Review: Z Records clearly don't do things by halves. Eschewing the usual format for remix albums - a CD's worth of reworks - Joey Negro's imprint is offering up a whopping 26 different versions of tracks from his debut Akabu full-length, The Phuture. So, where to start? Jimpster's touchy-feely deep house take on "Searchin" is as good as place as any (handily, it's the opening track). Elsewhere, look out for a splendid, soundscape mix of "Phuture Bound" by Ame, a tight and percussive builder from MCDE, a delightful Detroit techno-meets-electrofunk rework from Octave One, a skippy, old-skool garage excursion from Lovebirds (surprisingly) and solid contributions from Spirit Catcher, Shur-I-Khan and Andre Lodemann.
Review: Hungarian label PornoStar have been turning out the filter disco and 'funky house' since 2000, and they're still at it! This 25-track compilation pulls together the best of the label's output from the past year, with 13 of the tracks coming from in-house duo Crazibiza in one way or another. Discoslap's opener 'A Dancing' sets the tone with its combination of Bee Gees-like falsetto vox, Joey Negro-esque space disco stabs and unabashedly retro hands-in-the-air pianos... and if you dig that, then there are 24 more cheeky cheese slices to choose from, including Adri Block & Scotty Boy's 'Keep The Dance Floor Going', without doubt, the best Average White Band vs Technotronic mash-up you've ever heard!
Review: A huge collection of hi-tempo, hi-energy tracks from the Soundbully Audio roster sees Volume 2 bust out of the label like a ready-made rave. Stuffed with cinematic samples, jump up beats, breaks and techy influences, there's something here for everyone. Set up to find and showcase the best new jump-up talent in the UK and beyond, this release features the likes of Soul Culture, Macky Gee, Complex and Hedex. What they've managed to find between the new names and the familiar faces is a full spectrum of sounds within the 170+ genre - interesting, especially while the world obsesses over taking it down to house tempo.