Review: Spanning an epic 46 tracks of ghetto tech, house, electro and techno bangers welded all the more to scratch tracks, footwork and straight up motor city bangers - DJ Godfather's This Detroit Thing Of Ours has landed. With each track segueing into the next the album also includes collaborations with DJ Deeon, Goodmoney G100 and King Saaidi to Gettoblaster & Missy - you find other badass collabs vai Lil Mz 313 ("That Booty"), to soulful yet dubbier-tranced out numbers with Ricky Burns ("Back It Up"). Furthermore there's the raw basslines of "It's Ghetto Tech" featuring Dan Diamond to some slurpy-sippin' midwest club vibes of "What Up" featuring Parkhouse. DJ Godfather, better recognise y'all.
Review: The real deal out of Chicago and embedded within the footwork elite - for real - DJ Manny crosses the Atlantic to drastic effect once more by arriving with an exceedingly fine album for Planet Mu. There's something unexplainable about this work, and perhaps a fitting word is substance, but it doesn't take long to realise that Signals In My Head will be something special to appreciate in the years to come. With such a deep, eclectic and inspiring sound, Manny himself expresses that Signals In My Head was a push to, "do something that nobody (in Footwork) had ever done before which is an R&B love type of album but still keeping it footwork, juke, house, techno, with a few breaks.". Heavy where it needs to be, full of soul and a touch of edge - true heads this is for you. Undeniable and super inspiring sounds.
Review: For the latest volume in Planet E's long-running Detroit Love compilation, label boss Carl Craig has handed over to DJ Holographic (real name Ariel Corley), a rising star of the Motor City scene. It's a hugely entertaining collection told, with Corley doing her best to showcase artists on the up - from both Detroit and elsewhere - as well as established stars of the underground. Musically, it's as diverse and mixed-up as you'd expect, kicking off with revivalist Afrobeat (Underground System), slick deep house (Pontchartrain with Javontte) and revivalist '80s soul (Shri Schwartz), before taking in everything from broken house and nu-disco, to sci-fi techno, sleazy warehouse jams, sleazy acid, percussion-rich Latin house and much more besides.
Review: Glasgow's Shaka Loves You has rightly earned a reputation as disco-centric duo on the rise. Because of this, it's little surprise to see them at the controls on Bomb Strikes' first foray into the disco-focused compilation market. The Scottish pair have naturally pulled out all the stops for the occasion, selecting 20 hot-to-trot cuts that aptly blur the boundaries between disco, funk, nu-disco, electro and boogie. Highlights include, but are in no way limited to, the hazy, sun-kissed soul of Lack of Afro's "Back To The Day", the thickset P-funk revivalism of Kraak & Smaak's "Dynamite" and the rubbery disco-house-meets-UK soul flex of the Reflex's remix of Omar's "Vicky's Tune". Throw in a tasty selection of the pair's productions and you have a suitably strong collection.