Review: They say if it 'ain't broke don't fix it, but with a rave classic such as Moby's 1990 hit "Go" still remaining as relevant as ever over 20 years on, any modern revision of the legendary track is welcome listening. In this case, it's German tech house hero and Desolat boss Loco Dice who delivers a typically storming and energetic rendition that's made to absolutely rock peak time festival crowds.The "Loco Dice Mo' Strings remix" is the version staying most true to the original though, complete with those epic Angelo Badalamenti strings from Twin Peaks backed by Dice's bleepy and drugged out synth stabs and adrenalised beats.
Review: Talk about an unusual pairing; New York's best-known vegan has partnered with Adam Beyer's techno label for some big room versions of his 90s hits. At its most understated, this collection features German producer Tiger Stripes delivering a stripped back, minimal house take on "Go", while at the other end of the spectrum, Luca Agnelli turns the dreamy, wispy vocals of "Porcelain" into a thumping, rolling affair. In between these two extremes, there's the organic drums on Bart Skills' take of "Go" and Enrico Sangiuliano turning "Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?" into an effective but strangely catchy groove, as the original track's operatic vocal is fused with waves of acid.
Review: This set of Moby remixes is the latest to appear this year, in quick succession after versions of his classics appeared on Drumcode. For this release, Coyu's label has commissioned a wide range of styles. Julian Jeweil turns "Porcelain" into an almost unrecognisable acid stomper, while at the other end of the spectrum, Victor Ruiz' take on "Go" fuses its unmistakable sample with a deep, rolling techno rhythm. For a pure, unadulterated hands in the air feeling, Reinier Zonneveld's take on "Natural Blues" is the version to head for, but for more serious techno fans, there's the ominous bass of Ruiz' 'Warehouse' take on "Go" and the deeply melodic Oxia version of "Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad" to contend with.
Review: Moby on Shogun Audio... There's a sentence most of us didn't expect to see in a hurry. As with any Moby remix scenario, the shoes to fill here are huge. Naturally with Friction's mob, everyone has delivered something special that adds to the original without saying anything that isn't needed. Both Technimatic and Pola & Bryson add a sparkling, star-gazed boost to their works while Fourward turn the iconic Twin Peaks rave bomb "Go" into a concrete melting neuro thunder jam. Icy seals the deal with a twisted, broken glass halftime perspective on "Natural Blues". Respectfully next level.
Review: Ibiza institution Cafe Mambo needs little introduction. Starting as a sunset hangout, it soon became a perfect venue for the island's pre-parties and has developed an iconic status worldwide. It has served up thousands of sunsets since it first opened it's doors in 1994 and here's Sunset to Afterdark: an expertly crafted collection compiled by the team behind the successful Future Disco series and Needwant label. This one takes you from those unforgettable sunsets to, like the name suggests, the nighttime where things really heat up. If there is one essential soundtrack required this summer, this is it. Highlights not limited to: Zero 7's sublime drifter "Last Light", Dutch trio Kraak & Smaak's emotive and bittersweet little ditty "Stumble" (Blue Hotel Mix) through to the gorgeous remix of Tempelhof & Gigi Masin's "Blue 13" by Declasse main man Steve Coby. There's even a bit of slinky and uptempo tech house from hot UK duo Dusky. Comes with two continuous mixes for your convenience: Sunset and Afterdark, naturally.