Review: In sporting terms, statistics tell us that teams do better on "home turf". It seems a fitting title then for House of Disco's latest multi-artist extravaganza, which is the musical equivalent of a thumping 5-0 home win with free beers and hugs at full time. The standard is uniformly high throughout, from the bounding bounciness of LPM's rap-sampling disco-house cut "Get With It", to the impeccably warm and sun-kissed jazz-house vibes of Purple Ice's "Adeus". In between you'll find the rolling, synth-heavy warmth of Mix & Fairbanks' deliciously loved-up "Shergar's Revenge" and "Me, You, Us", a chunky sample-house number by Shee full of swirling strings, looped guitar riffs, hazy chords and righteous spoken word samples.
Review: David Hanke and co are back with a new album, Paradise Lost, which arrives just one short year on from their remarkable debut long player, Sidewinders. Inspired by Milton's epic poem of the same name, Hanke now presents 12 "dark, mysterious and unpredictable" cuts that in his words capture his own personal feelings of having "been to paradise and then lost it". Judging by the likes of the Dick-Tracy-with-the-shakes vibes of the title track or the fierce hip-hop assault of "Fire (featuring Aspects)", he clearly hasn't lost it at all!
Paramount One (feat Paramount One) - (6:44) 135 BPM
Mordecai - (7:13) 134 BPM
Shee - (6:06) 128 BPM
LSK-500 - (6:53) 127 BPM
Review: Following the release of his debut album last year on Black Sun, Robin De Wolf aka Phara returns with a four-tracker for Par Grindvik's label. Paramount One is a real mixed bag. At one end of the spectrum, there's the shimmering, glitchy sound scapes on the title track, while at the opposing end, "Mordecai" sounds like a modern update of Dave Clarke's "Red" techno menace. De Wolf continues to surprise with "Shee", where tough break beats support spaced-out synth stabs. Finally, on "LSK-500", he strips away all musical elements to deliver a masterclass in tough, drum-heavy techno that has echoes of DJ Shufflemaster.