Andy Caldwell & Adam Johan - "Deep In My Heart" - (6:29) 124 BPM
Review: In preparation for the forthcoming season on the White Island, Mark Knight's label drops this explosive release. David Keno, Stage Rockers & Samantha Nova's "I Like That" shows that house will continue to be Toolroom's main focus, albeit in this instance, a streamlined tribal take. The compilation also demonstrates that an appetite also remains for classic vocal tracks; Mash's "Shooting Brake" recalls the classic garage of early 90s New York, with its dark bass and layered vocal samples, while the infectious stabs, strings and plaintive piano of Playless' "Danser" could be as big as David Morales' late-'90s smash "Needin U".
Review: Matthew Dear aka Audion always keeps things moving and forward-looking on his Ghostly International label. Mixing Detroit-schooled techno with electronica is the success behind the label, and we're always intrigued by what comes out of their camp. This time, we have a mini compilation made up of four tunes by an emerging collective of artists, all showcasing a different yet complementary take on deep techno. First up is Beacon with the warm, bubbly sounds of "Preserve", a late summer anthem to cool things down in the DJ sets, followed by Lord RAJA's "Sheep", a sublime slice of dusty house wizardry that sinks deep into the trenches of the genre. "Interior Architecture Structure" by Heathered Pearls is a soft-spoken house charmer perfectly geared for the opening sets, and Lusine's "Eyes Give In" breaks the 4/4 patterns down to a slow, deconstructed rhythm that sits just right with us. Sick.