Review: The legend of nightlife in Leeds and The White Isle alike, Darius Syrossian is a force to be reckoned with these days. Now appearing on Mihalis Safras esteemed Material imprint, you know what to expect: rolling, funked up, peak time tech house for the main room by a guy who knows what works! Starting out with the adrenalised main room groove of the aptly titled "Mischief Brew" (wAFF Big Room Mix), by a fellow Leeds upstart: this one's properly fierce! The gutsy peak time techno stomp of "Tyrannosaurus Sex" is more functional and straight ahead for fans of Material's usual flair and will appeal to fans of labels of funky techno like Truesoul or Saved.
Review: A global ambassador of Chicago's sound, Farris has spiritedly contributed to the evolving house and techno culture of this century. He began playing at a young age, developing a unique sound that lead him to performances at Chicago's legendary underground warehouse parties of the 90s and a residency at the Power House. A self-taught engineer and producer, his work with Cajual, Relief, Defected, Soma and his own breakout label Farris Wheel Recordings propelled his influence into ever expanding realms. Farris is back on Mihalis Safras' esteemed Material imprint with a bunch of main room bangers that'll rock dancefloors from Chi-town to The White Isle and beyond. "Like This" keeps in line with the labels M.O. with a rolling and headrush inducing slammer to lead into the peak time, after all: it's a contribution with boss man Safras. The EP features quite a few collabs actually; fellow Chicagoan Anthony Attalla teams up with Farris on "Pocket Party" with its suggestive lyrics and again pitch shifted vocals telling an all too familiar story in clubland while Toronto's Nathan Barato helps Farris deliver a right dancefloor detonator on "We Like The Deep" and that title track gets deeper, slinkier and downright sleazier for some early evening mood lighting.
Review: NYC house legend Harry "Choo Choo" Romero is back with the La Brava EP on Mihalis Safras' Material Series so you know what to expect don't you: massive, pumping, main room tech house of course! And the funky house don is more than capable when you consider his previous releases only last year on the likes of Tronik and Saved. Speaking of the latter, the title track has the chugging peak time Ibiza vibe for fans of Nic Fanciulli's revered imprint (with adequate white noise build ups of course) while the "Chant Mix" Accentuates the latin flair with those fiesta style Brazilian vocals and added tribal percussion for pure dancefloor hysteria. Finally "Into The Groove" builds the suspense with one serious mental breakdown before unleashing a stadium sized druggy tech house odyssey on you.