Review: As Hot Since 82 is in the midst of the second season of his Labyrinth residency at Pacha Ibiza, his Knee Deep In Sound label present their annual sampler inspired by the island. As always these albums are an opportunity to showcase up and coming talent, with the remit being tracks that are working on the dancefloor for the label boss both in Ibiza and beyond. Highlights include Spanish power duo Chus & Ceballos' dub laden hypnotism on "Ain't Nobody", French legend Oxia's electrifying peak time tool "Instinct" and even a bit of German-style dancefloor drama on the suspense filled "Night Crawler" by Hauswerks. Fellow German (speakers!) Dennes Deen and Philipp Strab from Austria contribute also, with the sexy and slinky prog house groove of "Haunted Drums".
Review: Mihalis Safras Material Series is back and that can only mean one thing: adrenalised main room tech house. And they're certainly not messing around on this one! They go out all guns blazing from the start with Frenchmen Oxia and Olivier Giacomotto's "Feeling" getting a makeover by the latter, turning into a deep tech house cruiser that's perfect to set the mood in the early hours; killer breakdown on this too, you've been warned! On Russ Yallop/Volkoder's "Hydro" (Volkoder remix) it's one seriously adrenalised peak time anthem with a craving for the acid life: fine bys us! Finally Toronto's finest Carlo Lio gives "The Organ Track" a makeover like only he can on this dub techno laden monster that rolls through the speakers like a steam train: expect the likes of Paco Osuna and Nick Curly to be smashing out this one this summer.