Review: Here Z Records boss Joey Negro presents his own take on the everlasting 90s revival. Just like on all his other projects he's dug deeper to present gems the label say may have until now slipped under the garage doors (i.e. haven't yet been granted digital immortality). Highlights of these 26 rarities include Robert Owens' smooth n' sultry synth jam "Gotta Work", the bitchy disco of "Unique" by Danube Dance & Kim Cooper and the raw attitude of Mike Delgado's "The Murder Track". With this fine release, who needs a time machine?
Review: There's nothing subtle about the work out London-based DJ and all-round man of mystery Rushmore. This third EP - his first for DJ Haus' Hot Haus imprint - continues in a similar vein to his first two outings for Trax Couture. That means a tough, raw blend of ghetto-tech, revivalist acid house, footwork and sub-bothering bass-house. Choose between the jacking rhythms, thunderous kick drums and Armando-ish rave stabs of "Dance Show" and "Drop Top", a cracking, in-your-face DJ tool built around footwork style handclaps, warped sub-bass and relentless drum machine cymbals. Neither track is particularly clever, but both are most certainly big.
Review: Rushmore is Matthew Thomas, who some of you may know from the East London party House Of Trax and the affiliated label Trax Couture label. The many styles presented as part of the club night are channeled with thrill and cohesion on this debut House of Trax album, ballroom and grime via hip hop; the Teklife crew as much as an influence as '90s hip hop and rap. However, the label state this is an album less concerned with the dancefloor and more one can enjoy in an afterhours situation - hence the title perhaps? Featuring a raft of collaborations with Trax Couture associates, Ours After is a fine debut from House of Trax.
Review: Hold up - Sound Pellegrino crew inside! Number three in their Sound Pellegrino Presents SNDPE series and as per usual, it's jam packed full of killers from both label casuals and loosely affiliated clan members. As the name suggests, the sound is inherently raw and gritty, direct from the gutter and packing enough punch to blow your system out. House, ghetto, bass, you name it, there's something in here for everyone and if you're into the Night Slugs end of the spectrum, then look no further! Toyc's "Analog Drums" is particularly gnarly thanks to its gritty backbone, but it's all highly alluring and comes heavily recommended. Cop it, son!