Dateless - "Dirtybird Campout East Coast Compilation" (continuous DJ mix) - (26:40) 124 BPM
Review: It's that time again kids: the Dirtybird Campout is coming up on the East Coast this January and will feature more low-end boompty biz than you can shake a Novation Bass Station at! Claude Von Stoke & Co. have been generous enough to provide a sneak preview of the potential soundtrack that will fuel your weekend of debauchery at this epic annual pilgrimage. The eight tracks on offer here are mixed to perfection by new signing Dateless - a Los Angeles native who's had previous releases on the likes of Snatch! Toolroom and Armada - so he's definitely got credentials! He even offers up a fine track of his own featuring homeboy Lucati on "Team Work", a sleek and bumpin' electro house groover. Elsewhere there's boss man Von Stroke with Bruno Furlan on the massive 'womp' factor of "The Book Is On The Table" which will be sure to cause a headrush or two at the festival, we bet! The Wolf + Lamb affiliated Nick Monaco makes a surprise appearance on the deep groove of "Drama" (after the massive drop of course) and wunderkind Justin Jay appears with the jacking old school energy of "Oii Oii Oiii".
Review: A decade on and German imprint Kling Klong is still going, good on 'em we say! Gellert is up forst and offers us "Ochno", a restrained techno cut with a persisting dub chord and hip hop sample going head to head over a stomping and overdriven 808 kick, plus hissing snares and a snarling arpeggio. "Horizont" by Rainer Weichold gets more on the house tip with its hands in the air piano roll and 303 bassline backed by a sturdy beat and rich analogue strings. This one will have crowd wrapped around your little finger. Vangelis Kostoxenakis' "Last Minute" also remains on the house tip, but this is dark afterhours tech house with a sick bassline and sombre atmospherics backed by druggy synth textures and an all round funky groove reminiscent of early Tale Of Us. Finally "Rolling" by Desta remains on the dirty afterhours tip too on this spooky and paranoid 8AM tech house slow burner.
Review: A secret weapon of the Dirtybird crew for sometime, "Take Your Shirt Off" by Vangelis Kostoxenakis finally sees the light of day. Instantly recognizable due to its old-school style of jack and dirty swing - not to mention its snarling sub bass and cheeky vocal hooks: this one is hot! A few 'key players' have been lucky enough to get their hands on it, and now Claude Vonstroke is excited to let it loose everywhere. The Athen's based Kostoxenakis has had a strong run of releases in recent times on tastemaker labels such as Snatch!, Toolroom and Moon Harbour and is in top form once again on this stellar EP. Also features the deep down boompty funk of "Bob Is Dead" and the bombastic/tough-rolling groove that is "Play It Loud" which is equally capable of detonating the dancefloor.
Review: Hailing from Athens, Greece, Vangelis Kostoxenakis has always been a bit of a techno boffin having studied music technology and sound engineering at college. He takes his productions very seriously and that approach is really reflected in the kind of energy found in his tunes. There's a toughness to his style that's felt over the four tracks here. "Dig It" features a pounding, distorted kick, woozy keys and gospel-style vocal samples, "Hip It" is pure raw Chicago attitude and "People Wanna Get High" is perkier, leftfield funky-house. Lastly "Jack Attack" closes with a super-badass, slammin' vintage house jam with moody garage undertones.
Review: With releases on Toolroom, Moon Harbour and Glasgow Underground in his catalogue, Kostoxenakis is no stranger in underground house circles. As his latest release for Food Music attests, this is due to his ability to deliver new, compelling interpretations on classic sounds. "Ubar" revolves around a tough, swinging rhythm and a repetitive vocal sample that has echoes of Chicago ghetto. However, the Greek producer's raw, gritty sound means that it boasts a contemporary flavour. On the title track, he drops a firing, percussive rhythm, once again featuring a looped vocal sample, but the arrangement is more stripped back and not as busy as "Ubar". Completing the release is "Breath", where Kostoxenakis drops filtered rave riffs over a jacking rhythm.
Review: With releases on Kling Klong and Moon Harbour already in his catalogue, Vangelis Kostoxenakis is becoming a fast-rising name in tech-house. "Bills", released on Dirtybird, is exactly the kind of release that label owner Claude Von Stroke will play. The title track features a ghetto style vocal urging the recipient to 'pay my bills, bitch', as the Greek producer drops rolling snares and a jacking, percussive groove. The addition of hip-hop scratches only serves to augment the track's party mood. On "Gifted Generation", Kostoxenakis opts for a more contemporary flavour. Jarring riffs, a looped vocal sample and a dense, swinging rhythm all add up to create a vivid house track.