Review: Following releases on Blufin, Natura Viva Black and Lost On You, Frenchman Citizen Kain makes his debut on Oliver Huntemann's ever reliable Senso Sounds with a selection of high grade tackle guaranteed for maximum impact in the main room. From the chugging dancefloor drama of "Soundwagon" to the doomsday groove of "Ollie & The Shadows". The latter is a slick minimal techno trip packed full of clipped drum programming and splashes of white noise, that made it a favourite with top DJs such as Richie Hawtin and Dubfire.
Review: We welcome the return of Berkshire-based Soulserious, who present a new release by Assado, who serves up some sweltering summer time vibes on the Brazian EP. From the dark carnival feel of the title track and its exotic polyrhythms, to the latin minimal tech house flavour of "Pulse" to the seething U.K. bass influence of "Migrate" and ending with the atmospheric mood(y) music of "Ethics". Wicked grooves from this enigmatic producer that we hope to discover more of this year.
Review: The latest release on the Boysnoize compilation is a compilation that draws on the label's fine electro and techno legacy. "Travis" by label owner Boys Noize is an acid-soaked, stripped back jacker, while in contrast, Strip Steve delivers a disco-sampling banger on "Dancin". Both Cardopusher and Djedjotronic's contributions focus on tougher, electro-techno rhythm tracks, underpinned by ominous bass, while at the deeper end of the spectrum, there's Jan Driver, who fuses bass drops with a chugging groove and hypnotic synth flourishes. Boysnoize also deserves kudos for scoring a track from Lone, with the UK producer's "For Ed" showcasing his melodic, offbeat approach to techno.
Stu Hirst - "Clap, Snare, Repeat" (Yousef's One Night In July remix) - (7:41) 126 BPM
Scurrilous - "They Play It Safe" - (5:55) 125 BPM
Paul Darey & Alan Lockwood - "Wicked In Japan" (original mix) - (6:48) 128 BPM
Ito & Ran Shani - "Aviation" (original mix) - (7:58) 125 BPM
Review: Cr2 Records presents the 2020 edition of Ibiza Underground. which features some of the label's biggest house and techno tracks this year. Getting straight down to business with Abel Ramos & Sansixto's tough rolling "Hola Mi Amor", the deep latin tribal groove of Uner & Coyu's remix of WWW's "Relaxx" and Saved chief Nic Fanciulli's emotive rework of Ito And Star's "Sudoko Kid". Elsehwre, British upstart My Cat Snoop gets deep into the groove on "Yo Mama" (extended mix), Paolo Mojo's tech house epic "Alininha" gets a funked-up perspective by Edu Imbernon, and you might remember when boss man Mark Brown teamed up with Steve Mac on "Bells Of Brighton" a little while back? Well that one gets an uplifting summer reinterpretation by Dutch legend 2000 & One.
Review: Toolroom's Poolside annual returns for 2020 in a big way, welcoming Alex Preston to the Toolroom Family, who has hand picked the finest in house and disco across two continuous mixes, including essential cuts and exclusives from industry veterans and newcomers alike. Highlights comes from Dutch trio Kraak & Smaak who become right disco Stus on "Aftersun", boss man Mark Knight shows us exactly what uplifting house truly sounds like on the massive "If It's Love" featuring Laura Davie & The Melody Men, as does label staple Weiss on the joyous funky house of "You're Sunshine". Elsewhere, Robsoul head honcho Phil Weeks gets loopy on his typically jazzy kind of something called "Good To You" and the mandatory banger comes from legends Green Velvet & Technasia on the funked-up "Suga" while a classic comes in the form of Sterling Void's "It's Alright" (DJ Spen & Reelsoul remix).
Review: Munich-based Portuguese producer continues to move away from the re-edits with which he made his name, instead offering up regular missives of quietly impressive original productions. There's much to admire on his latest three-tracker, starting with the moody late-night house flex of "Upside Down". The track's addictive power derives mainly from a bold, faintly foreboding bassline and intricately programmed drums, though the hazy male vocal samples employed throughout also plays a significant role. Elsewhere, he updates hip-house via the tech-tinged deep house bustle of "The Password", before wrapping mind-altering electronic riffs and stabs around a booming bassline on "To Be Follow".
Review: He may have focused on Dave Seaman's Selador as an outlet in recent times, but Mannheim's 8 bit have certainly been championing the work of Danny Howells too. After two electrifying releases in the form of "Whiterock" and last year's terrific 'Players' EP, the industry veteran follows through with another riveting new EP for Nick Curly and Gorge's ever reliable imprint. Get stoned into the groove on the low slung and bass-driven funk of "Paradium", be utterly hypnotised by the sublime and dubby deep house of "Spindles" until he takes you back deep into the aether on the moody afterhours workout of "Chordlock".
