Review: Premium by name... Absolute savage on the dials by nature! Englishman in Belgium Premium unleashed his inner junglist with these two hairy hurters. "Chewbacca" growls and purrs just as its name suggests. Driven by breaks but powered by a jump-up heaviness, it's the perfect sweet spot of a lot of sounds and subgenres here. "The Master" continues this grizzly theme but with more of a classic jump-up twist. One note basslines hitting with Warhead-like severity and cheeky break splashes on the fills, it's a heads-down workout that hits home in every mix situation you can blend it into. Masterful.
Review: Midnight Riot's latest release is a label debut for Those Guys From Athens, a collaboration between Greek scene stalwarts DJ Snatch and Blacksoul. They set their stall out with opener "Love Explosion", a rolling, bass-heavy house style re-edit of a heavily orchestrated disco classic, before expertly stretching out a hazy, percussion-laden slab of late 1970s tease-and-release peak-time disco ("Romancing"). "Vibration" sees them lightly tool up a simmering disco jam previously reworked by Beautiful Swimmers, while closing cut "Face To Face" is a lolloping shuffle through horn-heavy disco-funk cheeriness. There's nothing revolutionary here, but all tracks sounds like genuine dancefloor winners.
Review: Following on from the excellent "Scene In Mirage" reissue that broke O Yuki Conjugate to a whole new crowd, Emotional Rescue return to the archives over-looked Nottingham 'dirty ambient' outfit. Their second LP "Into Dark Water", originally released in 1987, is just as powerful as the first - a hypnagogic journey fuelled by a global stew of sound, feeding into elegant, evocative pieces. Fans of classic Jon Hassell will find much to enjoy here, but equally those appreciating the exotic post punk undercurrents of 23 Skidoo et al will easily find themselves drawn into the likes of "Ba-makala". Stunning, borderless musings from a hidden treasure of the UK's post-industrial heritage.
General Levy & Deekline & Ed Solo - "Welcome To The Jungle" (continuous DJ mix) - (1:31:17) 175 BPM
Review: Can we get a 'wicked?' Jungle Cakes continue to team up with some of the biggest donnies in the game with this latest Welcome To The Jungle collection. This time curated and fronted by the General himself, as you'd expect this is a full-on jungle assault that covers every single angle and every single era. 47 tracks and one killer mix, hosted and toasted by Levy himself, this is one of Jungle Cakes most comprehensive collections to date: From the foundation-setting, historic vibes of "Incredible" through to contemporary bangers from the likes of Kursiva, DJ Hybrid, Jam Thieves, Benny Page and all things in between, everyone involved has delivered something special. Massive.
Review: 2019 was a massive year for British duo Leftwing : Kody with releases on Sola, Moon Harbour and of course their own respected label: Lost. They they kick off 2020 with a big bang on their new anthem "Without You". This one is yet another euphoric, big room club banger which oozes class and emotion, with sublime vocals from singer/songwriter Camden Cox. With its tunnelling arpeggiated bass and infectious stabs mixed with the duo's knack for tough rolling drums - expect to be sharing this one a lot this year!
Review: Cologne institution Kompakt looks to its own doorstep for their next release, presenting a stellar EP by esteemed local producer Jonathan Kaspar. The Gewoelbe Club resident serves up four expressions of advanced house music on the Kante EP, providing sublime dancefloor narratives that perfectly sum up the Koelsch label's aesthetic: deep, atmospheric and absolutely evocative. From the electric futurism of "Kern" with its complex rhythm arrangements, to the epic dancefloor drama of "Zentrum" that's sure to create tension and suspense when that breakdown hits - this one will blend well with similar vibes on Innervisions or Exit Strategy. Not to mention the dark carnival vibe of the title track, with its crazy melodic bassline - we are really feeling Kaspar's singular sound at the moment.
Review: Since last appearing on Toy Tonics two years ago, Felipe Gordon's profile has risen considerably, thanks in no small part to well received outings on Black Jukebox, Quintessentials and Razor 'N' Tape Reserve. His return to the popular imprint is of course a successful one, with each of the four tracks proving particularly alluring. He begins with the drowsy, blues-sampling cut-up deep house bump of "Wait On Me", before reaching for the crunchy disco drums, cowbells and funky bass guitar on the Holy Ghost-goes-house vibes of "El Meloncito". Elsewhere, "The Semimodular Bird of Jazz" is a fine bit of dusty deep house/jazz-house fusion, while "Definitely and Completely Mayor" is a slightly off-kilter dancefloor work out rich in poignant pianos and quirkily swung drums.
Nothing Stays In One Place For Long - (6:46) 130 BPM
Accidentally We Rushed - (5:18) 127 BPM
Avenue Of The Palms (Sunset mix) - (8:47) 124 BPM
Avenue Of The Palms (Night mix) - (5:17) 124 BPM
Review: Italian disco maestro Massimiliano Pagliara presents his first full length EP for Munich's Permanent Vacation. 'Nothing Stays In One Place For Long' features four tracks that prove that there's a wide variety in the Panorama Bar resident's sonic repertoire: from the steely chord driven techno of the title track, to evocative cosmic disco journeys (more similar to his usual work) as heard on the blissful "Accidentally We Rushed". On the flip, we've got two versions of "Avenue Of The Palms" - the Sunset mix is a serving of sun kissed deep house balearica, while the Night mix is a more upbeat and evocative version that's perfect for the later hours.
Review: Shinedoe takes a break from her MTM imprint to debut on Rekids. Striking a balance between stripped back techno and soulful musical elements, Feelings is a subtle but craftily effective affair. On the title track, the veteran DJ drops a sinewy, wiry rhythm track, underpinned by wispy vocal samples, while "Roots Are Calling" sees her fuse insistent riffs with a tough tribal groove. "Nature Save Us" is deeper but still Shinedoe keeps a focus on the dance floor with an insistent electronic bass and a driving rhythm, while on the 'Beats Mix', she delivers dramatic drums, analogue yelps and wild thunder claps.
Review: Jayline is landing on Liondub in a hot minute, off the back of his 2019 Street Series release on the label and his 10 year anniversary tracks, he's come up with the Lion & the Unicorn, a four-tracker which rests on the laurels of the scene's current boon for foghorns and it does so with style. 'The Unicorn' is our favourite, with a funny load of sampling on the introduction that let's you know what it's like to be a unicorn, a dream that's burst on the drop: shattered into an array of drawn-out bass shards and shimmering sine wobbles. It's big and forebodes the rest of the release.
Trippy Steve (Fantastic Man remix) - (6:38) 128 BPM
Cosmic Slang - (6:54) 125 BPM
Deo Mort - (4:57) 119 BPM
Review: Surprisingly, this Futureboogie label debut is Toby Tobias's first single since 2018. He's clearly been in fine form in the studio, though, because it contains some real gems. Title track "Trippy Steve" is terrific - a heady, relentless late night/early morning house workout full of deep bass, weird noises, spaced-out chords, dubbed-out synthesizer motifs and whispered vocal snippets. Fantastic Man remixes, beefing up the beats and adding some aggressive, acid-syle sleaziness. Elsewhere, "Cosmic Slang" sits alone somewhere between space disco, electro and broken beat (it's a place other producers should visit more often) while "Deo Mort" is the kind of mind-altering Afro-cosmic house workout you'd expect to hear at a remote outdoor free party while off your box at 6am (assuming, of course, the DJs involved have good taste).