Rejoice With Me (I Need You) (club mix) - (6:01) 130 BPM
Sample Seduction (club mix) - (5:53) 130 BPM
Review: Sheffield sorts Adelphi Music Factory have previously proved adept at channeling 30-odd years of Steel City house heritage, with nods to U.S garage, gospel and deep house being fused with darker, heavier and more industrial-strength musical elements. They're at it again on Electric Arc Furnace, first paying tribute to a legendary Sheffield club night on the sweaty, loopy and party-hearty heaviness of 'Jive Turkey'), before bouncing through tactile disco-house territory on 'Rejoice With Me (I Need You)'. 'Sample Seduction' meanwhile is a piano and stab-heavy slab of warehouse-ready bedlam that would definitely have gone down well in Steel City nightclubs back in the '90s. Three extended club mixes are included to complete a very strong package.
Joel Holmes - "Playing With My Mind" - (5:06) 120 BPM
Sam Ruffillo - "Es Buena" - (4:23) 122 BPM
Fenyan & Kosmo Kint - "Da Real" - (3:57) 119 BPM
Review: There's much to enjoy about the ninth volume in Toy Tonics' ongoing Top Tracks series, which showcases much played, sought-after highlights from the label's rapidly growing catalogue. The standard of material on show is uniformly excellent, from the warming and organic broken dancefloor soul of Cody Currie's compilation opening 'Moves' and the sparkling piano house retro-futurism of COEO's 'I Can Never Be Yours', to the Amp Fildder-esque deep house soul of Rhode, Brown & Kosmo Kint's 'Through The Night', and the good-time, carnival-ready dancefloor sunshine of Sam Ruffilo's disco-tinged 'Es Buena'. Throw in a couple of killer cuts from jazz pianist-turned-deep house don Joel Holmes, and you have a seriously good compilation.
Review: If it's authentically 70s-sounding disco grooves you seek, then know that nothing in this reviewer's Juno inbox this week has come closer than this five-tracker from Sunner Soul. The rest of the world may currently be obsessed with all things cosmic and Italo, but the St Petersburg native (here, at least) is still all about the handclaps, whoops, strings, cowbells, and jive-talkin' vocal snatches. All five near-instrumental cuts are quite similar in approach, but check out 'Smooth Surface' for a full-phat bassline and fine Moog-y sounds, and 'Body Groove' for a lil' boogie-esque squelch and some excellent 'pyoww! pyoww!' stabs.
Review: Following on from two very popular editions of the compilation series, the Wang Records team once again return to the fantastic 'Avirex Airwaves' project for a sparkling third collection. If you are looking to find the hottest new names in UKG music, then you really need look no further, with this selection including the fantastic sounds of Phil Murray, Dominus, Tuff Trax, WZA, Zefer, Just Jack and more throughout. They never seem to drop the ball in the Wang camp, with this latest collection focussing on much more abstract sonic themes, from the glittering melodic twists of Badger's 'Canopy', to the punchy snare flicks and sweeping atmospheric textures of IndiAlman's 'Infatuated', which give us two different ends of the garage spectrum. Our highlights have to include the super clean basslines and distant vocals of 'Falling' from Sensa, alongside the fabulous chord work of 'Be', created by Mar'One and LPACA. Awesome work!
Review: Impressively, no-one has yet to unmask the identity of the "well known contemporary disco producer" behind the Magou project, despite some quite high profile releases on labels such as Toy Tonics. The producer's now trademark sound - think elements of disco, acid, synth-pop, boogie, deep house and Italo-disco blended in a classy way - is much in evidence across his or her latest four-tracker. 'Pas Jolie' is a fine chunk of deep house/Italo-disco fusion powered forward by a nagging TB-303 acid line, while 'Dejart' is a weightier and hazier slab of dub disco with added lounge music flourishes. Elsewhere, 'Sos Remo' is another subtly acid-flecked disco-tech number, while closing cut 'Round Round' is quirky Balearic synth-pop of the sort that record collectors would be salivating over if it had been released in 1984.
