Review: There's something a bit "Hot Creations" about the artwork for this EP from Reflex (not to be confused with disco/soul edit don The Reflex). Musically, it's coming from a similar place, too, in as much as the big pianos, synth strings, grandiose synths and percussive builds of "Together" hark back to the wide-eyed and even wider smiles of the early '90s. Pat Lok builds on this approach, beefing up the beats and adding even more rave revivalism on his big remix. Boys Get Hurt make more of the original's stylish but curious vocal on their picturesque synth-house take, while Ryan Riot turns the original into a pumping, Bobby O-ish chunk of electro-disco madness.
Review: A new mix from perennial party faves Soul Clap is always a cause for celebration, but there's something extra-special about this particular exercise in dancefloor nostalgia. Nice 'N' Ripe Allstars sees them revisit the bulging back catalogue of Grant Nelson's Nice 'N' Ripe label, an imprint that has tracked the rise, fall and subsequent rebirth of UK garage since its' birth in 1993. Soul Clap's mix - an action-packed 30-track affair featuring some of their own edits and remixes of classic cuts - does a great job in showcasing the best the label has to offer, flitting between early US garage style jams, loose soulful house, sturdy two-step, bass-heavy speed garage and the kind of long-lost jams which should be bitten by today's retro-minded house producers. In doing so, it offers an impeccable history lesson.