Review: Two long-serving tech-house talents join forces for the first time, as Romanian scene stalwart Cristi Cons and French powerhouse Traumer lay down a trio of tasty tracks. They set the tone via title track 'Stranger To No One', an undulating and hypnotising beast in which progressively more intense TB-303 'acid' lines, spacey textures and echoing synth riffs rise above a rolling, loose-limbed groove. On 'Apres Midi', they layer more squelchy acid bass and psychedelic motifs atop hip-swinging grooves and foreboding melodic motifs, before rounding off the EP with the subtly breakbeat-tinged early morning tech-house of 'Farside'.
Review: As you might expect, these remixes of Rich Nxt's 'Natural', a fine collaboration with Shyam P first featured on last year's Know The Score album, are rather impressive. Former dubstep don turned disco, house and techno enthusiast Skream steals the show with his sizeable revision, which adds beefy sub-bass, angular electronic sounds, oddball riffs and Shyam P's fine lead vocals to a seriously heavy, glitch-flecked tech-house beat. Seb Vito takes a different approach on his rework, reaching for spacey synth sounds, woozy chords and hybrid two-step/techno beats. It's a fine remix all told and one that should appeal to the growing legion of DJs who reach for both tech-house and UK garage.
Review: Fuse's main man straight outta London Seb Zito drops another 12" for his label which is on a run this year with two releases from East End Dubs and that Phutura EP, to mention only some. Seb Zito's Theory To Start three-tracker is straight to the point when it comes to filling DJs bags with reliable house numbers and middleweight techno tracks. Powerful clashes of iconic house percussion bang the system in "Geo Theory" and "Trying To Start" for the more energetic hours of the party, while "10AM Fuse" with its demonic 303s and dubbed out, minimal drums will set up the obvious for any afterhour session. See "Arped Edge" for its undeniable club character.
Review: Hot on the heels of FUSE London's tenth anniversary celebrations comes "A Decade of Rave", the long promised debut album from resident DJ/producer Enzo Siragusa. It's an intriguingly eclectic but surprisingly coherent affair, with Siragusa complimenting his usual low-slung tech-house heaviness (see "Beautiful Emi", the creepy "Mysterious" and the acid-flecked "Stromboli") and booming techno floor-fillers ("Voodoo" and the sub-heavy "Deeper Inside") with tracks that doff a cap to chill out room ambient ("Lost & Found in '93"), speed garage ("Rollin' Riddim") and deep, spaced-out electronica (the powerful sub-bass, twinkling electric piano solos and dubbed-out beats of opening track "Good Night").
Review: London's reigning overlords of underground tech house are back, with one of the highest ranking members of their posse. Fuse return with Archie Hamilton, who has had a fantastic year thus far with releases on Hottrax, Crosstown Rebels and his own Moscow/Moss Co. imprints. On the Mercury Rising EP, he delivers some surefire tech house for the main room (at peak time!) as displayed finely on the tough rolling boompty-funk of "Right Hook", while the cruisy and melodic "Mercury" ventures a little deeper and is perfect for those heads-down moments on the dancefloor later on.
Review: Seb Zito is undoubtedly a producer on the rise. There was a bit of hype surrounding the first two releases on his Seven Dials imprint, so expect this return to FUSE London to simply fly off. It helps, of course, that the two included tracks are all heavy hitters. Arguably the best of the lot is "Take No One", a slamming tech-house jack-track whose immense power is largely derived from a stabbing but driving analogue bassline. Then "So Good To Me" is impressively dreamy, spacey and warm with genuine rhythmic swing.
Review: More tough rolling tech house on the minimal tip from London based heroes FUSE and a true staple of their imprint: Rich NxT. Beginning with the funked up functionalism of "Brigade" and its hip-hop house samples throughout, which is then followed by the release standout in the form of "Serious" with its catchy vocal samples atop - possibly from an old Italo or even pop record. This sunny festival inspired cut will appeal to other cheeky and likeminded DJ tools by the likes of Kirik - or anything on ODE, really.
