Review: LTJ (he of "Experience" fame) returns with another single-track missive for his own Hot Groovy imprint. As usual, his main concern is slo-mo funk, and "Get Down" has it in spades. Sat somewhere between the smooth bump of Revenge-ish slow-house, the shuffle of head-nodding disco edits and the dirty groove of vintage funk, "Get Down" seems to inhabit a space all of its own. With the action focused on some down-low grooves and an urgent vocal loop, it has all the energy of a peaktime stormer, despite clocking in at a little over 100 BPM. In short: it's a bit of a belter.
Get Down (Pete Moss Live & Direct mix) - (7:54) 126 BPM
Get Down (Candelario's Strut mix) - (6:31) 127 BPM
Get Down (Candelario's club mix) - (6:34) 126 BPM
Get Down (BNS original mix) - (6:43) 125 BPM
Get Down (BC & DJ ALX mix) - (5:55) 127 BPM
Get Down (DJ Sakaki's club mix) - (6:48) 127 BPM
Review: A Brooklyn-born house nabob, whose schooling in house music dates back to visits to Larry Levan's Paradise Garage no less, Candelario's latest jam comes with two different versions from the man himself. His "Strut" mix keeps things tightly arranged and dubby, allowing a heavily delayed vocal to give it a slow-building momentum, and his radically soulful "Club" mix that boasts a honeyed vocal and some impressive live keys work throughout. Further mixes from BNS, Pete Moss and DJ Sakaki add yet more flavour to this excellent single from MN2S.
Review: Following in the footsteps of Poker Flat and Intacto, Bedrock becomes the latest label to tap Mihai Popviciu for a release. The Romanian DJ and the scene that he has helped to develop in his home country has received attention worldwide and as this two-track EP demonstrates, it's not hard to understand why. The title track is a relatively simple proposition, but an effective one nonetheless; a vocal sample repeats its title ad infinitum, supported by a niggling acid line, swooshing filters and tight percussion. On "Ok Cool", Popviciu more or less repeats this formula - including a vocal sample and firing hats - but the key difference is the rubbery, booming bass that underpins the arrangement.
Review: To help celebrate the expanded re-release of Brassica's 2014 debut album Man Is Deaf, the man himself has decided to drop a new single. "Get Down" is a bright and breezy affair, with interwoven synthesizer melodies, broken-house beats and flowery chords combining to create a colourful, ultra-positive mood. It seems well timed, with festival season set to get into full swing; certainly, it's mood enhancing capabilities are beyond doubt. It's accompanied by a similarly cheery and vibrant rework of album favourite "Tears I Can Afford" by Belfast boys Bicep. They combine clear Italian house, nu-disco and classic trance influences on a version that virtually pops, bubbles and spits from the speakers.