Review: For his third album, coming once again on his own Brooklyn-based Let's Play House imprint, Jacques Renault has decided to flip the script, eschewing the standard album format completely and instead presenting us with what are essentially 23 DJ tools, all hovering around the one- or 1.5-minute mark, plus a couple of 15-minute minimixes thereof ('Sunny Side' and 'Sandy Side'). As such, home listening appeal may be rather limited but with the 23 tracks spanning a range of house, disco and funk moods, creative jocks in need of some fresh loops 'n' grooves for their sets will find much useful ammo here.
Review: After previous releases on such acclaimed disco labels as Spa In Disco, Rare Wiri, Midnight Riot, Paper Disco and Audaz, Leeds native Andy Buchan (alongside partner-in-crime Conan The Selector) set up his own Hot Gorilla imprint earlier this year. This sixth EP from the label sees him providing two very authentically late 70s-sounding gems, with 'Your Love' a hazy, lazy affair that sports a sensual, breathy female vocal and some understated house-y pianos, while 'Can't Hide' is a more funk-oriented, Latin-tinged near-instrumental cut whose sampled female vocal is buried deep in the mix.
Review: Mousse T's perennially popular German house label are containing their current compilation release frenzy with this new installment in the series that explores the deeper end of their tastes. Or, to be more specific, the tastes of Deepwerk who selects the album's pleasingly diverse tracklist. It's quite a journey, taking in stoned jazz-hop "Cosmic Surfin", the sublime deep house synth-fest of "Burn Baby Burn", soulful G-Funk (Warren G's "I Need A Light") and even Roachford, who returns from Alan Partridge-aided exile with "Work It Out".
Review: Dave Gerrard has cut his teeth on the mighty Chopshop label, but for his latest EP he's opted to move to Sound Exhibitions. Perhaps this explains the poppier choice of edit material as this one's straight up party fodder. The lead track is a tasteful, if quite restrained version of David Joseph's classic 1983 funk-meets-proto-house anthem "You Can't Hide Your Love". Then it's back to the '70s and the familiar hustle flute rears it head on the beefed up grooves of "Bump N Hustle". Finally "Tom Tom Boogie" goes for the jugular - speeding up "Genius Of Love" to a feverish pace.
Review: The Deep Dark & Dangerous team really do have a top knack for spotting and crafting high end releases, with this brand new 'Ishtar' album from Abstrakt Sonance being yet another winner. Featuring 17 incredible originals, it's a masterpiece of 140 themes and dubstep influences, from the grizzling reeses of 'Mindstate' and subtle sitar slides of 'From Wallah With Love' to the percussive brilliance of 'Beautiful Time To Be Alive' and system ready sub-marches of 'Deep In The Jungle'. There's just so much to enjoy throughout the project, including some high end collaborations, which sees the likes of D Double E, Killa P, Long Range, Crowell, Vandull and EniGMA Dubz all get involved with top quality contributions.