Review: Portuguese producer Alkalino has been relatively quiet of late, at least by his own prolific standards, so it's hardly a surprise to find that his return to action is an album-length collection of tried-and-tested re-edits with a firm focus on the dancefloor. He begins with the bass-heavy Afro-disco bounce of 'Superstition', before variously serving up post-punk disco throb-jobs ('Warp'), guitar-laden disco-rock ('5 Letters'), percussion-laden global disco excess ('Kingston Town'), tooled-up Zimbabwean excellence ('Lion of Zimbabwe'), what sounds like a synth-laden William Onyeabor revision ('Be My Angel'), filter-heavy Afro house-not-house ('Just Begun') and colourful highlife reworks ('Oh Deus').
I Can't Wait (feat Philomenah - house dub) - (7:33) 130 BPM
I Can't Wait (bonus beats) - (5:10) 130 BPM
Review: Athens Of The North mainstays East Coast Love Affair return with a chugging nine-minute sonic journey called "I Can't Wait". So slo-mo you might forget your dancing, it features the soulful vocals and lyrical prowess of Shetland-born, Edinburgh-based R&B singer and songwriter Philomenah. Having previously contributed backing vocals for ECLA in the past, Philomenah takes the lead on this epic number, infusing it with a modern-day Onda vibe sprinkled with pop elements. Deeper yet is the House Dub - a secret gem for those intrepid selectors out there working the clubs - with a straight up Bonus Beats sound to get that Masters At Work vibe back in the house. Next Please!