Review: Astonishingly, 22 years have passed since Harry Romero - the artist occasionally known as "Choo Choo" - released his first record. The Subliminal and Strictly Rhythm Regular has barely been out of work since, as a quick glance at his lengthy discography will prove. Interestingly, Hot Again marks his first appearance on the similarly long-serving Robsoul Recordings. He begins with "Lost in Music", where rising and falling acid-style motifs are encased in chunky drums (we'd expect little less), trippy female vocal samples and woozy chords. "Indy Loop" is an intoxicated, tribal-inspired jack-track with sassy female vocal samples and plenty of low-end grunt, while "Hot Music" peppers a bouncy, piano-heavy boompty style groove with all manner of familiar vocal samples and a snaking synth-sax line.
Review: A whopping 32 tracks of vital tech-house from the Cr2 staple, available as either separate tracks or as a couple of continuous DJ mixes, and featuring a bevy of truly special tunes - check out the heart-stoppingly smooth and beautiful breakdown in the middle of One Hand's "New Day" for example, or the subtle, almost whisper-quiet vocal touches during "Tufi" by Darko De Jan. Special points should also go out to Mark Reeve's "JB's Boogie" for sampling James Brown in a thrillingly original way - a rare skill after almost 30 years of Godfather pilfering.