Review: Fresh from dropping a pair of fine fusion EPs with Dele Sosimi on Wah Wah 45s, Medlar returns home to Wolf Music Recordings with his most expansive release since 2013 debut album Sleep. In keeping with his musical evolution since then, Aerial is a thrillingly eclectic, colourful and imaginative affair, with Medlar flitting between the Wally Badarou-on-acid vibes of the undeniably cosmic title track; the acid-fired, cowbell-rich strut of 'Iguanadon'; the percussion-rich Dinosaur L mutations of 'Elephant Bingo'; the downtempo jazz-funk of 'Elv'; the late-night, drum machine driven weirdness of 'Cr78-108'; the '89 NYC garage-meets-New Jack Swing flex of 'Phoenix Lights'; and the slow-motion, bass-heavy Balaearica of 'Sin Prisa'. In a word: ace!
Review: CircoLoco Records is a new record label forged in partnership with the iconic video game creators Rockstar Games. This is the first edition in the new compilation series called Monday Dreamin' where they will showcase contributions from established names from every era of their legendary Ibiza parties. On the Blue EP, we have got new material from the likes of Kerri Chandler, Sama Abdulhadi, Seth Troxler and Rampa, as well as a Dixon remix of Deichkind's "Autonom".
Review: This suite of reworks of SunPalace's much-admired early '80s jazz-funk obscurity 'Rude Movements' may well be the biggest remix package we've ever seen, thoagh it should be noted that many of the reworks are available in short and extended takes. Either way, there's much to enjoy, from the warming, solo-laden deep house brilliance of Moodymann's revisions and the sparkling, kaleidoscopic Opolopo takes (proper dancefloor jazz-funk for house-heads), to the 11-minute, synth-heavy bliss of Francois K's SATS Dub Extended Version and the sun-drenched Latin house of Frankie Feliciano's delicious rework. Elsewhere, the 'Atmosphere' mix is a starry ambient delight and Kenny Dope's various revisions boast the toughest, bounciest percussion programming.
Review: Here's something of a rarity: a full-length excursion on Dam Swindle's usually EP-focused Heist Recordings imprint. It comes courtesy of talented twosome Makez, who last featured on the Dutch label two years ago. There's much to enjoy from start to finish, with the pair blending loose-limbed house rhythms, head-nodding hip-hop rhythms, and sumptuous downtempo grooves with subtle disco instrumentation, colourful electrofunk synth sounds, layered percussion, squelchy analogue bass, and occasional vocal snippets. The results are uniformly vibrant, atmospheric and musically rich, without ever becoming overly fussy or self-indulgent. There's plenty of floor-friendly material for DJs to savour and champion, but the album sounds just as good when listened to at home. Stellar stuff all told.
Dabeat - "The Wish Granting Stone" - (7:40) 121 BPM
Oliver, Tom & RYAN - "Sunnyvale" - (9:12) 120 BPM
Nicolas Rada - "Hummingbird" - (7:28) 121 BPM
Armen Miran - "So It Goes" - (7:05) 122 BPM
Pambouk & Hrag Mikkel - "The Path Of An Honest Man" - (7:33) 120 BPM
Luka Sambe - "The Juggle" - (8:06) 121 BPM
NIIXII - "Nostalgia" - (7:01) 123 BPM
Audiense - "Desert Rose" - (7:26) 121 BPM
Diass - "The Imaginarium" - (8:32) 118 BPM
Airbas - "A Long Way Home" - (6:51) 123 BPM
Alel - "The Whisper Of The Unknown" - (8:58) 123 BPM
Review: The Hoom Side of the Sun compilation series has previously delivered two expansive volumes of soul-warming, tech-tinged deep house goodness, each packed with tracks that tend towards the exotic, emotive and intoxicating. Volume three, which lands 12 months after its predecessor and presents a similarly sunny and atmospheric blend of high-grade cuts. For proof, check out the clips of Hreach's hypnotic but stirring 'Blue Road', the percussion-rich deep-tech loveliness of Lucien's 'Lluvia', the fluttering summer breeze beauty of 'Virtue' by Hermanez, and the psychedelic, trance-inducing dancefloor psychedelia of Luka Sambe's 'The Juggle'.
