Review: New label SOUND is off to a pretty decent start when you consider they've commissioned the current queen of techno Nicole Moudaber for a track on their debut EP. She offers us the bumpy minimal groove of "Avocado In My Belly". If that was not enough, Hungarian tech house hero Jay Lumen also appears with the funked up peak time tribalism of "Good Woodoo" which is just killer. Also featuring are Roman upstatrs Nice7 with the cheeky and jazzy Kater Blau style of "Pussy" and Quito's Crespo with the dark and tunnelling techno of "Machala" for fans of the Drumcode sound.
Review: Irish Moss recordings: promoting positive vibes in reggae and bass music culture. They don't fail to deliver on their mission statement here, so check this out. Ireland's DJ Obese and Jay Sharp team up again for a full length that is serious fire! "Mr Willams Dirty Dubsterz Meets Special Request" gives us a well rolled lowdown that's hard to argue with. Feel the bass on "Back To Boom City" where Blackout JA tells the truth; blunted style. There's some female MCs on here too such as on "Blue Fishes" (with Soom T's smooth delivery) and there's drum and bass on "I Love" and we'll give you just one guess what they're referring to? We know what you're thinking and don't worry: there's some killer bashment vibes on tracks like "Domino". Jah!
Beaucoup Nice - "Esclavage" (Paso remix) - (5:17) 131 BPM
Review: There's something pleasingly matter-or-fact about D.KO's latest compilation style EP, which arrives with little fanfare or fuss but an assured sense of purpose. Label regular Mad Rey sets the tone with "Alfa", a driving but spacey chunk of peak-time deep house that wraps stabbing string riffs, jazzy synth bass and floatation tank pads around a bustling rhythm track. Leo Pol ups the tempo a little on the sumptuous, sunrise-ready deep house/electro fusion of "For The Femmester", while LB aka Labat offers up the kind of dusty, warm and meandering sample-house cut that we'd expect to hear from S3A. If that's not enough to wet your whistle, check the woozy deep house musicality, bustling broken beat rhythms and dewy-eyed vibes of Paso's remix of "Esclavage" by Beaucoup Nice.
Review: Compilation mixer Mar-T, Ramon Tapia and a host of others deliver a fair share of toolish, tribal house on Amnesia Ibiza Electronica - but that's only part of the story. The compilation also features the deranged, woozy horn sound of Betook's "Rusty Trombone"; the aggro, abrasive house of Danny Daz's "Ghetto Fab" and the excellent, shuffling 808 drums and resonating bass of Audiofly's "No Props". Techno is also catered for, with Antonio del Prete dropping a spine-tingling big room groove and Kabale Und Liebe & Lauhaus dropping a stripped back take on Alexis Carbrera's "Wherever", while the rumbling bass and detached vocals of DJ T's edit of Tensnake's "Around The House" sounds like an alternative summer anthem.