Review: Up next on Nick Curly & Gorge's 8 Bit imprint is another killer three tracker by the ever impressive Dutchman Franky Rizardo, hot off the success of the 'X Marks The Spot' and 'Glow' EPs released over the last 12 months to much fanfare. While most of the world's nightclubs remain closed for the foreseeable future, there is no doubt that "Dusty Mornings" will go down a treat on makeshift living room dancefloors with its deep and sensual groove. But come next year when we hope for a return of normality, the B side stompers "Gritty Fuze" and "Spirit Walk" respectively are sure to bang the party with their slick UK tech house influenced style.
Review: He may have focused on Dave Seaman's Selador as an outlet in recent times, but Mannheim's 8 bit have certainly been championing the work of Danny Howells too. After two electrifying releases in the form of "Whiterock" and last year's terrific 'Players' EP, the industry veteran follows through with another riveting new EP for Nick Curly and Gorge's ever reliable imprint. Get stoned into the groove on the low slung and bass-driven funk of "Paradium", be utterly hypnotised by the sublime and dubby deep house of "Spindles" until he takes you back deep into the aether on the moody afterhours workout of "Chordlock".
Review: 8 bit chief Nick Curly has taken two tracks from his back catalogue and tapped Leeds-based heroes Audiojack (Gruuv) to rework his 2016 song "The Voodoo" into a funked-up and rolling thriller aimed squarely at dancefloors on The White Isle. Curly has described the remix as 'perfect' - enough said! If that was not enough, Italian main room techno expert Marco Faraone gets tapped for some remix action too, and he sure does deliver the goods. Curly has known the Tuscan producer since the early days of Cecille and had wanted to reconnect with him for some time. The Uncage main man gets straight down to business on the steely and swing-fuelled remix on "No Takers" which was originally released by Curly in 2018 - and it's a right stomper!
Review: Nick Curly and Gorge are certainly glad to have the legendary British player Danny Howells back on 8bit Records. Proper house music in all its styles and variations here, much in the vein of last year's celebrated appearance for the label - the amazing Whiterock EP. Features the low slung yet emotive percussive house thriller "Players", in addition to the sweltering disco inflected funk attack of "Retreat", right through to the slinky and hypnotic tech house journey of "Mayfeels" harking back to his glory days as a tastemaker on the progressive house scene at the turn of the millenium. That being said, this industry veteran is now displaying some of his most exhilarating output yet.
Review: Following up some terrific EP's by some right legends of the scene such as Danny Howells, Danny Sanchez and Darius Syrossian, Mannheim heroes 8 bit have reeled in some contemporary heroes for these two bombs - that'll sweeten up the remainder of your summer. Francisco Allendes of Lost/Desolat/Snatch! fame teams up with the mysterious Be Manu on the tough rolling backroom dub of "Eres", while rising Hungarian DJ Collective Machine (Bedrock/Alliwant Music/Stereo) presents "Idive". It is an entrancing epic, powered by tribal drums, tunnelling bass and all round moody aesthetics - definitely geared for some heads down moments on the dancefloor.
Review: Nick Curly and Gorge's 8 bit imprint is still running strong out of Germany's proud city of industry: Mannheim. Following up a terrific release by progressive house elegant Danny Howells, it is over to current hero of the British tech-house sound Darius Syrossian. The Leeds based DJ follows up releases on top labels like Hot Creations, VIVa Music and Sankey's Music with the Fixation EP - featuring four house slammers, right in time for the Ibiza season. From the thunderous "Kapan", the funky main room energy of the title track and the tough rolling functionality of "Curzon" that is just perfect to lead-in to the peak time.
Review: Long-running German tech-house imprint 8Bit comes through with a new EP by Florence's Luca Donzelli and Martin Ferrer Vega aka Mar-T, the latter of which has been an important pillar of the Ibizan house scene since the early 00's. "Modelchord" is just a rough ol' bumpy ride down the house labyrinth, bursting through the place with a hefty kick drum, a dusty percussion swing and an appropriately stripped-down set of vocal chops. "Refuture" is all about the booming, expansive bass dominating the lower end of the tune, and "True Religion" use the power of chords to get its point across to the dancer. All in all, this is some pretty dope club material, and one would be unwise to let it slip through the net.
Review: Nick Curly's 8 bit is still at it and doing what it does best: sure-fire tech house executed to perfection, this time courtesy of the UK's Junior Gee who's also done stuff on Plastic City, Material Series, Bondage Music and Danse Club. "Run For Your Life" is so typical of the 8 bit sound you'll love it. Dark and sleazy groove for late night dancefloors with a tribal edge: this is serious. On the other hand "Mushroom Mountain" is more uplifting and adrenalised with it's immersive and hypnotic layers of pads supporting some epic reverberated vocal samples and tightly programmed rhythm.