Review: Pushing a bigger sound inspired by the UK, bassline house and its post-rave generation is Alex Harrington. Arriving on the Deep Sense label, Harrington is all about a King Street sound and effervescence, boldly dialling up filtered rhythm sections, drums and hi-hats like no one's business. Drawing from soulful vocals and happy synthesised horn play alongside huge chords and rollicking keys, both tracks here burn deep; be it the higher, uplifting energy of the title track or the super bossa nova vibes inside the New Jersey ethics of "Hold On". Alex Harrington officially in the house.
Review: Straight up beat down tracks done in a ballroom house fashion from the one and only Bazza Ranks, backed up on the mic by Capitol 1212 preaching the word: 'love each other like a sister and brother'. With harder drums mapped to seering strings of a classic house track, Kerri Chandler-like chords rain down heavily in "Be As One", with Ranks own remix on the digital flip looking to UKG for its influences in a stylistic, liquid and free flowing remake for summer.
Review: Within the release reviews we often discuss consistency and if there was ever a label that it applied to the most it is Strictly House And Garage. Since their inception as an imprint last year, they have barely put a foot wrong, with this latest six tracker from the ever-ready Daze Prism being a perfect example of that. We begin our journey into this one with a look at the smooth, warming chords within 'Burning' atop a colourful array of drums, before sliding into the futuristic percussive reverbs and winding sub structures of 'Header'. Next up we take in 'Just Get You' which combines nostalgic string notation with moderinzed crispy drum exploits, before 'Lazer' arrives with more catchy vocal chops to match. From here, 'Selekta' arrives with a lively set of drum moves and a catchy reese tone before we take in 'Shady', a slower groove that works perfectly to
round off the project with a bang.
Review: Here is a teaser from the second album by Hologram Teen aka Morgane Lhote, forthcoming on Ransom Note. Following stints in outfits like Stereolab, The Projects and Garden, Morgane's first incarnation as a solo artist began five years ago, with her superb debut under the Hologram Teen alias titled 'Between the Funk and the Fear' released in 2018. New single "Dalston Wizardzz" is taken from the album 'Pizza Conspiracy' and is smooth nu-disco joint that is perfect for the late night, and is backed up by the mighty Al Kent's rework which takes it down a chilled-out and sunny balearic route - that's perfect for the summer season.
This Is Real (House instrumental) - (6:24) 120 BPM
This Is Real (Disco dub) - (7:57) 120 BPM
This Is Real (Disco instrumental) - (7:57) 120 BPM
Review: Brooklyn-based Washington DC native Jacques Renault, one of the team behind NYC's roving Let's Play House parties, comes to Future Disco with a five-track EP in the classic disco house mode. The Extended Mix, House Mix, House Instrumental, Disco Mix and Disco Instrumental shouldn't really take much explaining, but head for either of the latter two if you want something satisfyingly deep n' crunchy, either of the House mixes if you're after a dose of mid-90s podium nostalgia, or the Extended Mix if you've somehow found yourself about to drop a peaktime set at Glitterbox or Horse Meat Disco...
Review: Earlier in the year, Jamie Jones decided to give Josh Hvaal his big break via an impressive debut EP on Hot Creations. A few months on, the 24-year-old, Derby-based producer is back with a bang, this time on the popular label's more underground Hottrax offshoot. He bhits the ground running with "What Ya Need", a bounding techno number laden with squelchy synth bass, crispy cymbals, tough drums, echoing vocal samples and cannily crafted tease-and-release breakdowns. "Come Again" is a little more retro-futurist in tone, with Hvaal adding retro-futurist Chicago house style bass and pitched-up, ghetto-house style vocal snippets to a jacking techno rhythm.
Review: The original version of "All I Want" is one of the lesser-known gems in Kraak & SMaak's epic back catalogue. The squelchy slab of revivalist electrofunk, which features a brilliant lead vocal from Keyhole, was first sent to DJs five years ago, but for whatever reason was only released earlier this year. Here the long-serving Dutch trio treat us to the essential (and previously unheard) extended mix, plus a trio of reworks from industry pals. Mason kicks things off with a vibrant and colourful take that re-casts the track as a delay-laden chunk of 1980s NYC freestyle, Xinobi opts for a bass-heavy deep nu-disco flex, and Ash Reynolds re-imagines it as a swinging chunk of lusciously sun-kissed deep house with warming boogie flourishes.
