Review: Miguel Lobo is yet to fly solo on a release and this time hooks up with Spanish producer Ramiro Lopez for the Timba EP. Sultry female vocals and sexual groans of "Coming Hard" make for seven minutes of sleazy tech house, equalled by the woofing bass, tickled pads, tribal percussion and male vocals of "You Know". Clever sampling and improvisational jazz keys from "Letters From The Other Side" keeps things tropically cool; one for the poolside DJs. The EPs title track "Timba" is reminiscent of Daniel Steinberg's 2009 works for Supdub and Front Room Recordings. Timba also receives a "dub mix" - Miguel Lobo & Ramiro Lopez slightly boosts the originals low end and adds some new horns during and after the break down.
Review: Spread out over six tracks, Pele & Shawnecy get the opportunity to flex their creative muscles and come up with an alternative to tool house on Kings Of The Garden. At one end of the spectrum is "Push It", an acid-tinged, rasping groove with a spooky trance riff at its heart. At the other, less serious end are "Funk Off", a party house groove and a vocal proclaiming "we don't give a f*ck", and "Funky Flowers", a disco stab-infused good time track. Somewhere in the middle sit "We Discuss", where snare rolls climax to the sound of a giant siren riff and "This Is C Speaking" characterised by a soaring bassline creates the kind of uproar that was once the preserve of techno-bass artists like Funk D'Void.
Review: This split release sees veteran UK DJ Yousef paired with a more recent name for a varied house release. Evana's "Losing Consciousness" is the most straightforward of the four tracks, its rolling tribal groove underpinned by a powerful, surging bass and an effective filter that makes the chord sequence bubble to the fore. Evana's "Devil Inside" is more intense; centred on a buzzing bassline, it insinuates its way into the heart of the arrangement to make for an acidic climax. By contrast, Yousef's "Don't Worry About It" also uses a 303, but it plays a supporting role, providing the basis for a soulful vocal intoning the track's title. However, there are no such niceties on offer with "Launch Baby Ready", a tracky, squelch-laden workout.