Review: Ondule Recordings' second label sampler is an all-star affair, featuring a trio of solo productions and a tasty collaboration between Chuck No and Mr Wilson. Their contribution, the fuzzy and thrusting, hard-wired loop jam "Shop of Moldes", is easily one of the EP's highlights, with the duo conjuring dancefloor madness out of a handful of chopped-up, funk-fuelled elements. Elsewhere, Rocco joins the dots between Todd Edwards style cut-up garage and chunky deep house on the sweaty "Over Me & You", Jean Jacques AKA 1980 fuses early Chicago house low-end and dusty jazz-house on the deep and groovy "Volume 2", and Truistik does his best DJ Sneak impression on the bustling boompty excursion that is "Mr Kirk".
Review: Man (or woman) of mystery Hyenah is the latest DJ to contribute to the digital only Focus on Freerange compilation series. Like previous volumes, this features a selection of unmixed personal favourites from the Freerange Records catalogue, plus a continuous DJ mix. While the mix is entertaining, it's the quality of the unmixed cuts that make this an essential purchase. There's a smattering of deliciously soulful, bleary-eyed deep house treats (Andreas Saag, Swell Session vs Mark De Clive-Lowe), a swathe of chugging, late night tech-house treats (Dixon remixing Jimpster, Manoo remixing compiler Hyenah), and one of the most overlooked reworks of recent times (Genius of Time's fantastic rub of Kyodai's "Mi Rumba").