Review: All we really know about mysterious UK producer Ten Ven is that they have released previously on the likes of MTA Records or Noir and can really throw down some seriously wicked tech house grooves. He reappears this time for the always reliable Food Music with the Belo EP. Here they show off some wares aimed squarely at the dancefloor, such as on the druggy electro-house adrenaliser "Belo Horizonte" (which is drenched in reverb), the uplifting and soulful deep house of "Celebrate" (which has the most unbelievable breakdown you must hear) and finally "One Chance" which is probably the most DJ friendly and functional cut with subtle Afro house influences but clear comparisons to the futuristic sounds of Innervisions; and that's a great compliment!
Review: Fresh from a recent collaboration with Alex Metric on Anjunabeat, former Noir Music man Ten Ven returns to his When I Met You label, an imprint he established early last year. Like its predecessor, "Word of Mouth" is another collaborative affair, with Gramme band member Luke Hannam swinging by the studio to lend a hand. His urgent, eyes-closed vocals surge from the speakers on "Yeah", a driving, low-slung disco house number smothered in rubbery bass guitar, fizzing synth riffs and relentless percussion. Arguably even better is "Word of Mouth", a lolloping, mid-tempo affair that sees the duo wrap echoing electronic motifs around another scorching, bass guitar driven groove, while Ten Ven's accompanying re-edit turns the track into an acid disco slammer.
Review: Scene veteran Sean Brosnan is the selector behind Future Disco's latest all-action collection of nu-disco and disco-inspired house cuts, which is here presented in DJ-friendly, unmixed form. As usual, you'll find a clutch of recent peak-time club hits - see Louie Vega's fantastic rework of Sylvester's "Dance", the brilliant E-Live Remix of Saucy Lady's boogie-powered "Together" and Danny Krvit's simultaneously stomping and spacey Extended Vocal Dub Edit of Emilie Nana's "I Rise" - alongside previously unheard Future Disco edits and lesser-celebrated gems (see Amp Fiddler's "Steppin", Kraak and Smaak's collaboration with Luxxury, and Greg Wilson's exclusive tweak of Sweet Tooth T's cover of Chemise's boogie classic "She Can't Love You").
Review: The annual Toolroom statement of intent for Ibiza gets off to a raucous start with the good time house Camelphat remix of Fatboy Slim's "Right Here, Right Now". Despite this, the compilation isn't all about peak time pleasure. It features deeper nuggets like the sun-kissed deep techno remix of Bicep's "Opal" by Four Tet and the hypnotic break beat techno Kolsch remix of Nic Fanciulli's "Saying". However, Ibiza 2018 doesn't depart too far from the script, and label boss Mark Knight's "We Get High From the Music" is classic Toolroom - a tough tribal workout descending into filtered, vocal-heavy nirvana. That said, they deserve plaudits for keeping a close eye on new artists and the niggling acid and chimes of Peggy Gou's "It Makes You Forget" is testament to that.
Braxton - "When The Sun Goes Down" - (3:41) 129 BPM
Review: It's that time of year again when the Miami comps flood in thick and fast, and here's this year's offering from the Anjunadeep camp. With the label now so well established that they host their own festival, you've probably got a pretty good idea what to expect, and you wouldn't be far wrong, with the 12 tracks included largely coming from that nebulous zone where deep and progressive house collide. There's a satisfying mixture of established names - Dosem, Alex Metric, Tim Englehardt - and more up-and-coming artists, and fans of the label are unlikely to come away disappointed, with Lyrocoriscoris's dreamy 'Leave' and Dosem's tougher, techier 'Not Leaving' among the highlights.
Human Element - "Zuzmara" (original mix) - (8:52) 124 BPM
Alex Metric & Ten Ven - "Saudade" - (6:50) 122 BPM
M.E.M.O. - "Ormus" - (7:22) 81 BPM
Review: Like its' predecessors, this year's edition of Armada Deep's annual Miami WMC themed compilation is an absolute treasure trove of dancefloor treats for DJs who enjoy the more melodious, soaring and electronic end of the house spectrum. It boasts no less than 40 full-length, floor-friendly cuts, including tracks from some of the biggest names in the game. With such an epic track listing, picking highlights is tough. Our personal favourites include Dixon's atmospheric, crackling and beautiful remix of Amberoom's "Kastell", the grandiose breakdowns, swirling electronics and Balearic guitar flourishes of Tube, Berger and Alegant's "Cure", the rolling warmth of the Brett Johnson Dub of Infinity Ink's "Rushing Back", and the pitched-down throb of Moscoman's celebration remix of Three Drives on a Vinyl's vintage trance classic "Greece 2000".