Into Lala - "In The Woods" (Pophop remix) - (7:49) 118 BPM
Die Vogelperspektive - "Mighty Fat" (feat JPattersson - Pophop & Stephan Zovsky remix) - (4:49) 94 BPM
Pophop Essential-Tracks (continuous DJ mix) - (1:08:26) 120 BPM
Review: Thanks to releases from peeps like Kombinat100, Lula Circus, Konfetti Klub Ensemble, and Andre Crom, among others, the Acker imprint is quietly racking up enough catalogue credentials to compete with some of the big boys in the deep house circles. They've decided to switch things up a bit with this new album, deciding to go for a full-blown compilation, masterfully put together by their trusted Pophop. There's tunes from regular label attendees, all reworked from Pophop himself, who drops a gorgeous slice of Afro-rhythmic house in his edit of Il Civetto's "Liberte Ana" as an opener. His remix of "Helva Salva" from Timboletti is also an exquisite deep house bullet, beautifully put together with the help of some acoustic harmonies, but these are just to give you a taster. The man has a very particular remix and edit sound, and you'd be silly not to give this a go. Proper bang for your buck, right here!
Review: It sounds like this duo would prefer to hang out in a Gitanes smoke-filled cafe than a sweaty techno club. "Ici" has a playful, swinging groove, but it's all about the jazzy piano line hook and the French, coquettish vocals. The "short version" doesn't divert too radically from this sexual script - apart to add in some fat brass stabs - but Acker have been mindful to also provide DJs with a functional remix. Indeed, the Mollonno Bass version achieves exactly that objective thanks to a powerful bass and swinging rhythm, but he doesn't forget the irresistible ivory tinkling that made the original so distinctive.