Review: Ron Bacardi is the alter ego Ben Sims uses when he wants to release funky, house-focused grooves. As this release on D'Julz label demonstrates, the UK producer applies the same aesthetic that he uses on his techno records here with devastating effect. "Windy City" is a densely looped affair, held together by a lithe Chicago bass, while on "Ready for Action", he uses the same sample as in Josh Wink's Size 9 track "I Am Ready", over a rolling, filtered groove. "One Left in the Chamber" sees the UK producer deploy a disco filter over clicking percussion, while he rounds off the release with a drum-heavy 'beats' version of "Action".
Review: Bass Culture Records latest missive comes from Leo Pol, a producer arguably best known for blurring the boundaries between deep house and tech-house. The St Ouen Connexion member is at the top of his game throughout, starting with the pumping jazziness of "Caliente", where fluid electric piano lines and angular electronic pulses gleefully ride a stomping analogue beat. He impressively changes tack via the mind-altering two-step garage roller "FNC Burning", then follows the attractive '80s Chicago deep house revivalism of "Dark Outside". To round things off, Leo Pol slams down a weighty slab of atmospheric techno bounciness rich in hissing hi-hats, slamming kickdrums and clandestine melodies ("Techeyes No!").