Review: Following up the 'T1'experiment back in 2015, Toolroom reboots the concept to celebrate their artists' talents and challenge them creatively. With many in isolation across the world, 'T2' will act to raise money for Covid-19 relief funds, with a percentage of profits going to charity. Much like the last edition - which was an album of new and exciting collabs from their label roster - label boss Mark Knight picked the collaborations totally at random during a Facebook Live broadcast, resulting in some 'out-of-the-box experiments and sure-fire bangers.' Highlights include: KC Lights who teams up with Kitball's Juliet Sikora on the soulful sax-driven shuffle of "Tonight", the man himself Mark Knight teaming up with Tuff London and Cagney & Lacey to bring back funky house with a vengeance on "Don't Give Up", while Romanian label staples Sllash & Doppe likewise turn in some late '90s styled filtered disco funk on "Burnin'" and the ascendant Maxinne teams up with Mizbee, Amine Edge & DANCE on the tough rolling main room stomper "What U Say".
Review: New York's disco, noise and electro don The Juan Maclean is back and makes his debut on Aus Music. Pushing a perceivably harder edged or club focused sound for Will Saul's label, Juan Mac turns in three numbers that explore deeper techno, trance and Italo alongside progressive new age disco (and New York soul) that goes all the way in "Outriders Of Planet Shulgin". For the Italo, deeper techno head (with hints of indie sub-pop too) "Here In The Twilight" goes the distance alongside the electrified nu-disco of "Harmine". Wild card alert on this record also o with a remix coming from Whities upstart "Nathan Micay" with a tough, dubbed out and warehouse mix to an epic title track.
Review: The mysterious Eighteen Keys is back on his eponymous imprint with another serving of deep down and dirty minimal tech house, on his new jam "I Told You" - the label's second release. This is supported by a couple of hot remixes: Gaddison, who recently debuted with a promising EP on Waldliebe Familien, takes it even later into the afterhours with his glitchy micro-funk rewor,k while the closing offering "You & Eye" (original mix) goes down a lush deep house route, awash in emotive and sensual vibes that makes a perfect warm-up track.
Review: Named after the Egyptian crocodile god, Budapest-based Sobek has been crafting a unique sound within the realms of house and techno over the last few years. and also runs his own party series in his home city of Budapest. After releases on imprints such as Chapter 24, TAU and Moblack, he now presents his latest for Super Flu's Monaberry imprint. From the entrancing title track, to the slinky and hypnotic mood music of "Ruler Of The Line" and Tyu's darkly mysterious rework of "Legend From Outer Pace" - the Casio Samples EP has all you need to provide maximum dancefloor drama.
Review: German house wunderkind - his first single dropped when he was just 14 years old - and Poker Flat regular Tim Engelhardt comes to Watergate with a three-track EP. The title track 'Rooted' is by far the standout: with its nagging three-note synth bassline, this dark, hypnotic throbber should serve you well pretty much anywhere that house music is played! Elsewhere, 'Brought To Bare' and 'Future Matter' are perhaps more specific to the prog/melodic floors but just as accomplished in their production, with a hint of an Italo/disco sensibility nudging 'Future Matter' into the Silver position.
Review: Finding his music wedged between the likes of Rick Wade, Byron The Aquarius and Ejeca, Glasgow's Big Miz takes up residence again on Shall Not Fade, delivering six six-minute numbers that dive into the depths of house and techno tipped by its Detroit electro mainframe. Classic strands of epic electro find their place in the acid reflections of "HMS Jawside" with upbeat Italo flavours making their way into "Glass Sandwiches" alongside the stripped-back bassline funk of "Pay Me". Some more tongue in cheek material makes its way to frenetic rhythms and disorientating synths of "Downloaded For R Hawtin", with the slightest of acknowledgements in it arrangement going to Lil Louis' "French Kiss". Pucker up.
Review: Fernando Bedrinana aka FER BR turns in some heavy tech house treats for Dirtybird that in another lifetime could of been found on a release for Mike Dehnert's Fachwerk label. Nevertheless, this debut W3lcome two-track goes large in every way possible, be it the pumping synth and bassline arpeggios, to tripped out vocals and classic 909 hats in "Caleidoscope" to the more rhythmcentric sequences of "W3lcome". Music that burns with gnarly club aesthetics and the devil's grin to deliver something sublime with dancefloor purpose and functionality. Welcome aboard.
Review: Praised for his multifaceted style, AFFKT is a purveyor of melodic techno and contemporary electronic music. The Spanish rising star is back with a three track EP for Sasha's Last Night On Earth imprint entitled Your Story Is Part Of Me. It features the slinky and hypnotic tech house of "Assault", the evocative and similarly mesmerising bounce of "Penjoll" and the glassy-eyed and bittersweet slow burner "Ippon". The Valencia-based producer runs the Sincopat imprint and has served up releases on labels as diverse as Stil Vor Talent, Mobilee, Disco Halal and Needwant over the last few years.
Red Axes - "Caminho De Dreyfus" (feat Abrao) - (5:16) 122 BPM
Review: Cardini & Co. glance over the last few years of their discography over at Correspondant, serving up a finely curated selection of their trademark brand of dark disco on 'Collection Vol 1'. It features all the modern classics you could possibly need compiled in one package: from Gerd Janson's low slung remix of Yovav's "Caribbean Zen Mode", Julian Stetter's utterly mesmerising epic "Bushwick" and the neon-lit glory of Krystal Clear's reinterpretation of Terr's "Neuromancer" to more recent additions to the catalogue like Fideles' balearic tinged nu-disco groove "Brain Machine". Elsewhere, there are some proper anthems that couldn't possibly have been overlooked, such as Damon Jee's awe-inspiring "Charmaniac", Maceo Plex with the moody "Mutant Disco" (feat. Maars) and eclosing it out are label staples Red Axes with the very track which set them on course for success seven years ago - "Caminho De Dreyfus".
