Review: There are countless labels and acts flirting with the old school house sound - but is Rekids one of the few genuine flagbearers for classic Chicago dance music? On the evidence of Only, the answer is a resounding yes. Unlike many of his contemporaries, Gala does not worship at the altar of Larry Heard and Adonis, but in the church of Relief. The title track's slamming, relentless rhythm, metal-plated drums and insistent stabs are interspersed with a chopped up vocal sample that recalls Cajmere at his most deranged. Ryan Elliot does a fine job with his remix, with lithe hats skimming their way over deep chord sequences, but it's all about the original version.
Review: Matt Edwards's label makes another smart signing with this release from Nikos Galatsopoulos. The same kind of driving throb that Edwards made his name with as Radioslave is audible here on "Dope Beat" - with beefy drums and a simple but effective filter keeping the arrangement dynamic and dancefloor friendly. A similarly utilitarian approach is evident on "Tunnel Vision", but in that instance the sounds are more techno-focused and the repetition centres on a deep chord build that breaks down and restarts. However, the most memorable moments here are "Hi Fly" and the title track. Underscored by infectiously catchy, summery disco filters, the former will garner all the radio play while the latter's Ian Pooley-like groove will rule in techno and house clubs alike.