Review: Given that she has been releasing music since the dawn of the century, we were rather surprised to find that "Skylines-Citylights" is Cinthie Christl's debut album. It is of course something of a vibrant, action-packed treat, with the long-serving DJ, producer, label boss and record shop owner combining elements from a multitude of interconnected genres (think Chicago house, ambient house, UK garage, acid, electronic disco, piano house and rave-era old school flavours) to create a string of timeless, joyous cuts. Highlights are plentiful and include - but are no way limited to - the glassy-eyed bliss of "808 The Meme Queen", the sub0heavy sweatiness of "Concentrate", the warehouse-ready future anthems "Bassline" and "Calling", and the hard-to-pigeonhole brilliance of stunning opener "Skyline".
Review: Panoramabar resident and Klakson co-founder Steffi unveils her debut album, and as you'd expect from an Ostgut Ton release, it's an enjoyable collection of high-grade house. The Dutch DJ/producer is known for her love of quality analogue tackle (as anyone who has bought Klakson releases will confirm), and it's this jack-era ethos that's at the heart of Yours & Mine. "Arms", "Manic Moods" and "Mine" all throb to a Chi-town beat, with the latter's strings and percussion coming on like a lost TRAX flipside. Steffi also tries her hand at Motor City style machine soul, densely layered deepness and anthemic piano house - all with impressive results. It's notoriously hard to make a good quality house album that hangs together well, but with Yours Or Mine, Steffi has succeeded.
Review: Ed Banger veteran Feadz touches down on France's Because Music with a scintillating, rip-roaring debut LP which travels to all possible corners of the bass spectrum. From jittering house productions to sweltering low-end-nastiness, this a real testament to the dancefloor. Tracks like "Metaman", "Stickbuilders" and "Wettex" are truly capable of some serous damage to the chest and we don't even wanna think what happened in the mastering studio when they were being cut. Hold tight, bass crew.
Review: Detroit legend Marc Kinchen released "Always" on UK powerhouse Defected back in 2014 and it featured Alana's amazing vocal talents. It now gets a bunch of killer remixes by the current who's who of the scene. Kinchen's MK Area 10 remix will get just as many hands up in the air as the original. London wunderkind Route 94 delivers a classic house styled rendition, Frenchman Shiba San proves that electro-house is still very much alive with his rework and UK producer Weiss delivers a particularly bass heavy and wobbly rendition that has earned him releases on labels like Dirtybird. The remix by Brighton's Friction was an added surprise and the veteran producer delivers a high-octane drum and bass version which absolutely blows the doors off.
Review: There's something pleasingly old-fashioned about Luke Solomon's latest missive for the re-born Classic imprint. Lead cut "The Acid Games", for example, sounds like something Solomon himself may have put out with one-time partner in crime Justin Harris on their Music for Freaks label back in the mid-noughties. Nick Maurer's quirky spoken vocal perfectly compliments Solomon's boompty-light beats and a typically snaking acid line. The eccentric title track - all wild vocals, hustling guitar licks and low-end pressure - feels like a long-lost Greens Keepers record (circa their career-defining What's My Man Got To Do With Gan? release), while "Second Hand Blues" sounds like an unlikely studio hoedown between Derrick Carter and Jimi Hendrix, with Soundstream on the edits.