Review: You've all seen the meme where Batman's punching Robin. Now just imagine Robin's saying "You need lots of elements for a killer dancefloor tra-" and Batman's cutting him off with "No, you just need a rolling funk loop, some sax parps and a few James Brown-style vocal shouts", and you know pretty much all you need to know about 'Cha Ha' - file under "absolute bloody dancefloor devastation ahoy!", whether you opt for the 4:13 Radio Edit or 6:43 Original. The accompanying 'Another Dream' is a pleasant-enough meandering, midtempo instrumental that comes with a spacier, more stripped-back Das Kompex Remix, but it's the title track that's the must-have.
Review: Luv Shack Records' newest EP marks the 26th release on the label and it's a classic split affair by stalwart artists Space Echo and Jakobin & Domino. Space Echo's "My Heart My Soul" is feelgood, uplifting disco looped to perfection if we do say so ourselves. His next joint "Party Together" is more on the lo-slung and definitely slo-mo tip: to get groovy earlier on or later in the evening. It is then over to Jakobin & Domino with "You Want My Love" which features a familiar loop and it's so funky, soulful and irresistible. Finally "Filter Queen" is another earworm and you just know you've heard that loop somewhere before, right? Ah, it makes you love it.. what more can we say!
Review: After working relentlessly for three years to establish the label, the crew behind Luv Shack has been enjoying some much-needed time off. Suitably refreshed, they return with a first EP of 2016: a fine three-tracker from Space Echo (AKA label co-founder Lee Stevens and fellow Austrian Christoph 'caTekk' Abele). Happily, there's plenty to admire, from the loopy, smoky, blues-house shuffle of opener "Go Down" - where infectious, impassioned vocal samples ride a loopy, string-drenched groove - to the fantastically righteous '70s-funk-goes-acid stomp of closer "Rainbow Power". "Rare Function", another trip into chunky disco-house territory that boasts some notable electric piano samples, is also quietly impressive.