Accepting Each Other (feat Yespiring - Carmelo Carone mix) - (8:14) 125 BPM
Review: This series of remixes and edits embraces the original spirit of acid house without sounding like a pastiche of the late 80s musical explosion. Spektro's remix of "Das Minimal Fonk" features abstract percussion and wired riffs underscored by dark claps, while Carone's own version of "Accepting Each Other" sees dreamy, crystalline synths combined with a visceral, grinding bass. The rest of the release doesn't boast the same level of mixing and matching, but it will score highly with DJs. In particular, the throbbing, brooding bass of "Halopolis" and Spektro's take on "Stellar Mission", which veers from minimal house into one of the wildest acid freakouts this side of DJ Pierre, are both sure to strike a chord.
Review: This compilation arrives with a rich heritage of V Recordings compilations behind it, and Planet V has for a number of years been the flagship series for Bryan Gee's label. Edition four comes to a whopping 73 tracks and includes a mix as well, and all the familiar V faces are present, from Alibi to Paul t & Edward Oberon. All of the tunes have already seen the light of day in a previous form, and Disrupta and Duskee's 'Deep Thoughts' is one of the standouts, as Disrupta lays down a minimal yet funky beat for Duskee to rap lyrical over, something he does with serious presence. New gun SL8r makes several appearances, including on the excellent 'What U Need', which bounces along in a synthscape of serious depth and texture, its funky nodes nodding to the beat of a vintage blend. Crossover outfit Think Tonk also shine with 'Tom & Heavy', an offering unique in its stepping, breaksy percussion and one which oozes soulful class. There are dozens more to have a gander at, so take your pick.
Review: T.R.A.C is one of V's resident dons on the mic and the NYC-based vocalist's 'Life In' album was a sensational display of his talent as well as that of the label. The remix album has been a long time coming and it's jam packed with some of V's best broader talent; Need for Mirrors, Command Strange, Danny Wheeler, Saxxon and more. Maverick Soul delivers in a big way on his remix of 'Welcome to the Stateside', a seriously funky number, as do Artificial Intelligence on 'Pursuit', which they keep true to its roots but make even more melancholy - a proper roller. L-Side nails his take on 'Roarganic Symphony', which is dripping with soul in a departure from his often cutting style. Big LP from the crew.