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: 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: 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: 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!