Review: It's a commonly held belief that, bar a few exceptions, early UK house wasn't very good. Here, Richard Sen sets out to prove otherwise, digging through the archives to unearth a string of dusty gems. Eschewing the usual hits ("Carino", "Voodoo Ray" etc), Sen proves conclusively that British producers were every bit as talented as their Chicago and New York counterparts "back in the day". Interestingly, many of the cuts here are deeper and more musically well-rounded than their US equivalents - hell, Baby Ford's "Crashing" could easily pass for Dream 2 Science or Mr Fingers - while the more aggressive acid cuts (see the contributions from Man With No Name and Return Of The Living Acid) are every bit as raw as you'd expect.
Review: Berlin hero Nico Stojan is back with his new track Blue Hour; a lush, drifting and atmospheric journey that is perfect for Sunday afternoons at Kater Holzig as it is for an All Day I Dream party. There's a bunch of killer remixes too by the who's who of tech house at the moment. Our picks are the equally as emotive and immaculate production on Markus Homm's remix, David Mayer's Life & Death style remix (complete with mandatory wonky synth lead), Thugfucker's dark rendition perfect for that wee bit of dancefloor drama and of course the legendary Guillaume Coutu Dumont who, as always, presents his wonderfully hypnotic style of minimalism and exoticism.
Review: Hamburg is known for many things, but now German label Hafendiscko want it to be synonymous with it's cutting edge electronic musical output. So much so in fact, that it's released two compilations in order to get the point across. In the latest instalment, dubbed 'from House to House', we get a staggering 24 house-influenced electro tracks to chose from. Highlights include Suburb's deep and stabby "The Kid', the weird Afro-house of Viktor Marek's "My Favourite Thing", the electro-pop of RSS Disco & Sugarwater's "Lovebird", the spiky diva funk of "Don Harp" by Hish and the creepy grooves of "This Tune Is Unemployed" by Remute.