Review: Martin Atjazz Iveson has enjoyed a truly unique career. Having scored the music for the original PS Tomb Raider, he tired of the gaming world and began to explore the extents of soul and its relation to electronic music. Nearly 20 years of singles, four albums and heaps of stunning, subversive reversions have followed, and R2 have compiled 33 of his most remarkable rubs right here. Showcasing his range, here we find Atjazz at his most upbeat and tribal (King Britt's "Our Time"), his most lounge-like and smooth (Bob Sinclar's "The Ghetto"), his most tripped out, dark and electronic (Comfort Fit's "Ask The Devil"), his most percussive and carnivalesque (Kerri Chandler's "Rain") and his most dreamy and deep (Musaria's "Moment"). A celebration of a flawless repertoire so far, and a calling card for all future productions, Atjazz's unique career continues...
Review: More than any other dance label, Damian Lazarus's Crosstown Rebels has a knack of signing timeless house music. It's evident on this, the second Rebel Rave instalment, with Guti & Dubshape's "Every Cow Has a Bird" offering a classic sound, as a disco groove unfolds to reveal rolling bongos and jazzy piano keys, or on Subb-an's "Misleading", a glorious deep house arrangement with a garage groove. However, there are also some excellent reinventions of the house style; Jamie Jones's "Summertime" reveals a darker side to deep house as a menacing bass surges to the fore; Quenum's "Woman Talk About Woman" features a crazy vocal freestyle over a jazzy groove and best of all, Art Department's "Without You" sounds like a dislocated, paranoid update on Nu Groove's bassy tracks.
Also Sprach Zarathustra/On The Road Again/Can You Feel The Force/Spacer/Shake Your Groove Thing / Disco Inferno / Last Night A DJ Saved My Life/Good Times/Get Down On It/It's Time To Party Now/I Want Your Love (The Big Bang Medley) - (18:38) 66 BPM
Celebration/Boogie Shoes/The Second Time Around/Got To Be Real/We Are Family/September (Happy Medley) - (9:43) 61 BPM
You Make Me Feel Brand New - (2:19) 77 BPM
More Than A Woman/Hot Stuff/Lady Marmalade (Marmaladies Medley) - (6:02) 125 BPM
No More Tears - (2:50) 68 BPM
I Love To Love/Ring My Bell/I Feel Love/I Will Survive/Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood (Milky Way Medley) - (8:08) 126 BPM
It's Raining Men - (2:31) 68 BPM
Mama Africa/Celebration Suite/San Salvador/Long Train Running (Space Trip Medley Part 1) - (4:11) 65 BPM
Is This Love/Stop The Train/Master Blaster/E La Luna Bussa/Vai Tra La Mia Gente/Tropico Del Cuore (Space Trip Medley Part 2) - (9:46) 102 BPM