Review: UK music legend Norman Cook donned the Fatboy Slim alias in the late '90s and released the classic You've Come A Long Way, Baby LP -which turns 20 years old this year. To celebrate, Cook has got some very special in friends to remix some of his most loved tracks. All run in conjunction with Toolroom Records, who are also celebrating their 15th! The first guest on the list is UK masked super duo Camelphat, with a new remix of the Fatboy Slim anthem "Right Here, Right Now". The epic big beat bonanza from '98 is now turned into an adrenalised and euphoric mainroom tech house cut, that rolls along just like everything you'd expect from the Grammy nominated duo.
Review: Jamie Jones' esteemed tech house imprint returns to wax! This time it's courtesy of Solardo; the UK duo of Mark Richards (MRK1) and James Eliot who have appeared previously on Madtech, Viva, Kaluki and Lost. On the Tribesmen EP, the title track showcases the tribal leanings that the title may suggest. This dynamic track's stripped back and percussive driven tendencies start off nicely, until that rolling bass and exotic chant soon comes into the fold. The charmingly titled "Psycho Girlfriend" is more representative of the London label's sound on this downright funky, totally bumpin and undeniably druggy stomper that just reeks of late night hedonism.
Review: It seems to strange, in 2019, to think that Robert Hood was once best known for dark, pounding techno, such has been the success of his more house- and gospel-inspired Floorplan project in recent years. This third long-player finds the father-and-daughter duo in fine fettle, serving up 10 cuts that marry house and disco's sense of groove and musicality to the dancefloor energy that Hood learned during his Underground Resistance years, with wailing church organs helping to provide the album's standout moments on tracks like 'Dance Floor' and 'His Eye Is On The Sparrow'. An uptempo, genre-defying triumph.
Review: With Dutch producer Tracy's gradual rise into the ranks of well received dance music, Tom Ruijg, aka Tracey, sees himself become part of Aus Music's current vanguard alongside Floorplan, Move D and of course Aus label owner himself Will Saul. Microdancer presents the artist's second offering for Aus Music and is the first since his debut album, Biostar, for Dial in 2019. This record here presents a bass heavy, atmospheric take on melodic breaks, club tracks and cosmic techno. "Lanthana" will appeal to the b-side junkies out there for something a little more syncopated and undulating, while the title track throws down a heavier, enforced rhythm punctuated by solid bass stabs and a frenetic arpeggio melody. Lighter wares can be found in "Ubik" with the tunneling "Gretzoid" getting trippy with vocals from Gretz.
Review: This Berlin tech house hero delivered the brilliant Left Handed album last year on his Arms & Legs imprint which he runs with Nils Ohrmann. It now gets remixed and what a tremendous roll call there is on this one, where do we start? Maybe with the undisputed legends that he tapped first, such as Chicago's Paul Johnson who gives "Bones" that distinct kind of boompty bounce that only a Windy City DJ can. Speaking of which, Chi-town legend Robert Armani is back on the scene it seems and gives "Punch' a jacking hard house remix that calls to mind the sound of classic imprints like Relief Records or Dance Mania. Toronto deep house legend Nick Holder also makes a comeback with his remix of "No One Can Change Me" which is exactly the kind of bittersweet and emotive deepness you always remembered him for. Big shouts to UK legends 808 State and Crazy P who deliver some great renditions too.
Review: Another strong release from Defected who deliver a brand new track, "Keep Pushing", from the mighty Full Intention (aka Michael Gray and Jon Pearn). As you'd expect it's big-room stuff: all rolling, shuffley loops, fizzy synth stabs and beats that push on nicely. US heavyweight Todd Terry reworks the tune in his inimitable style - all thumping jackin' mayhem - and to devastating effect too, we might add.
Review: 2019 was a massive year for British duo Leftwing : Kody with releases on Sola, Moon Harbour and of course their own respected label: Lost. They they kick off 2020 with a big bang on their new anthem "Without You". This one is yet another euphoric, big room club banger which oozes class and emotion, with sublime vocals from singer/songwriter Camden Cox. With its tunnelling arpeggiated bass and infectious stabs mixed with the duo's knack for tough rolling drums - expect to be sharing this one a lot this year!
Review: Toolroom sets out an ambitious programme for its annual Miami trip. Patrick Topping gets the party started with the diva vocals and crowd cheers of "Be Sharp, Say Nowt", a true good-time house tune, while a more considered but no less infectious take on vocal house is audible on The 2 Bears' "London Are You There?" and Bicep's wonderful electro-synth-led "Metro". However, this compilation isn't limited to house music: the OC & Verde remix of Eli & Fur's "Around You" is frosty Euro trance at its most memorable and Dubspeeka's "Lyssa" is a gorgeous piece of dubbed out, dreamy techno. Miami won't know what hit it.