Review: New York City's Martinez Brothers present the official headcount on the first episode in their label's new various artist series. All the biggest names in the underground represent on this one so be prepared. Highlights come from: the ever reliable Jansons who properly bangs the party on the acid-laced tech house roller "Twisty", Berlin-based Kevin Knapp takes you to the after hours on the deep down and dirty minimal cut "Factual Matters", while Marco Tropeano provides the sunny and uplifting latin vibes on "Libertad" (feat Sam Koperberg) and Sirus Hood hammers the message home on the main room energy of "Trapped In".
Review: Next up on Cuttin' Headz is a fine club release from Sorley, who previously released material on Lee Foss' Repopulate Mars and the Saved imprint. Teaming up with Goux on the title track, Sorley takes inspiration from classic US house: tribal percussion and horn stabs are fused using vivid filters and rolling snares. Against this backdrop, Goux delivers a cheeky, breathy vocal performance. "Little Secrets" also features a contribution from Goux, but this time Sorley draws from the primal jack of Chicago house to frame her flirtatious performance. The release also features a robust, percussive take on "Little Secrets" from Hot Creations regular Michael Jansons.
Review: Birmingham's Fleur Shore has released on Tamango, Frame Records and Lower Hand previously, with her latest coming courtesy of The Martinez Brothers' ever reliable Cuttin' Headz imprint. She is the first female to appear on the label, serving up three original cuts aimed squarely at the dancefloor on the No Hoes EP. From the groovy late night bounce of "Hypnosis" to the bass-driven Stateside swing of "One Two Three Four" which comes with an afterhours minded UK tech house rework by Luuk Van Dijk (Dark Side Of The Sun).
Review: It's been quite a successful year for Berlin-based American Kevin Knapp, with releases on Plump, Dirtybird and Katermukke over the last 12 months, not to mention that great collaboration with Audiojack on Crosstown Rebels a few months back. This time around he's on The Martinez Brothers' esteemed Cuttin' Headz with the boompty tech house of "Footprints" packed full of addictive swing. Dutchman Toman returns to follow up last month's release for the label (the Madrugada EP) to rework the track in minimal and bass-driven fashion that makes for perfect tackle at the afterhours, and closing it out with the funked-up and sensual groove of "What You Want".
Review: Back with his unique take on house that's been heard previously on labels such as No Art, Moscow & Eastenderz, Dutch DJ/producer Toman presents his latest release courtesy of The Martinez Brothers' Cuttin' Headz. "Madrugada" is a sweltering serve of tribal house on the funked-up tip, with its sultry vocal loop adding to its overall intoxicating effect - a perfect DJ tool for summer dancefloors if we've heard it. Second offering "Better Is Weather" perfectly bridges the gap between minimal and deep house in the vein of classic Losoul, with smooth Rhodes keys and trippy samples hypnotising you into submission to a backdrop of clipped rhythms.
Review: Boogeyman is a new sub label from The Martinez Brothers' legendary Cuttin' Headz, run by Miami's Jesse Calosso - who also takes the lead with A&R. It kicks off with a fantastic compilation showcasing the sound and talent the label will deal in. Features Bristol's Aaran D (Disorder) with the deep mood music of "Planet Mars", veterans Matt Tolfrey & Alex Arnout getting slinky and hypnotic on "The Walk", Fabric resident Jaden Thompson delivering the sexy roller that is "Closer" and Amsterdam's Joey Daniel nails that perfect minimal tech house sound on "Wireless High" in addition to material from Calosso and The Martinez Brothers themselves.
Review: A new one here from Cuttin' Headz and this is quite the collaboration: Ibiza-based Brits Negghead and Lex Wolf aka Acid Mondays, who team up with Hot Natured vocalist Ali Love, newcomer The Show and award winning drummer Wolfgang Haffner on the druggy Sunday morning groove of "Everything". We particularly enjoyed the deep down and dirty boompty business of the dub version, which would make even DJ Sneak stand up and notice. On the remix, we have the label bosses Martinez Brothers doing their thing and getting on that rough and ready New York City style of bounce -all in fine fashion.
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: 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: 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
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.