Review: Hailing from the Spanish city of Valencia, DJ/producer Edu Imbernon teams up with fellow countrymen Delmar Dos Santos and Alvaro Munoz aka Los Suruba (Nazca / Sol Selectas / Tale & Tone) to deliver their brand new EP. Having previously collaborated on a number of occasions, the trio once again seamlessly combine emotive, melodic techno sounds with spiritual undertones and tribal desert vibes on the absolutely epic "Balear". Afro house hero Hyenah then follows through with his spiritually enchanting rework. Second original offering "Mehari" is a slinky and hypnotic tech house excursion which explores the power of atmosphere, with Fell Reis then offering up their remix of the track in absolutely evocative and life affirming fashion.
Things I Do (Teenage Mutants & Lars Moston remix) - (7:12) 120 BPM
Things I Do (Los Suruba remix) - (6:18) 123 BPM
Review: Edu Imbernon comes from a house background, but has often presented his work in a pop context. "Things I Do" is your classic electro-house as defined in the mid-noughties post electroclash era. In other words it's electro-pop, only deeper and more housey - with Sutja Gutierrez's breathy vocal laments wafting over dreamy synths and a driving 4/4 beat. Remix-wise, Teenage Mutants and Lars Moston provide a tingly, touchy-feeley retro house version, while Los Suruba represents the often forgotten minimal house contingent.
Review: Trust the Brazilians to give tech-house a sexy makeover. This eighth (count 'em) compilation from Sao Paulo's Lo Kik Records is about as sensual and fun as tech-house gets. It's full to bursting with the sort of gently uplifting, tech-tinged grooves that offer a sunnier alternative to the 'by numbers' fare often served up by European labels. The artists involved are hardly household names - Paolo Mojo is about the most famous - but that almost adds to the excitement. For maximum fun, check out the tracks from G Castro & Truatti, Freakslum, Rafael Noronha and Xiaha Troden.
Review: Hamburg house hero Solomun presents a couple of dozen remixes compiled between 2009 - 2015 and he's definitely been a busy guy between running the Diynamic label and being quite amusing on Boiler Room Tulum. He takes his deft hand to remixes for pop acts such as Lana Del Rey's "West Coast", Foals "Late Night" and Editors "Our Love" through to Hamburg locals Kollektiv Turmstasse's Berlin legend Paul Kalkbrenner's "Cloudrider" and Tiga & Audion's killer "Let's Go Dancing". And yes his remix of Noir & Haze's "Around" does indeed makes an appearance as well.
Review: Danish DJ/producer Noir's self-titled label has been surprisingly prolific over recent times. So prolific, in fact, that this latest label 'best of' features a whopping 20 tracks, each of which originally came out in the last 18 months. Those who've followed the label will know what to expect - comfy, melodic deep house, springy electronic house and the occasional fuzzy tech-house groover. With tracks and remixes from Kruse & Nuremburg, Tiger Striples, Solomon, Ron Carroll, Trickski and Dan Ishu (whose "Nu Luv" re-invents Frankie Knuckles' "Your Love" as a synth-house banger), there's plenty of high grade house music to enjoy.
Review: The underlying approach on Collected is towards toolish, tribal DJ grooves, but that only tells part of the story. While tracks from Fog & Arara and Noir & Westboy rely on conga drums, rolling rhythms and breakdowns bigger than Charlie Sheen's latest identity crisis to make the cut, there are other more subtle contributions here. Sabb & S Elezi's "Sax On Wax" is an effortless deep house jam; Pirupa & Pigi's "Sweet Devil" uses sensuous strings to guide it to the dancefloor and Jay Lumen's take on Collin &b Behnam's "The King", with its massive sample eulogising Michael Jackson, makes a pleasant change from the usual Martin Luther King samples. However, Jerome Sydenham & Timo Garcia's "Mutualism" proves that it's possible to sound inventive with tribal rhythms - as long as you lace them with insistent chord stabs.