Review: Following on from last year's remixes from Len Faki of Matt Edwards' 2008 Grindhouse come two new versions. First up are veterans Slam, who turn the track into a bleak-sounding but funky workout, the dense drums underpinning menacing bass tones, eerie vocal undercurrents and the sound of riotous war horns. The Scottish duo is always a hard act to follow, but on this occasion, Obscure Shape & SHDW acquit themselves admirably. For their remix, the German production pair up the tempo, lay down steely, urgent drums and a juggernaut rhythm that is sure to see "Grindhouse" careering into a techno club near you shortly.
Review: Just in time for another messy season on the White Isle, Toolroom complement their Space residency with this mammoth house compendium. There's over 40 DJ-ready tracks plus three mixes available here. Not bad for a tenner, right? Most importantly, though, is the quality; ranging from the slippery downtempo boogie of Ilija Rudman's "Cinematic Behaviour" and the slow-mo disco of Ventura's "Hal Incandenza" to the hands-in-the-air euphoria of Tiesto and Mark Knight's "Beautiful World" and bouncy-assed house antics of Prok & Fitch's remix of Todd Terry's "Bounce To The Beat", Cr2 have ticked every house music box possible. From poolside to peaktime to those hazy post-club sessions in the villa, this will soundtrack many a summer.
Review: A new mix from perennial party faves Soul Clap is always a cause for celebration, but there's something extra-special about this particular exercise in dancefloor nostalgia. Nice 'N' Ripe Allstars sees them revisit the bulging back catalogue of Grant Nelson's Nice 'N' Ripe label, an imprint that has tracked the rise, fall and subsequent rebirth of UK garage since its' birth in 1993. Soul Clap's mix - an action-packed 30-track affair featuring some of their own edits and remixes of classic cuts - does a great job in showcasing the best the label has to offer, flitting between early US garage style jams, loose soulful house, sturdy two-step, bass-heavy speed garage and the kind of long-lost jams which should be bitten by today's retro-minded house producers. In doing so, it offers an impeccable history lesson.
Review: If there's one area in which Jerome Sydenham's Ibadan label excels, it's extra percussive deep house dubs. This second Deep Strokes compilation gathers together more of Ibadan's greatest late night drum dubs and bleary eyed deep house, throwing in cuts from some of Sydenham's new Berlin friends - the likes of Argy (who contributes three exquisite dubs) and Radio Slave (whose "X-Beat" is a stripped-back delight). Naturally, the standard is high throughout, with Clausell's vintage remix of Ten City's "All Loved Out" - five minutes of beautiful, beatless piano, followed by six minutes of brilliantly programmed afro-house percussion - standing out. Sydenham's own afro-jacker "Jango 01" is pretty special, too.