Marcos Silvestre - "El Amor Segun Nach" - (7:03) 120 BPM
Wolfire - "Wanna Do" - (5:42) 126 BPM
Bipolar Mind - "Sunday Mond" - (6:40) 126 BPM
Review: It's been a big and consistent year for Snatch! with this annual compilation series bringing it all together in the one spot once again. Off the bat, its tracks by Riva Starr & Santos with its kick drum surprise that take the lead next to legendary Detroit producer Aaron Carl being remembered through a Jamie Jones remix of an original ghetto house number by Parris Mitchell & Nina Kraviz! Don't sleep! Hi NRG house tracks feature too thanks to Ant LaRock, with broken beat rave antics coming from Genghis Clan next to dubbed out diva disco and gospel vibes straight outta Chicago from BiPolar Mind. Seriously, this year and the next: get your house, UKG, two step and ghetto tech wares here!
Review: With Giles Smith and James Priestley's Secretsundaze label steadily keeping afloat this year with releases from Dominican artist Boundary and a 'reflip' from GE-OLOGY, London-based Porteguese artist Silvestre returns to the London house institution with the Super Cool EP. Pushing the sounds here towards an electro, ghetto house framework, drums on Super Cool are heavy, rough and beatdown - with "Front Door" a trippy and melodic highlight. Turning in a raw Chicago-inspired club track is "Grillz", while "Sem Crew" simmers in dub with renewed touches of acid in its bassline atop a rave-like vocal. "Love U", another highlight, lifts its inspirations from rap, R&B and reggaeton, with Silvestre adding about the EP: "I wanted to make bangers, my current inspirations have been coming from UK Drill, ghetto house, Randomer and Jimmy Lacoste."
Review: It would be fair to say that Lisbon-born, London-based Silvestre has developed a distinctive and unique trademark sound. Rich in dusty samples, reggaeton references and bustling, club-ready beats, his previous work for Diskotopia and Cr?me Organization is well worth checking. He continues on a similar tip on this Secretsundaze label debut. There's much to enjoy across the EP, from the dreamy tropical heat of "Lights" and melodious, post-dancehall fusion of "Fuego", to the drowsy, manipulated harmony vocals and skittish rhythms of "Paying The Rent". Antinote regular D.K delivers the headline-grabbing remix, turning "Fuego" into a bass-heavy chunk of tribal-tinged deep house.
Review: Following well-regarded contributions to compilations and split EPs on Loose Lips and Piraiso, Silvestre returns to Diskopia with his first solo missive for nearly three years. He seems to be in a reflective, semi-horizontal mood, which is no bad thing given the quality of EP opener "Ir A Sagres", a gently tropical mid-tempo bubbler that sees him expertly fuse elements of deep house and spacey nu-disco into one attractive workout. You'll find more warming drowsiness and deepness in the shape of "Deptford Bus" - all slowly shifting chords, gentle deep house drums and rich sub-bass - while "RC Shuffler" is a pitched-down chunk of deep house/dancehall fusion that could well be the EP's most arresting track. Should you need a little more energy, revivalist dream house number "Everybody Is Happy" will get you shuffling towards the dancefloor in no time at all.