Review: Chuggin Edits still chuggin' for the best of dancefloors. The slamming of kick drums, snap of white noise and all matter of loops, sounds and samples sent through the filters in this latest release for the discofied Slightly Transformed. This newest streak of funk, disco and boogie bangers sees strings and soul vibrations layered over the top slap of a Daft Punk inspired bassline (in "All You Wanna Do Is Party") to the piano led disco romances of "Come On Over To My Place". Even housier still is "Now That I Have Found You" and don't be afraid of the '70s leisure suite that is "Times". Still Chuggin'.
Review: Fabiolous Barker's London-based Ganbatte bring us a second collection of Kraftwerk re-edits/remixes/reworkings, following on the heels of 'Pt 1' a few weeks ago. What we said then still applies: there'll be plenty of Kraftwerk lovers who'll tut, shake their heads and mutter darkly that this should never have happened, but those involved have all made a decent fist of things, so they'll just have to live with it! Barker's 'Computerized Love' is the more radical of two reworks of 'Computer Love' but the standout to our ears is Dim Zach's 'The Super Model', although that's possibly because it's not really that different from the original...
Review: With the Dekmantel machine growing by the week the label has come to a point over the last 10 years where it's happy to stand up and represent the otherside of dance music, bands. That now includes The Mauskovic Dance Band, a five piece group outta Amsterdam setting new tropical and Latin inspired flavours for our forthcoming hawaaian t-shirt summer season especially brought to you by the best merry makers in the business. It brings with it a diggers vibe of disco and percussion music with slights of '70s cosmique and exotica. Lo-fi, funky and chic.
Review: Putting Bright in James Alexander, the UK artist brings more of his acoustic, electro pop to K7 with the awaited Headroom LP. It follows his Strange Folk EP from last year and introduces to the masses a kaleidoscopic sound of 70s futurist synths, italo basslines and indie rhythms topped with folk-tipped drums, jazz, and more summer breeze than what we're all getting right now. Headroom brings a concoction of future feel good classics to be enjoyed in the outdoors, like sultry exterior numbers "Gold" all the way through to the finger picking, flute and ambient reverb of "Dancing With Birds". Heavier disco ballads in "Lead Me Astray", all time sax in "6am" to the chill vibes of "Go" and bassline country funk of "Friends (Lovers Lost)". Premium pop.
Review: Everybody's main man when it comes to trance delivers another defining volume of his State Of Trance compilation series which once again delivers a smorgasbord of pop-infused classics to set off into the sunset with. Opening with Avicii's extended remix to Armin Van Buren's own vocal hit "Drowning" featuring Laura V, the compilation also takes in Paul Oakenfold's all time classic "Southern Sun" via Tiesto's epic extended remix, to Ferry Corsten deeper, four-to-the-floor remix of Moby's heartstring pulling "Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?". A truly inspiring journey accompanied furthermore by Above & Beyond's "On My Way To Heaven". If there was a soundtrack for the road to the pearly gates, this would be it.
Review: Dusky's first outing for Running Back, "Life Signs", was arguably one of their most euphoric and uplifting releases to date, so it's little surprise to find that this much-anticipated sequel explores similar sonic territory. The future anthem is undoubtedly "Metropolis", a shimmering retro-futurist number that layers bleeping lead lines and spine-tingling pads atop a weighty analogue bassline and heavy beats. You get vocal and dub mixes, with the former making great use of a loved-up female vocal snippet that adds to the cut's old school credentials. Elsewhere, "Seed Tray" is a rushing, warehouse-ready stomper smothered in rave-era piano stabs, "Mushroom Samba" adds bleeps to a suitably psychedelic, all-action backing track, and "Fridge" is a nostalgic, retro-futurist romp that defies easy categorization.
Review: D.Dan launches his latest EP in storming form; "Switchblade (Descendant Mix)", with its visceral kicks and wild filtered builds, sounds inspired by the more abrasive end of the Synewave catalogue. On the title track, he opts again for a heads-down approach, with ominous filtered chords underpinned by tough kicks, while on "Burnout", the pace picks up and the drums are more relentless as the Berlin-based producer's track hurtles its way towards Advent-style intensity. "Escape The Echo Chamber" is less pac-y and resounds to a rolling house groove and vocal snippets, but even here the underlying feeling is one of understated menace. Offering some solace for battered ears is the deep techno of "Take It Easy".