Review: 12 Stories are Mark Jenkyns (Hot Creations, Dogmatik) and Christopher Sylvester (Inxec) a newly formed duo in collaboration with NYC vocalist Digitaria on breakthrough track "Bright Lights". It's a peak time main room house jam featuring hip house rhythms and an infectious synth brass melody that's sure to work a dancefloor; trust us! The wacky electro house experiment "Cutoff" follows through in great fashion, as well as two killer remixes of "Bright Lights". The Walker & Royce remix is a bumping electro house rendition reminiscent of Will Clarke or the Dirtybird sound, which is so in right now. But for us it's the Scurrillous remix which is really on the money; turning the track into killer acid house anthem!
Bugged Out (Lawler's Thanks For Harlem remix) - (6:33) 127 BPM
Bugged Out (Skream remix) - (5:39) 121 BPM
Bugged Out (MK remix) - (6:58) 124 BPM
Bugged Out (MK dub) - (6:58) 124 BPM
Bugged Out (instrumental) - (5:49) 121 BPM
Review: Fresh from the success of singles on Relief Records and Elrow Music, Camelphat join forces with fellow London dance music veterans Audio Bullys for a potent outing on Steve Lawler's VIVa Music label. The growling and fuzzy original version, a heavily electronic and atmospheric outing blessed with the Audio Bullys trademark half spoken/half sung vocal, is supplemented by a dizzying array of big name remixes. Steve Lawler leads the line with a sweaty, low-slung and muscular take that makes great use of wobbly sub-bass and jacking machine drums, before Skream reaches for the Brazilian carnival drums on a heavy but melodious rework. MK, meanwhile, eschews the choppy vocal samples and bumping beats he's famous for, instead delivering vocal and dub mixes inspired by woozy deep house.
Review: Cozzy D aka Costas Demou is a DJ and producer from UK. London's underground electronic scene has been littered with his ideas, designs and impulses of over a decade now. He is one of the founders of Lower East with Kanio and Lee Brinx that have released tracks by Nikola Gala Moodtrap and Junior Gee. "Cozzy's Groove" is the kind of loopy, funked-up disco house that reminded us of early DJ Sneak. He then changes tempo altogether on the rolling peak time tech house assault "Them Feels" which certainly has White Isle parties in mind and will appeal to fans of Of Unsound Mind or Material Series. Finally "Danube Disco" is the one that will really get the hands up in the air, with its roaring piano chord progression and diva vocals over its addictive groove that reaches near tribal moments.
Review: Emerging star out of Leeds Denney is still hot from recent releases for Hot Creations and Poker Flat and now makes his debut on the legendary Steve Lawler's Viva Music with some slinky tech house grooves set to explode on the island or any or other beach party for that matter! "On & On" features a tight rhythm beneath a bouncy, razor sharp bassline and powerful diva vocals; ticks all the right boxes. The "Monday Club Mix" gets a bit more on the late night tech house tip; a bit darker and sleazier. The legendary Justin Robertson of Lionrock fame lends his hand on a deft remix; the "Deadstock 33s Remix" is a bleepy minimal groove with a resonating, hands in the air melody that sounds somewhere between Marc Houle and Will Clarke. Finally "This Is Music" is a grinding, squelchy 303 acid stormer that even still manages to squeeze in some diva vocals; mental! The Waifs & Strays remix takes the acid into deeper and darker territory with another rolling late night groove that'd appeal to fans of Gruuv or Saved.