Review: One half of Hot Creations Chicago's Lee Foss sure is a rolling stone. Not content with running the label, there's Hot Natured as well as his other project with MK known as Pleasure State and he's now started another label named after his famed White Isle shindig: Repopulate Mars. In the words of the man himself, its mission is "alien funk for the generation that will repopulate Mars"and we couldn't have thought up a more apt description. 4th Measure Men & Sonny Fodera's "Don't Touch Me When I'm Dancing" is going to be anthem on Ibiza this summer with 'that' bassline and it's deep, sexy and overall sleazy vibe that'll make the walls sweat. The deep and boompty tech house of Eskuche & Nu Sky's "Ninety Nine" is reminiscent of the classic Jamie Jones/Freak 'N Chic sound that's made a comeback due to young guns such as Jey Kurmis while Flavio Acaron's "Matters Of The Soul" is indeed quite soulful with its mild Detroit aesthetic, mainly in the funky acid bassline and emotive strings that has great dancefloor impact.
Review: CAAL is a producer and DJ with roots from Ibiza and Barcelona, born with the alter ego of a residency in Amnesia - where he has spent the last 10 years sharing lineups with the most important names in electronic music. His need to unleash an artistic vision has given life to productions on major labels such as Suara, Wow! or Baumhaus among others. He's joined by fellow Barcelona homeboy Baum (Paul's Boutique/Elrow) on a stomping release for Lee Foss' Repopulate Mars here on "Mama Drama". With its moody, druggy bounce further accentuated by layers of pitch shifting vocals - this one is perfect to set the mood at sunset on The White Isle this Summer. Bristol's Eli Brown delivers a rolling and adrenalised rendition up next, that's perfect for the peak time. As does rising star Lauren Lane, with her trippy minimal-funk rework that'll go down a treat at the afterhours.
Review: Dave Whelan and Mike Di Scala aka Camelphat have made their name with releases on Relief and Coyu's Suara, and now take their funky house sound to Lee Foss' recently launched imprint. The title track is a relentless, stab-heavy groove, full of repetitive vocal samples and infectious organ riffs. On "O.M.G.", the pair opt for a tougher sound, with firing percussion and a sleazy, murky bass underpinning a female vocal intoning the track's title that is then filtered repeatedly throughout the arrangement. "Magic Stick" sees Camelphat opt for a more stripped back approach, this time with tonal bleeps and a warm bass providing a backing for a highly suggestive vocal narrative.
Review: Greek breakthrough producer Detlef is back, this time on Lee Foss' Repopulate Mars label with the Swagon EP which follows up some great releases on Relief Records (with Green Velvet, no less), Hot Creations and Moon Harbour. The title track features Ossey James and is an upfront and bouncy groove featuring sampled hip hop vocals and a swing fuelled rhythm. "Pump Up" is much more energetic and aimed squarely at peak time dancefloors with its rolling groove and Joey Beltram style rave sirens. Expect to hear this one a lot on the White Isle this summer! Finally, "My Home" goes for something a bit more deep down and dirty; this sleazy little number will work a treat at a hazy Sunday morning afterhours session just perfectly.
Review: Eli Brown has rapidly established himself as an artist of real distinction in the house world, with Of Unsound Mind, ViVA, Toolroom and more all recognising his worth. The Bristolian serves up the riveting peak time stomp of "Wait No More" here, which is another release on Lee Foss' Repopulate Mars which is sure to tear up dancefloors on The White Isle this summer. Second thriller "Misbehave" channels the spirit of early '90s Eurohouse with its huge synth melodies and cheeky rap vocals.
Review: Lee Foss' intention is to Repopulate Mars: ambitious as that is, we're pretty sure he'd turn in a good effort to Repopulate Miami this year - with this bunch of tech house heroes. 2018's fun in the sun is soundtracked by the likes of Bristol's Eli Brown on the tough rolling main room groove of "Cartegena", Verona's Federico Ambrosi with the bumpin' bass driven funk attack "Egypt" and rising UK star Dale Howard (Elrow/Toolroom) with his jacking and adrenalised dancefloor drama as heard on "Naughty Organ". Elsewhere, Malaga's Javi Lopez turns in a fine effort following up releases on top labels like and VIVa Music on the grinding pre-peak time people mover "Vibes Up".
Put Your Number (Mathias Kaden's 'Call Mea remix) - (7:09) 126 BPM
Review: Lee Foss' ever reliable Repopulate Mars label is back with a meeting of two great minds on this EP here: Tring's finest Huxley (No Ideas Original) and London's Jacky (DFTD/Elrow). First up is "The Chaos" which is a tough rolling banger aimed squarely at the main room dancefloor. Equally set on the peak time slot is the dirty and bumping swing of "Rave Dance" and the bass-driven banger that is "Put Your Number" - but we were really feeling Mathias Kaden's 'Call Mea' remix the most. This wicked rework first piqued our interest when we heard it in a recent set by the Fuse London affiliated Archie Hamilton. All you need right here!
Review: Dirty, druggy swing-fuelled tech house for beach parties on The White Isle and beyond: courtesy of Argentinian producer Jay De Lys (Elrow/Material Series) and British DJ Jamie Roy (Of Unsound Mind/Viva Warriors/Glasgow Underground) on "The Floor" - punchy tech-house with a heap of bounce to rock the house on any occasion. "Pump" is even more adrenalised and fierce with its jacked vocals, funk bassline and pumping rhythms, while "Fever" pushes the threshold even more on this tough rolling groove for the main room at peak-time - there's a killer bassline on this one which is sure to get the hands in the air!
Shake Ya Bahddy (Mason Maynard remix) - (6:08) 125 BPM
Shake Ya Bahddy (Million Dolla Man remix) - (6:22) 126 BPM
Rain Down (original mix) - (6:33) 125 BPM
Review: The Repopulate Mars label has failed to provide much information about the artist and spoonerism fan behind the Losh Judlow alias, but a quick web search confirms that this is his (or her) debut release. In its original form, "Shake Ya Bahddy" brilliantly joins the dots between the raw weightiness of bass music, the shimmering bounciness of nu-disco and the kaleidoscopic goodness of '80s electrofunk. Happily, the remixes are rather tasty, too. The "Screw Bass Mix" ratchets up the wobble factor to eleven, Maynard Mason opts for a bumping, bass-heavy four-four UK garage vibe and Million Dolla Man wraps raw synth stabs around a bombastic but rolling rhythm track on his standout rework.
Review: Michael Bibi is the founder of influential record label Solid Grooves, which is renowned for their parties in London and Ibiza and bringing you hot artists like Carloh, Dateless and Josh Butler in recent times. Making his debut on Repopulate Mars, Bibi delivers the goods once again on the Garden Of Groove EP, featuring the downright dirty and bass-driven title track with its infectious vocal, the ghetto house sampling main room bounce of "Funk Flex"with its raging Reece bassline and an absolutely neon-lit rework of the title track by label head honcho Lee Foss with rising Mancunian Mason Maynard - the glistening arpeggio on this one is absolutely electrifying.