Review: "Miscalate" starts off as a smooth, deep house record but quickly chooses a darker path. A big rumbling bassline takes over with sharp electronics following closely behind. It's the interesting structure and musical side of the track that really makes it stands out. Partial Arts, a new project from Ewan Pearson and Al Usher, take control and not just remix but remake the track! They've delivered something rather special. A very unique, different and exciting production that will surely be turning heads and pricking the ears of many - Partial Arts are a name to watch.
Hous-O-Matik (House Of Ties feat F Montefiori remix) (6:47)
Hous-O-Matik (Spencer Parker dub remix) (7:56)
Review: B.A.D.S. or Berlin Amateur Dramatics Society to give it its full name, is a collaboration be-tween Spencer Parker and Homopatik organiser and resident DJ Mr Ties. 'Hous-O-Matik Hom-O-Patik' was created especially for use at the infamous Berlin party, and now this remix package sees the pair share it with the rest of the world. The F Montefiori version squalling sax fused with doubled up drum patterns for a rough take on New York house. Spencer Par-ker's versions are more functional and streamlined, with the Work Them boss dropping tracky, tough house rhythms - in particular, the 'dub' version, with its relentless kicks and crashing cymbals, is nothing short of devastating.
Review: For a relative newcomer, Nathan Barato has slotted right into the Rekids vibe with his first appearance on the label. "Back Up Queen" is defined by a brilliantly sarcastic vocal performance that sends up the diva culture that may or may not have its sights set on the dance music world. A rude bassline and solid tech-house bump do just the right amount of work in the background while a simple looped melody provides a contrast to the RuPaul-esque ramblings. Oliver$ does a serviceable job with his safe and steady remix, leaving it to 808 Fake to do away with the vocal and create a deeper mood driven by an insistent hat.
Review: Number 30 in the juggernaut that is Rekids' Cabin Fever Trax arrives, containing yet another pair of dancefloor killers from the studio of Matt Edwards. The chugging mid-tempo groove of "Dr Beat" belies its power, a beast of proto Chi-house whose searing percussion snowballs into a juggernaut of jacking beats, warped vocals, sirens and detuned organs. On the flip, "Olati Beat" takes things down to 100bpm with its sparse combination of minimal African-inspired house rhythms - less raucous than its counterpart but no less deadly in the right hands.
Review: If you've not heard this yet, you've either not being paying attention properly or you don't go out enough. It's been hyped to the heavens for the best part of a year, became an underground Ibiza anthem last summer and has attracted all manner of interest (apparently serial house fancier P Diddy likes it). Now it drops as part of Radio Slave's Cabin Fever series on a particularly desirable pink splattered white 12". What makes "Likewise" so attractive is the unlikely but brilliant combination of a throbbing low end groove (all skippy beats, pulsating sub and relentless electronic chords) with a classic jazz vocal (what sounds like Nina Simone). It shouldn't work, but it does - and then some.
Review: While trends in house music come and go, the Cabin Fever Trax series rolls on relentlessly drawing on an seemingly infinite chasm of secret weapons from Matt "Radio Slave" Edwards. Vol 27 arrives on purple wax sporting two of Edwards' heftiest slabs of dancefloor devastation, with "Ring Play" perhaps a riposte to some of the shallower attempts to ape/recreate/replicate the classic Chicago Deep House sound - what begins as a quite standard 4/4 groove swiftly descends into looped up dub house madness without ever losing its rhythmic focus. Even better is "Freeze Me", an unforgiving and unflinching sweaty mass of pummelling hi-hats, cavernous rave stabs and hypnosis inducing vocals which lurches forward with the kind of industrial energy appropriate for 5am.
Barbara Tucker - "Stay Together" (The Ravin' mix Radio Slave re-edit)
Black Magic - "Freedom (Make It Funky)" (Color For Frankie's dub Radio Slave re-edit)
Review: Cabin Fever lift two tracks from Radio Slave's recent Strictly Rhythm double CD mix for the 14th Trax release on this rather bewitching dark blue clear vinyl. Naturally opting for two tracks from the more jacking Uptown CD, Side A is home to Matt Edwards' edit of the seminal Ravin' Mix of Barbara Tucker's "Stay Together" which adds some extra twist to that distinctive acid tinged rave pulse. On the flip Lil Louis' rework of Black Magic's "Freedom (Make It Funky)" gets stripped back to a raw jackathon replete with a hypnotic crystalline synth melody.
Review: Discemi, aka Jori Hulkkonen and Tuomas Salmela, join the Rekids movement. With "Data Sapiens" they take their groove expertise and soundscaping professionalism to the next level. Discemi are able to get that hard to find balance between dancefloor sensibility and genuine personality. The package comes with a signature remix from Rekids head honcho Matt 'Radio Slave' Edwards. It's deep, extended and incredibly effective.
Review: Having been a staple in the Parisian scene for over two decades, Deeply Rooted boss DJ Deep returns to Matt Edward's Rekids with four tough productions here. "La Grande Brasserie" features rolling kicks and a subtle rhythm, as futuristic stabs ebb in and out of the mix, while the '2e Service' version (whilst sharing a similar aesthetic) sounds bigger with its echoing synths and infectious claps. On the flip, both tracks are more dark and mellow in comparison; "Paris Heartbeat" showcasing twisted atmospherics and gloomy elements, whilst the intricate and mesmerising 'Chord Kids' is exemplary of DJ Deep's ability to craft imaginative left-of-centre cuts.