Review: Former Hercules & Love Affair frontwoman Kim Ann Foxman is back with "It's You That Drives Me Wild" an infectious, pop-inflected, '90s style progressive house epic that ticks all the right boxes. Her vocals are great and as catchy as always. There's a handy extended mix for serious DJ use and a killer remix by none other than Maya Jane Coles, working her dreamy deep house magic fabulously as always. Other featured original tracks are "Give It All You Got", which carries on with said progressive house tendencies with rich melodies, soothing pads and a bouncy groove while "Magic Window" brings the power of the breaks beneath some sick acid, reminiscent of Frontside or Uberzone. It all starts to sound a bit reminiscent of Sasha & Digweed's Northern Exposure series, which is fine for our nostalgia!
Edge Of Control (feat Ahmad Larnes) - (5:05) 117 BPM
NTR - (4:44) 127 BPM
DREXL (feat Fritz Helder) - (5:01) 123 BPM
Psychosis - (7:12) 124 BPM
Santo (Fear & Desire) - (5:59) 129 BPM
Cyan (feat SYF & Fritz Helder) - (3:32) 126 BPM
ESTRANGED (feat James Ken Bailey) - (5:26) 125 BPM
Review: Dinamo Azari, whom you might recognise from his Azari & III project, comes through painfully correct with this new album, Estranged. Usually, house albums can feel like a collection of tunes that have been put out for the sake of it, but this is some truly killer gear, a wonderful collection of house-centric oddities that work wonders on the dance floor, and equally well on the headphones. Ranging from subtle, Chicago-style house to more tech-minded, contemporary grooves, it really is a work of beauty. There's plenty to get stuck into for all house lovers here, and it surely has to be house album of the week from us. Solid.
Review: Dinamo Azari, he of Azari & III, is back on the scene and throwing down some of his signature throwback house sounds in solo mode since splitting with partner Alixander III in 2013. "Victim" is a bold, jacking epic with bouncy synth leads which proudly wear its influences on its sleeve; with nods to forefathers Jamie Principle and Kevin Saunderson. It also features the unmistakeable vocal talents of singers Fritz Helder and Starving Yet Full, also former members of Azari & III. Also featuring a dub version for those of you less keen on the vocals. This is the first single taken from the album titled Estranged, which will be released in early 2016.
Review: Trevor Jackson has long been obsessed with blurring the boundaries between art and music, so his decision to release the 12 tracks that make up Format - his first album in 14 years - across 12 different physical formats (including 8-track, VHS and reel-to-reel tape) could be viewed as a grand artistic gesture masquerading as a commentary on the disposability of recorded music. Either way, it's nice to see that The Vinyl Factory has finally made the tracks available on a single CD and digital release. Musically, Format explores Jackson's usual obsessions - industrial, new wave, EBM, electro, post-punk disco and techno, in particular - with great gusto. As a result, it's a moodier set than his more playful early work (particularly Playgroup), but ultimately more fulfilling.
Review: Roisin Murphy's Mi Senti EP, released earlier this year on Vinyl Factory, was something of a surprise. It saw the former Moloko chanteuse cover a range of classic Italian songs. It's already been remixed once by Psychemagik, The All Seeing I and Severino, and here gets a second rework treatment coyrtesy of JD Twitch and Daniele Baldelli & Marco Dionigi. The latter duo do a particularly good job in turning "Ancora Tu" into a crunchy, guitar-laden chunk of out-there space disco brimming with Cosmic Club attitude. Twitch tries a different approach, recasting "In Sintesi" as an atmospheric, string-laden torch song, albeit one blessed with analogue-sounding electronics and soft focus acid house beats.
Review: The mystical Dinos Chapman heads back to the Vinyl Factory after the stormer that was "Luftbobler", an otherworldly techno re-shuffle backed with one of Actress' best tunes of the year. This time, however, Chapman enters a more expansive state of mind and produces three equally insane pieces of dance music - proudly supported by a nutty remix of the "Luftbobler" by none other than Trevor Jackson! Recommended.