Review: If there's one area in which Jerome Sydenham's Ibadan label excels, it's extra percussive deep house dubs. This second Deep Strokes compilation gathers together more of Ibadan's greatest late night drum dubs and bleary eyed deep house, throwing in cuts from some of Sydenham's new Berlin friends - the likes of Argy (who contributes three exquisite dubs) and Radio Slave (whose "X-Beat" is a stripped-back delight). Naturally, the standard is high throughout, with Clausell's vintage remix of Ten City's "All Loved Out" - five minutes of beautiful, beatless piano, followed by six minutes of brilliantly programmed afro-house percussion - standing out. Sydenham's own afro-jacker "Jango 01" is pretty special, too.
Review: The German label is 12 this year, but as it faces into its teenage life, it retains the same hunger for new music. Get Physical owner DJ T delivers one of the compilation's highlights, a stab-heavy techy take on John Tejada's "Timebomb". Like a slowed down take of Dave Clarke's "Red 2" infused with disco riffs, it sets a high watermark. Nonetheless, T faces stiff opposition from The Martinez Brothers, whose "Issshhh" is all tough percussive volleys and insistent chords, like a tough take on Levon Vincent. Elsewhere, new acts like Siopis and Gorge impress with drum-heavy tools, while old hands Tiefschwarz deliver a spaced out, bleep-heavy version of John Monkman's "Follow Me".
The Martinez Brothers - "Mistakes" - (6:36) 129 BPM
Trevor Rockcliffe - "Visions Of You" (feat Blake Baxter - Carl Cox remix) - (6:48) 137 BPM
Paul Johnson - "House Illusion" - (3:15) 130 BPM
Party Crashers - "Come And Get It" - (6:16) 135 BPM
Sir Lord Commix - "Chicago Jazz" - (4:55) 127 BPM
K Alexi Shelby - "Spanish Fly" - (5:04) 135 BPM
Review: New York City wunderkinds The Martinez Brothers have proudly proclaimed that London institution fabric has been essential to the story of their journey as DJs, and has remained close to their hearts ever since we played there the first time back in 2013. Growing up on the streets of The Bronx, Chris & Steve went on to tour the world with dance music royalty such as Dennis Ferrer, Erick Morillo and Louie Vega before they had even finished high school and run two acclaimed labels - Cuttin' Headz and Tuskegee with Seth Troxler. It's a diverse yet consistent mix, a journey through the history of house music's groove featuring legends such as K. Alexi, Blaze and Dan Curtin, trough to hometown heroes like Lil' Louie Vega and heroes of the new school of minimal house like Varhat and Floog.