Review: !K7 Records launches a new compilation series entitled Kollections: Club which inaugurates the project. The tracklist features artists of the partner labels under the !K7 umbrella such as Turbo, AUS Music, Mobilee, Mister Saturday Night and Hypercolour. Each edition explores a different musical theme but this first installment, naturally, is all about the club! Highlights here include Midland's recent hit "Blush", Maya Jane Coles' funky afterhours tech house jam "Not Listening" (from a few years ago), KiNK's roaring remix of Kerrier District's (Luke Vibert) "Techno Disco" and Lauer's recent feelgood number "Killian" showing off his knack for classic retro vibes like no other.
Review: "!Kollections" banner. Each focuses on a certain aspect of the long-running label's vast back catalogue. The fourth edition, for example, focused on disco. "Reflections", the latest volume, is not as tight stylistically and instead gathers together tracks that tend towards the deep, poignant, beautiful and melancholy. There are many treats amongst the 27 showcased selections, with highlights including an impeccable chunk of string-laden downtempo pop from DJ Tennis and Fink, a dreamy slice of loved-up house warmth from Lone, the bustling, dream house era Mediterranean holiday memories of Mugwump's "God is Gracious" and the thrusting, big room-friendly late night hypnotism of Dubfire's "Dust Devil".
Review: !K7 Records bring us the seventh in their '!Kollections' compilation series, and it's an album that's every bit as eclectic as the label itself. Accordingly, there are tracks here spanning a range of genres from Afro-folk (Red Axes' 'Abidijan') to stomping techno (BETON's sat-nav vocalled 'Directions') to jazz (Idris Ackamoor's 'Land Of Ra') to out-and-out synth-pop, but highlights for househeads include Gerd Janson's electro/Italo-inspired take on Yovav's 'Running Wave', the retro piano stylings of Anja Schneider's 'All I See' and the stunning Joey Negro Re-Grooved Instrumental of Patrice Rushen's 'Never Gonna Give You Up'.
Tommy Jacob - "11.11" (feat Yellam) - (4:02) 81 BPM
Pyramid - "W.I.Y.M" - (3:49) 94 BPM
Review: Two years on from the release of Roche Musique's rock solid Wave collection, the French label has finally got round to compiling a follow-up. There's naturally plenty to set the pulse racing throughout the surprisingly eclectic, 16-track selection, which effortlessly flits between boogie-influenced slo-mo synth pop (Dabeull and Jordan Lee, Dune & Twenty9), hip-hop inspired downtempo beats (Crayon and Cartell, Cezaire and Catruchat), drowsy Balearic beats (Plage 84's sublime "Paris 5AM"), melodious nu-disco/deep house fusion (Zimmer), strobe-lit new wave pop (Dabeull), sensual soul jams (Tommy Jacob), sun-kiised horizontal disco (Pyramid) and fluid, piano-driven ambience (FKJ). Happily, the quality of the showcased tracks more than lives up to the daring feel of the label's open-minded approach.
Re Dupre - "'The Best Of PopArt Vol 1" (continuous DJ mix) - (54:42) 124 BPM
Review: Some seven years after first showcasing their take on tech-house and deep house, the PopArt label has finally notched up a half-century of releases. To celebrate, they've put together this action-packed "best of" featuring some of the imprint's standout moments. You'll find an ear-pleasing, floor-focused selection of tracks throughout, with highlights including the languid, sun-kissed disco-house roll of Pump Fiction's "Lay-D Fiction", the Quantic Soul Orchestra-sampling tech-house chug of Paolo Mojo's "Give It All Away", the Hot Creations style goodness of Re Dupre's "Slammin' N' Thang" and the hip-house-goes-tech-house throb of Nytron's "Fusion". We'd also recommend getting your ears around Dashdot's deliciously deep and atmospheric revision of Vintage Culture's "Cicles" [sic].