The Real Kent Clark - "Make It Right" - (5:10) 114 BPM
Aux Tha Masterfader - "Lets Dance To The Beat" - (4:24) 76 BPM
Dilemma - "Bocca Nights" - (4:00) 106 BPM
Review: Hot Pony, Vexkiddy and Antoni Maiovvi's bi-monthly gathering at Sameheads, is arguably one of Berlin's best-kept secrets. Their spin-off label, Royal Athlete - which also explores their Italo-disco, synth-wave and synth-boogie influences - seems to be similarly under-appreciated, despite a strong track record. There's certainly much to admire on this latest multi-artist E.P, from the elastic freestyle revivalism of Aux Tha Masterfader's brilliant "Let's Dance To The Beat", and The Real Kent Clark's glistening synth-pop bubbler "Make It Right", to the chugging, spacey and druggy shuffle of Dilemma's "Bocca Nights". Chaconna's sparkling instrumental synth-pop opener, "Dreamers" is our pick of a strong bunch.
Review: A very handy breakdown of the hottest electro smashers of the last few months, this latest volume of Straight Up's electro compilations boasts gems such as Lazy Rich's lazer-coated "You Missed A Spot", juke king DJ Gant Man getting reworked down a few bpms by Bombs Away, Refracture's edit of his collaboration with Yenn, "Starshine" and a further twenty tracks for fans of punchy electro to feast on.