Review: Known just as much for his lustrous locks of hair as he is for his stylistic tech house grooves, the ever reliable Sidney Charles presents the next release on Dutch label Dark Side Of The Sun. The London-based German delivers three slammers here: from the hypnotic and swing-fuelled minimal funk of the title track, which gets a moody and rolling rendition by Italy's Leon (that is perfect for heads down moments on the dancefloor), to "Velo City" (ideal for the warm-up or afterhours alike), and the bass-driven party starter "Constant Emotion" with its trippy blips and bleeps backed by clipped rhythm programming - fans of 'Rominimal' take note!
Review: The new release on the Amsterdam-based label PIV comes from the acclaimed German DJ/producer Sidney Charles, who follows up some great releases on Locus, Heavy House Society and Moon Harbour. Charles is widely regarded for his authentic musical approach in the art of sound making, and that is clearly evident once again on the Organica EP. From the slinky and hypnotic tech house of opening track 'Palermo" which comes just in time for the Spring season, to the sensual deep house of the title track which is perfect mood music for the early evening. Finally, the bumpin' minimal funk of "Cabo' is perfect tackle for the afterhours if we've ever heard it.
Review: Amsterdam Dance Event holds a special place in the electronic music community's calendar, and it just wouldn't be the same without the Toolroom family putting on a very special showcase for the industry and punters alike. The Dutch capital's clubbing culture is one of the best in Europe and there's only one place to be this October. They join the fun once again this year and this are kicking off the week at Chicago Social Club for an opening to ADE like no other. In celebration, Mark Knight & Co. anticipate the event with this solid collection of sonic arsenal with highlights not limited to: label staple Weiss serving up classic vocal funky house on "Let Me Love You" (extended Club mix), legends Dirty Vegas getting remixed by CamelPhat on the extended remix of "Days Go By" (which reaches near acid moments), the ever impressive Alan Fitzpatrick providing austere peak time tackle on banger "The Approach" and rising stars like Jacky (with Example) on the wonky tech house of "Another 24" and label newcomer Maxinne dropping the riveting main room thriller "The Message" amongst many more. Comes with two continuous mixes: the first by Romanian upstarts Sllash & Doppe and the second by Swiss scene hero Mendo (Clarisse).
Review: Making his debut on Nic Fanciulli's Saved Records this month is Truesoul regular Sidney Charles. Whatever style he's producing, it's always on point, with releases on other top labels lately like Relief, Moda Black, Moon Harbour and 8bit - which certainly proves it. His new Fnk Hrd EP kicks off with the title track: a tough rolling tech house jam with enough funk and swing to move the main room right before peak time - oh and those horns! This is supported by slinky and intoxicating groove "Hot Moog" this bass driven weapon is perfect for those cool-down moments and supported by some subtle female vocals for added effect.