Hot Since 82/Habischman - "Leave Me" (Dubfire Playa remix) - (11:08) 123 BPM
Jaymo & Andy George - "Revisited" (continuous DJ mix) - (58:13) 123 BPM
Review: Jaymo & Andy George have etched out an impressive 15 year career, with demand for their 'texture heavy' releases on many big labels seeing their success grow to a global scale. Here they present a mix on their own Moda Black imprint, and just shy of an hour it's a concise snapshot of them doing what they do best: delivering deep, engrossing, synth-rich grooves. Highlights include the brooding, doom-jack of "Ghost" by Zeke Africa, the beguiling synth cascades of "Ratasta" by Upercent and Javier OrduA+a, and all 11 minutes of Dubfire's remarkable, blissed-out techno-disco rework.
Review: Riva Starr is celebrating five years of success with his label Snatch! with a forthcoming compilation. There's a selection of new exclusives and greatest hits, and here are three tracks to serve as a teaser to whet our appetites. "1983 (Street Dance)" sees Starr himself provide a deep, linear take on crotch-thrusting 80s jack, Upercent's "Spaceman" is a sparse and muscular grind with a nod to early Chicago and Deepshakerz is a Zombie Disco Squad-style roller with divas and everything. Here's to five more years!
Review: This two-tracker marks the first appearance on Kompakt by Upercent, a Valencia-based producer arguably best known for a string of digital-only outings on Moda Black. He begins with "Parlem", a foreboding chunk of late night house intoxication where alien synthesizer motifs and held-note chords rise above a thrillingly booming, bass-heavy groove. The track boasts exotic instrumental flourishes too, which help to create an undeniably trippy, psychedelic mood. Upercent flips the script on "Tirant Lo Blanc", peppering a jaunty, broken tech-house groove with foreboding blasts of Balkan brass, jangling Mediterranean guitars and slowly building chords
Review: Emerging Spanish talent Upercent steps up for his first full-length EP on Berlin institution Watergate, after his impressive contribution to their esteemed mix series. In recent years the Valencia native has served up releases on top labels such as Kompakt and Diynamic, and late last year he made his debut at the club, where his distinctive aesthetic connected naturally. He continues with his impressive streak musically on the hypnotic epic "Somia" and its infectious Afro house influence throughout. This is backed up by the moody and atmospheric vibe of "Pulcre" which is sure to get some tunnel vision happening when the smoke machine comes on.
Review: Diynamic's various artist release series reaches its tenth edition. As usual, it is full of dance floor tracks that have been successfully road-tested by label owner Solomun. Spanish producer Upercent kick starts the release with the jittery rhythm of "Caos", its hypnotic bell chimes and dense rhythm containing tripped out vocal samples. By contrast, Eclept, from Russia, delivers a more malign sounding approach on "Rhythm for Me". The bass at the heart of the track soars and belches over a clicky, stripped rhythm. Giza DJs' contribution is "Reflection"; featuring Melody Stranger on pitch bent vocals, its melodies soar in a sublime fashion. Rounding off the release is the sun-kissed deep house of Bog's "Why Should".
Review: With this year's Miami Music Week fast approaching, UK bigwigs Toolroom kick off 2018 with the first in this year's Underground series; Introducing some fresh faces and new producers to the tracklist, 'Miami Underground' explores much more eclectic genres than previously but rest assured that they deliver all the regular surefire quality in tech-house and house. Highlights here include: the euphoric "The Phoenix Part 1" by the controversial Marquis Hawkes, the deep down and dirty "Paradise" by Patrick Topping (with the one and only Idris Elba!), "Day One" by Primitive TRust which gets a stellar remix by BRSTL homegirl Shanti Celeste and the surprising addition of industrialist Perc with his stomper "Rat Run" getting a groove injection by Matrixxman. Completing the bundle are two expertly crafted full length mixes.