Review: An all-star cast (by Local Talk standards, at least) has been assembled for this latest trip into '90s house territory. C.R.S.T's opener "Monster Munch", was produced in collaboration with Welsh house wizard The Organ Grinder, and bumps along impressively on a bed of skipping garage beats and vocal cut-ups. Chesus's "Newark", meanwhile, doesn't hide its US garage roots, being dominated by the twin attractions of rolling organs and female yelps. The vocal cut-ups on C.R.S.T's "Life" recall Basement Jaxx's "Fly Life", while the music sounds like a mid-'90s New Jersey garage dub. Chesus closes proceedings with "Life", a delicious disco/house fusion brimming with sinewy strings and Teddy Pendergrass-ish vocalizing.
Review: Berlin powerhouse Get Physical presents 12 exclusive tracks from mainly American artists, curated by m.O.N.R.O.E. aka Postrel: a DJ who has released on labels like Kindisch, Viva Music and Saved. He has a fresh take on tech house, that has seen him become a well established DJ in the USA and the perfect person to represent his homeland's underground sound. Featuring a mix of artists old and new, this is a great window into the ever more essential American underground: that proves fresh new talent is always up and coming on the label, hihglights some from Adisyn on the sexy late night groove of "Drifter", the high octane energy of veteran Robert Babicz's "We Dream" or Michael Gin's experiment in dancefloor drama on "Y=X".
Pablo Bolivar - "A Special Night" (feat John Vermont - Ian Pooley Main remix) - (6:49) 122 BPM
Raw Instinct - "De La Bass" (Fred Everything remix) - (6:36) 121 BPM
Sebastian Davidson - "Questionmark" - (5:41) 121 BPM
Ben Gomori - "Illusion" - (6:56) 121 BPM
Rony Breaker - "I'll Be The One" (feat Nat Mor - Platzdasch & Dix remix) - (8:02) 120 BPM
The Checkup & Deeleegenz - "My Kingdom" - (6:48) 117 BPM
Mousse T - "The Jam Files, Vol 3" (continuous DJ mix) - (2:07:00)
Review: Hannover's Peppermint Jam predicts that 2018 will be a good year for house music - and what better to support this than with the third outing of the mighty Jam Files series. The label's very own Mousse T. starts the journey with a fresh exclusive, featuring the inimitable Peven Everett on the sensual jam "Pleasure" and even a remix of his anthem "Horny" from '96 by Scott Diaz. Elsewhere, there's also a rework of the classic "Never Enough" by Hamburg legend Boris Dlugosch, plus future classics by newbies like Studioheist on their deep and soulful "In Control" featuring the smooth as silk vocals of Andre Espeut. Also, Raw Instinct get their hot track "De La Bass" reworked by Montreal hero Fred Everything. Jam Files III is the perfect offering for every house music fan or 'music connoisseur' according to the label - we'd have to agree!