Review: Stepping up to Home Taping Is Killing Music, the increasingly impressive Italian producer Nicholas drops this slinky groover with all the classic elements a house head could wish for. Diva vocal snippets? Check. Bouncing hats? Present. Vibing keys? All there. Grooving bassline? Relentless. If "Love Message" doesn't get into the majority of record bags it will be very surprising indeed. "From The Roots" is a more streamlined affair, with punchy drums and a serious disposition for the fist-pumpers out there. Clearly well versed in the language of house music, Nicholas is turning into a very eloquent artist indeed.
Direct Connec Shun - "He's No Good" - (7:44) 116 BPM
James Family - "We've Got It Made" - (4:35) 118 BPM
Network & Co. - "Spirit Of The Boogie" - (4:04) 131 BPM
Marlon Hunter - "Did You Forget My Number" - (3:32) 119 BPM
Spice Of Ice - "Star Struck" - (5:50) 133 BPM
Executive Suite - "When It Comes To Loving Me" - (3:13) 122 BPM
Review: SOL Discos, a sub-label of France's Favorite Recordings, have been quietly turning out disco and funk boogie reissues since 2006, and if you've yet to experience the delights of their catalogue then this eight-track compilation is the perfect chance to get acquainted. The album packs a couple of 70s-flavoured disco nuggets, namely Direct Connec Shun's 'He's No Good' and Executive Suite's 'When It Comes To Loving You', but beyond those two we're strictly in 80s boogie/electrofunk territory, with Spice Of Ice's fast n' funky 'Star Struck' and Janice 'Nicki' Harrison's rap-tinged 'Magic Of Love' particular standouts.
Review: Glasgow has a new label on the horizon in the shape of Work For Love who kick off proceedings with a fine EP from Mr Timothy J Fairplay. Given his previous form and the title of this EP, it's easy to suggest the influence of John Carpenter looms over No News From New York, but there are more strings to Fairplay's bow than that as the four tracks prove. There is a range of tempos explored here, with "Carla Is Typing A Message" a deathly crawl through delay-laden synth drama, whilst "Court Street Shuffle" is a life-affirming box jam that wouldn't sound out of place on a Legowelt record. Those melodies! "Mickey's Theme" is more redolent of Fairplay's celebrated work with Sir Weatherall, whilst the title track is the slowest production here and is quite captivating.
Review: While somewhat shadowy in their backstory, B.D.I. return to Rush Hour after a release two years ago, and bring with them a serious degree of dense, pumping goodness for this industrial strength DJ sets. While the metallic clunking may be laid on thick, there's also a palpable heart at the core of the machine on 'Decoded...', which makes it all the more magnificent. 'New Robotics #17' is more jagged and sparse, with a tricky kind of swing, but still strides confidently into its own nasty space between functional tool and wild expression, making for a daring party rocker in the process.