Review: For its fourth release, RTCT makes an inspired choice. Crisco and Chupacabra may come from opposing ends of Italy, but both are united when it comes to their love of deep house, techno and even a side-serving of garage. On "Exodia" and "Turf", the pair tap into the atmospheric end of 90s UK techno and the gentler end of 2-step to create bubbling, evocative grooves. "Motrola" follows in a similarly widescreen vein, but in this instance, the aesthetic is underpinned by a warm Detroit techno rhythm. While "Endless Summer Dream (Asleep)" sees the pair up the ante thanks to some squelchy acid, their focus remains on dreamy, melodic dance music, audible on the breathless break beats of "Endless Summer Dream (Awake)".
Review: After making occasional appearances on compilation style EPs, deep house artist Demuja - AKA Salzburg-based producer Bernhard Weiss - finally made his solo vinyl debut last month. Here he delivers a speedy follow-up on Austrian imprint RTCT. There's naturally much to admire throughout, from the drowsy chords, classic vocal samples and punchy drum machine hits of "Feel Like Me", to the driving, Detroit techno influenced, acid-laden stomp of "16 Volt". Urulu is on hand to provide a tasty remix of the latter track, toning down the techno influences in favour of a locked-in deep house groove, darting synth stabs and sparkling electronics.
Review: Laroze may not be one of the more hyped members of the new wave of French deep house producers currently making their mark, but his occasional releases are often more impressive than those by his contemporaries. Past 20 Years is his most expansive EP to date and is full of immaculately produced treats, from the swirling disco-house brilliance of opener "You Gotta Keep On" and thrusting warehouse bounce of revivalist rave-era house workout "7AM Feelings", to the anthem-like cheeriness of "What About Me". Interestingly, the EP's two deeper and more subtle productions - "Arcade Desire" and "What About Me" - are arguably the most impressive of the lot. Subtle, smoky, dusty and soul-soaked, they prove that he's about more than just party-starting hedonism.
Review: Following inspired outings on D.KO, Let's Play House and Flux, Robin Lazore returns to RTCT Records after a three-year absence. The Bordeaux-born producer is in formidable - and we'd argue, surprisingly forthright - form from the off, tweaking his TB-303 mercilessly on the early '90s stadium house-goes-Chicago jack intensity of 'Amusez-Vous Bordel' before adding angular acid lines and razor-sharp hardcore stabs to a bouncy electro beat on 'Trust Yourself (Rave Mix)'. Elsewhere, 'Final Battle' is string-laden disco-house on steroids, Enfant Lune Sous Acid' is a bouncy slab of disco-house positive with added acid attacks, and 'Song For My Next Girlfriend' is a gorgeous instrumental hip-hop head-nodder that's as positive as a surprise tax rebate.