Review: Yes, The Godson is back doing his thing for Rush Hour! Detroit legend Rick Wilhite first put his compiling skills to play for the Amsterdam empire back in 2010 with the excellent Vibes New & Rare Music, an 11-track release that celebrated the role the esteemed selector and producer played in moulding local Detroit tastes as the head of the Vibes New & Rare Music record store. Theo Parrish, Glenn Underground and Marcellus Pittman all contributed, whilst the compilation also worked as a platform to introduce newer names such as Kyle Hall and Ricardo Miranda. A second volume is most welcome and expands Wilhite's remit to include music by producers from Detroit, Chicago and New York. The first of two double editions kicks off with a sublime production from Blaze's Josh Milan and doesn't let up on the heat, with Jovonn, K Alexi and a collaborative cut from Wilhite and Norm Talley amongst the highlights.
Review: On this third EP of cuts from Rick Wilhite's essential Vibes New & Rare Music compilation, Marc King, TJ and DJ Raybone take centre stage. King's "Can You Feel It" is a real highlight, a delightful chunk of emotion-rich deep house that benefits from the attractions of a heavy analogue bassline, heartfelt vocal and old skool organ stabs. TJ and Raybone's "Gone" provides more typically Detroitian deep house - think Beatdown with sprightlier melodies - while the Raybone/Wilhite (the latter under his Godson guise) collab "Nova 2" adds some low-slung electric bass into the mix to impressive effect. High class all round, but did you seriously expect anything less?
Will Clarke - "Dirtybird BBQ: Secret Ingredients" (continuous DJ mix) - (48:27) 124 BPM
Review: Dirtybird is having a BBQ and we're all invited. Hirsute selector Will Clarke is the man tending to the grill, liberally spreading around his "secret ingredients" for other DJs to taste. There's plenty of juicy, char-grilled goodness to be found throughout, from the warehouse-friendly hip-house revivalism of DJ Glen's "Move Your Bone" and sub-heavy, Afro-tinged tech-house tribalism of Seamus Norv's "Wuuvulu", to the mind bending electronics, wonky vocals and TB-303 driven madness of Tekla's "Shake" and Sam Swindle's throbbing, bleep-laden closer "Disco Slut". If that's not enough to get you drooling like a dog at dinnertime, Dirtybird has also included a killer DJ mix from Clarke.
Various - "High Contrast Presents Ali Wilson" (continuous DJ mix by Ali Wilson) - (1:15:30) 133 BPM
Review: UK producer/DJ Ali Wilson is as consistent as they come, from the early days with his own Tekelec label ('Evissa Twilight', 'Flapjack', 'Zulu') to more recent associations with Dutch empire High Contrast, which this latest compilation comes through. Fans of his infectious tribal tech trance and funky tech house are in for a real treat, featuring the likes of: Marco V & Damian William, Jochen Miller, W&W, Ben Nicky, Marcel Woods and of course plenty from Ali himself.. Over 30 massive tracks for just L8.99!!
Review: There's going to be plenty of heat surrounding this mix-up from hot US DJ crews Wolf + Lamb and Soul Clap, and it's easy to see why. As commercially released DJ mixes go, it's exceptional. Packed with fresh material and refreshingly eclectic, it sprints between tracks - both upbeat and downtempo - at a breathless pace. From sparse nocturnal house and Arp-heavy noughties boogie to dubbed-out grooves, space-age electro and sweeping cinematic instrumentals, this installment of DJ Kicks has it all. Hell, there's even a spot of pedal steel skank from Slow Hands. With a cultured, considered feel and all manner of unreleased audio delights from the Wolf + Lamb family, it's an outstanding hour of entertainment.