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.
Review: Just in time for another messy season on the White Isle, Toolroom complement their Space residency with this mammoth house compendium. There's over 40 DJ-ready tracks plus three mixes available here. Not bad for a tenner, right? Most importantly, though, is the quality; ranging from the slippery downtempo boogie of Ilija Rudman's "Cinematic Behaviour" and the slow-mo disco of Ventura's "Hal Incandenza" to the hands-in-the-air euphoria of Tiesto and Mark Knight's "Beautiful World" and bouncy-assed house antics of Prok & Fitch's remix of Todd Terry's "Bounce To The Beat", Cr2 have ticked every house music box possible. From poolside to peaktime to those hazy post-club sessions in the villa, this will soundtrack many a summer.
Dean Cohen, Eran Hersh, Darmon - "Recently Lost" (original mix) - (5:40) 130 BPM
Review: Make way for this year's mega-session from dance behemoths Ultra. Offering nothing but the biggest names in EDM and beyond, across the 58 track stadium showcase you'll find Chuckie, Timbaland, Snoop Dog, even Scooter! Highlights abound but only a fool wouldn't swoon at the twinkling tremors of Felix Da Housecat and Will.I.Am's "Burn The Disco Down" or the Latino minimalism of Morales's "Stay". Big.