Review: PNAU is the multi-platinum-selling, ARIA award-winning electronic act of Nick Littlemore (Empire of the Sun), Peter Mayes and Sam Littlemore famed for their extensive career born out of the underground clubs and festival dancefloors of Australia - "Strawberries" anyone? A headline act during Australia's summer festival season, keeping it warm and locked down in the clubs this winter (if you're down under) is disco edit king Late Nite Tuff Guy (aka DJ HMC for the diggers) who turns in two floor and DJ friendly remakes of a summer anthem all the kids are singing.
Groove It (Yam Who? Studio 54 Tribute vocal mix) - (6:52) 122 BPM
Groove It - (5:34) 122 BPM
Groove It (Rocoe remix) - (6:05) 122 BPM
Groove It (Yam Who? Studio 54 Tribute instrumental mix) - (6:52) 122 BPM
Review: Midnight Riot serve up some contemporary disco/disco-house grooves that are sure to find favour at the likes of Glitterbox and Horse Meat Disco. In its Original form, 'Groove It' has a summery, mid-00s Hed Kandi kinda feel. Yam Who? then steps up with a Studio 54 Tribute Vocal Mix which, true to form, is somehow altogether more sumptuous and luxuriant without actually being that radically different, and which comes accompanied by a matching instrumental. Finally, Rocoe funks things up considerably on a remix that's driven by a phat bassline, wukka-wukking geetar and rare groove-style, siren-like horns.
Gettin Me High (Jarred Gallo remix) - (5:18) 120 BPM
Gettin Me High (Jarred Gallo dub) - (4:38) 120 BPM
Gettin Me High (Jarred Gallo radio edit) - (3:58) 120 BPM
Review: Five mixes on offer here, though as these break down into the original Radio/Extended versions and a Remix, Dub and Radio Edit from Bay Area house veteran Jarred Gallo, there are really only two! The former could work in soulful house and contemporary soul/R&B spots alike, while Gallo's passes rock a somewhat heftier bottom end that make them the pick for less specialist house floors. In either case, the female vocal is complemented by the unmistakeable hip-house rap stylings of the inimitable Mr V. If you're looking for trad-style soulful/vocal house grooves this week, this is a very solid bet.
Review: To celebrate notching up ten years in the game, London blog and party-turned-record label SlothBoogie has decided to offer-up their most ambitious release to date: an epic collection of previously unheard cuts from a mixture of imprint regulars and like-minded friends. There's naturally plenty to set the pulse racing throughout, with highlights including the sparkling jazz-funk-meets-deep house sunshine of Levan's "U R Beautiful In The Face", the deep, breakbeat-driven dreaminess of Philippa's "That's What I Mean By Free", the piano solo-heavy disco-house bump of Leatherette's "Your Love", and the dub disco-meets-acid house heaviness of "Rewind Run" by Pablot. Throw in similarly impressive contributions from Kassian, Luvless, Casino Times and Soul Wun (the classic jazz-house of "Thank You, St Germain") and you have a must-have collection.
Review: Following up the 'T1'experiment back in 2015, Toolroom reboots the concept to celebrate their artists' talents and challenge them creatively. With many in isolation across the world, 'T2' will act to raise money for Covid-19 relief funds, with a percentage of profits going to charity. Much like the last edition - which was an album of new and exciting collabs from their label roster - label boss Mark Knight picked the collaborations totally at random during a Facebook Live broadcast, resulting in some 'out-of-the-box experiments and sure-fire bangers.' Highlights include: KC Lights who teams up with Kitball's Juliet Sikora on the soulful sax-driven shuffle of "Tonight", the man himself Mark Knight teaming up with Tuff London and Cagney & Lacey to bring back funky house with a vengeance on "Don't Give Up", while Romanian label staples Sllash & Doppe likewise turn in some late '90s styled filtered disco funk on "Burnin'" and the ascendant Maxinne teams up with Mizbee, Amine Edge & DANCE on the tough rolling main room stomper "What U Say".