bunch of main room bangers that'll rock dancefloors from Chi-town to The White Isle and beyond. "Like This" keeps in line with the labels M.O. with a rolling and headrush inducing slammer to lead into the peak time, after all: it's a contribution with boss man Safras. The EP features quite a few collabs actually; fellow Chicagoan Anthony Attalla teams up with Farris on "Pocket Party" with its suggestive lyrics and again pitch shifted vocals telling an all too familiar story in clubland while Toronto's Nathan Barato helps Farris deliver a right dancefloor detonator on "We Like The Deep" and that title track gets deeper, slinkier and downright sleazier for some early evening mood lighting.
Review: Last year's inaugural Get Physical Tracks compilation did a good job flagging up artists to watch in 2012. This follow-up, featuring a seamless mix from Manchester-based production duo H2 and 10 unmixed cuts, aims to do similar. H2's own shuffling "Tape Machine" kicks off proceedings, before the collection wanders deeper into typical Get Physical territory (think wonky, pitched-down vocals, darkroom riffs and touchy-feely grooves). For those who enjoy the label's output, there's plenty to enjoy, from the sweet synths, soulful vocals and lazy grooves of Israel Vich's "Skalitzer", to the subtle, bleep-heavy tech-house fusion of Shea Burke's "Dave The Rave".
Review: Since arriving on the house scene about three years ago, Daley Padley aka HS82, has soared to some dizzying heights. Having already released a mix album with Pete Tong this year, he's now back with a solo one, 2015: The Review. Its full of fresh, upbeat house productions, some of our faves include Montel's disorientating "I Cant Remember", Sindey Charles and Sante's acid-pop stomper "Blade" and the retro 80s chaos of vintage jacker "Libertine" by Steve Lawler.
Review: Greece's Mihalis Safras has been at it a while now, releasing on a who's who of labels in the last ten years from Great Stuff to Trapez and of course his own Material Series. He's back for another surefire main room tech house joint on Nic Fanciulli's Saved. "Power" has all the elements you need for a big track equipped to detonate peak time crowds on the island; a bustling, shuffling rhythm, rolling bass and of course: a seriously massive drop! You need this!
Review: The unstoppable machine from Greece is back with more surefire peak time tech house following up great releases on Great Suff and Saved in recent times. "Mapa" has all the trademarks of Safras' sound: rolling basslines, funky percussion and trippy synth work. "Hybrid" gets a bit deeper with its sexy come hither vocal samples giving way to a fierce, swing fuelled drum groove. "Santuro" gets back to the main room on this roller of a groove that you could imagine Paco Osuna smashing out on Ibiza. Finally "Krisna" saves the bets for last on this hysterical peak time monster that is sure to destroy dance floors this Spring.
Review: Greek tech house hero Mihalis Safras has sure had quite the rise to the top. Starting out modestly with releases on Trapez, Great Stuff and Saved while pumping out the goods on his now esteemed institution Material Series: he's now one of the biggest names in the scene. A consistent headliner at The White Isle's biggest parties and recipient of numerous industry awards. The now London based producer serves up a smashing release for fellow London big wigs Hot Creations. "Raygun Rave" sees Jamie Jones & Lee Foss' label venture further from pop inflected house sounds into more hard hitting dancefloor artillery. With its rolling bassline, swing fuelled rhythm and druggy elements: this absolutely has the peak time in mind. "One Stop To Babel" is more more funky and summery: a versatile weapon to play day or night but the remix up next by Vakant boss Mathias Kaden is much more powerful and moody.