Review: Paris based producer The Mekanism is up next on Seth Troxler's Play It Say It, who have recently brought us some great tracks by the likes of Jesse Rose and Doorly. The Breath LP is the act's debut album and the second release for the label since last year's Acid Love EP. Starting out with the tough acid house that is the title track, there's more quality on the fully fledged jackathon of "Da Beat" where you'll sound find a common influence throughout all of these tracks: the early sounds of Chicago, of course. Particularly at the end on "Follow Me" or "Time To Party" in particular, calling to mind the early seminal work of Adonis or Todd Terry.
Review: French producer The Mekanism released his impressive "Breathe" EP earlier in 2017 for Seth Troxler's Play It Say It imprint and here come the remixes. They've tapped a bunch of heavy hitters for such duties - beginning with Parisian legends Chris Carrier & Dan Ghenacia who nail that sexy and slinky tech house sound from their home city on a remix of "Journey" that retains the sick acid of the original. The Visionquest affiliated Ryan Crosson hands in two remixes: firstly the Break remix of "Breath" going for an early '90s rave feel, then a beatless ambient version up next. French hooligans dOP surprisingly hand in something more serious than you'd usually expect from the bunch. The Circus Company affiliated trio give "Breath" an emotive acid house makeover reminiscent of early A Guy Called Gerald, which we were all over!
Review: 2019 marks a decade since the Needwant label first sprung into life. Those ten years have been action packed to say the least, as this epic anniversary compilation proves. What's on offer is a mixture of label highlights from Needwant's bulging back catalogue, a handful of previously unheard tracks and the odd exclusive remix. There's much to admire throughout, from the spacey deep house goodness of Kim Ann Foxman's "Return It" and the delay-laden late night retro-futurism of Tuff City Kids' acid-fired rework of VIMES' "Minds", to the throbbing, Italo-influenced brilliance of Res Mo's "Train To Kyoto", Octa Octa's atmospheric early morning tweak of Few Nolder's "Porcelain" and the Revenge's slo-mo, glassy eyed cover of SOS Band classic "Just Be Good To Me".