Review: Midnight Riot's latest re-edit/rework outing is an all-star affair, with a variety of cheeky scamps delivering a track each. Dot 40 manage to turn in a genuinely revelatory version of a classic in "I Believe", which impressively chops and loops a Jackson Sisters' classic before unleashing the song's party-starting powers as it progresses. GG re-invents a Modern Romance classic as a spiraling, Latin nu-disco throbber, while A Digital Needle make merry with another familiar disco-soul classic, impressively teasing out the vocal and instrumental solos. Best of all, though, is Fatneck's "Circulate", which subtly breathes new life into a White Isle-friendly blue-eyed soul classic.
Review: They say west coast is 'best coast' and we're not going to argue. But they can certainly add 'bass coast' to the list of accolades with Dirtbird certainly leading the charge. Claude Von Stroke's label now presents Chicago duo Fancy Fux who serve up the frantic booty house of "Stripper" which successfully emerges elements of acid and bass music into one fierce people mover that features Katie Got Bandz dirty rhyming which is certainly NSFW. Up next on the remix is Belgian guy in Los Angeles Kill Frenzy with the "Acid Workout" which does exactly what it says on the tin on this gliding, modulating and resonating peak time groover that works that little silver box like a you know what.
Review: Forever the horizontally inclined innovators, International Feel introduce a mild curveball in their direction with Flights of Fancy, a new series showcasing what Balearic should sound like - through the custom made Ear Dimension Filters they employ on the coastline of Punta Del Este of course. The identity of those behind Flights of Fancy remains a mystery, as does so much with International Feel, but regardless both tracks present adopt a vintage discofied aesthetic that will find a place in many a heart. "Love's A Dancer" comes across like a forgotten Moroder gem given the Noid recordings treatment, whilst the altogether more widescreen vision of Balearica that is "Tempo Of The Night" positively glides towards the runout groove.