Review: Archie Hamilton is having a pretty good year, all told. Remarkably, this EP is his sixth of the year to date, following quietly confident appearances on Fuse London, Tied and Parliamnt. Impressively, there's a fair bit of variety to be found across the three tracks. Contrast, for example, the rolling tech-house/deep house fusion of opener "Confusion" - all tactile, looped riffs, rising acid lines and chunky beats - with the bouncy "Dos Equis", where woozy vocal samples ride an elastic, funk-fuelled bassline and locked-in beats. Arguably best of all, though, is flipside "Wild Thing" - a punchy late night workout full of trippy riffs, bustling bass, razor-sharp acid lines and jazzy-but-driving deep house beats.
Review: UK tech house hero Archie Hamilton celebrates a decade in the business for his beloved Moscow imprint. To celebrate this milestone, he's releasing a compilation featuring some of his favourite tracks from the last decade, where he looks through the back catalogue to bring you this timeless mix. Hamilton's own work is obviously pervasive, with highlights including the Inxec remix of "Two Time" that just so happened to be one of the imprint's very first releases, in addition to his collaboration with label staple Noha on "Lip Service" which gets an infectious rework by Romanian power duo SIT, and the ever reliable Samuel Andre Madsen giving "Informer" a typically swing-fuelled Reshape. Elsewhere, scene legends like Argy ("Siesta''), Shaun Reeves & Tuccillo ("Fill Calings") and GummiHz appear - the latter with his stellar remix of Keinton's "Strip Poker".
Review: UK tech house hero Archie Hamilton returns with a new EP full of more tough rolling tech house for the main room, on his ever reliable Moscow imprint. From the liquid and funky groove of "Ease My Mind" featuring The Smoothness on vocals, this one is typically bass-driven and full of syncopated polyrhythms that would go down a treat at the afterhours. There's also a couple of acid tracks which are always a welcome addition: the fierce and funky slammer "Shade" with its infectious TB-303 inflections, plus the dubby and mesmerising "Moving On" reminiscent of gems in his past discography such as "Something Else" and "Vitamin D".
Review: Man of the moment Archie Hamilton (FUSE London) is hot off some great remixes for the likes of Crosstown Rebels, Visionquest and Lazare Hoche and continues on with his winning streak of hot releases here. This new one comes courtesy of his very own Moscow label named "Make A Difference". This collaboration with New York City house music royalty Mr. V (Sole Channel Music) is a great meeting of creative minds, that sees his unmistakable vocal delivery accompanying yet another of Hamilton's rolling and funked-up tech house grooves - this one is sure to burn up the dancefloor. There are a bunch of reworks featured in addition: a handy acapella for those you wanting more of Victor Font's lovely vox, a dub mix for those of you who aren't and if that was not enough - there's a wicked VIP mix for your value.
Review: Next up on Archie Hamilton's ever reliable Moscow Records is UK producer Charlie Banks (Gottwood Festival) bringing a pair of intricate house cuts, with Hamilton on remix duties. It is an impressive effort from the 26 year old producer, with the rolling and hypnotic bounce of "Flight Mode" taking the best of classic London and Romanian tech house vibes, while the more housey and funked-up DJ tool "Project X" is perfect to transition to or from the peak time. Following up a bunch of great remixes for Midlands based Four40 over the last few years, his first foray into original productions certainly does not disappoint.
Review: London's Charlie Banks returns to Moscow Records, after making an impressive debut for them last year on the Flight Mode EP. His new track "Identity" follows in the well respected tradition of UK tech house, with its lightly swung beats supported by a bass driven groove and hypnotic melody. This is backed up by the uplifting "Light Talk" and its Kerri Chandler influence - there's an absolutely killer chord progression on this one. Banks' music has gained support from industry heavyweights including Marco Carola, Enzo Siragusa, Traumer and Chris Stussy to name just a few, and 2021 looks bright for the fledgling producer too.
Review: Dutch producer Niels Christian Steenbergen, better known to the house world as Chris Stussy, brings us three fine deep housers that all clock in at 130bpm - standard for deep house in the 90s, but postively frenetic by current standards! 'Wake Ning' is an urgent, driving cut with female vocal cut-ups and Daft Punk-ish synth squiggles, 'Nunchi' has the kind of dreamy, drifty vibe you associate with classic West Coast deepness, while 'Sonaris' is a bit more late-night in feel, but still has enough bottom-end heft to keep early hours floors moving. Programmability may be an issue, given the tempo, but this is sterling stuff.
Review: Having appeared on imprints such as Avotre, Solid Grooves, NO ART and Dee-P-erfect in recent times, the Italian producer now ups the ante with his new one for Archie Hamilton's Moscow. The Everyday EP has got you covered for bangin' and boompty minimal for the main room on the title track, while the hypnotic microhouse influence of Akufen on "Alexander Alexander" is perfect tackle for the afterhours, and closing track "Ramen" is sleek and slinky tech house for any savvy dancefloor.
