Review: Arguably, the key to a successful "split EP", featuring tracks from a range of artists, is delivering a range of floor-friendly cuts that DJs can reach for at different points in the night. What's on offer here more than passes this test. There's some stabbing, stomping old skool revivalism from NDV ("Chestivations"), a glittering slice of warm-up futurism from Appian (the superb "G381"), and a sweet, undulating, late night foray into melody-heavy space-house from Cyclonix ("Rising Tide"). Best of all, though, is Nubian Mindz' "Lock Out", a formidably sweaty romp through heavily percussive peaktime pastures that's worth the admittance price alone. As ever with Nubian Mindz, the drums are layered brilliantly, with just the right amount of murky atmospherics to impress the heads-down late night crew.
Review: Red Rack 'Em's The Smugglers Inn only gives us releases sporadically but when he does it is always worth checking out. Like the last release featuring German legend Franklin de Costa, an established producer is thrown in between a bunch of great new comers. This time it's UK's Colin Lindo aka Nubian Mindz with the super deep and ultra-soulful vibes of "Open House". Honorable mentions to Nottingham's End Of Level affiliated Cyclonic with his deep and boompty (and unashamedly druggy) contribution and London's Tommy Rawson with the sublime and dreamy soul of "Piano Pleasure" which is so reminiscent of classic Jimpster material: not a bad thing at all!
Review: On Hacker Wacker, Colin Lindo delivers a smart riposte to all those techno producers delivering washed out, pseudo-industrial self-indulgence. The title track is powered by rolling drums and sharp, broken beats, while cold, eerie bleeps loom underneath. "Vox & Cymbal" is just as memorable, with cavernous tones and a plunging acid line making way for a detached, drugged out vocal. A similar mood prevails on "2nd Chapter of 74", but the delivery is somewhat different as a wall of moody synths well up through the cracked rhythm. Finally, "Break the Rules" sees filters churn and twist, supported by heavy, reverberating claps.
Review: Set up as a continuation of their podcast back in 2008, this Russian label joins the dots between jazz various genres. Footwork House Jam no.1 is a homage to the global house culture and the eponymous Moscow-based club night in particular. The idea behind this compilation 'is to provide the fuel for house dance culture and house movement to expand further on' the label claims. Starting off with Baltimore legend Karizma and his jagged groove therapy session titled "Church Chords" there's more quality with Brit Nubian Mindz with the glitched out disco house of "Check Da Discotheque" which will contort you even more with its nifty beat repeat effects. Then it is Intr0beatz with the sexy late night deep house of "That DUB" where he goes for that timeless formula of emotive chords, swing fuelled rhythms and sampled diva vocals to full effect.. but wait for that bassline to drop, like seriously! Finally, Dopeness Galore darling Jacob Otten aka Kid Sublime drops the soulful and life affirming broken beat nu-jazz experiment "Wings Of Love".