Review: Since launching on vinyl in 2019, the Ron's Reworks series from Crazy P co-founder Jim Baron AKA Ron Basejam has consistently delivered high-quality reworks that tend to shy away from the obvious and over-played. The standout on the series' fourth missive is undoubtedly 'They Speak Colour', a loopy, soft-focus disco-house jam whose relentless grooves, synthesizer splashes and simmering orchestration make it sound like Soundstream after a bong full of Marijuana smoke and several disco biscuits. Elsewhere, 'The City' is a canny revision of an unusual disco-boogie number that builds through sections of drums and cut-up, scat style vocals before finally flourishing late on, while 'The Cull' is a deep and meandering head-nodder tailor-made for warm-up sets and sit-down bar gigs.
Review: The only question we should be asking about Ron Basejam and Red Rack'em getting in a studio together is 'why did it take them so long?' The Crazy P multi-instrumentalist brings a melodic sheen and strict work ethic to Berman's idiosyncratic, off-kilter sample chops. We're very excited to be bringing the first in a series of killer twelves from two artists who bring a huge amount of passion, soul, and singularity to their music. The infamous Crazy P studio in Nottingham, the scene of many a lost brain cell for the pair became a different kind of playground with an arsenal of synths and the Basejam sample library proving fruitful.
Review: In our opinion, NYC's Homage label has yet to put a foot wrong musically since launching in 2017, with the quality of its output seemingly increasing with every successive release. The label's latest release from Palmiara - the alternative alias of Eastern European producer Antoni Sierakowski - is another strong showing. It sees the Poland-based artist deliver a trio of colourful, synth-heavy, retro-futurist house treats: the Jex Opolis-esque 'Mt Paradiso'; a squelchy slab of off-kilter, organ-sporting Latin dance (the acid-flecked 'Jaszczurka'); and the timbales-championing acid house eccentricity of 'Surfin'. The latter is given the remix treatment by Running Back boss Gerd Janson, who brilliantly re-imagines it a stirring, acid-fired Balearic house gem.
Review: Here's something to genuinely set the pulse racing: a new set of remixes of Saidera's gorgeously sunny, samba soaked 'Deixa Tudo Fluir' from Ray Mang, a producer who could turn almost anything into dancefloor gold. His EP opening 'Remix' sounds like a carnival anthem in waiting: a gorgeous, bounce-along slab of samba-house laden with summery Portuguese vocals, jangling guitars, South American percussion and effects-laden flute solos. It comes accompanied by an instrumental and chopped-down radio edit, plus the 'Sambatone Beats' version - a brilliant DJ tool that adds stabbing analogue bass to layered samba band drums and loose-limbed Latin percussion hits.
Review: A warm welcome back to Jay Donaldson AKA Palms Trax, who launches his new label CWPT with his first fresh EP since he appeared on Dekmantel two years ago. Musically, 'Petu' is arguably one of the most original and ear-catching things he's released during his career, with vocalist Nonku Phiri making her presence felt atop a gorgeous combination of spacey Italo-disco synths, punchy horns, densely layered percussion and throbbing synthesizer arpeggio lines. It comes accompanied by an almost vocal-free Dub and a killer remix by Masalo, who smartly re-casts the cut as a squelchy and surging slab of celebratory Italo-disco brilliance.
Review: Say 'Toolroom' to most people these days and they'll perhaps think first of peak-time tech-house stompers, but there's always been more to the label than that. Their 'Poolside' series, for instance, has been showcasing the more lounge-y, soulful and/or disco-infused side of house since 2014, and if you're a fan of such styles then this latest installment, packing cuts from the likes of Opolopo, Random Soul, Sebb Junior, Per QX, Saison and Ross Couch plus a host of up-and-comers, is unlikely to disappoint. The jazz-funk nouveau of Opolopo's 'Ginsu Knife' and Vertigini's garage-tinged 'Over You' are among the highlights of a collection with nary a Pavlovian snare roll or cheesy rave stab in sight.
Review: Honey Dijon's first outing of 2021, 'Downtown', sounds like a summer 2021 anthem in the making. A retro-futurist house workout featuring vocals from Annette Bowen and Nikki O (whose lyrics celebrate the joys of dancing to underground music), the edited and extended versions of the track are powered forwards by a heavy and hooky synth bassline and warm electric piano stabs. Honey Dijon's versions come backed with an equally inspired suite of remixes from Masters at Work man Louie Vega. There's a sersiously sunny, glassy-eyed nu-disco-meets-happy house revision (the 'Frisco Disco Dance') and a Mood II Swing style 'Raw Dub Mix' - both of which are available in edited and extended forms. A near perfect package: don't sleep!