Review: Moscow boss man Archie Hamilton teams up with close associate and Fuse London boss Enzo Siragusa again for more infectious and surefire tech house here. The two London natives really nail that peak time vibe that'll work a treat on dancefloors as far away from their home turf as Berlin or Bucharest with these three killers. First up is the slamming and funky groove of "Ricochet" which surely doesn't let up on that MPC style swing for added groovability. "Transcend" up next sees them flex their muscle in another way they're renowned for: the after hours. This lo-slung acid joint will be perfect for bending minds (and feet!) at an ungodly hour on a Sunday. Finally the title track lives up to its name on this deep, dubby and hypnotic trip. It sees the duo tick all the right boxes again: bumpy basslines, tight rhythms and druggy elements all geared for perfect dancefloor reliability.
Review: After releases on Titbit and Wow! Music, Tuscany's Luca Donzelli steps up to deliver a fantastic four track EP on Archie Hamilton's Moscow Records imprint - the 'Get Out People' EP. The Tenax and Amnesia Club mainstay gets straight down to business on the hypnotic main room roller "Der Sphere", then gets all tough and funky on the bouncy title track until he will have you mesmerised by the final ethereal cut titled "Sirens". Although based in Italy, it's clear that the sounds of classic UK tech house and 'Rominimal' have left their indelible mark on Donzelli's production style - and he's all the better for it!
Review: Following up her impressive debut on Desolat last year, Belgian DJ and former Fuse club resident Mandana steps up next on Archie Hamilton's Moscow imprint with three delectably deep, minimal-styled tracks. The 'Le Cockpit' EP features the slinky and hypnotic "La Paradgina" which perfect for the warm up or afterhours alike, the deep and reduced boompty funk of "Le Vlaams" and of course the understated title track which receives a ripping rework by Dutchman Chris Stussy and taking on that sunny and ethereal tech house style in the vein of iO Mulen or Djebali - top!
Review: More reliable tech house tools for main room action, courtesy of Archie Hamilton's Moscow Records. For its latest edition he has tapped ascendant French duo Oden & Fatzo, who serve up the Cats Love Jazz EP which follows up promising efforts lately on Salty Nuts, Increase The Groove and Hoarder. There's an undeniable 'French Touch' throughout, from the deep and sensual title track, to the swing-fuelled attitude of "Slowrama" and of course "Taboulet Malgache" which receives a ripping rework by boss man Hamilton up next.
Review: A true keeper of dub and groove Shaun Reeves hits the beat again with Giuseppe Tuccillo for a rare collaborative session outside of Visionquest. Three tracks deep, inclusive of a looped-out Floog version, the record defines itself with straight up analogue grooves strafed by vocoded synths, dubby techno resonances, melodic basslines and abstract percussions panned to effect! "Anak" takes the record down a straighter course through minimalistic blips, bleeps and indercerable vocal snippets. Deep, dubby and minimal calls!
Review: Birmingham's finest Subb-an seems to wander that perfect level between the popular and the underground, having released on a diverse plethora of labels in recent years. From Crosstown Rebels, 20:20 Vision and Visionquest, to vinyl only imprints like Cabinet, Eastenderz and Pleasure Zone. Here he's back for the London-based Moscow Records, run by Archie Hamilton. It is tough rolling tech house all the way as you'd expect from this now veteran producer: from the dubby and emotive deepness of the title track "Rise" featuring some captivating vocal textures by Ahmad Larnes atop. On the remix, we have the ever reliable James Burnham delivering some proper UK underground flavour under his Instinct alias.
Review: Tech house hero Giuseppe Tucillo is known for some great collaborations over the years with the likes of Ralph Lawson, Willie Graff and Visionquest head Shaun Reeves. In fact, around this time last year, he and the latter presented the great 'Fill Callings' EP on Archie Hamilton's Moscow Records, but strikes out on his own here on the 'Work It' EP. From the groovy and swing-fuelled boompty business of the title track, to the minimal and dubby deepness of "Modern Love" and the equally understated and afterhours minded "Libellula" - this veteran Italian producer never fails to impress.
Review: Moscow Records is now firmly established as one of tech-house's most consistent labels, with a penchant for cuts that add excitable elements - think warped acid lines, beffy sub-bass, layered percussion sounds, funk-fuelled electronic riffs and cut-up vocal snippets - to peak-time ready grooves that vary from smooth and seductive, to bold and boisterous. For proof, check this excellent compilation of some of the imprint's 2020 highlights. There's much to get the blood pumping throughout, from the off-kilter tech-funk bounce of Dimish's 'Everyday' and the hazy, sub-heavy hypnotism of Luca Donzelli's 'Der Sphere', to the thickset, mind-altering aggression of Archie Hamilton's remix of Peace Division cut 'What Is The Sound' and the garage-influenced wonkiness of Chris Stussy's 'Wake Ning'.