Review: Genghis Clan is another alias of the mighty Riva Starr who after releases for Dirtybird, Simma Black and This Ain't Bristol in the past is back on his very own Snatch! label here. He delivers two brand new cuts on this one: "I Am Brotherhood" is an expansive jam featuring one seriously bombastic bass and steely rhythms, supported by an enlightened vocal mantra. Second offering "Outta Control' is equally large but more minimalist but with a tough, boompty swagger throughout that's suitable for the warm-up or afterhours alike.
Review: Next up on Riva Starr's Snatch! Raw imprint is UK producer Gav Crellin aka Tenzella, who continues an impressive run of releases with "Love Strut". Get your head down and into the groove with this raw DJ tool that takes the best elements of UK funky house and tech house combined. Second offering "The LWC" will mesmerise you with its syncopated tribal rhythms and infectious array of stabs and samples added in the mix. Tenzella's groove laden and techno infused style of dance music has garnered support from industry heavyweights such as Truncate, Alan Fitzpatrick, Yousef, Mark Broom, Coyu, Andres Campo, Ramiro Lopez and more.
Review: We have another collection of the very best in current tech house, courtesy of the ever reliable Snatch! Records' In House compilation series. On edition four, we have Blvckr (Comfort Zone/Force Of Habit) with the tough and swung NYC attitude of "Always", equally bass-driven and functional is "Into You" by Collin Priest & LucaJLove (Play My Tune), while Barcelona's Nausikke gets on a minimal afterhours style tip on the hypnotic groove of "Oh Wah" and Russians Buddy Tigg & Catchy Name hammer the message home on the punchy summertime feel of "Gimme Vibes".
Marcos Silvestre - "El Amor Segun Nach" - (7:03) 120 BPM
Wolfire - "Wanna Do" - (5:42) 126 BPM
Bipolar Mind - "Sunday Mond" - (6:40) 126 BPM
Review: It's been a big and consistent year for Snatch! with this annual compilation series bringing it all together in the one spot once again. Off the bat, its tracks by Riva Starr & Santos with its kick drum surprise that take the lead next to legendary Detroit producer Aaron Carl being remembered through a Jamie Jones remix of an original ghetto house number by Parris Mitchell & Nina Kraviz! Don't sleep! Hi NRG house tracks feature too thanks to Ant LaRock, with broken beat rave antics coming from Genghis Clan next to dubbed out diva disco and gospel vibes straight outta Chicago from BiPolar Mind. Seriously, this year and the next: get your house, UKG, two step and ghetto tech wares here!
Review: Turning in a fresh slice of funk for the 2020-21 turn over period is Riva Star in collaboration with London-based singer Gavin Holligan. With Riva Starr adding a small cut up technique to the bebop skat style hats of Holligan's jazz style, flashed of strings dance with filtered house synths and a skipping groove in the disco entwined "Scat Dub". Moving on, a set of percussion pieces give a tropical vibe to the beefy drums and rollicking country, soul and western dance tip of "If I Could Only Be Sure (club mix)" - think Django Unchained deep in the club. Yee-haw!
Review: 2020 is likely to go down in history as the year with a summer that never was, but Snatch! is making up for it with this fine four-tracker. First up is Ant LaRock with the techy "HMANL"; peppered with repetitive vocal snatches and powered by tight percussion, it's an irresistibly deep but driving track. Federico Grazzini and Frank Storm's "Otto" is in a similar vein, with deep synths and brittle percussion underpinning robust drums and a stop-start arrangement. Wolfire's "Wanna Do" is more tracky and stripped back, with a focus on dense kicks and looped vocal sample, while this hugely enjoyable summer selection concludes with the rolling, sample-heavy tech-house of "Cold Mind" from Lessone
Knowhat - "The Magician" (original mix) - (8:13) 125 BPM
Review: Riva Starr's Snatch! celebrate 10 years in the game in 2020, and this collection rounds up the best of their output over the latter half of that first decade. Tuff, chuggy tech-house is, unsurprisingly, the dominant sound here, but it's by no means all that's on offer - Rogue D flirts with 80s boogie on 'Take It Easy', for instance, while Soul Speech loops up Heatwave's 'Boogie Nights' on 'Soul Speech'. With tracks from the heavy-hitting likes of Max Chapman, Darius Syrossian, Steve Bug, Groove Armada, Wade and Denis Cruz, and cheeky reworks of classics like 'My Beat' and 'Pride (A Deeper Love)', there's useful ammunition here for house jocks of many different micro-persuasions.
Review: The Neverdogs is a story about talent and passion which began in 2000 in Florence, when Tommy Paone and Marco De Gregorio - two DJs originally from Catanzaro - began their careers and quickly became a rising act. Since relocating to London, they have set up their own label Bamboleo, in addition to appearing on Decay and Moan in recent times. Their latest comes courtesy of the ever reliable Snatch! set up by fellow Italian in London, Riva Starr. Snatch! OFF 057 features two collaborations with the pair: The sleazy acid jack of "Wednesday" with its rap vocal by the charismatic Spencer Kennedy, followed by the slinky and hypnotic afterhours mood music of "Creamy" - which sees them team up with Colombian producer/DJ Sebastien Ledher.