Review: Like many of his contemporaries, Joaquin 'Joe' Claussell quickly became bored during NYC's first Covid-19 lockdown last year, so used the time to craft Raw Tones, his first solo album for nigh on 13 years. The set is built around weighty analogue basslines and vintage-sounding drum machine rhythm tracks, with Claussell frequently adding melancholic piano solos, his own spoken word and improvised vocals, and flashes of the African and Latin-inspired percussion sounds that he's long been known for. It's. ahugely successful formula, with highlights including the similarly sleazy 'Break Free' and 'You Mutha Fucka', the sunrise deep house beauty of 'Way Back Then', the sweaty and cymbal-heavy 'If It's All In Your Kind Let It Out' and the slo-mo sweetness of 'Hallucination Ejection'.
Review: As a label, Idle Hands have been known for exploring the more abstract zones of electronic music, with this brand new four track display from Dream Cycle being another great adventure for us all to enjoy. We kick off our dive with 'Jump Blue', a gorgeous exploration into punchy percussive pings and distant soundscaping above, giving a real sense of airiness, followed by the crunchy yet organic sounding drum breaks of 'All The Things' which calms down the flow a tad. Next, the stuttered 808 booms and glittering arpeggios of 'Sonntags' keep the relaxed atmosphere rolling with some seriously cool harmonic structure, before the title track 'Deep Dream Generator' fuses moody longue instrumentation with crunchy half-time drum expressions and bubbling melodies above for a perfect touchdown. Wicked work.
Review: If you want proof that inspiration can strike at any time, check out 'In My Sleep', the latest single from Margee, one of the rising stars of French deep house. He apparently got the idea for the deep, weighty bassline on 'In My Sleep' while stood in the shower. It's certainly the headline-grabbing feature of a deep, drowsy and hypnotic cut rich in cascading synthesizer lead lines, bubby riffs and rolling, mid-tempo drums. It comes accompanied by two killer re-rubs: a slightly bolder, chunkier and funkier revision from ex Wild Bunch member DJ Nature, and a wonderfully chugging, intergalactic interpretation courtesy of the Hardway Brothers. Bonus cut 'Wrong Dream', a languid cosmic disco head-nodder, completes a quietly impressive EP.
Review: Soon Salsoul will release a series of EP's featuring fresh Dam Swindle remixes of classic disco cuts. Before that, the long-serving Dutch duo have decided to treat us to a new EP of their own. It's a predictably impressive affair, with title track 'The Wrap Around' layering evocative vocal samples, dreamy deep house chords and increasingly sleazy electronic motifs atop sweaty drums and a frankly filthy acid-style, analogue bassline. There's a more classic U.S deep house feel to woozy, bass-heavy and gently soul-flecked bonus cut 'The Pain Tomorrow', which comes accompanied by a terrific late-night rub - all tight and awkward loops, hypnotic beats and dirty analogue squelches - courtesy of Pattern Select.
Review: For their latest trick, Razor-N-Tape Reserve has decided to breathe new life into 'Agua', one of the standout cuts from Brazilian band Baianasystem's chronically overlooked 2018 album O Futura Nao Demora. Freerange main man Jimpster delivers two wonderfully breezy and life affirming reworks: a fully-formed remix that wraps Antonio Carlos' vocal and splashes of the original's samba-soaked instrumentation (jazz guitars, warming horns, vintage synth sounds and so on) around a tactile deep house groove, and a deeper, dreamier and especially groovy Dub. After that Diego Strausz and JKriv take over, first re-framing the track as an extra-percussive chuck of acid-speckled nu-disco (their remix), before brilliantly stripping back the cut on their disco instrumental style Dub mix.
Bulgaria (Prins Thomas Diskomiks) - (7:44) 125 BPM
Bulgaria (original demo Prins Thomas edit) - (6:05) 122 BPM
Review: A most enigmatic producer, Pandreas is a name that surfaced in 2012 and not again until 2017. It was his Back 2 School EP on Full Pupp that brought the artist to attention again which happens once more with this Bulgaria EP. What makes this EP interesting is the release of its lead track "Bulgaria" in 'demo' form which Prins Thomas subtly refixes with two functional drums tracks to match the original's heavy percussion. Pandreas then reenters deep and slow-mo Balearic mode with "Looping Stade D'Originale" in an EP that has us once more intrigued by the sounds of Pandreas.
