Review: Predictably, the latest volume in Heist's Roundup series, in which label artists remix each other's tracks, is another must-heave collection of club cuts. Check, for example, Fouk's tasty interpretation of Nachtbraker's "Hamdi" - a glorious fusion of rubbery disco, sparkling electrofunk and percussion-laden deep house - the Afro-fired Alma Negra deep house remix of Nebraska's "Big Plate Chicken" and the toasty peak-time warmth of the latter's fine revision of Fouk's "With Lasers". Elsewhere, label bosses Detroit Swindle deliver a lusciously loved-up and melodious, peak-time take on Parker Madicine's "Heartbreaker" and Nachtbraker turns the Swindlers' "Can't Hold It" into a dub-fired chunk of hot-stepping deep house goodness.
Review: Last time we heard from Parker Madicine was back in 2015, when the Italian producer impressed with an EP of Floating Points inspired goodness on Bastard Jazz. He's flipped the script slightly on this Heist Recordings outing, fixing his dusty jazz influences to loose, Detroit inspired deep house grooves and, in the case of fine opener "Heartbreaker", spacey synthesizer motifs. The darting, off-kilter electrofunk riffs and jammed-out drum machine beats return on "Zawinul", while "Placebo" is a fine chunk of woozy, head-in-the-clouds broken beat/deep house fusion. Byron The Aquarius steps up to remix the latter, serving up a jaunty, full-throttle deep house version rich in wide-eyed electronics and layered percussion hits.
Review: Back in 1983 a new-wave band called Re-Flex last raised the not so pressing issue of The Politics Of Dancing. Well, now it's the 21st century and everything, and CT-HI have felt the irrepressible urge to bring up this issue bang up to date. This means changing the 'cs' to an 'x' and it also means five fresh candidates to vote for. Bleary-eyed analogue electro-funk courtesy of Aeed, the soulful broken RnB of Parker Madicine, Chez Pete's quirky and brief drum short, Turbojazz's chopped and looped vintage jazz-hop and Jazz Madicine's cheeky grinder Interlude, "Bubbles".