Review: Whatever you think about Hot Creations - and opinions are, of course, divided - you can't deny that Jamie Jones and Lee Foss's label has been a game-changer. Their combination of contemporary house grooves with classic house, disco, boogie and garage influences now dominates dancefloors the world over. This label retrospective tells the story of their runaway success between 2011 and 2012, offering up three hours of unmixed floorfillers from the likes of Waifs & Strays, Miguel Campbell, Burnski, PBR Streetgang, Jamie Jones and Lee Foss, plus a smattering of lesser-known gems. For those who missed the label's formative years, there's also a tasty bonus mix of early material from Russ Yallop.
Review: The irritatingly on-point Crosstown Rebels are back with yet another instant hit from Italian wonder girl, Francesca Lombardo. "What To Do" is an infectious, late night, lo-fi house tune with Lombardo's evocative vocals running all over it; topping it off are a fine selection of remixes from Infinity Ink, Matrixxman and Luca Cazal, the latter churning out a fine dub re-work of the original. Big!
Human Element - "Zuzmara" (original mix) - (8:52) 124 BPM
Alex Metric & Ten Ven - "Saudade" - (6:50) 122 BPM
M.E.M.O. - "Ormus" - (7:22) 81 BPM
Review: Like its' predecessors, this year's edition of Armada Deep's annual Miami WMC themed compilation is an absolute treasure trove of dancefloor treats for DJs who enjoy the more melodious, soaring and electronic end of the house spectrum. It boasts no less than 40 full-length, floor-friendly cuts, including tracks from some of the biggest names in the game. With such an epic track listing, picking highlights is tough. Our personal favourites include Dixon's atmospheric, crackling and beautiful remix of Amberoom's "Kastell", the grandiose breakdowns, swirling electronics and Balearic guitar flourishes of Tube, Berger and Alegant's "Cure", the rolling warmth of the Brett Johnson Dub of Infinity Ink's "Rushing Back", and the pitched-down throb of Moscoman's celebration remix of Three Drives on a Vinyl's vintage trance classic "Greece 2000".
Review: Given that the Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) is happening on their doorstep, it's little surprise to see Armada Music's house offshoot Armada Subjekt releasing a celebratory compilation. Featuring no less than 30 cuts the label expects to do the business during the weeklong event, it's full to bursting with high quality club cuts. Highlights include Gerd Janson's chunky, acid-flecked revision of Joe Smooth classic "Promised Land", a muscular, mind-altering dark room take on Harry Romero's "Tania" by Honey Dijon, a sublime chunk of classic-sounding peak-time house from Low Steppa and Amy Douglas ("Burn Me Up"), a ludicrously sub-heavy slab of dark garage from Javi Nora and Piem, and some slick big room tech-house business by DJ Vivona.