Review: Since arriving on the house scene about three years ago, Daley Padley aka HS82, has soared to some dizzying heights. Having already released a mix album with Pete Tong this year, he's now back with a solo one, 2015: The Review. Its full of fresh, upbeat house productions, some of our faves include Montel's disorientating "I Cant Remember", Sindey Charles and Sante's acid-pop stomper "Blade" and the retro 80s chaos of vintage jacker "Libertine" by Steve Lawler.
Review: It's interesting to hear that some contemporary producers are drawing inspiration from UK garage from the 90s instead of deep house from the same period. "The Way" features those unmistakable shuffling drums and a soaring bassline, but the inclusion of rich strings and a filtered disco riff mean it's as musical as it is moody. In any event, Sante has conjured up a more resonating feeling on the title track, which features Gjaezon on vocals. The evocative narrative about "it's gonna affect my state of mind" is backed by dark claps and a rolling, acid-flecked groove. "Blended" is more driving, and its booming bassline lends it the same kind of eerie atmosphere as classic Suburban Knight.
Review: Phillip Meier aka Sante is back. The rising star from Southern Germany presents us with "909 Basement" for the Knee Deep In Sound powerhouse. The title track lives up to its name, with the drum machine's stomp and hiss driving the track for the most part and perfect for sub level shut ins that go 'til late. "Text Message" is more the kind of funky party starting tech house you'd expect from the label: tight rhythm, sharp bassline and trippy synth melodies and works a treat. Finally "Endless" is more of a tough and bass driven DJ tool for the peak time that will elevate adrenaline levels as good as a Gruuv or Saved track anyway.