Review: Jaymo and Andy George's Moda Black returns with another one from Hot Creations crewman Hot Since 82. He's got Habischman on board for "Leave Me" and it gets the remix treatment by the legend that is Dubfire, taking the said track on a dark journey through progressive house. Secondly we have "Sundown" remixed by Audiofly aka Luca Saporito and Anthony Middleton who take things on more of a sublime, afterhours tech house tip on the "All Day I Dream" vibe.
Hot Since 82/Habischman - "Leave Me" (Dubfire Playa remix) - (11:08) 123 BPM
Jaymo & Andy George - "Revisited" (continuous DJ mix) - (58:13) 123 BPM
Review: Jaymo & Andy George have etched out an impressive 15 year career, with demand for their 'texture heavy' releases on many big labels seeing their success grow to a global scale. Here they present a mix on their own Moda Black imprint, and just shy of an hour it's a concise snapshot of them doing what they do best: delivering deep, engrossing, synth-rich grooves. Highlights include the brooding, doom-jack of "Ghost" by Zeke Africa, the beguiling synth cascades of "Ratasta" by Upercent and Javier OrduA+a, and all 11 minutes of Dubfire's remarkable, blissed-out techno-disco rework.
Review: Since launching early last year, Jaymo and Andy George's Moda Black imprint has forged a reputation for delivering the sort of fluid, action-packed deep house that takes as much influence from synth-laden nu-disco as tech house, '90s garage and Visionquest-ish slickness. Here, the two bossmen curate a second label compilation featuring a mix of unreleased gems and recent hits. There's plenty to enjoy, from the classic late night wooziness of Eats Everything's "Jazz Hands" and Huxley's rolling, UKG-influenced "Diesel", to the Hot Creations-ish flex of Danny Daze/Maxxi Soundsystem collaboration "Karoline" and Medlar & Pedestrian's '90s US garage groover "TR Wilson".
Review: With dance music's annual Winter Music Conference in Miami fast approaching, Toolroom present a selection of tunes to impress the gathered industry boffins, clubbers and well-watered music journalists. Oh, and DJs who fancy getting the label's next "big tunes" well in advance of their regular release. At 47 tracks deep, with three DJ mixes thrown in for good measure, it's a bit of a beast, but there's more than enough to excite those who want fresh, recent and forthcoming bangers. All the big players are present - Deadmau5, Huxley, Maya Jane Coles, Duke Dumont, Mark Knight etc - as well as Toolroom favourites such as Hoxton Whores, Dirty South and Nicky Romero. Basically, if you're after big tunes to please big rooms, you should give it a whirl.
Review: Joining us in doffing our caps to Danish DJ/producer Noir, whose enduring label celebrates five years in the only way it knows how - with a compilation highlighting the imprint's delicious back catalogue. 5 Years Of Noir Music showcases some of the finest slices of deep, minimal house music that positively drips with emotion; check the uplifting Nicolas Masseyeff remix of Hot Since 82's "Let I Ride", and Manuel Tur's killer refix of Larse's deep soul jam "So Long" for just two examples, but in all honesty picking out highlights is an exercise in futility as the entire package is just so strong.