Review: Combining all matter of baile funk, UK rave and fidget house with touches kuduro and percussive dance culture, this Lovebirds single delivers the best in sounds made for a modern dancefloor shot with ice canons and exploding confetti. Reminiscent of a time when Sinden, Count Of Monte Cristo and Buraka Som Sistema were at the top of their game, these two versions take in an extended mix made overty for the club or carnival atmosphere, with a radio edit set to top down cruiser mode. Summer lovin'.
Review: Here it is, another Strictly Breaks jam! As usual we've got both a great index of classic breaks sampled by many a DJ and a great, varied compilation of simply great tunes. There are 25 of them to choose from with some of the many, many highlights including bonkers German romp "Wenn Die Sonne Scheint" by Bernd Wefelmeyer Orch, the funky drummer-riddled "I Lost Me A Friend" by Glitter House and the sweet Philly soul of "Give Me Your Love" by Rae & Toomey McDonald.
Review: Steve Bug's Dessous imprint is one of the best and most consistent deep house and minimal labels going. On Dessous Best Kept Secrets Volume 2, the follow up to 2007's first instalment, they prove it yet again with a compilation that charts both the current and future sound of the label. Full of emotion, warmth and soul, the release serves as a true indication of the label's ethos as a whole and leaves a lasting impression on the listener.
David Durango has been making impressive appearances on Dessous and Poker Flat of late. So much so that the young half Swiss, half Spanish producer was chosen to open this compilation with the first of his three offerings on the release. "Juegos Fantasiticos" opens proceedings with some warm, deep house that sounds as comfortable as it does laid back. "Striptease" showcases Durango's more upbeat side before "Human" delves into a minimal aesthetic courtesy of deft high end percussion, low bass squeezes and acute phaser work.
Alongside smooth, chord-laden house like "Le Groove Rhodes" from Rene Breithbarth and Claire Ripley's "Labyrinth" we get the techno influenced twisted synths of Moodymanc's "Omlette" and the darker more driving sound of "Merise" by Andrade. "New Road FM" by Burnski brings the groove with some cosmic, jacking twists and Graeme Park closes the release with his slo-mo house remix of Ryo Murakami's "Just For This."
Dessous Best Kept Secrets Volume 2 takes you on a delightfully soulful and rhythmic journey of their label. Although the compilation never strays too far away from their signature sound nor breaks any new barriers, it does an expert job of bringing you the vintage and emotive deep house that has made the imprint so special in the first place.