Review: Drum&Bass Arena: The longest-standing, and one of the most respected, platforms for all things jungle D&B celebrates an impressive 20 years in the game with this ridiculously hefty document that pays respect to the genre's every twist and turn. From scene-shattering megahits ("Tarantula", "Feel The Love", "Rock It", "Afterglow") to unarguable historical underground scene-smashing megabangers ("Machete", "Aztec", "Nasty Ways", "The View", "Champion Sound", "Turbulence", "Up All Night", "Deadline", Ram Trilogy's remix of "Pacman") by way of tracks that may have slipped under the radar ("Defcom 69", "What's Wrong", "Song For Lovers") the whole album is loaded to the lips with some of the most important records the genre's enjoyed in the last 20 years. Time to get nostalgic, time to fill those holes in your collection, time to educate your dancefloor. Here's to another 20 years!
Review: A Poker Flat compilation to rule them all? 20 Years Of Poker Flat (Remixes) is a contender to say the least. With a bunch of sleeper hits by Steve Bug, Trentemoller, Argy and John Tejeda getting remix treatments from producers like Quarion, Butch, Guti and Acid Pauli - to name a few - Mihai Popoviciu's remix kicks off a tip with his sultry deep house makeover of "A Night Like This". Taking it back to 2007 is Greg Gow bringing a tougher sound to the fore once again in his remix to "Seven Hills", while delving deeper into the history books even more is Acid Pauli's 303 techno remake of Steve Bug's "Lover Boy" - and killer Queen sample - from 1999. From the same era is Mathias Kaden's 'Biox Ultra' remix of Martini Bros "Babyhaze" and Trentemoller's legendary "Moan" makes the cut of course in a reserved, tension-filled Tim Engelhardt version. Poker Flat at full tilt.