Last Nubian - "You're A Shepherd" (original mix) - (5:22) 125 BPM
Last Nubian - "Brown Me A Caller" (feat Sweet Fruity Brunch - original mix) - (4:52) 118 BPM
Review: The fifth instalment of Nomada's 'White' series is something of an expansive affair, whose six sparkling cuts are a mixture of solo tracks and collaborations from Sofatalk and Last Nubian. The former handles the first half of the EP, springing between sunny broken beat (the soulful 'Five Folds'), early Floating points-esque deep house jazziness (the superb 'Hot Jupiters') and Kaidi Tatham-esque jazz-funk/bruk fusion ('Kleper's Law'). Last Nubian first joins forces with Dougan for the driving deep house haziness of 'Last Boogie', before showcasing two solo productions: the more expansive and musically intricate excellence of 'You're a Shepherd' and the ultra-deep, analogue rich dreaminess of 'Brown Me a Caller'. Superbly summery fare.
Review: Old studio buddies Owen Jay and Melchior Sultana have previously proved adept at delivering dreamy, musically rich deep house and downtempo grooves, so it's no surprise to find that their latest full-length outing is entitled Dream Landscape. It's a fitting title all told, with the pair variously mixing and matching colourful synth sounds, summery chords, squelchy bass, yearning piano lines, dubby basslines and atmospheric electronics with electro, deep house, post-dubstep and downtempo beats. Throw in occasional nods to jazz-house (see the super-deep 'Shine Through'), darker tech-house (the clandestine 'Jackin') and pleasingly horizontal ambient ('Blurred Vision') and you have a genuinely superb set that entertains from start to finish.
Review: Shall Not Fade continues to offer-up high-quality material, including tons of label debuts, at a furious rate. Their latest EP- a first Shall Not Fade outing from 19-year-old French producer THEOS - is packed to the rafters with "no-filler, dancefloor-oriented house music". THEOS's trademark style is spacey and funky, effortlessly joining the dots between French touch, wide-eyed futurism and the groovy end of of Gallic tech-house. Amongst the highlights are breezy, piano-sporting treat 'Keep Creating Your World', the superb opener 'Lie Machine', the sub-heavy depth and jazzy synthesizer flourishes of Cosmonection hook-up 'Unusual Ego' and the warehouse-ready bounce of 'Livin' & Lovin'.
Review: This six-tracker from Lis Sarroca opens with the classic Peech Boys "come with me, tonight's the night" vocal sample that Altern-8 used on 'Activ-8', making clear from the outset the strong appreciation of dance music history that's evidenced throughout the Barcelonian producer's canon. Tracks here range from the discofied 'Hi Montana' to the fierce, driving acid of 'La Neta', via the dreamy small-hours deepness of 'AX' and the more accessible, peaktime vibes of 'Round & Round', but whatever house style Ms Sarroca turns her hand to, the production's always polished and Da Funk is always in full effect.
Review: Something of a meeting of minds here, as long-established Spanish producer Dennis Cruz (Stereo Productions, Hot Creations, Moon Harbour Recordings) joins forces with fellow deep house/tech-house fusionist Josh Butler (Madtech, Defected, Rejected), for a joyous bounce through carnival-ready Latin house. 'Ahora Tado Ba' sneakily uses portions from what sounds like an old Latin jazz record, brilliantly weaving them around a bouncy, drum-heavy samba-house groove. It's an insanely infectious cut and one that we're fully expecting to hear tons over the summer. It comes backed by a drawn-out, loved-up tech-house take from Gorgon City that's arguably far more emotive than Cruz and Butler's original, if a little less urgent, energetic and funky.
Review: They might hail from Israel, but much of Rabo & Snob's music is not influenced by Middle Eastern musical culture, but rather the rhythms, vocals and instrumentation of the African continent. The pair continue this approach on their first Razor 'N' Tape outing, with opener 'Yom Yom' cannily combining squelchy synth bass, fizzing electronics and slick Afro-synth drums with Ghanaian vocals and distinctively West African melodic phrasing. Later in the EP you'll also find a more hypnotic, percussion-rich Dub Mix of the same track that's also well worth checking. Elsewhere, 'Have You Seen My Lady' is darker and sleazier, with low-slung bass, creepy chords and warehouse-ready stabs, while the similarly weighty and locked-in 'Adjinu' makes great use of Acid Arab style electronics and a very 'LFO'-esque analogue bassline.
