Review: According to London label New State, Paul Harris and Steve Smith of Dirty Vegas have really enjoyed the process of putting together Days Go By (The Retrospective). They have gone back over their work and picked out some of their favourites over the years - a whopping 18 tracks, 19 remixes and a continuous mix by Harris. Speaking of the remixes: the Dumont & Wagener remix of "Human Love" gets onto an emotive and Balearic tinged trip, the remix of "Electric Love" by NYC house hero Eli Escobar remix gets well funky, and the always impressive Parisian Fred Falke delivers a typically neon-lit rendition of "Emma" from several years back. Along the way, while searching through music, video and photographic archives it has brought back lots of memories for the duo - and given them new energy and inspiration for their future music plans.
Review: Amazingly, it's been some 14 years since Kent-based house/pop fusionists Dirty Vegas made their debut on Credence, and 13 since they released their eponymous debut album. Here, they deliver their fourth full-length, once again effortlessly fusing jangly indie-pop influences with radio-friendly house grooves and festival-friendly EDM sounds. There are occasional nods towards tougher styles of dance music - see the thrusting pulse of "Photograph", Madness and X-Press 2 style "Save A Prayer" - but for most part it's a breezy affair, with hooky vocals taking centre stage. This digital edition also features a trio of acoustic versions, which only goes to emphasize the trio's pop credentials.
Review: Valique celebrates six years of consistent edit gold on his 12-year old Vehicle imprint. Digging deep across the collection he whisks us through the feels with a supreme range of instant party-pieces. From the blonde ambition of the slinky "Appelle Moi" to the freaky upbeat ground control of "Oddity" via the insane stretch and slap of "What The Hell?" and his versions of "Human Nation" and "Give Me Shelter", this is an immense set that brings us all up to speed and gets us excited for the next six years of edits. V stands for Very good music.
Review: 48 tracks, six exclusives, two mixes: Viper have already developed a strong-armed reputation for compilations over the years but this is taking things to a whole new ridiculous level. Investigating bass music's widest corners, the heady concoction of tracks ranges from premier league bangers (Wilko's remix of The Prodigy, Noisia & The Upbeats "Dead Limit", Andy C's "New Era VIP") to fresh-baked underground rollers (Dossa, Locuzzed and NC-17's drone-jump buzz-cut "Ninja", Dub Elements' deep space neuro-edged shredder "Metaverse") to lower tempo tear-ups from the likes of Pex L, Au5, Flux Pavilion and Doctor P and Specimen A. With heaps more in between, this accurately reflects just how exciting and closely linked all bass-laced genres are right now. Venomously immense.
Review: Gabriel Roth's and Neal Sugarman's Daptone Records label have been a shining beacon in funk music for almost ten years. Launched off the back of the incredible Sharon Jones And The Dap-Kings, they've both reached the mainstream via work for Mark Ronson and Amy Winehouse and simultaneously kept their core, vinyl-loving fans on board too. This twenty track best of really is an essential purchase for anyone that's slept on classic releases such as the Otis-recalling Charles Bradley's "The World (Is Going Up In Flames)", Sharon Jones' popcorn favourite "Got A Thing On My Mind", Bob's slow and deeply soulful "Gotta Find A Way" and the mighty instrumental force of the Poets of Rhythm, here marked by their cover of that evergreen US rock classic, "Suzie Q".
Review: Twenty eight tracks, 12 exclusives, one mix... Viper smash down the doors of 2016 with an all-encompassing document that portrays D&B broadest, baddest landscape in great detail. Among the out-and-out classics of last year ("Dead Limit", "City Of Gold") you'll find some of Viper's most exciting smashes of the last few years ("One's Own", "What R U Doing?" "Universes") and, most importantly, 12 tracks that have yet to be releases before... Ranging from J Majik's muscular, monster-stomping return ("Drop It") to Toronto Is Broken's savage, skippy tech funker "Zero One", Viper aren't messing around at all on this one.
Review: This compilation to celebrate Miami 2014 features 67 tracks in total, each one resonating with forward-thinking creativity and contemporary commercial dancefloor charm. There are millions of highlights but be sure to check out the slamming stomps and vocal edits on "Unspoiled Perfection", Angello, Matisse & Sadko's cathedral-level synth anthem "SLVR" and the mad-jack fusion of Nile Rodgers and Eats Everything "Do What You Wanna Do". These are just three of many - CR2 have raised the bar ridiculously high right here.
Review: Croatia's Funky Destination (aka Vladimir Sivic) has made a big splash on the funky breaks scene appearing on a variety of well renowned labels. However, the honour releasing his new long player, Supersonic Bomb, has fallen on the mighty Timewarp. Normally known for their nu-disco sound, the Grecian label has taken a chance on these 16 organic funk jams, and it's paid off! Highlights include the bubblin' piano boogie of "Getting Higher", the luxuriously silky "Eternal Light" and the fuzzy, breaky, disco house of "Get Up".
Review: The annals of pop history are full of great artists who sadly became overlooked with advancement of time and fashion. Germany's Tramp records are determined to help restore the profiles of some classic but forgotten acts and they're prepared to do serious digging to do so. The latest act they've chosen to celebrate is Jimmy 'Preacher' Ellis, a classy soul singer from Arkansas who, between 1963-1972, released a series of sensational 45s. Now these singles are gathered here for the first time in over 40 years and prove a rewarding listen for fans of vintage soul.