Review: Dressed head to toe in a jump suit, Ejeca serves up an EP of chunky, tried-and-tested dancefloor treats seemingly inspired by everyone's favourite 1980s adventure game show. He first opts for a physical task on opener "Unloving", a boisterous, retro-futurist big room house workout. Crystal safely tucked in his pocket, he charges through the all-new Jacking Zone (see "Standard Acid House Track") before pausing to catch his breath in the Industrial Zone, where the psychedelic atmosphere and raw analogue grooves of "Crystal Maze" await. Paul Woolford dons his Special Request guise to claim another crystal via a typically hardcore-influenced, bass-heavy re-make of "Unloving", before Ejeca heads towards the Crystal Dome to the accompaniment of late night techno shuffler "ISWHATIS". Start the fans please!
Crazy About Your Love (Seb Zito remix 1) - (7:12) 127 BPM
Burning Up (K'Alexi Shelby remix) - (9:52) 125 BPM
Crazy About Your Love (Seb Zito remix 2) - (6:25) 130 BPM
Review: Peaktime house bizniss sitting somewhere between 'tech' and 'funky' is the order of the day on this latest EP from Richy Ahmed's Four Thirty Two. 'Crazy About Your Love' centres around a constant bass pulse, gloriously ruff 'n' raw pianos and a proper 90s-style diva vocal, and will inject some serious energy out on the floor, while 'Burning Up' is similarly 90s-ish in style, with wailing sax, bell-like sounds and another diva vocal (but not the MK one you might be thinking of). 'Crazy...' then gets two remixes from Seb Vito - one techier, one more rave-tastic - and one from K'Alexi Shelby, who takes us on a deeper, smoother ride.
Review: By his standards, Geoff "Man Power" Kirkwood has been relatively quiet this year. In fact, this tasty outing on Four Thirty Two is only his second solo outing of 2018, following double A-side single "Valhalla/Fidelity" back in September. Those looking for heady peak-time release should check the throbbing, all-action electronic motifs, jammed-out electric piano solos and jackin', Chicago style drum fills of glassy-eyed opener "Outrider" and the Balearic-minded nu-disco/house fusion of "Vista", where deep space chords and mesmerizing motifs rise and fall above a rolling rhythm track. Roman Flugel brilliantly re-imagines that track as a pulsating chunk of Italo-disco/hip-house fusion, before bonus cut "Poly Pop" offers a wealth of sun bright synth-pop melodies, cheery riffs and deliciously heavy analogue bass.
Review: South Shields' finest returns with more punchy tech house on his Four Thirty Two imprint. After recent releases on Seth Troxler's Play It Say It and remixes for London Grammar, Richy Ahmed brings the goods back to home on this latest release. From the euphoric adrenaline of "Can't Stop Us" with its ravey piano breakdown backed by diva vocals, elevating rhythms and electrifying arpeggio bass line. He then gets deeper for something more geared for the late night on the moody "Dials Mavis" with its emotive Rhodes and humming sub bass with druggy vocal samples.
We Need Love (Robert James & Jack Michael remix) - (6:41) 134 BPM
Review: FUSE London resident Seb Zito has been on the cusp of a big breakthrough for some time, and this (virtual) double A-side affair sounds like it could be the release that seals his star status. "4 Ever" is a sweaty and bombastic affair where echoing old school diva vocal samples rise above a bold, addictive bassline and restless, all-action drums, while "We Need Love" peppers a UK garage style bassline and swinging drums with turn-of-the-'90s style bleeps and more hazy, rave-era style vocal samples. Richy Ahmed's rework of "4 Ever" is notable for its' speed garage style drums and droning, elongated sub-bass part, while Robert James and Jack Michael's revision of "We Need Love" is an even chunkier and bolder trip into speed garage territory.