Review: Ex-RAMP Recordings boss Tom Kerridge's Girls Of The Internet - started as a one-man studio project five years ago, but now an actual live band - release their debut long-player on Kerridge's own Drab Queen imprint. The album features eight different vocalists (all but two female) across its nine tracks, which is one reason it's so hard to easily categorise under any one genre. Instead, Kerridge & Co mix up influences from soul, funk, R&B, house, UKG and pop to create a musical stew that's never predictable and always interesting, though most highly recommended for fans of quirky electronic dance-pop, leftfield house and alt-R&B.
Review: Rather confusingly, Girls of the Internet are not scantily clad ladies with a passion for music production and webcams, but rather two mask-wearing blokes who closely guard their secrecy. This is their first single since 2014 and marks their first appearance on Derrick Carter and Luke Solomon's long running house imprint, Classic. Interesting, "When U Go" is something of a slinky and seductive affair; an unfussy, slow burn deep house shuffler blessed with in immaculately soulful vocal and some subtle jazz guitar flourishes. Italian producer MoBlack provides the obligatory remixes. His two revisions (vocal and dub) add a little rhythmic pressure (thanks to some jaunty, bossa-house beats) and subtle dreaminess, whilst retaining the best parts of the duo's simmering original mix.
Review: It has been quite a year for the Toolroom institution. Celebrating their 15th birthday last year, they weren't ones to rest on their laurels, instead going full steam ahead with a bunch of genre defining compilations this year. But most importantly they have been instrumental in the comeback of funky house after a 20 year dormancy, with killer releases by the likes of Weiss, Cashio and boss man Mark Knight himself. Add to that one banging party at Chicago Social Club for Amsterdam Dance Event and it's evident that these guys are proper 24 hour party people. With a glorious year sadly coming to an end, celebrate a wonderful one that was on Best Of Toolroom 2019 with highlights not limited to: the rework of the Cevin Fisher classic "Freaks Come Out" by Jack Back, Hannah Wants & Kevin Knapp's deep down and dirty "Call Me" (extended mix), UK heroes Alan Fitzpatrick & Wheats delivering the certified banger "M27" and New York legend Todd Terry teaming up with Tuff London on "Psychodrama" featuring Jasmien Nanhekhan. If that was not enough, ascendant producer Maxinne delivers two mixes compiling all the tracks: one smooth House mix followed by a thumping Tech House mix.