Review: Over the course of the last decade, Swiss stalwart Deetron has been responsible for a string of impressive remixes. Happily, these - and many others you may have missed - have now been collected together on the decidedly epic Re-Creation: Remixes Compiled. As you'd expect, the 25-track set flits between full-throttle, peak-time friendly techno futurism, bustling deep house goodness and more downbeat explorations that defy his reputation as a maker of killer club cuts. Highlights include the loved-up synth breakdowns and jacking, Chicago-style groove of his Juan MacLean remix, a wonderfully retro-futurist take on George Fitzgerald's "Every Inch", a thrusting, stab-happy revision of Quarion and a lusciously jazzy take on Todd Terje's "Alfonso Muskedender". That said, on another day we could have listed another five or six highlights: it really is that good.
Review: Although famed for making spiritual, soulful, musically rich deep house rich in African style polyrhythms, Osunlade has always been capable of making similarly minded music that cares not one jot for the demands of the dancefloor. It's this side of his output that comes to the fore on "The Quieter You Become, The More You Hear", the U.S producer's first full-length in four years. While there are one or two more up-tempo, floor-friendly moments - not least the jaunty, life-affirming bounce of Flamenco guitar-laden workout "Syrundipetty" - the vast majority of the LP operates at a more sedate pace, with Osunlade successfully turning his hand to sweet modern soul, dusty downtempo grooves, sticky tropical soundscapes and sumptuous, World Music-inspired jazz-funk.
Review: House music's premier spiritualist pops up on Innervisions, as label stalwarts Ame and Dixon have a crack at reworking "Envision" from his recent Yoruba LP Pyrography. The Ame Remix in particular is a bit of a doozy, turning the shuffling original into a quietly anthemic epic - all darting synth melodies, warm chords, sparse percussion and delicious riffs wrapped around Osunlade's original vocal. Ame also provide a more stripped down, soft focus Acoustic Remix, while bossman Dixon stays fairly faithful to the original on his ear-pleasing rework. All three versions have that mix of accessible and underground, soulful and electronic that should prove popular on dancefloors this summer.
Review: Atonement marks the third instalment of Osunlade's ongoing Offering mix series. Like the two previous instalments, it largely ignores the more organic, African-influenced side of his sound in favour of a warmer, fluid, heavily electronic deep house vibe. Yet however electronic and European the grooves, there's still in innate soulfulness to the American producer's selections. As a result, highlights are plentiful, from the intricate, delicate piano motifs of Roman Flugel's "Song With Blue" and the enveloping warmth of Andrew Soul's "Disconnected Thoughts", to the weary, early morning glitchiness to the mix-closing "Late Night Thinking" by Estrroe.