Review: Almost a quarter century into his recording career, Mousse T has not lost his ability to create party-starting anthems. Whereas the majority of his previous releases have blended disco samples with beefed-up house beats, "Rock The Mic" - his first release for Defected's revivalist disco offshoot Glitterbox - is a little less wedded to the kind of chunky, peak-time anthems we've come to expect. The live-sounding drums and orchestral style instrumentation screams "disco", while the Plantlife style, P-funk inspired vocals tip a wink to hip-house. Naturally, there are a few filter sweeps to be found, but these only serve to emphasise the track's block party inspiration. Kon's remix is, arguably, even better, and adds even more disco instrumentation for extra 1979 authenticity.
Review: This veteran producer recently took some time out and it seems the rest has done him good, as here he returns with the impressive "Goldman Wax", his debut for Slime. The four tracks included reveal the breadth of his styles - "Wow" kicks things off in strong form with rolling bass stabs, skippy rhythms and even a vintage hardcore breakdown. Elsewhere "You Know" is a seductive slice of tingly and soft 2-step pop, "Raindrops" looks to the 90s for a vintage organ-led garage ditty and "Don't You Say" ends with some sleazy sweaty basement garage grooves that are impossible to resist.
Review: Three years on and Subway Recordings has firmly established themselves as one of the foremost Dutch dubstep labels, yet they do not by any means limit themselves to genre or sound. This Destination compilation takes us through the grimey, the dark, the deep, the dancefloor and the experimental in turn. Noah D's "Hardcore" kicks off with a thrilling combination of jagged neon synths and harsh sub bass cheekiness, before Akkachar & Taz Buckfaster drop sci fi sounds on "187 On A Rock" and DJ Madd delivers the twitching Ramandanman sensibilities of "Bass Comedown". Mayhem & Whisperlink provide an early highlight with "Trap Or Die" filled with bleepy SFX and dark, rumbling basslines underpinning the ominous, vocodered vocal sample. Rivalling this is "Rumble" by Reso & Vent - a sure fire dancefloor driven killer. Here the rowdy, bass-heavy wobbles and smacking drum kicks really up the ante and we are transported deep into the peaktime heavy hitters. All in all, it's a comprehensive array of tracks here from some highly talented, genre-pushing artists which should, really, not be missed.
Review: It's been a year since Slime's second instalment of their leading compilation Future Sound Of Garage series. Now the follow-up has finally arrived boasting 28 examples of what they to be consider music of the future. There are too many to name, but highlights include the ethereal and sensual future-step opener "Return" by Monoblue, the seductive, delicate chimes of the shimmering "Ever Feel" by Just Breathe, the sparse and raw 2-step of Pavv's "Let It Go" and even the uber commercial Ibiza-friendly anthem "Stone" by Project X is a (guilty) pleasure.