Samir Maslo - "The Vibe" (feat Vincent Valler - Alfred Azzetto & Vincent Valler club mix) - (7:11) 126 BPM
Mousse T - "Umdeh" - (6:26) 125 BPM
Mike Maze - "The Path" (Salvatore Agrosi Deeper remix) - (7:41) 126 BPM
Mousse T - "Brother On The Run" (feat Boris Jennings - Chris Minus dub) - (6:10) 120 BPM
Shake Your Ass - "You Came My Way" (Mousse T's Nino dub) - (5:15) 120 BPM
Peter Grummich - "Lost" - (7:22) 124 BPM
DJ Yellow - "Les Rym De Zoe" (Friendly edit) - (7:38) 123 BPM
Dualton & Wollion - "Undisputed" - (8:59) 123 BPM
Cunnie Williams - "Saturday" (feat Monie Love - Penner+Muder remix) - (7:08) 116 BPM
Review: Following sonically stimulating compilations this year such as Deep House Files, Funky Kitchen and Taste The Music, Peppermint Jam round up yet more of their seemingly endless repertoire with another collection that, as the name suggests, pays respect to the deeper corners of the floor. Highlights include the cosmic washes of Urban Epic's "Changes", the hyper-jack disco bubbles and wah-wah guitar of Sounds Of Life's "Feel Good", the dramatic strings and thumping kick of Candard & Lauer's "Vibration" and the bumpy-funk Chi-town chug of label boss Mousse T's "Umdeh".
Review: With Valentines Day just around the corner, Editorial changes tack and takes a step into the world of loved-up, slo-mo groovery. It's a smart move. They've got some great up-and-coming producers involved, with Matthew Kyle's pal Joseph Terruel and Aussie moustache man Rocco Raimundo both offering deliciously deep, spine-tingling rubs. The latter's epic, filter-heavy "Looking For You" is arguably one of the best things he's done to date - a sinewy, string-laden disco slow dance that should impress all but the most miserable of disco purists. Heion's "Run" and DJ Steef's "I Can Win" are gorgeous, too, offering loopy, bass-heavy grooves with just the right amount of lip-smacking charm.
Review: Submerge release yet another full-blown leviathan of a compilation for all you Detroit addicts out there! This has literally got it all, ranging from classic rhythms like Underground Resistance's "Timeline" or Disco D's infamous electro monster "SOS", and even various re-ups from DJ Assault's vaults, such as "Dick Ride" and the hip-hop filtered "Same Ho"; to lesser known beasts by the likes of DJ Zap, DJ Godfather and many others! There are over thirty pieces here, so take your time and enjoy. Whatup doe!
Review: With dance music's annual Winter Music Conference in Miami fast approaching, Toolroom present a selection of tunes to impress the gathered industry boffins, clubbers and well-watered music journalists. Oh, and DJs who fancy getting the label's next "big tunes" well in advance of their regular release. At 47 tracks deep, with three DJ mixes thrown in for good measure, it's a bit of a beast, but there's more than enough to excite those who want fresh, recent and forthcoming bangers. All the big players are present - Deadmau5, Huxley, Maya Jane Coles, Duke Dumont, Mark Knight etc - as well as Toolroom favourites such as Hoxton Whores, Dirty South and Nicky Romero. Basically, if you're after big tunes to please big rooms, you should give it a whirl.
Review: Italian breaks rejigger The Captain returns with two new excellent mash-ups on the latest Resense release - with "We Will Rock You" melding stadium rock with a canny Latin bassline, while Earth Wind & Fire's "Can't Hide Love" gets a similarly slow and South American makeover on "You Can't Hide".
Review: Mousse T's Peppermint Jam continue its consistent compilation crusade with the fourth instalment of the Catch The Groove series. Twenty timeless tracks in total, each one lives up to the album title; deep, unforgettable deep house grooves that jack, twist and pump with authority. Highlights include the spoken word consciousness of the Black Beatnik, DJ Gregory's swampy, filtered jitters on "Grande De Folie", the dubby hypnosis of "Brother On The Run" and the rich slo-mo stomp funk of "Set Me Free". If you've so much as nodded your head to a house track of late, this is essential.
Martin Books - "Flitzepulver" (original mix) - (6:35) 128 BPM
Various - "Ibiza 2018 Closing Party" (continuous DJ mix 1) - (1:18:53) 124 BPM
Various - "Ibiza 2018 Closing Party" (continuous DJ mix 2) - (1:19:01) 125 BPM
Review: With the same certainty that the leaves will turn brown and fall from the trees, autumn sees the release of Toolroom's closing party album. It's the label's annual state of the (house) nation address and 2018 is no exception. While this year's edition contains a healthy smattering of feel good house - the most impressive exempts being the vocal grooves of Weiss' "Feel My Needs" and Illyus & Barrientos' "MEA" - there are also more adventurous variants on offer. These include Peggy Gou's tweaked acid take on Shakedown's "At Night", the chord heavy Dusky take on KiNK's "Perth" and the cut-up, abstract "Pale Blue Dot" by rising lo-fi house artist Ross From Friends, which demonstrate that this year, Toolroom is thinking outside the box.
Review: Bang! There'd been hushed tones of this opus for well over a year, and at a whopping 29 tracks, it's been well worth the wait. Showcasing their widest repertoire, within the first trio of tracks we're already treated to Latino swing breaks, new jungle jiggery and dramatic dubstep. This wide-eared vibe embracement runs throughout consistently; "Hey Mr DJ" rattles a few electro-hop cages, "Countdown" is quintessential booty-bass heaven complete with delectable UK hip-hop rhymage, while "You Can Be My Night" shoots us up to planet D&B on a floaty carpet of rave heritage. A solid calling card to every party in town, it's time to get bouncing...
Review: In case his future garage EP wasn't quite enough for you, L2S boss delivers his second full length of the year with this special dedication to the oldest of skools. Ranging from 2 Bad Mice style rave ("Oh My Gosh", "Big Up Your Spliff") to deep, heavy acid house ("Warehouse") via hands-up hardcore ("Natural High"), it's an authentic homage to the UK's most formative phase of dance music. Heady, fun and ideal for festival scenarios... Whistla is spoiling us.