Loulou Players & Alternative Kasual - "Living With You" - (6:37) 122 BPM
Marotto - "Howly" - (5:59) 123 BPM
Nolan - "Dance Now" - (7:32) 120 BPM
Audio Tape - "Absinthe Girl" - (6:28) 121 BPM
Review: It's always a treat when Lou Lou players release a label comp. This 14th installment in the series features four of the kind of prime cuts that got them where they are now. Sleek electro-house is definitely the chief component on all tracks here, with "Living With You" adding a smidgeon of pop, "Howly Beat" sees Marotto adding a sprinkling of tech and a big tablespoon of funky disco on Nolan's "Dance Now". Audio Tape stir in some final dark punk-funk on "Absinthe Girl" for good measure.
Review: Fast-rising DJ/producer Ruff Diamond is the man at the controls for this sun-kissed sprint though beach-friendly nu-disco jams, warm and groovy re-edits and Balearic boogie workouts. His selections are naturally spot on, from the languid nu-boogie shuffle of Sweetooth's superb "Soul Singing" and the drowsy, synth-laden D-Train-goes-to-the-beach warmth of RobJamWeb's "Frontin' & Maxin", to the Latin-fired disco-house bounce of Frank Virgilio's "Hi Sombrero" and the ultra-deep and sultry nu-disco loveliness of Bobsi's "Beached". Further highlights are provided by Rayko, Chuggin' Edits, Cuz Electric and main man Ruff Diamond, whose "Run To Berrinas" is undoubtedly one of his most alluring productions to date.
Review: Judging by Toolroom's latest mammoth collection, the sound of the White Island in 2014 will be uplifting house music. Granted, there are some diversions on this compilation thanks to Eric Sneo's rattling minimalism and Doorly's jacking "Thunder Clap", but these are few and far between. Even Kelis gets in on the vocal house sound, with Breach chopping up the singer's vocals on his tracky version of "Rumble". Breach faces stiff competition from his peers though, with Tensnake turning London Grammar's "Hey Now" into an epic vocal anthem. However, the stand out contribution comes from a real veteran and MK's piano-led take on Lancelot's "Givin' It Up (feat Antony & Cleopatra)" recalling classic KMS.