Review: Caracas-based Adonis Rivera is beginning to establish himself as one of the country's leading electronic musicians. With previous releases on Besworx, Oblack Label and Oceanic Recordings, he crossed paths with Damian Lazarus and was invited to become part of Rebellion - one of his biggest influences. Hence, this new one on the label marks a huge milestone in the ascendant Venezuelan's career. Featuring two wicked tracks, the first killer in the form of the bleepy "Access", a slinky and hypnotic tech house cut that's perfect for the late night, followed by the mesmerizing deepness of "Subversive" which packs a real punch with its less is more style of groove.
Review: Crosstown Rebels diffusion label Rebellion are back with Dance Spirit; two dudes from Los Angeles named Reagan and Chris who have previously flaunted their wares on the likes of Mr C's Superfreq, Supernature and Maison d'etre. On "One For The Heads" it's definitely a lo-slung affair as is typical of Damian Lazarus' 'other' label. Its slowed down tribal groove and Amazonian aesthetics making for some real drifting on the dancefloor style business. "Mind Of Man" goes for some deep acid style, with emotive pads and soothing male vocals atop making a really enticing track. Finally, "Numbers Don't Lie" is undoubtedly the most uptempo song on offer; this brooding and slinky tech house cut is very much suited to the late night.
Review: The inspiration from Dubble D's latest release comes from a source that has been mined many times in house music - the church. Over tight claps and a lean funk guitar riff, the UK producer co-opts a sassy vocalist to discuss 'growing up in the church of Christ'. In case Dubble D felt that he was in danger of alienating his atheist fans, the vocalist then delivers a more secular message that 'in honour of the love for the people. . . we're going to lay it down... we gotta give love... '. Ashley Beedle's re-version sees the house veteran add some upbeat disco vibes and make the most of the guitar funk line.
Review: Damian Lazarus' Rebellion label always has an interesting surprise up its sleeve from one release to the next - and he certainly ain't letting up here! New York City house royalty Harry 'Choo Choo' Romero - he of Subliminal Records fame - steps up to present the label's 66th release in the form of "Afro Horn". Let this atmospheric afro house epic transport you to the dancefloor, awash in hypnotic melodies and polyrhythms, tension and suspense. This is backed up by sublime deep house journey of "R.W.P." - a heartfelt and emotive affair that's sure to cause some glassy eyed moments on the dancefloor.
Let The Drum Speak! (feat Rachel) - (7:34) 126 BPM
Expressions In Dub Love - (6:51) 125 BPM
As We Dance - (8:33) 123 BPM
Review: Legend of the New York City dance music scene Joeski is back on Damian Lazarus' Rebellion, with yet more typically rhythm heavy tech house work outs on this fittingly titled new EP. He explains how he and vocalist Rachel shared a clear vision of creating a track to personify the sound of the drum, experimenting in the studio until they achieved the eerie vibe they wanted. "Let The Drum Speak!" is an evocative and mesmerising cut that utilises sublime syncopation in various layers, and processed with incredible dub delay effects and splashes of white noise for dramatic effect. Prepare to reach near tribal moments on this one! This is supported by additional cuts such as the moody and ultra deep "As We Dance" and the darkly bass-driven "Expressions In Dub Love" which is perfect for the afterhours.
Review: Crosstown Rebels sub label returns with a new one by Lum from Mexico. The title track ?Urpillay? and later on ?Balaxal? are proggy, slow jams from outer space and perfect to set the mood during the warm up. The Bedouin remix of said track remains on the same vibe but gives it a more uptempo reshape which works well. ?Plegaria? is a deep and slow afterhours jam; you've just gotta hear the trumpet solo on this one. Finally ?Canto De La Terria? introduces and mysterious and esoteric vibe back into the fold complete with pan pipes and spiritual vocal chants, perfect for transcendental moments on the dancefloor!
Review: Germany's Nico Stojan, an alumnus of labels such as Ou?e, Connaisseur and Suara, teams up with the mysterious Timujina? here to produce three tracks that come from the proggier end of the deep house spectrum. 'Oktoberfest' tops an ominous growling bassline with a spoken female vocal in a language we can't actually identify, augmented by weird 'n' wibbly synth sounds. The midtempo 'Satsang' is a more melodic affair, redolent of Balearic prog of yesteryear with its plainitive Spanish guitars, while 'High Altitude' is another moody, proggy chugger that stands out for its Middle Eastern-sounding female vocal.