Review: House DJs MYNC offer an exhaustive overview of the tracks that rocked the long-running White Island venue this summer. In the soulful corner, there's the Maxi Soundsystem take on Boris Dlugosch's "Look Around You". Featuring Roisin Murphy on vocals, it does a lot to sweep away the rainy autumn blues. Ten Walls deliver the trancey goods in the shape of "Gotham", which revolves around a belching bassline, but the most notable aspect of Ibiza 2013 is the way minimal producers have come into the house fold. Loco Dice borrows a prog house bassline for 'Detox' and Luciano's "Rise Of The Angel" - remixed here by Andrea Oliva - is a piano-led, wide eyed deep anthem.
Review: Mark Knights Toolroom label and the flagship Knights compilation series never fails to impress. For the latest installment they enlist the party fueled tech house sounds of Italy's leading light Stefano Noferini. Joining the ranks with the likes of; Umek, John Dalhback, and Fedde Le Grand, he digs deep for 20 of the biggest and best tech tunes around, including three exclusive productions of his own. It's a constant blast of energy at every turn, with just a few of the highlights coming from; Christian Smith, Pirupa, Marc Romby, and Bart Skils. An essential purchase!!
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: Italian club house producer Pirupa has had a crazy couple of years - getting played by the likes of Hawtin, Tong, Tenaglia, Dubfire, Zabiela and others and playing some of the biggest global hotspots with his brand of mainroom/funky. This new release on Rebirth shows what a talent he is - hooked up with Berlin-based vocalist Bajka, he creates a storming yet subtle tech-beauty, with rounded bass and softly-focused acoustic guitar textures shimmering in the background. Youandme drops a deep remix, while Gregorythyme gets into dubby disco territory on his version.