Various - "High Contrast Presents Ali Wilson" (continuous DJ mix by Ali Wilson) - (1:15:30) 133 BPM
Review: UK producer/DJ Ali Wilson is as consistent as they come, from the early days with his own Tekelec label ('Evissa Twilight', 'Flapjack', 'Zulu') to more recent associations with Dutch empire High Contrast, which this latest compilation comes through. Fans of his infectious tribal tech trance and funky tech house are in for a real treat, featuring the likes of: Marco V & Damian William, Jochen Miller, W&W, Ben Nicky, Marcel Woods and of course plenty from Ali himself.. Over 30 massive tracks for just L8.99!!
Review: The seventh instalment of Dekmantel's tenth anniversary celebration puts some newcomers side by side with more established artists. Covering the middle ground between these two extremes is Voiski, whose "Time As A River" features jittery drums married with dense bleeps and a melancholic synth segue. Randomer is in the same position, inhabiting the middle ground between the veterans and the brand new. The UK producer's "Foghorn" does exactly what it says on the tin, delivering a dense, stepping rhythm that unravels to reveal blaring, drone-like horns. In the newcomer's corner there's Tolouse Low Trax, with the low-slung, oddball house of "Crash", while at the opposite end of the spectrum Versatile founder Gilb'r features with the experimental drones and rain forest sounds of "The Triangle".
Review: While most of us have never heard of Winston, fellow dusty-fingered record collectors hold him in high esteem. On his contribution to Z Records' essential "Under The Influence" series it's easy to see why. His selections are uniformly superb and, bar a handful of cuts, almost unknown to anyone outside the serious collecting community. For proof, check the celebratory, slap-bass propelled disco-funk of Doug Payne and Polygon's "Holiday", the heady, high-octane disco thrills of Expose's "I Just Wanna Dance With You", the low-slung early funk-rap headiness of Jungle Band's "Jungleland (Part 2)" and the wickedly percussive salsa-disco heaviness of Suave's "Salsa Gon Gitcha". In other words, it's a killer collection of top-notch cuts that you'll never have heard before. What's not to like?