Review: Guti is arguably one of dance music's most enthusiastic collaborators. To date, the Argentine producer has released joint productions with an impressive list of house and techno talent, including Martin Buttrich, Shlomi Aber, Benny Rodriguez, Morgan and Guy Gerber. On this EP, he's joined in the studio by Romanian rising star Cristi Cons. The like-minded pair hit the ground running with "Volver", a stomping tech-house floor-filler whose tough, acid-flecked groove and metronomic bassline come wrapped in ghostly chords and trippy electronics. Then, "Nuevo" is a chunky but spacey deep house affair. That track is given the remix treatment by Enzo Siragusa, who brilliantly toughens it up and drags it further towards peak-time techno territory.
Review: Moscow Records boss Archie Hamilton is a long time friend of the FUSE London family, having previously contributed to a number of releases. Driven To Distraction, though, is his first FUSE outing since 2015. Interestingly, there's quite a bit of surprising variety amongst the two tracks; compare, for example, the title track's bouncy, deep house/acid house fusion. "Telegram", where wilder TB-303 acid lines and dubbed-out riffs ride an undulating, late night groove, is also rather nifty. In other words, it's a solid EP containing tracks tailor-made for different dancefloor situations.
Review: Enzo Siragusa's Fuse London imprint is back with more top notch minimal grooves for the afterhours shift. Londoner Anthony DiFrancesco teams up with newcomer Samuel Bellis team up on the DB Productions project who serve us with some deep and rolling high fidelity grooves like "87-88". "Adderall" gives you a good kick just like its namesake; this one is more energetic and on the deep house tip but still loopy and hypnotic enough for perfect dancefloor dynamics. Finally "87-88" gets a remix by French deep house maestro Alexkid with label boss Siragusa himself and it's a good one: stripped, bass driven and functional.
Review: London minimal pusher Seb Zito is back; he's proven to be a label mainstay these days on Enzo Siragusa's Fuse London imprint but these grooves aren't as reduced and afterhours leaning as usual which makes his new direction a welcome change. He serves up some fierce and jacking pumping deep house groove with "Holywell" featuring some thumping 909 energy, moody pads and all round boompty goodness included.
Review: Fuse London head honcho Enzo Siragusa is back with the Sanctuary EP, exploring his love of minimal house sounds and he comes up real well on this one, displaying another transition in his studio skills. The shuffling, exotic, Romanian influenced groove of "Double Dove" is the best evidence of this. It's more typical Siragusa fair on the druggy and deep after-hours jam "Solo" which rolls and shuffles along quite nicely.
Review: Fuse London still carries a flame for classic, mid noughties minimal. Who doesn't fondly remember the reductionist grooves of m_nus or Tuning Spork? What about the original secretsundaze or mulletover shindigs? Oh well, it's those nostalgics that Enzo Siragusa caters to, and does a fine job at that. The man himself appears first, with the tripped out and paranoid afterhours shuffle of "Desire", complete with creepy pitch shifted vocals; most likely elaborating on the experience of being in a sweaty, loud, windowless basement for way too long.. way into the afternoon! Then "Wear Your Cape" by Frenchman Alexkid gets a groove on that's a bit more upfront and uptempo, complimented by a sinister sub bass and random zaps and whirs.. hey, it's minimal! What more can we say: less is more.
Works On Sunday (Enzo Siragusa & Seb Zito remix) - (6:46) 125 BPM
Review: Moscow Records boss Archie Hamilton appears this time on Enzo Siragusa's Fuse London imprint with these slices of rolling, Latin-infused tech-house for the beach party. This is the kind of stuff that lovers of Mindshake and Rawthentic will be all over. First up "Mind Blank" brings the tough yet sultry attitude that you could imagine playing peak time at Amnesia. Then there's a remix of "Works On Sunday" by none other than label boss Siragusa with Seb Zito keeping the afterhours vibe intact but with a druggier, minimal take on things.