Review: A new mix from perennial party faves Soul Clap is always a cause for celebration, but there's something extra-special about this particular exercise in dancefloor nostalgia. Nice 'N' Ripe Allstars sees them revisit the bulging back catalogue of Grant Nelson's Nice 'N' Ripe label, an imprint that has tracked the rise, fall and subsequent rebirth of UK garage since its' birth in 1993. Soul Clap's mix - an action-packed 30-track affair featuring some of their own edits and remixes of classic cuts - does a great job in showcasing the best the label has to offer, flitting between early US garage style jams, loose soulful house, sturdy two-step, bass-heavy speed garage and the kind of long-lost jams which should be bitten by today's retro-minded house producers. In doing so, it offers an impeccable history lesson.
Review: While not one of Sylvester's better-known club hits, 1978 jam "Dance (Disco Heat)" is every bit as essential as "I Need You", "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)" and "Over & Over". Here, Masters at Work man Louie Vega offers up his takes on the disco classic, which sits somewhere between the traditional NYC sound and the muscular, arpeggio-heavy electronic style of disco made famous by Giorgio Moroder and Patrick Cowley. Vega's 12-minute A-side "Re-touch" strips out many of the electronic touches, instead focusing on delivering celebratory, peak-time disco abandon. On the flipside you'll find two tasty DJ tools: a loopy, slightly more house-centric dub (which also includes a lengthy filtered section to allow for longer mixes) and a short instrumental mix.
Matt Tolfrey & Christopher Sylvester - "Real Talk" (feat Kevin Knapp - Ryan Crosson Post Up remix) - (6:33) 127 BPM
Tom Demac - "Stand Beside Me" (Geddes dub) - (5:28) 124 BPM
Review: The latest compilation on Murmur shows that more than ever, classic house sounds are on the menu. This is audible from the offset with James Jones's Watercooler remix of Tom Demac's "Crewcuts & Curls", where a jacking, stripped back Chicago track underpins an NY-style vocal rant. The Windy City's wigged out sound is also present on Luke Solomon's Razor version of the same Demac track, but on that occasion it's warm, trippy acid rather than jacking rhythms that dominates. However, the real highlights occur when the compilation focuses on the deeper house sound. The Solomon remix of Claire Ripley's "Slow Loris" and the Wolf + Lamb take on Tom Demac's "In Your Eyes" are gloriously spacey grooves, based on woozy chords and throbbing basslines, but the true jewel in the crown here is the rolling, vocal-led, deep fried disco of Lee Curtiss's version of Lewie Day's "That's The Thing".