The Harden Brothers - "Deep Inside Of You" - (4:26) 111 BPM
Don Scott - "Love With Me" - (2:51) 132 BPM
Jack Sass Band - "Where Is The Love (You Promised Me)" - (2:55) 104 BPM
Review: After a series of exceptional singles, SOL Discos fire up the album engine for the very first time with this fantastic exploration of modern soul from the late 70s to early 80s. Curated by label founder Waxist, Message In Our Music features numerous exclusive reissues and unreleased cuts; David Nathan's swooning take on "Ain't Nothing Like The Love", The Harden Brothers' silky smooth "Deep Inside Of You" and the vital up-tempo positivity of Don Scott's "Love With Me" are just a handful of essentials on this immaculate collection. Complete with detailed notes, pictures and quotes from the original artists, SOL Discos have created something genuinely special here.
Review: When Favorite Recordings decide to do a crate-digging compilation, they rarely get it wrong. Following recent Disco Boogie Sounds selections focusing on Brazilian and French fare, they've recruited dusty-fingered DJ Waxist to put together a Caribbean-themed edition. Predictably, he's picked some suitably obscure disco, boogie and disco-funk killers. Highlights come thick and fast, from the winding synthesizer lines, swinging disco-funk grooves and intergalactic sound effects of Musicism's "Bermuda Triangle", to the Clavinet-laden shuffle of Eddie & The Movement's "Macho Man", and the hard-wired reggae-boogie business of Barry Bryson's "Going To The Party".
Review: If Ibiza-ian tech house was a genre then Kling Klong's "Ibiza Not Ibiza" would be its defining soundtrack. Martin Eyerer has compiled no less than 29 tracks commissioned from his label Kling Klong, which also includes a continuous DJ mix by Rainer Weichhold. Weichhold's other contribution comes via a Steve Mac remix to his and Boundzound's "Jerk Chicken". Dutch Messrs Bart Skills and Anton Pieete supply remixes for Nicole Moudaber and Tony Dee, while Martin Eyerer's own work receives two classic remakes from Bushwacka and Steve Lawler, as does Tim Xavier courtesy of Fabrizio Maurizi and Joel Mull. Other names to be assigned remix duties include Alli Borem, Daniel Stefanik, Douglas Greed and Sante. The compilation also commissions tracks from up and coming names such as DJ Simi with "Big Rip", Jaceo's sketchy "Baby Bottle" and Solo with a funky Plant 74 remix to "Cringe" by Tripmastaz.
Review: Toolroom Live 01 is a behemoth. At 61 tracks large, inclusive of three continues DJ mixes, this new concept by Toolroom, as they say, is to highlight key artists, present new tracks, and give their fans a taste of the live experience. On here there's music from Harvey Mckay, Gary Beck and Maison Sky, to Bat For Lashes, Hot Since 82 and label owner Mark Knight, and if you're looking to grasp the Toolroom Live concept (and other oddities you might not expect), while getting some bang from your buck, this release is a well informed start.