Review: As you'd expect, there's plenty of dancefloor heat to be found on this sixth volume in Mother Recordings' ongoing Mother Is Best series. Check, for example, the booming, bass-heavy, bongo-laden carnival-house thrust of Cozzy D's slamming opener, "Jungle Bells", the fizzing New York freestyle stabs and funky house bounce of Bohemien and Raf Parola's "Crash Love" and the preacher vocals-over-colossal sub-bass flex of Clyde P's "Bob Likes House"; all three sound like sweaty, peak-time anthems in the making. There's plenty to enjoy elsewhere, too, not least the (sampled) screaming diva vocals, grandiose builds and even bigger drops of Claus Casper and Freiboitar's rubbery, disco-fuelled "Feel You".
Review: Rebuke's "Rattle" was one of 2019's biggest techno records, so it is no surprise that Drumcode has invited him back for a follow-up release. "Instatik" resounds to an ominous synth line, rolling, steely drums and features ponderous vocals. Despite its dark undercurrent, it is among the label's more clubby tracks. "Livewire" plots a similar path and Rebuke's menacing synths are augmented by a series of snare builds that add to the sense of drama. On "Obscurity", the Irish producer opts for a more pared-back approach, with rolling, tribal drums and euphoric hooks combining to create a distinctive take on big-room techno.
Review: Reuben 'Rebuke' Keeney follows last year's Jump Ship release on Dirtybird with this fine two-tracker. The title track is as deep as it gets for Claude Von Stroke's label, with hypnotic chords and chopped up vocal samples unravelling over a steely, forceful rhythm that resounds to bursts of white noise percussion. It's linear and hypnotic, and is sure to have a huge dance floor impact. On "Koto", Rebuke opts for a more accessible sound. Infectious melodies are underpinned by rolling snares and a pumping rhythm that features rasping percussion. It underlines once again that Keeney is a diverse, versatile producer.
Review: Having released on Dirtybird and Saved, Reuben Keeney aka Rebuke now debuts on Drumcode. The title track features Pump Panel-style acid lines, unravelling over a club-primed rhythm that is sure to appeal to fans of the label. On "Operator", he delivers a pumping track led by tribal drums and skeletal percussion that breaks down to the sound of laughter and a buzzing synth riff before a succession of snare rolls achieve the requisite effect. "Metal", which closes out the release, is somewhat less hard-hitting, but it sees Keeney work with just a few elements - a clanging bass and rolling drums - to deliver a powerful club tool.
Review: Hot on the heels of releases for Dirtybird and Defected, Reuben Keeney aka Rebuke delivers a storming EP for Truesoul. The title track twitches and bangs with a rare energy, combining pitch-shifting vocal samples and Red-style chord stabs over glitchy drums and percussion. It shows that Keeney brings a refreshingly DiY approach to his productions. On "Posers Ray Gun", he goes into full rave mode, with bullet-proof metal break beats providing the basis for insistent bleeps and wild percussive volleys. In stark contrast is "Ready to Fly", a somewhat deeper but still pumping groove that marks Keeney out as a serious new talent.
Review: Ireland's Reuben Kinney aka Rebuke made a big impression last year with some stellar releases on top labels like DFTD and Hot Creations. He's back in action to kickstart 2019 in fine fashion on west coast bass-house institution Dirtybird, with a two track EP featuring the sweltering carnival boompty-bass of "Jump Ship", followed by the woozy and tunnelling tech-house cut "The Pipe" which is perfect tackle for those heads down moments under the strobe.
Review: Rebuke is an Irish DJ and producer who is on the ascent. He runs the night Outhouse in Kilterkenny and he has released EP's and singles on Saved, Toolroom and Mother with ones on DFTD to follow in the coming months. Most recently, his Rebuke/rave series has been causing a major stir with reimagined versions of rave era classics such as "Bombscare" and "The Tape" gaining glowing reviews from top DJs. Reuben Keeney serves up the tough rolling minimal funk of "Along Came Polly" - story has it that Keeney found it perhaps a bit too weird for Jamie Jones & Co. but the boss man by all accounts was loving it! Second offering "Rolo" does deep down and dirty disco loops for the late night in the vein or DJ Sneak or Phil Weeks in impressive fashion.