Review: Hot on the heels of EPs from Andrea Oliva, Luke Solomon and the Martinez Brothers, Argy is the latest artist to release on the New York label Cuttin' Headz. It's the Greek producer's first EP in some time, and for this record, takes influence from US house. The title track is a rumbling, jacking affair, led by a raw bass and a countdown vocal sample. "Tutti Frutti" meanwhile, takes its cues from ghetto, as a call and response vocal and orgasmic moans unravel over a slinky rhythm track. The label has also tapped some impressive remixers: DJ Skull turns "The Numbers" into a limber acid affair, while Christian Burkhardt's version of the same track is an insistent tribal interpretation that is reminiscent of Argy's usual approach.
Review: Bumpin' house legend DJ Sneak and Moscow-based maestro Tripmastaz continue their productive studio partnership via a belated follow-up to last year's first outing as Rare Two Inc, the Kwench-released "Extraterrestrial Intelligence EP". They begin by peppering a typically bustling, bass-heavy groove with starburst synthensizer motifs on "Space Clash", before offering up an even heavier and crunchier groove on the muscular late night pump of "Ass 9 Hunnit Fitty". They add some subtle Latino flavour into the melting pot on the carnival-ready sweatiness of "Last Tango In Your Ass", while closing cut "Juicyfication of House" sees bleeping electronics jauntily dance above a deep and rolling club groove.
Review: Argentinian house hero Guti is still going strong after all this time, and this new one for The Martinez Brothers' Cuttin' Headz imprint is a testament to the fact. Following up some great releases in recent times on Desolat, Fuse London and his very own Rompecorazones imprint, Guti Bacchetti serves up some sweltering heat on "Red Eye" which features a dirty, swing-fuelled shuffle with druggy vocal murmurs with trippy evolving chords to get that proper trance induction in effect. Desolat head honcho Loco Dice sure gets the party vibes happening darn well with his rendition, while Romanian scene hero Priku makes a surprising addition - he delivers a reduced and hypnotic remix which we enjoyed the most!
Review: New Yorker Jesse Calosso has made a name for himself with releases on Tuskegee, Whippin, Hot Creations and is no stranger to Cuttin' Headz. Likewise, Londoner Bas Ibellini is a big name in tech house and runs his own Peculiar party in the capital. They team up with lyricist Sheff here, described as a modern day 'Egyptian lover meets P-Diddy' with a Greek feta twist who puts the 'P' in Positive.' "Ride The Rhythm" is a deeply meditative and tribal experience made for a raindance, while the ever reliable Brit-German Ben Rau (Inkal) remixes it into a funky and tough rolling jam that's sure to rock the party, peppered with moments of acid, classic house pianos and latin polyrhythms. Second offering "Make You" is a sleazy and bass-driven minimal house groove that's perfect for the afterparties.
Review: Cuttin' Headz has previously released music by Basement Jaxx and Luke Solomon, and now the US label welcomes Loco Dice to the fold. The title track is a rolling house groove, powered by sassy percussion, filtered vocal samples and a bleary, acid-soaked bass line rising slowly but steadily through the arrangement. It's a heady affair and is perhaps at odds with the perception of Dice as minimal producer. On the flip side, the US label has scored a real coup. Alan Oldham only started releasing again under the DJ T-1000 in recent years, and his version of the title track sees the Detroit producer lay down a deep, tripped out acid version that just keeps on grooving