Review: New York veteran Junior Sanchez comes to Spain's Stereo Productions with a three-track EP here. In its Original form, 'Live Longer' is a looping disco-houser from the non-cheesy side - think Henry Street rather than Hed Kandi - that packs some very mid-90s sounding synth stabs. The accompanying Javi Bora Remix doesn't change much, structurally, but rides darker, more pounding 4/4s and as such is probably the pick for the bigger rooms, while the EP's completed by 'Love So Good', a more peaktime/hi-octane affair featuring that much-sampled Loleatta (or was it Millie?) "whoo, all right!" shout and a snippet from Cheryl Lynn's 'Encore'.
Review: Stereo Productions is the self proclaimed home of the Iberican sound, founded in Madrid by local legends Chus & Ceballos. They now present a 'pure sound orgy and total tribute from the Galician boy' FER BR. The Mindshake/Elevate staple brings the heat on the Housa EP with the title track's tough rolling funk well suited to the main room, as is the barrelling dub techno workout that follows in the form of "Arousa". Finally, be hypnotised by the trance induced energy of "Camba" will sound perfect under the strobelight and is ideal for DJs to drop right after the peak time.
Review: The latest release on DJ Chus' label comes from Betoko, who has previously released on well-known imprints such as Get Physical and Suara. The title track is a powerful affair, with the London-based artist putting layer upon layer of electronic chords that build seductively over a pulsating groove. It's a powerful affair, so can Betoko better it? The answer, which comes in the form of "Ombrophilia", is a resounding 'yes'. While not as tough as the title track, its layered hooks and pulsating, acid-flecked groove make it an essential release for DJs who like melodic tech-house.
Review: Parisian DJ Dorian Craft proudly proclaims that he indeed uses Traktor but without the sync button - that's alright then! Following up releases for the likes of Radiant, Sudant and Dear Deer he has really hit the big time now - if this release on the mighty Stereo Productions is any indication! Ethereal dreamy tech house in the vein of Keinemusik or Anjunadeep catered for on "Crying Girl" which is so bittersweet ad emotive. This is followed by a handy dub mix and a remix by Paride Saraceni which delves deep into the exotic - we really enjoyed this rework.
Review: Madridillan tech house hero Danny Serrano is back, so look out! Following up some right killers on top labels like Moon Harbour, Desolat and Relief Records, Serrano busts out the big guns for the main room at peak time on his new scorcher for Stereo Productions. The Jungle EP features the druggy main room bounce of "Fokus", the heady minimalistic funk of the title track that's perfect for moving his hometown's after hours crowd and the banging adrenalizer "Feline" (original mix) which closes out this stellar EP with a big bang.