Review: Pandemic fatigue is no doubt affecting Millennials and Gen Z'ers here on Earth. Meanwhile, on Planet Mars, we're sure it's getting quite tiresome on the space rover for those stowaway party animals aboard. The solution: Repopulate Stars - Escape Gravity. Featuring 10 selections of sunny and punchy tech house curated by Lee Foss & Co. which will no doubt bring some summer heat to the Red Planet. Highlights come from: Kevin Corral who serves up some high- octane peak time energy on the thrilling "East Coast", Kratex & Black V Neck bringing the groovy afterhours minimal funk on "Time Waster", MANT providing the mandatory UK tech house vibes on the bass-driven and tough rolling dub of "Open 24h" and Ecuadorian dream team Andre Salmon, Cuevas and Albert Garcia giving up the slinky and hypnotic 303 acid of "Let's Go!".
Review: Lee Foss returns on his Repopulate Mars label with a bit of help from producer Ferreck Dawn and vocalist Alex Mills. Dawn has had releases on Defected, Toolroom and Relief, while Mills previously lent Foss her vocal talents back in 2017 on "Haunted". Their new jam is called "The Void" and it's a proper funky house anthem reminiscent of the late '90s glory days. With its infectious bassline and sexy saxophone solo supporting Mills' powerful vocal performance, we're sure you'll be hearing a fair amount of this one in 2021! A remix comes from Uncage main man Marco Faraone who quite surprisingly forgoes the banging techno route and keeps the track's funky groove intact.
Review: London duo MANT are a couple of blokes named Andy & Sam who are up next on Repopulate Mars, following up some terrific collaborations with heavyweights such as Solardo, Eli Brown, Biscits and Sonny Fodera. Their next bout of networking is with San Francisco's Kevin Knapp on their new one "Kick It" - a bumping, slinky and sleazy groove for getting down before the peak time. Two more originals follow, in the form of the afterhours minimal bounce of "Move My Body" followed by the tough rolling UK tech house banger "Peaches" which will appeal to fans of fellow Londonders such as Archie Hamiliton, Seb Zito or East End Dubs.
Review: 2020 has certainly shown the world that unless we make the necessary changes to our way of life and save the earth - we may very well have no other option but to Repopulate Mars! And if you think our observations there are 'deep' well.. you'd best get a load of the tracks on 'Repopulate Stars Summer Jams'. Highlights not limited to: the sultry mood music of John Summit & Dead Space's "Dreams", Rone White & Rowen Clark bringing the afterhours minimal funk on "The Whistle", as does Miami's Kristi Yang on "Touch Me With Your Mind" (feat Ms.Chin). For bangers they have you covered too: Aussie larrikins Yolanda Be Cool are back with the cheeky and wonky slammer "In Your Arms" and the ever reliable Piem delivers tough rolling UK tech house for the main room on "Absolutely".
Review: Ascendant Brazilian producers Tough Art and Gabe team up for this riveting new offering on the ever reliable Repopulate Mars. It's business as usual as far as label boss Lee Foss is concerned, commissioning these three tough rolling tech house jams, aimed squarely at the main room dancefloor. From the druggy afterhours funk of "Joker", to the sunny open air vibe of "Turntable" and its massive drop - which would go down a treat on The White Isle this summer. Finally, they tap rising homeboy Vintage Culture for a banging rework of the title track, which hammers the message home in true style. Don't sleep on this one!
Review: Ecuadorian DJ Andre Salmon takes it up a notch with this mega release for top tech house stable Repopulate Mars, following up some great EPs for the likes of Material, Under No Illusion and Sola. The 'I Play Every Nite' EP see's the ascendant producer team up with some studio buddies and the results are terrific. Take the title track for instance: a collaboration with K-Mack that absolutely nails the sound of Lee Foss' label - bouncy, sexy and bright like neon. This is followed by the dusty old school shuffle of "Out Here" featuring homeboy Xavier Iturralde which will hook you with its infectious R'n'B vocals atop. Finally, there's "Time On" featuring Madridillian star Alberto Arranz Barrantes aka FreedomB, which is a full throttle peak time tech house banger - sick!
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.
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: We're not sure if Lee Foss runs this operation from the sunny shores of Los Angeles or the barren landscape of the label's namesake - but this latest compilation is sure to bring the summer heat wherever it's played! Repopulate Stars Summer Jams features a who's who of international tech house at present, with a wealth of peak time and main room material not limited to: the ascendant UK star Jacky (with Skapes) on the tough rolling groove of "All My Life", the ghetto house referencing trippy banger by Berliners Mat.Joe that is "Sayhoo", through to rising Spaniard LumaK's gutsy stomper "Papparazzi" and Jay De Lys' infectious and potential anthem "Bad Soul" - which sees the Argentinean in fine form.
Black Girl & White Girl - "Mystikal" - (6:16) 129 BPM
Sosa - "Booty Shake" - (6:09) 126 BPM
Review: Repopulate Mars, the LA-based label headed up by Lee Foss and born out of the nomadic party of the same name, bring us their first compilation album, which features 18 house and tech-house cuts built with one purpose in mind: to get booties moving on dancefloors. Black Girl White Girl, Martin Ikin and Andre Salmon are among the better-known contributors but more undergound names make up most of the tracklist, and the overall mood throughout is fast-paced and energetic, with highlights including Ikin's Donna Allen-sampling 'Serious Talk', Mhod & Federico Ambrosi's phat n' funky 'Groovin' and the robotic techy stomp of Syap's 'Two Fifteen PM'.