Luna City Express - "Good Condition" - (5:16) 123 BPM
Sek - "Thug Life" (Interlude) - (6:24) 120 BPM
Iz & Diz - "Happy" - (7:54) 126 BPM
Rick Wade - "Do It" - (5:39) 125 BPM
Review: The second part in the Hudd Traxx 10th Anniversary 'Now & Then' compilation sees tracks from Luna City Express, Sek, Iz & Diz and Rick Wade. Berlin duo Luna City Express serve up a lush deep house groove that builds throughout the track, and will bring a smile to the faces of those who follow them on their beloved Moon Habour Recordings. Sek uses slick beats, trippy leads, a driving bassline and some 'Thug life' vocals to ensure this one has 'future classic' written all over it. Go back in time (to 2006 to be precise) on the 'Then' side to find Iz & Diz's 'Happy'. The words 'epic' & 'journey' are often misused in music but both can be mentioned about this track. It had devastating effect on first release and is set to do the same again nearly 10 years later. Rick Wade closes things out in fine style to fly the Detroit flag on an all Chicago / Detroit side.
Pablo Bolivar - "A Special Night" (feat John Vermont - Ian Pooley Main remix) - (6:49) 122 BPM
Raw Instinct - "De La Bass" (Fred Everything remix) - (6:36) 121 BPM
Sebastian Davidson - "Questionmark" - (5:41) 121 BPM
Ben Gomori - "Illusion" - (6:56) 121 BPM
Rony Breaker - "I'll Be The One" (feat Nat Mor - Platzdasch & Dix remix) - (8:02) 120 BPM
The Checkup & Deeleegenz - "My Kingdom" - (6:48) 117 BPM
Mousse T - "The Jam Files, Vol 3" (continuous DJ mix) - (2:07:00)
Review: Hannover's Peppermint Jam predicts that 2018 will be a good year for house music - and what better to support this than with the third outing of the mighty Jam Files series. The label's very own Mousse T. starts the journey with a fresh exclusive, featuring the inimitable Peven Everett on the sensual jam "Pleasure" and even a remix of his anthem "Horny" from '96 by Scott Diaz. Elsewhere, there's also a rework of the classic "Never Enough" by Hamburg legend Boris Dlugosch, plus future classics by newbies like Studioheist on their deep and soulful "In Control" featuring the smooth as silk vocals of Andre Espeut. Also, Raw Instinct get their hot track "De La Bass" reworked by Montreal hero Fred Everything. Jam Files III is the perfect offering for every house music fan or 'music connoisseur' according to the label - we'd have to agree!
Review: Beard-sporting Greek deep houser SEK pops up on the always-reliable Lost My Dog, with a four-track assault that ticks many boxes. Lead cut "These Days" leads the way, offering a murky deep houser that achieves just the right balance between low-slung bassline pressure, pleasant deepness and late night jack. "West Coast Ride" ups the percussive pressure, flitting between chopped-up pianos, familiar hip-hop samples and woozy chords, while "Tears & Sweat" is a much jauntier trip into '90s house territory. "The Light", meanwhile, fuses calming pads and chords with skippy, garage-influenced drums and mutant bassline pressure.
Review: Last year, Greek producer Sek returned to legendary U.S deep house label Large Music after a five-year absence. Here he delivers a swift follow-up boasting three classic-sounding cuts. First up is the organ-sporting New Jersey garage-meets-Chez Damier goodness of "The Realm", where sampled party chatter and righteous spoken word vocals help create a hazy, glassy-eyed mood. "The Nerd Comeback" sees him amble amiably towards mid-tempo disco-house territory - all filtered disco strings, chunky bass and bumpin' beats - while "Heater Gonna Heat" offers a jauntier and breezier riff on the same basic blueprint. It's got a similar vibe to DJ Koze's "Pick Up" and Tom Trago's "Use Me (Again)", though it's arguably a little deeper and groovier than both of those colossal dancefloor hits.