Review: Male/female production duo Him Self Her impressed with their ubiquitous 2012 single "Gone To Long". Here they return to Belgium's always-eclectic Eskimo Recordings imprint with two more sumptuous slices of eyes-closed, floor-friendly deepness. "Together", with its delay-laden vocal sample, shaker-driven shuffle and fluid chords, sounds like a deeper take on the often flat Visionquest sound. "Aftermath", on the other hand, is decidedly darker and wonkier, updating the New York tribal sound for contemporary clubs. That means a similar aesthetic, but more fluid synths and less overblown, layered drums. If you enjoy the likes of Maceo Plex and Jamie Jones, this should be in your cart.
Review: Poker Flat boss Steve Bug and one half of Martini Bros. DJ Cle go way back. As friends, DJs, co-producers and label mates: the pair have enjoyed a close bond for nearly 20 years. Their debut on Joris Voorn's label sees them stepping back into the studio On "Together" they serve up some kickin' new school acid. This is the kind of afterhours tech house that just reeks of mischief. The "Alternative mix" up next works the suspense of that reverb drenched 303 and the druggy vocals to maximum effect and sure to create a headrush or two before that powerful drop arrives. It's a more classic Chicago acid affair on "All Right" with the trademark shuffle bump and hiss of another beloved classic: well the good ol' Roland Tr-808 of course, complete with some sweet diva vocal samples to boot.
Review: The Rat crew submit to the summer heat and drop the tempo for a super-smoochy disco-funk ass-shaker. Darrison's rep as the scene's most melodious MC remains intact. With such a smooth flow he complements both the juicy lolloping bassline and the bold, insistent strings. Need more hardcore welly? Head for Electric Soulside's swashbuckling old school rave breaks revision. Need a more rolling Ils style workout? Check out Breaking News' headnod to breakbeat's most golden era.