Review: There's a great deal of illicit late night funk in "O'Clock", the latest hip-wigglin' hustler from Tsuba regular Okain. The percussion is almost breathtakingly heavy, while the woozy chords and vocal stabs combine to propel the track relentless forwards towards a lush, string-drenched climax. Arguably, it's probably his best to date. The deeper, melody-heavy "Alone In The Dark" is rather nice, too - a kind of "We All Feel Better In The Dark" for the deep house generation. There are a couple of notable remixes. Gerd fluctuates between Orbital-ish electronica and chunky deep house on his Deep Mix, before Okain himself delivers a driving No String Dub
Review: Constant Sound continues to press ahead as one of the most productive entities in the minimal scene, and they're sounding as on-point as ever with this collaborative EP from Per Hammar and Okain. These two stripped back tech house champs bounce off each other perfectly, creating the kind of limber workouts that will sink under the skin of the after hours crowd with ease. Look out for closing track "Double Brew", which folds some gorgeous dub techno inflections into the mix with stunning results.
Review: Since inaugurating their collaboration-focused P.O.D Cross label a couple of years back, production duo Politics of Dancing have showcased studio hook-ups with artists including Sebo K, D'Julz, Djebali, Cab Drivers and Crhis Carrier. They begin their latest two-track missive by joining forces with Talman Records founder Okain to deliver a boisterous, bass-heavy bounce through chunky drums, deep sub-bass, dubbed-out synthesizer motifs and drowsy aural textures. They're next joined by born collaborator Rowlanz, whose recent releases have all been in cahoots with like-minded producers. Their collaborative cut fuses the dreamy, ear-pleasing sonics of hazy deep house with the rolling, glitch-sporting grooves of quality tech-house. It's an undeniably alluring affair.
Review: Nic Fanciulli's Saved imprint is absolutely synonymous with sweaty peak-time super clubs on the island and what better way to celebrate this season than a collection of killer tracks courtesy of their artist roster. It's all sure-fire and anthemic hands in the air business, that'll have just as many ladies as there are blokes on the dancefloor. Some notable highlights being Noir's booming "Bodyback", the pre-peak time percussive funk of Sergio Fernandez' "Kuery" or Chico Secci's "Sooper Seven" and the absolute peak time banger that is "Sup" by Carl Bee that will have no doubt destroyed many a soundsystem this summer. Usual suspects such as James Organ, Okain and Julien Sandre appear also, making this release a worthy addition to any serious tech house DJs arsenal.