Review: The latest chapter in Lee Foss' new label sees him showcase some fast rising talent. DeMarzo's "Dance Naked" is a busy, rolling house track, populated with dark rave riffs, mysterious vocal samples and rolling snares. Next up is Raffa FL's "Loco", which ups the tempo to the sound of a rolling groove and a snaking bass. Once again though, the arranging is complex and a 'loco' vocal sample and tropical musical elements unfold over the tribal, drum-heavy groove. Mirko Di Florio's "Say What" marks a return to a more conventional house sound, but clearly this is a release focused on experimentation, as the hoover bass and chopped up vocals of Pirupa's "Last Minute" demonstrates.
Review: Italian based producer Pirupa is up next on London based Kote, following up some great releases on top labels like Relief, Non Stop and Suara. "Distressing Dreams" (original mix) is straight up rolling tech house with a tough sense of swing, steely chords and jacked vocals to help usher in the peak time. There's some great remixes up next: first up Belgium based DJ/producer Hermanez delivers a deep and slinky tribal tech house cut - that's perfect for the afterhours and proves why he's had releases on labels like Little Helpers and Tronik. Madrid's Danny Serrano hands in a rendition that will appeal to fans of that sound of White Isle hedonism, made popular by imprints like Material Series and Saved. Finally, there's one more original offering by Pirupa in the form of the slinky late night tech house cut "Idiots" (original mix).
Review: Under No Illusion is a label owned and run by Ki Creighton: who is no stranger to house music. He has been on the scene since the early 90s and has been majorly influencing matters both north and south of the border. As a producer / DJ and label boss at the aforementioned, as well as one half of Carlisle based Superbrand Uber he is crtainly a busy man. Based in Annan (south west Scotland), this year will see Ki release tracks on his own UNI imprint as well as Yousef's highly regarded Circus Recordings. Highlights on the label's second various artists compilation include: Italian Pirupa's rolling peak time tech house monster "Everyday" and Lost head honchos Leftwing & Kody who bring the goods as always on their jacking killer "Drum Roll" that really lives up to its name. Expecting to be hearing these jams on The White Isle this summer.
Review: Yassine Ben Achour and Martin Buttrich founded Desolat on the success of their now legendary Loco Dice project eight years ago in Brooklyn; just like it says on the tin. Based in Achour's home turf of Dusseldorf ever since, the label has gone on to launch the careers of tech house heroes such as Danny Ocean, Patrick Specke and Guti to name but a few. Their next volume of Desolat X will follow in suit, not only celebrating another successful year in the business but championing the new breed and the exception of a couple of legends, actually. Firstly, west coast tech house royalty Halo Varga teams up with the next generation of California's scene in the form of Harvard Bass on the rolling stomper "Swing City", as well as Germany's The Timewriter who offers up the deep and slinky vocal led groove of "Tenderness". Other highlights include Milan's Proudly People who get a bit of help from Alex Ground on the DJ Rush sounding "Lie To Kick It", Circus Liverpool resident Lewis Boardman with the druggy main room headrush that is "Goblin" and American Caleb Calloway's fine effort "Avion" offering up a bit of smooth tribal house.