Review: With a remix debut on Sound Pellegrino and a solo debut on Ed Banger, Parisian artist Boston is quite the hot tip right now. Taking the acid house and Chicago warehouse vibes of yore (think Pierre, Hardy, Green Velvet) and adding that French touch, there's something both retro and forward looking about this trio of tracks. "Closer" is the quirkiest of the pair with the strange crackles and warping on the cowbells and sleazy-assed groove. "Urnmae" is more of a nod to Mr Fingers, but done with a prog-like glow that wouldn't have gone amiss in a Sasha & Digweed set back in the proverbial. Last but not least, the title track "House Call" is a serious jack-attack. Keep listening...
Review: With its touchy-feely pianos, baggy disco shuffle and hazy, blue-eyed soul vibe, "You Should Know" has all the makings of a summer radio hit. It's the sort of thing we've come to expect from Breakbot, but it is also arguably one of his best singles to date. Predictably, it comes with a bulging remix package. There's a tasty, decidedly looser Alternate Take, a pleasingly analogue, early house-influenced rework from Busy P & Boston Bun, and a jaunty piano house tweak from Homework Le Bain. If that wasn't enough, The Swiss turn it into a wide-eyed Ibizan anthem. Good stuff, all told.
Review: The 80s electro force is strong in this one! Parisian producer serves up a retro-tastic cut featuring New York hip-hop pioneer Afrika Bambaataa, whose "you are on my radar/I control your mind" vocal is alternately fed through a vocoder and served dry. The Original, Bonus Beats and Adesse mixes are pure nostalgia, Dimitri From Paris looks to Italo-disco and early Chicago house for inspiration on his remix, the Borussia Remix has a slightly more contemporary, footwork-y feel and Deen Abdelwahed's remix takes the track into more jagged indie-dance territory, like Nag Nag Nag had never closed.
Review: Ed Banger veteran Feadz touches down on France's Because Music with a scintillating, rip-roaring debut LP which travels to all possible corners of the bass spectrum. From jittering house productions to sweltering low-end-nastiness, this a real testament to the dancefloor. Tracks like "Metaman", "Stickbuilders" and "Wettex" are truly capable of some serous damage to the chest and we don't even wanna think what happened in the mastering studio when they were being cut. Hold tight, bass crew.
Review: More than 18 months after their Audio, Video, Disco LP dropped, Justice's "Helix" finally gets a single release. It's a typical chunk of goodtime disco-stomp, like Daft Punk without the filter-heavy swing, or Cassius trying to rave in ill-fitting straightjackets. Remix-wise, Gesafellstein turns it into a crunchy electro banger - all heavy drum programming, cut-up yelps and murky riffs - while Parisian veteran Domenico Torti (once Dimitri From Paris's go-to "edit guy") cuts it up impressively, adding a dose of fuzzy funk to proceedings. For the heads, there are also two more downtempo bonus cuts, of which the effortlessly sweet "Ohio" is the pick.