Andrei Gabriel - "New Dimension" (original mix) - (3:18) 126 BPM
Review: Greek label Alveda Music present a 20-track compilation focusing on the big room end of the progressive house spectrum, with electrohouse, hard trance, trap and EDM influences very much in evidence throughout. From the festival-friendly monster synth riff of Dstil's opener 'Big Bang' to Andrei Gabriel's euphoric closer 'New Dimension', via Belaha's hardstyle-leaning 'S-People' and B?A's saccharine-voiced stomper 'You Can't Run', the pace never lets up, making for a collection that's essentially your very own "main stage at Electric Daisy Carnival" set in the making - and a great way for up-and-coming spinners to stock up on much tuneage for not much money.
Review: The latest volume in Running Back's celebratory Mastermix series pays tribute to Hamburg's legendary Front club, which did much to popularize American house music (amongst other things) in Germany the late '80s and early '90s. The expansive set contains an epic DJ mix in two parts from original resident DJs Klaus Stockhausen and Boris Dlugosch, plus no less than 37 vintage cuts that made Front's dancers move. It's pretty much all solid-gold fare, with killer proto-house and first wave house jams being joined by obscure early UK electro (Syncobeat), Balearic deep house (Fila Brazillia's often-overlooked "Mermaids"), sleazy Italo-disco (Answering Machine), New Wave-era Euro dance, Paradise Garage-era New York anthems (Temper, Hot Streak), punk-funk (Modern Romance) and breezy, loved-up synth-pop (the brilliant Dub of Blue Moderne's "Through The Night").
Review: Given his productivity over the last four years, it's rather a surprise to find that "When You Find A Stranger In The Alps" is Mautits Verwoerd AKA Nachtbraker's debut album. Predictably, the sometime Heist Rand Dirt Crew producer is in fine form throughout, serving up an expansive, 13-track set that effortlessly flits between sparkling, melodious deep house floor fillers ("Flambo", "Randy"), reggae-tinged club tracks ("NSFW"), bouncy techno ("You Can't Run"), soul and disco-inspired mid-tempo shufflers ("The Dream Sequence", "Just Doing My Thing"), funk rock smashers ("Aliens") and a surprisingly large number of ambient interludes and MPC-driven beat-scapes. In other words, it ticks a lot of boxes whilst remaining enjoyable and entertaining throughout.