Review: Having previously given Justin Drake and Sascha Dive the Tsuba Loves... anthology treatment, it was probably only a matter of time before label boss Kevin Griffiths compiled an instalment featuring his greatest production moments to date. Featuring a mix of both original productions and a handful of Griffiths' best remixes, Tsuba Loves... is an enjoyable jog through the veteran DJ and producer's distinct, tech-tinged deep house sound. Highlights are naturally plentiful, from the Circulation-style tech-house fluidity of Justin Drake hook-up "Midnight Special" and bongo-laden liquid house of "Lucky Three", to the downright spooky late night fare of "Jaguar Shoes".
Review: Ibadan drop another excellent split here. Jerome Sydenham remixes Motorcitysoul and then joins Dennis Ferrer to continue their acclaimed run of collaborations. "Mbali" is classic New York style deep house where as "Jero"steps into driving dub territory. Extra delights include extended and dub versions. Do not miss!
Review: It's a sign of the 303's enduring appeal that even ten years into the so-called acid revival, Poker Flat can release a compilation of backward-looking tracks that still sound fresh. Label boss Steve Bug leads the charge here with the sexy swagger of "This is Acid", but he has also surrounded himself with some of the finest proponents of contemporary 303 abuse. These include KiNK and Neville Watson, who contribute the gurgling tones of "Sleepless" and the bleeding 303 of Sven Tasnadi & Juno 6's "Generation A". However, if there is one track that defines the otherworldly, primal jack of the acid sound, it's the repetitive whistles and subtly building tones of Tin Man's "Blown".