Review: Audiojack are really pushing the boat out to celebrate the fifth birthday of their label, Gruuv. They plan to release two mix CDs of unreleased music, with each disc split into three EPs. This second EP boasts more selections from the "day" mix, beginning with the low-down throb, held-note chords and fluid electronics of Gorge's "Square Wave Romance". There's a little more a jackin' flavour to Waifs & Strays' bouncy "Beat On The Drums", while Julien Chaptal serves up equal doses of snappy beats, darting bass and hummable vocals on "Number 4". Finally, Luna City Express expertly blend far-sighted electronic melodies and swinging drums on the standout "Tell Me When You Ready".
Luna City Express - "Good Condition" - (5:16) 123 BPM
Sek - "Thug Life" (Interlude) - (6:24) 120 BPM
Iz & Diz - "Happy" - (7:54) 126 BPM
Rick Wade - "Do It" - (5:39) 125 BPM
Review: The second part in the Hudd Traxx 10th Anniversary 'Now & Then' compilation sees tracks from Luna City Express, Sek, Iz & Diz and Rick Wade. Berlin duo Luna City Express serve up a lush deep house groove that builds throughout the track, and will bring a smile to the faces of those who follow them on their beloved Moon Habour Recordings. Sek uses slick beats, trippy leads, a driving bassline and some 'Thug life' vocals to ensure this one has 'future classic' written all over it. Go back in time (to 2006 to be precise) on the 'Then' side to find Iz & Diz's 'Happy'. The words 'epic' & 'journey' are often misused in music but both can be mentioned about this track. It had devastating effect on first release and is set to do the same again nearly 10 years later. Rick Wade closes things out in fine style to fly the Detroit flag on an all Chicago / Detroit side.