Review: DJ duo Audiojack return to their Gruuv label with a killer house release. The title track is a classic deep affair; based on a wiry but driving rhythm and rasping percussion, it features sensuous melodies and a ponderous, seductive female vocal. "On The Road" is closer in sound to classic 20/20 Vision, with the pair deploying a detuned riff and an organ sequence over a tough, driving rhythm. Reset Robot turns "Senses" into a deep techno track, with chiming chords and a linear groove underpinning the original version's vocal sample, while on the Dubspeeka version of the same track, a more understated, stripped back approach prevails.
Review: Kings of Leeds and The White Isle alike are back on their notorious Gruuv imprint (where else?) and throwing down some of the most well executed and surefire tech house you'll ever hear. Starting out with the very sleek and dark slow burner "Manipulate" it then gets a remix by Systematic head honcho Marc Romboy, whose "Devilfish Attack" remix does exactly what it says on the tin: truly gutsy 303 business for freaks on this one. "Bonafide" is more for the daytime, this one is funky, summery and sexy and expect to be hearing a lot of this one too. The remix by Sante goes more for the classic 90's U.S. house vibe and a nice touch in all its dusty and shuffling glory.
Review: Audiojack goes back to the old school for this release. "No Rest for the Wicked" may have the benefit of modern day production techniques, but at its heart is a timeless progressive house bassline and insistent piano keys that are reminiscent of "Plastic Dreams". HOSH's remix gives the keys that shimmering feeling that Derrick May's productions used to exude and Luna City Express's version opts for a more tribal take. However, it's Audiojack's own "Mind Games" that impresses most with its humming bass, 'life' vocal sample and emotive techno chords last heard on classic Inner City releases like "Good Life". Get into it!
Review: Audiojack continues his merciless house excursions with a hotly tipped remix EP by some of the finest tool-makers in the game. First up is France's mythical house don DJ W!ld with his raved-out version of "Scarlett Groove" - this one is some serious material thanks to its dusty percussion. Then David Mayer's take on "Luna" opts for a tribal touch, and "Psychonaut" itself is reworked by Brett Johnson into a bumping and bleepy house nugget with slice n' dice percussion flex. Essential DJ weapons.
Review: Audiojack's label continues to celebrate its fifth birthday with a serving of tripped out underground grooves. Unlike the mushy deep house in circulation, this sixth instalment is all about heavy basslines, trippy effects and woozy, dub-soaked passages. Thermal Bear sets the tone with the buzzing bass and swirling chords of "Mushy Peas", while Philip Bader delivers a darker interpretation with the rolling groove and dark vocal of "Tec Talk". A similar mood prevails on "Black Milk", where Emanuel Satie drops air raid sirens and eerie synths over pitch-black bass licks. Rounding out the release is Danton Eeprom's "Shoreditch Sam", a more stripped out affair where a stepping rhythm and trippy bleeps meet.
Review: With just one previous solo release, Coat Of Arms (aka Chris James) is a relative newcomer, but the quality of his production is likely get himself places very quickly. Here we have two new tunes: "Mesmerized" and "Take Me Away". The former is smooth garagey house with a shimmering organ riff throughout, while the latter is more of a brooding deep houser with a Chicago undercurrent. On the remix front, Darius Syrossian goes for thumping big room stuff while Ejeca opts for a more dubby and restrained slice of 'classy garage'.
Review: Berlin's David Pher has appeared previously on Rebellion, Material and Deeperfect but now serves up some surefire dancefloor artillery for Audiojack's always exciting Gruuv imprint. "The Observer" is funky, stripped and rolling minimal/tech house that will appeal to fans of Jamie Jones or recent Apollonia releases. "Maravillosa" injects some latin flair into it plus getting a bit more uptempo with its tightly programmed rhythm. It also gets a tough and gutsy remix by Kevin Over (VIVa/Truesoul) which will come in handy when you're playing the peak time opposed to the afterhour.
Review: We can't predict the future here at Juno, but there's certainly a lot of deep past on this release, with the latest release from Irishman Brian Durkin (aka Deep Future) looking back to the '90s for inspiration. Thankfully he's applied enough contemporary techniques to keep things on the right side of retro with "Let Me Go" featuring skippy garage beats, female 'aww yeah!' vocals samples, a gospel wailer and warped organ stabs. "You Need It" is moodier take on garage, which remixed in a compressed house form by Detroit Swindle. However it's Dirty Channel's baddass and jackin' take on the title track that's the standout here.
Review: The always reliable Leeds based imprint Gruuv returns to start off 2019 in an explosive fashion, courtesy of Berlin based Spaniard Denite. He follows up an impressive run of releases for other top labels such as Diynamic, Third Ear and Get Physica in 2018l. From the deep down and dirty late night groove of "As Within", through to the evocative and ethereal dancefloor drama of "So Without" - this ascendant DJ/producer has you sorted for surefire tackle already. Add to that a tremendous remix by Dutch veteran Edwin Oosterwal (Rejected/Green) who takes "As Within" into deeper and glacial dub techno territory and you just can't go wrong!
Review: Having built a reputation via much-played releases on Get Physical and Defected, Flashmob rushes from the shadows with his first release in over a year. Leading from the front, smartphone in hand, is "Switch" - a tasty deep house bumper full of cyclical, minor key riffs, extended builds-ups, and chunky drums. That's given a foreboding, late night tech-house touch-up by Hobo, before the Italian producer delivers the jazzy, off-kilter deep house shuffle of "Moaning". He rounds off the EP in bombastic style, via the DJ Sneak influenced, big room-friendly, Chicago-style jazziness of "My Instinkt". With its' church organ lines and booming bottom end, it may well be the EP's strongest moment.
Review: Audiojack are really pushing the boat out to celebrate the fifth birthday of their label, Gruuv. They plan to release two mix CDs of unreleased music, with each disc split into three EPs. This second EP boasts more selections from the "day" mix, beginning with the low-down throb, held-note chords and fluid electronics of Gorge's "Square Wave Romance". There's a little more a jackin' flavour to Waifs & Strays' bouncy "Beat On The Drums", while Julien Chaptal serves up equal doses of snappy beats, darting bass and hummable vocals on "Number 4". Finally, Luna City Express expertly blend far-sighted electronic melodies and swinging drums on the standout "Tell Me When You Ready".
Review: With the likes of Loco Dice, Ryan Crosson and many other tech house dons playing his music, Dale Howard is on a steep rise to the top of the game. His latest EP for Audiojack's Gruuv label is a three-track stomper backed with an effective, floor-ready remix by the Big Apple's MANIK. "Damaged", "Right On Time" and "Break" are all equally thumping house tracks with a swinging batch of percussion to boot. MANIK's remix of the title track is pure class, too - heavy, shuffling party noise.