Review: Wisely, house legend Kerri Chandler has used the opportunity provided by this DJ Kicks mix to showcase some of his greatest influences and inspirations. For the most part, that means a slick selection of soul, jazz-funk, disco and boogie gems, with highlights including the dubbed-out, synth-heavy early electro/hip-hop fusion of Fantasy Three's "It's Your Rock (Instrumental)", the sumptuous, solo-heavy bounce of Andre Seccarelli's "Shock Number 1" and the sensual modern soul warmth of The Foreign Exchange's body. Throw in a wealth of specially created interludes, an exclusive Chandler production (the spaced-out Afro-dub deepness of "Stop Wasting My Time") and one of the Innerzone Orchestra's greatest moments (acoustic soul cover "People Make The World Go Round") and you have a suitably superb collection.
Review: Innervate's latest offering provides an insight into how modern techno and house producers have assimilated, magpie-like, previous styles and tropes while forging their own identities. While Larix's "Phantom" is the most conventional of the pack, its reverberating filters provide a glimpse of late 90s party techno influences, Kereni's "Major Bass" has a more contemporary flavour, with microscopic beats and doubled up rhythms. However, it's Woo York's "Batiskaf" that provides the real revelation. Sounding like an update on the dark drums sound of late 90s prog, the use of an ominous droning, filtered bassline also gives "Batiskaf" a truly contemporary feeling.