Review: Up next for Defected's In The House series is the UK's DJ Haus, 'a decidedly untraditional DJ, producer, originator and DIY label innovator.' The Unknown To The Unknown and Hot Haus Recs boss has received big props from the underground house community and in Defected's opinion: he's an ambassador for the future of house music. Quite a compliment there! Serving up a a wicked collection of raw and jacking sounds that encompass electro, Chicago house, disco, techno and UK garage: and all very much on the lo-fi tip. The supporting cast on DJ Haus In The Haus is quite a remarkable one and musical highlights are not limited to: NYC hero X-Coast (who is fresh off a killer release on Underthesea) with last year's sleeper hit "Mango Bay", Aussie larrikin and Steel City Dance Discs boss Mall Grab with the wicked "Pool Party" through to stateside jams by Justin Cudmore - who gives us a taste of the acid life on "Forget It" and so does the master Matrixxman on the epic "The Spell" (Original Mix).
I'll Be Waiting (Lobster Boy mix) - (5:35) 126 BPM
Review: Bristol boy Redlight is back on Lobster Boy. The London label serves up his killer new remix of "I'll Be Waiting" with a bit of help from Liv Dawson (Tapestry: Disclosure's label) and Kojo Funds aka Golden Boy. With its tough riddims and absolutely bass driven attitude, this firestarter is bound to make dancefloors go totally mental in 2017! Honorable mention to Dawson's fabulous vocals which are supported by Funds' on point rhyming and Lobster Boy's assorted blurps and bleeps.. plus the odd police siren or two for good measure!
Review: UK rising star Redlight returns for retroverts Unknown To The Unknown, after his previous City Jams EP on sister label Hot Haus Recs. On the rolling rave attack of "Gamma Ray" with its exotic vocal jack, it sounds somewhat reminiscent of an old Guy Called Gerald classic. It receives a brilliant remix by Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, which accentuates the late '80s aesthetic in neon-lit fashion. The controversial Marquis Hawkes' rendition likewise delivers a perspective from house music's seminal era, but this one is more rooted in the early '90s. "Equinox" continues on with his penchant for old school rave aesthetics with this evocative breaks driven masterpiece.
Review: Bass batboy Redlight is back on Lobster Boy with another one of his devious, juke-ridden floor-shakers for the dance-prone corner dweller. "Bossman" is a one-track champion, but it rides low and mighty enough to beat an LP hands-down; the groove is a syncopated burst of metallic percussion shots bound together by a deep, lonesome bassline that is accompanied by a dark, minimal melodic rift. Heavy n' deep.
Review: It's Friday so that means another taster from Redlight's upcoming Templates Mixtape Vol 1. is here. According to the Lobster Boy main man, "Toasty" is a "cheeky little belter" and bodes well for the overall mixtape. Driven forward by Redlight's trademark feel-good basslines and crisp drum programming, there is a gal-force energy to "Toasty" that the dancefloor will immediately resonate with.
Review: London's Redlight delivers the first single from his new album X Colour which will be released very soon on Lobster Boy. Following up the hit singles "Threshold" and "Metronome", "Blood Moon" is a driving and adrenalised electro house jam that has a sick bassline and welcome surefire artillery for any serious DJs arsenal in the vein of D. Ramirez or more recently Will Clarke. This young gun is definitely one to watch!
Review: Redlight isn't messing around, that's for damn sure. The Bristolian has already released on Mercury and Polydor, two major majors, and now he's back up on Lobster Boy with a new album! The "Intro" sets the scene perfectly to an LP that explores the various shades of house and club music, a start that falls neatly into a funky, seductive bassline house number in "Gold Teeth". "Lessons" offers listeners a bit more of a classic house sound, while cuts such as "Lion Jungle" - which features none other than Prodigy - verge onto more UK-centric, hip-hop-filtered sounds, and others like "Threshold" drop us into pop / r&b territories. The latter is particularly suited to radio playback, and it's no wonder why this guy has been released on such big labels.
Review: Bristol bass man Redlight takes a one-way trip from the '90s and polishes up his finest set of grills while en route. Following a similar hooky vocal structure from 2014's summer smash, "Gold Teeth" is fronted by a sultry fem-bot listing disparate ingredients to a futuristic rockstar life. What's more, she's backed by a super-slinky booty bass breakbeat groove that pops and wriggles with full-bodied classic electro panache. Sweeter than lemonade.
Review: It's business as usual from London's Lobster Boy label. Bristol bad boy Redlight teams up with the sultry vocals of Roses Gabor for a dirty, late night bass driven ditty on "Metronome". There's just as much bump and shuffle as there is low end on this unashamedly UK track. And just wait until you hear that absolutely mental drop. Represent!