Review: Amazingly, 2014 marks 20 years since the launch of Ralph Lawson's 2020 Vision. The Leeds-based imprint is celebrating in typical style, with Content, a mix of previously unreleased tracks from the label founder. This first sampler features cuts from two vastly different producers; Bristol-based heavyweight Eats Everything and deep house stalwart Franck Roger. The former kicks things off with "Adam", a robust, clanking, industrial-influenced tech-house cut that recalls some of the label's classic late '90s/early 2000s moments from the likes of Random Factor and Paul Woolford. Roger, meanwhile, goes all sweet and sensual - with a touch of tech around the edges, of course - on the smooth and baggy "Too Blind To See".
Review: As you probably already know, Ralph Lawson is one of the UK's longest standing tech house producers and DJs, releasing here and there on labels like 20:20 Vision, and mixing up tunes for London's Fabric series. In recent years, however, he's launched his own Lost In Time label, a series of EP's focusing on a moodier, more jacked-up sound. "Kings", for instance, is a heavy Chicago-leaning house belter, while "Lost In Space" itself is a charging floor shaker with deep chords, and a gun-tight groove. "Throb" is darker, more twisted and heavy on the percussion flex, but the surprise comes from Mr KS Terasse's mix of "Kings", a stuttering, morphing bullet of a tune that will please techno listeners too.
Review: Toolroom sets out an ambitious programme for its annual Miami trip. Patrick Topping gets the party started with the diva vocals and crowd cheers of "Be Sharp, Say Nowt", a true good-time house tune, while a more considered but no less infectious take on vocal house is audible on The 2 Bears' "London Are You There?" and Bicep's wonderful electro-synth-led "Metro". However, this compilation isn't limited to house music: the OC & Verde remix of Eli & Fur's "Around You" is frosty Euro trance at its most memorable and Dubspeeka's "Lyssa" is a gorgeous piece of dubbed out, dreamy techno. Miami won't know what hit it.