Review: There's something about house legend Robert Owens' voice that makes you want to hug random strangers, often while spontaneously bursting into tears of joy. It goes without saying that his vocals on "Brighter Day" - the second single from London duo Horixon - turn the track from a solid slice of warm, Balearic deep house into a touchy-feely masterpiece. They arguably sound even better layered over rolling military percussion and long, drawn out chords on Hotflush regular Locked Groove's excellent remix (for the record, the same producer's "Marching Trumpets Dub" is also pretty darn tasty). Another vocalist, the "enigmatic" Jacques Teal (whose voice sounds eerily similar to Alexis from Hot Chip), features on the deeper, bittersweet "Great Things", which is a near perfect chunk of Balearic synth-pop.
Review: Midnight Riot bring us a fourth collection of gospel-inspired house, disco and boogie. Mark Brickman & Yam Who's superb Vanessa Jackson-sung, disco-styled Praise Cats cover gets the ball rolling, the unmistakable tonsils of Kenny Bobian lend an authentically evangelistic feel to 'I Shall Not Be Moved', Yam Who? reappears in tandem with Brian Lucas on a cover of James Ingram's 80s soul classic 'Yah Mo' B There', prolific re-editor Jet Boot Jack gets busy on 'The Gospel According To Jack', and so it goes on... the devotional lyrics may be a bit much for some, admittedly, but if that's not an issue there's much to enjoy here.
Review: Although many are aware of fluoro-topped dance showman Green Velvet and his anthem 'La La Land', maybe not so many know of his long history releasing important second wave Chicago house records under the Cajmere moniker. Hopefully that's all about to change with this new 29-track retrospective. Beginning with his brain-melting debut, "Percolator", we also get treated to sleazy camp "Chit Chat", retro diva house (Deep Sensation - "Get Together"), beautiful ecstasy-house (Johnny Fiasco - "Taurus"), gospel-house ("Feelin' Kinda High"), deep 90s memories (GU - "The Wheel") and the Prince-does-electro-house of "Only 4 U". 20 years on and still sounding fresh!