Review: On Territory, Sidney delivers a hard-hitting take on DJ tool house. The title track is reminiscent of 90s tribal with dense drums leading into a filtered breakdown. The key difference however is the male vocal narrative that sounds like a booze-bloated comedian performing on the blue rinse circuit. On the other hand "Karma" is rolling and looser, with firing percussion underpinning a repetitive vocal chant, while "Sandbox Love" is all about the bassline, as a massive sub provides the basis for neat infectious disco filters and rich, sensuous strings. Sidney returns to his love of dense drums on "Big Bada Boom", to which he applies a rolling rhythm.
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.
Hot Since 82/Habischman - "Leave Me" (Dubfire Playa remix) - (11:08) 123 BPM
Jaymo & Andy George - "Revisited" (continuous DJ mix) - (58:13) 123 BPM
Review: Jaymo & Andy George have etched out an impressive 15 year career, with demand for their 'texture heavy' releases on many big labels seeing their success grow to a global scale. Here they present a mix on their own Moda Black imprint, and just shy of an hour it's a concise snapshot of them doing what they do best: delivering deep, engrossing, synth-rich grooves. Highlights include the brooding, doom-jack of "Ghost" by Zeke Africa, the beguiling synth cascades of "Ratasta" by Upercent and Javier OrduA+a, and all 11 minutes of Dubfire's remarkable, blissed-out techno-disco rework.
Review: For their latest outing, regular studio partners Jaymo and Andy George have joined forces with Hamburg-based producer Sidney Charles (himself a regular contributor to their Moda Black imprint). "Caution Your Blast" is tough and chunky, building slowly via sharp synthesizer motifs, bubbling electronic melodies and classic tech-house percussion. There's a little vintage boompty bump to the Derrick Carter-ish beats underpinning virtual flipside "Hip Shots". The cut-up vocal stabs and heavy bass recall the mid-to-late noughties heyday of Carter's Classic imprint, too, making the track a real retro-futurist blast from the past.
Hip Shots (Philip Bader Warehouse mix) - (6:28) 124 BPM
Review: Caution Your Blast, released in the spring of 2015, was one of Jaymo and Andy George's strongest efforts to date. Written and produced with Sidney Charles, its' two tracks offered the perfect balance between jackin' house grooves, bass-heavy garage influences, and the woozy shimmer of contemporary powder house. Here, one of the tracks from that set - "Hip Shots" - gets the remix treatment. Both versions are far rougher, dirtier and heavier than the original, with Crosstown Rebels and Hot Creations man Russ Yallop leading the way. His acid-heavy rework - all undulating 303 lines, snappy beats and chopped-up vocal fills - is particularly potent, though Philip Bader's booming, rave-inclined Warehouse Mix isn't far behind.
Review: Appearing here for Nick Curly's esteemed 8bit imprint is Hamburg house hero and Bob Sinclair lookalike Sidney Charles, who delivers a bunch of slinky tech house numbers on the Phoenix EP. It's certainly nu-school, but with a touch of the old school like on the funky and swinging title track with its dusty, shuffling drums, bouncy bass and siren like stabs. "Many Ways" has the pounding and stripped back garage rhythm arrangement, with looped vocals (that have become a trademark of his work) while the funky and soulful "Lucky" rounds out the EP just nicely. More great stuff from this rising producer.
Review: Ralph Lawson's esteemed Leeds based imprint 20/20 Vision is still at it and doing what they do best; deep and super slinky tech house. This time they present Hamburger Sidney Charles with the Keep It Real EP. The title track is your standard NYC/New Jersey style early '90s house jam but "Flak94" is where he really shines, delivering some sublime deepness with a razor sharp bass, faint acid flourishes and sexy diva vocal shots. "Rookie" is also worthy of mention; this fierce yet restrained DJ tool has some tough and dusty 909 stomp supported by druggy pitch shifted vocals that would appeal to techno DJs too.