Review: Russia hasn't got a great pedigree when it comes to disco, though a few Russian producers have made decent nu-disco and deep house cuts over the years. This four-track remix set from Pompeya sits somewhere between the three stools, offering lo-slung, indie-dance influenced disco fun (the excellent Popnoname and Kobralove remixes), dub techno blissfulness (the superbly hynotic Killerherz Dub) and jolly deep house (Gorge Hewek's remix). Strangely, we can't listen to it without imagining Vladimir Putin dancing with a bear. But that's just us.
Review: Here we have a bunch of fresh new mixes of "Power" as found on this Russian outfit's 2011 album, Tropical. First up the TK Disco-isms of the original are slickly converted into silky, sulky electro-house by Mario Bassanov. Lou Teti turns up the brightness dial for a synthy indie-disco version, Zimmer goes for big piano chords and Lipelis & Simple Symmetry go all out on their electro-funk take. It's up to Moonoton to take things in a darker direction, delivering a sultry underground house take that's reminiscent of Kariya's classic, "Let Me Love You Tonight".
Various - "Poolside Mexico" (continuous DJ mix) - (1:18:25) 120 BPM
Review: Having already covered the likes of Croatia and Australia, Toolroom's latest Poolside installment is timed to coincide with the BPM festival in Mexico. As such, it's a fizzy sunkissed collection of party house boasting 32 tracks and a bonus DJ mix too! Highlights include the crystalline synth pop interlude "Fall Apart" featuring the breathy vocals of Patrick Baker, the Eats Everything-esque stab-heavy electro houser "It's On You" and the sublimely soft, Euro trance anthem "Spinning Around" by Alex Barck.
Review: Lithuania isn't known as a hotspot for house music, but as Silence Please shows, it contains more than its fair share of talented artists. The Few Nolder takes on Markas Palubenka's "Kill Me" and Fink's "Q&A" map out new possibilities for modern deep house, the vocals chopped up over dreamy chords and snappy drums, while Darius Vaikas pushes towards a darker sound. This he achieves with the chilling strings and rippling bass of his interpretation of Mario Basanov's "Machinarium" and the chiming drums of his own "White Eights". But it isn't just Vaikas who embodies the Baltic wind blowing in over Vilnius and Mario & Vidis' "Warung" is an inspired piece of eerie, bleepy house.