Review: Given her current popularity, it's no surprise to see all-conquering house hero Maya Jane Coles mixing the latest instalment of !K7's long-running DJ Kicks series. The diminutive DJ/producer is in fine form, too, mixing up typically atmospheric house cuts and clandestine deepness with saucer-eyed late night faves and forgotten B-sides (see Bozzwell's surprisingly emotional "In My Cocoon"). As a mix it's as deep, melodic and groovy as you'd expect, with a strong vocal theme running throughout. As it progresses, it tiptoes further into bleary-eyed darkroom territory, via stand-out cuts from Marcel Dettmann, Caribou (his thrilling remix of Virgo Four), Gerry Read and T Williams. Available digitally as individual tracks or one continuous mix!
I-Robots Feat The Units & Captain Torkive & Stratosferic Band & Danny Ocean & Simo Nex & Federico Gandin & Roberto Bardini & The Vast Profound & RetroActivity & Tokusaburo Inui & Scott Ryser & Popscile & Patrick Di Stefano & Ort3d & Mark Evemport & Gamma - "Music For Hong Kong Vol 1" (continuous mix feat The Units) - (1:41:25) 123 BPM
Andrei Orlov - "Black And White Melody" (remastered) - (5:59) 116 BPM
Captain Torkive - "Flying Saucers To Krypton" (I-Robots 1979 Space Reconstruction - remastered) - (6:33) 123 BPM
Craxi Disco - "One For Rick" (I-Robots Acoustics Reconstruction) - (5:02) 151 BPM
Danny Ocean - "Mirage" (remastered) - (6:58) 125 BPM
DubRaJah - "Happy Dub" (remastered feat Lee Scratch Perry & Mad Professor) - (4:59) 130 BPM
Review: Major props should go to Rush Hour for putting together this sumptuous collection of previously unreleased material from late 80s Chicago house pioneers Eric Lewis and Merwyn Sanders, aka Virgo. Rescued from dusty shoeboxes full of DAT tapes, the 16 tracks showcased here could be considered long-lost house classics. Certainly, the mix of early deep house, slinky vocal numbers, next-level acid experimentation and raw, midtempo dreamscapes is the equal of anything that emerged from the Windy City in that productive period from 1986-1990. If you're a confirmed househead, you need this in your life.