End Of Love (Roy Of The Ravers remix 1) - (6:40) 132 BPM
End Of Love (Roy Of The Ravers remix 2 - Digital Bonus) - (4:45) 131 BPM
Review: It's been a hot minute since Timothy J. Fairplay slipped on his Junior Fairplay guise, but he's done just that for this bleep-tastic new 12" on (Emotional) Especial. "End Of Love" is unabashed in its embrace of early Yorkshire techno tones, making a fine job of resurrecting the bleep spectre and letting it shake up the dance once more. Roy Of The Ravers is a smart choice of remixer, and he brings an off-kilter acid rub to the table in his idiosyncratic, braindance-inflected style. The B-side is equal laden with purposefully dusty dance grooves transplanted from the late 80s / early 90s, with "Faxes From The Future" hitting a particularly sharp point in its lazy breakbeat roll and the clanging harmonies of the stabs.
Review: After just a few EPs, Elliot Adamson releases his debut album. It opens to the subtle static hisses and ghostly textures of "Make You Do Wrong" and remains beneath the radar with the organic break beats of "I Just Wanted To Breathe". Adamson showcases his diversity and the range of his sound on the tortured rant of "Are Your Feelings Easily Hurt", before focusing on a primal approach with the tweaked, glitchy groove of "Liberated" and "Every Single Day" (which both also contain vocal samples). It's clear that Adamson is a hugely talented artist who can turn his attention to a variety of emotions and approaches - just check the visceral "Migraine" if you are in any doubt.
Review: Dehousy is sometimes described as a house producer, but this categorisation is only true in the broadest sense. As "Break", one of the tracks on his new release demonstrates, the French DJ takes a broad, free-wheeling approach to dance music. The result is an irresistibly funky, drum-heavy workout that takes in hypnotic chants, gut-busting bass and centres on a stepping rhythm. "Stage 2" is similarly vivid, with Dehousy throwing Middle Eastern chants and organic percussion into an arrangement that veers from stepping into 4/4s. Rounding off this fine release is Addison Groove's frenetic take on the title track.
Review: After what has seemed like a long hiatus, Roger Van Lunteren has returned to the studio. And what a comeback, courtesy of Utrecht's 030303 imprint. First up "Hills I Want You" is a lovely classic house jam that takes you back to the Hacienda in this unashamedly retro homage. More nineties influences come courtesy of "Zeroz On (Forbidden Colours Of edit) and the Underground Resistance tribute "The Broke". Finally "In Sight Out" balances the relentless 303 melody with a smooth deep house beat and soothing Rhodes Piano melody. This is indeed return to form from Van Lunteren.
Seek And You Will Find (original mix) - (7:35) 130 BPM
Different Faces (original) - (6:12) 130 BPM
Dillema (original) - (6:59) 134 BPM
Review: Dutch techno powerhouse Chinedum Nwosu aka Shinedoe presents a reissue of her debut album on 2000 & One's 100% Pure imprint in 2006. It's a pretty straight ahead affair on here from the Intacto Records boss, with some powerful dancefloor oriented techno cuts and a few pleasant surprises, actually. After the deep acid opener "Afrotronic" we are treated to the emotive hi-tech soul on "Enjoy The Moments" (and later the kind of Sueno Latino sounding "Seek And You Will Find", there are the functional stripped back DJ tools like "The Peacemaker" and "Face Your Fear", too. The powerful Detroit influenced closer "Dilemma" ends this impressive album in style, awash in shimmering arpeggios and an adrenalised yet funky groove. Elsewhere, the track "Feel Your Space" is so obviously a zeitgeist of the mid noughties bleepy minimal boom, but the rest of the tracks can still hold their weight and sound contemporary enough for playing on modern dancefloors. Stood the test of time indeed!
Review: Vancouver's 1080p goes from strength to strength in its pursuit of the most subterranean styles of electronic music. There's just something about the Pacific North West at the moment! The mysterious Umfang serves up a diverse array of moods, grooves and textures that have us impressed. The spacey deep house of "Beta Librae" and "Quickly and Softly" are similar to Terreke while there's some reductionist, early noughties style minimal house in the form of "Vast" and "Six". Tracks like "Shant" and "Cygnus" delve into more freeform territory but still keep things ultra deep and floaty. Highly recommended.