Review: Last seen fiddling with a "Dirty Rhodes" on Pogo House, Alfred Diaz returns to Hustler Trax for the first time in over three years. The experienced producer hits the ground running with "To All The People", a forthright chunk of sub-heavy, 4/4-garage influenced chunkiness rich in wobbly bass and cut-up spoken word samples, before sprinting towards classic Chez Damier territory on the old school U.S house flex of "We Need Some Raw". Diaz explores this attractive, club-ready vibe further on the bombastic bounce of "Call You" and "Get On Down", another hot-to-trot affair that boasts speaker-bothering bass. If that wasn't enough to set the pulse racing, closing cut "Little Lulu" is another retro-futurist slab of organ-sporting muscular garage revivalism.
Review: Two quality deep house cuts here from Colombian producer Craftsmanship, coming on Mexican label Hustler Trax. With its insistent organ chords, tinkling jazz ivories and soulful male spoken vocal, 'Side Of Lies' is one for those who like their deep house on the garage-y side - the phrase "Chandler-esque" is too readily applied these days but it's definitely appropriate here. The accompanying 'Side Of Tears' operates in similar territory and sports a classic Cevin Fisher vocal snip, but perhaps leans a little more to the broken beat side of things with its squelchy bass and intricate, Afro-tinged percussion.