Review: Next up on Aus Music is the welcome return of a label regular: Marquis Hawkes. Having released four singles on Will Saul's label thus far, he makes his return in the form of these blazing, floor-focused two tracks which sit neatly with previous outings on the label. "The Basement Is Burning" takes its name from the time of an electrical fire in the artist's home, which resulted in him and his family being evacuated from a fifth floor balcony. This soulful and life affirming classic house jam is geared for some sure hands in the air moment, with its addictive church organ melody, tough rhythm patterns and evocative strings all doing the business proper over its glorious nine minute duration. "Tower Block Boogie" is a tough and funky hard house jam, fuelled by dusty/overdriven drums and hypnotic disco loops that are filtered to perfection.
Review: It only seems like a few months ago that Dixon Avenue Basement Jams appeared out of nowhere, brandishing some brash ghetto-flecked house business from some unknown called Marquis Hawkes on a vividly colourful debut. But look here the Glaswegian label are racking double figures on the DABJ cat no scale and celebrating in requisite fashion with some fresh hotness from the now Berlin-based Hawkes housed in a label tote bag. Having established a sound across his previous DABJ releases, it's nice to see Hawkes try and succeed with something a bit different here. Lead cut "Honey Kisses" is on a blessed carnival tip and pushed forth by some killer broken beat programming, whilst "Let's Do It" is an ascendant slab of piano-flecked boogie house. Face down and "House Is My Castle" is more familiar MH fare, slipping into 303rd gear for some hollowed out acid house whilst "Roger Funk" is on a killer freestyle tip.
Review: Will Saul's tech house power house Aus Music is back with Marquis Hawkes' Sweet Temptation EP that follows up last year's much awaited debut LP entitled Social Housing. The British producer now based in Berlin starts off with the classic house aesthetic of "Eivissa" taking you back to New York circa 92 with its hands in the air piano, pitch bent synth solos and dusty analogue drums: it's all quite euphoric really. Likewise, the title track does some percolator jack business much like The Windy City's favourite son Green Velvet and is completed by some soaring diva vocals atop. Finally, the bumpy vintage acid jack of "Zapper Buesky" calls to mind the sounds of proper yesteryear anthems by Round One or Ten City.
DJ Normal 4 - "UFO Spotted At Ruhr" - (4:46) 140 BPM
DJ Stingray - "Cryptic" - (4:42) 70 BPM
Robert Dietz - "Junk Mail Gem" - (6:52) 127 BPM
Textasy - "Chillin' At The Beach" - (5:32) 120 BPM
Mystik Menn - "Fantastic Jam" - (5:12) 126 BPM
Bell Towers - "My Body Is A Tempo" (Andras remix) - (6:41) 127 BPM
Florian Kupfer - "Post Present" - (8:53) 120 BPM
DJ Boneyard - "Original" - (6:16) 123 BPM
DJ Steaw - "Get Down" (dub mix) - (7:14) 124 BPM
SE62 - "Night People" - (6:17) 122 BPM
ZZZ - "UZKZOWZ" (DJ Haus Body Heat mix) - (4:52) 125 BPM
Stratton - "Out There" - (7:13) 129 BPM
Cliff Lothar - "Tool Tyme" - (6:03) 120 BPM
Legowelt - "Amateur Astronomy" - (5:25) 124 BPM
DJ Seinfeld - "Tell Me What U Want" - (4:23) 131 BPM
Hugo Massien & DJ Haus - "Network Processor" - (5:29) 123 BPM
Justin Cudmore - "Straight No Chaser" - (6:45) 123 BPM
FRAK - "Protes" - (7:52) 126 BPM
Cosmic Garden - "Nature Spirits" - (5:49) 122 BPM
Louie From The Club - "Emoshuns" - (6:44) 121 BPM
Gropina - "Cristallo Di Bismuto" - (4:34) 113 BPM
SkatebArrd - "Maskindans" - (2:33) 103 BPM
Neil Landstrumm - "DX Madness" - (5:51) 85 BPM
Lauren Flax & Jimmy Edgar - "It's Ours" (Jimmy Edgar remix) - (5:35) 126 BPM
DJ Plant Texture - "Lloyd Goes To Mars" (Simoncino remix) - (5:50) 126 BPM
TRP - "Stellar" - (8:45) 127 BPM
DJ Shark - "Outro" (Fantastic Man remix) - (6:26) 130 BPM
Review: The second volume in DJ Haus's "Enters The Unknown" series is even more epic than its' predecessor. This digital edition is particularly potent, as it not only features two action-packed, CD length mixes from the Unknown To The Unknown chief, but also all 46 tracks he used in unmixed, DJ-friendly form. Given the quality of the retro-futurist gems contained in the UTTU archives (modern cuts variously inspired by ghetto-house, early trance, slamming techno, bleep, proto-jungle, hardcore and early New Jersey garage), it's unsurprising that the showcased material is so damn hot. The set also boasts a handful of previously unheard cuts, too, including DJ Haus's collaborations with DJ Boring, DJ Deeon and Marquis Hawkes.
Review: With this year's Miami Music Week fast approaching, UK bigwigs Toolroom kick off 2018 with the first in this year's Underground series; Introducing some fresh faces and new producers to the tracklist, 'Miami Underground' explores much more eclectic genres than previously but rest assured that they deliver all the regular surefire quality in tech-house and house. Highlights here include: the euphoric "The Phoenix Part 1" by the controversial Marquis Hawkes, the deep down and dirty "Paradise" by Patrick Topping (with the one and only Idris Elba!), "Day One" by Primitive TRust which gets a stellar remix by BRSTL homegirl Shanti Celeste and the surprising addition of industrialist Perc with his stomper "Rat Run" getting a groove injection by Matrixxman. Completing the bundle are two expertly crafted full length mixes.