Review: The Annual Fundraiser courtesy of Scottish imprint Craigie Knowles is back! They've recruited another bunch of heavy hitters to light up the clubs, with a cause to lighten the burden of war that's placed on the shoulders of children. Kiwi duo Chaos In The CBD throw down the Afro influenced, spiritual life music of "Natural Taboo", BRSTL's finest Shanti Celeste gives us the booming electro-funk of "Dolphin Chant" and Den Haag's legend Legowelt gives us the shimmering analogue soul of "At Delphi". Elsewhere, UK hardware maverick Neville Watson throws down the rather first wave Detroit sounding "Hazing" while the Going Good and Lovers Rock affiliated Yoshinori Hayashi serves us a wonderful, Erased Tapes style classical ambient journey titled "Pogado Tower"
Review: Don't Be Afraid round out what's been a landmark year for the label with the first of three excellent releases and a full debut for the legend that is Neville Watson! The UK house veteran has previously featured on DBA, providing a remix of "Lotus Eaters" by Semtek on the labels third release back in 2010 but here he adds a further element of heritage to the fledgling DBA Special Editions that launched with Disco Nihilist earlier this year. The Hot & Heavy EP is very much in line with the floor focused remit of the label, with A Side hogger "Crossing The I's" the sort of loose, gleeful slab of acid techno you'd find Funkineven banging out. Turn it over and "Wired" hits you deep with it's gnarly sub bass weight whilst the title track offers a lighter, insouciant saunter through groove heavy house.
Review: Sometime KiNK collaborator and supreme drum machine manipulator Neville Watson precedes a new LP for Creme with this excellent release for the Teng imprint. The One Four Green EP surrounds the one original cut from Watson with some well chosen remixes by Perseus Traxx and Deep Space Orchestra. Watson's original comfortably saunters through the tracks arrangement like a speeding buggy cruising down a freeway of snappy claps and marching snares, while DSO filters out Watson's intended bassline, compensating his remix with an ensemble of synths and varied drum patterns instead. Perseus Traxx pushes down deeper, dragging out a continued and fluctuating lead that traverses back behind the tracks bass, before making itself know once more to a flurry of percussion.
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".
Review: A masterful return to the Hour House Is Your Rush imprint for Messrs Watson and KiNK, their fourth to date and this time featuring the excellent vocal talents of Hercules Love & Affair's bundle of energy Kim Ann Foxman. Naturally with the addition of vocals, "A Saturday In November" is a less heavyweight assault on your senses than previous releases on the label from this duo, though all of their signature studio flourishes such as raw basslines, emotive chord washes and slick drum programming remain. The accompanying dub version burns hard and will find favour amongst the more discerning dancefloors!
Review: Steve Bug has never made a secret of his love of Chicago house, and on his latest label compilation, delivers the eerie synths and doubled-up claps of "Jack Is Back". Like-mind Martin Landsky also focused on Chicago with his bass-heavy "V2U" and Redshape's view of the Windy City is coloured by the slamming acid of "Funny Green Hat". Deeper house influences are also audible - on Deetron's "The Maze" and Ribn's "Pancake", a paean to Carl Craig at his most sensual. However, the contribution that impresses most is KiNK & Neville Watson's "Night Time Raw", which forges LFO-style bleeps to the duo's usual jacking, insistent rhythms. It's a case of one step back and three steps forward.