Review: Almost 12 months after the vinyl version hit stores, the second volume in Jim Baron AKA Ron Basejam's Ron's Reworks series finally lands on digital download. The real killer here is 'Your Brain On Music', a slightly beefed-up and tooled up version of an Italo-disco-era chugger rich in driving bass, spacey synthesizer lines, proto-acid sounds and almost symphonic electronic chords. Elsewhere, 'Be Bizarre' is a tight, mostly instrumental revision of an electrofunk era big studio rock number - all squelchy synth bass, glistening guitar riffs and heavily edited, effects-laden drum machine beats - while 'Call Me' is a fine scalpel edit of a sparkling boogie jam. If high-grade, club-ready re-edits are your thing, you need this EP in your life.
Review: Cinthie Christl's 2020 debut album, Skylines - City Lights, was arguably one of the best dancefloor-focused full-length excursions of recent years, with a distinctly retro-futurist vibe that undoubtedly chimed with listeners. There's a similarly timeless and feelgood flex about the Berlin-based producer's first EP for Shall Not Fade. After opening with the sparkling, smile-inducing piano house revivalism of 'Offenbach Anthem', Christl confidently bounces between swinging deep house chunkiness ('13 Steps to Heaven'), organ-powered, sub-heavy New Jersey garage goodness (EP highlight 'Oh No No No', which sounds like a late-night basement anthem in waiting) and bumpin' brilliance ('What You Mean To Me', whose main attractions are a seriously squelchy bassline and superbly sweaty drums).
Review: Certain tracks are so effortlessly joyous and life-affirming that dropping them in the club will guarantee smiles all round. Iner's 'Trip of Happiness', the lead cut from the latest EP on his edit-minded Dobro label, is one of those. Powered forwards by colourful keyboard riffs, unfussy drums and waves of attractive electronics, it's a hands-in-the-air affair that seemingly builds from start to finish. Iner's second contribution to the EP, 'White Nights in St Petersburg', is also impressive, with the producer conjuring an acid bass-propelled slab of retro-futurist Afro-house. Saint Paul delivers two equally righteous rubs too: the tactile, early '90s soulful house wonder that is 'A Natural High' and the more bustling funky house flex of 'Joie De Vivre', where chunky house beats combine cleverly with vintage disco-funk instrumentation.
Review: Mining the rich musical heritage associated with his hometown of Sheffield, Parallax Unknown owner ES-Q delivers a killer follow up to 2019's Enter The System for Dolly. "No Go Zone" is classic Sheffield bleep, drawing on LFO and Rhythmatic's work and served up with some eerie synths lines. "Scenic Route" intersects that line where the Steel City meets Detroit, as a warbling bass supports swirling synths and rolling drums, while "Uplink Underground" makes for a slower, more teased out take on the same style. Best of all though is the title track, where ES-Q drops a killer break beat techno track, powered by tweaked acid, rave whistles and swirling atmospherics.
Review: In recent times, the Helliker-Hales brothers have been edging further towards warming dancefloor hypnotism, infusing their usual colourful deep house tracks with more than a few rhythmic and stylistic ticks borrowed from dub techno. 'Brainstorm', their latest single, is not quite as dubby as sone of their recent singles, but it does feature the kind of hazy, tactile and looped synthesizer riffs sometimes found on more dancefloor-focused dub techno excursions. Really, though, it's a delightfully summery and soul-enriching affair in which delay-laden saxophone snippets, wavy chords and flecks of organ wrap around a locked-in, techno-tempo groove. It's utterly gorgeous, wonderfully positive-sounding and one of their most attractive tracks to date.
Review: After releases on Permanent Vacation, Classic and Crosstown Rebels, Berlin-based American Alinka (Fantasy Life) is up next on Radio Slave's esteemed Rekids imprint with the Universal Motion EP. The tripped-out Italo style chug of the title track leads into the hypnotic tribal house journey of "Emotion To Emotion" and ending with the neon-lit night drive of "Reality Love". The Universal Motion EP shows the ex-Chicago DJ at the top of her game, and certainly one of the best names in the world of house, disco and techno at present.