Review: Shango Records invites you to an unheard world music psychedelic trip. Through a colorful kaleidoscope they will melt down international vibes into forbidden sounds of frenzied electronic dancefloor rituals. After a creative break, German duo Daniel & Joscha aka Jonajosu announce that two of their newest remixes made it to the 'Jendayi' EP in collaboration with the mysterious Anber. The title track is an arcane and ritualistic journey deep into the rainforest, while the exotic deep house of "Isos" is perfect mood music - melodic and bittersweet. Additional remixes by m.age.project, Balint Boldizsar and Jean Vayat.
Review: Italian duo Fabio Giannelli and Alessandro Gasperini aka Glowal debuted on Adana Twins' TAU label last year and have since appeared on Innervisions, Siamese, Afterlife and Suara. They continue their winning streak with their sophomore release which comes courtesy of Berlin-based institution Watergate. The Night Queen EP features four servings of solid dancefloor drama: from the bass-driven hypnotiser that is the title track, the evocative mood music of "Moment" featuring Simon Batten's charming vocal work, and finally the moody minimal trip of "Antenna" which is perfect for the warm-up or the afterhours alike. An EP that is sure to cause a buzz this summer.
Review: Sanity boss Cuartero began producing at the age of 15 and shot onto the world stage in 2012, DJing over five continents and releasing on labels such as Desolat, Moon Harbour, Saved, Circus and Hot Creations. In 2015 he was named Best Newcomer DJ at the DJ Awards and in 2017 he won best tech house artist and artist of the year at the Vicious Music Awards. His new one for Jamie Jones' ever reliable Hot Creations features the deep, down and dirty minimal afterhours groove of "What Luv", followed by by the funky tough roller "Open Ended" - which is reminiscent of mid noughties sounds by Konrad Black or Troy Pierce - nice!
Review: Following on from the recent re-release of Dusty Kid's 2009 classic, A Raver's Diary, Isolade now drop some of his B-sides. Nestled alongside well-known tracks from the album, this edition includes lesser known but equally worthy tunes like the chugging techno of "Train No. 2" and "Train No. 3", as well as the widescreen, tranced out "Amazon". This version also provides fans with two new interpretations of "America" - there's the remastered version which gives full vent to the track's cinematic, groove, and a shimmering 'Director's Cut' take, replete with hypnotic steel guitar licks. For Dusty Kid fans, it's an essential collection.
Review: Three quite different house cuts make up this three-tracker from Italy's Mirco Sonatore & Domenico Berardino, AKA The Deepshakerz. 'Falling Down' itself is a contemporary-style peaktime number with a raspy, pop-style female vocal. The more driving, tribal-tinged 'Body To Body' - the standout to these ears - uses a chopped-n-looped diva vocal that's suspiciously reminiscent of Korda's early 90s Italo-house classic 'Moving Power To The Music', while there are more tuff tribal beats on 'Give My Soul', but here married to soulful male vocal snips and a nagging synth riff that give the track something of a Strictly Rhythm kinda feel.
Review: More tough rolling tech house for the main room coming out of the ever reliable Gruuv camp in Leeds. They have selected the ascendant Aussie upstart Somersault for a delightful three tracker. The Melbournian sounds like a cross between Motor City Drum Ensemble and label heads Audiojack on the dusty deep house number "Come Inside", followed by the hypnotic back room dub of "Say Anything" featuring some saucy vocals atop. The final offering is the funked-up peak time stomp of "Yousful" rounding up a terrific EP by a promising producer who has released on META, Rawsome Deep and MadTech in recent times
Review: After releases on Titbit and Wow! Music, Tuscany's Luca Donzelli steps up to deliver a fantastic four track EP on Archie Hamilton's Moscow Records imprint - the 'Get Out People' EP. The Tenax and Amnesia Club mainstay gets straight down to business on the hypnotic main room roller "Der Sphere", then gets all tough and funky on the bouncy title track until he will have you mesmerised by the final ethereal cut titled "Sirens". Although based in Italy, it's clear that the sounds of classic UK tech house and 'Rominimal' have left their indelible mark on Donzelli's production style - and he's all the better for it!
Review: The ever reliable Gavin Lynch aka Matador has been a known staple of Richie Hawtin's Minus/Plus 8 imprints, in addition to running his own successful Rukus operation. Now he makes his debut for Hot Creations with the 'Wildside' EP, which the label best described themselves as featuring 'two contrasting tracks that stay true to the ethos of the label, synonymous with White Isle hedonism' and showing off a much different side than we're used to from the Irish producer. With that in mind, the quarantine party begins with the funky and tough rolling title track, packed full of swing fuelled rhythms and hypnotic vocal loops, followed by the slinky and hypnotic summer bliss of "Sweet Release".