Review: Listening to Miami 2014 it sounds like this year's WMC will be dominated by interpretations of classic US house. Prok & Fitch's "South Keys (original club mix)" is a storming tribal affair, while the key changes and heavy low end on My Digital Enemy's "Change" is reminiscent of New Jersey garage. Garage of a UK variety is audible on the rolling snares and rubbery bassline of Hot Since 82 's "Hot's Groove", but in the main, this compilation is US-dominated. Piemont's "Microsleep (original mix)" recalls the darkest excesses of Armand Van Helden house, replete with scary sirens, while the Kevin Knapp take on Richy Ahmed's "The Drums" is a clap-heavy Chicago jam.
Review: Judging by Toolroom's latest mammoth collection, the sound of the White Island in 2014 will be uplifting house music. Granted, there are some diversions on this compilation thanks to Eric Sneo's rattling minimalism and Doorly's jacking "Thunder Clap", but these are few and far between. Even Kelis gets in on the vocal house sound, with Breach chopping up the singer's vocals on his tracky version of "Rumble". Breach faces stiff competition from his peers though, with Tensnake turning London Grammar's "Hey Now" into an epic vocal anthem. However, the stand out contribution comes from a real veteran and MK's piano-led take on Lancelot's "Givin' It Up (feat Antony & Cleopatra)" recalling classic KMS.
Review: There's no doubt that the tenth instalment of Munich Disco has got the neo-tribal house sound down to a tee. While there are some diversions from the script, most notably on Pleasurekraft's rave stab-heavy tech-house and the throbbing techno of Deepgroove's contribution, the focus here is on rolling DJ grooves fuelled by infectious filters and insistent samples. There are a number of stripped back interpretations of this sound - check the Umek & Jay Lumen collaboration or Coyu & Edu Imbernon's sparse "Burn Myself" - but the most memorable moments are big tunes like Sultan & Ned Shepard's brass-sampling "Kitsch" and Mario Ochoa's "Brujos Y Hechiceros", where chiming bells and Latino chants have a bewitching effect.