June 22, 2009 in Albums
June 18, 2009 in Uncategorized
Not me on the dancefloor – graceful and elegant sight to behold though that may be – but rather Me On The Dancefloor, which is a Facebook group you might like to know about for keeping up with release news, club nights, radio shows and so forth.
June 14, 2009 in Singles
After dissing minimal techno a few posts back I thought it’d be nice and hypocritical to then go ahead and enthuse about some here. “Do I contradict myself?/Very well then I contradict myself/I am large, I contain contradictions”*
June 13, 2009 in Albums
The German house music onslaught continues, although this is actually the work of an Australian, known to the taxman as Cam Farrar. And unlike a lot of the current ‘house revival’ coming out of Germany, this isn’t some post-minimal deep house affair, just 12 tracks of straight-up Chi-town jackery. Ac-ieeeed!
June 11, 2009 in Singles
How on earth this managed to slip through the iDJ reviews net I don’t know, cos One More Time by Divas Of Color feat Evelyn ‘Champagne’ King is just about a freakin’ PERFECT record
June 9, 2009 in Singles
The hype sheet for this makes comparisons to both Kerri Chandler and Carl Craig, neither of which I’m sure is justified, but the Craig comparison is probably nearer the mark in that this has that sweeping, orchestral feel. But it’s also a sight more proggy. Still, both tracks here could work for deep or prog jocks, with A-side Today Is Tomorrow being more of an uptempo, electronic cut and Souvenir a bit more atmospheric. They’ve both got ‘mix CD opener’ written all over them though, as opposed to ‘dancefloor destroyer’.
June 7, 2009 in Singles
“Gimme a beat, you freaks!” The prolific duo of Brown & Phelan (see also recent releases Dusted Roots Vol 3 and, from Phelan & Origami, The Big Remix EP) deliver another very checkable deep house slab here. The Original Mix is the one for me, a proper bumper in that west coast/east Midlands kinda way. Ross Couch’s two mixes are a touch techier – head for the Dub for some even bouncier dancefloor action. I’m less taken personally with the Fingermonsters’ Remix but if you want it tuff and electrofied then that’s where to heard.
June 7, 2009 in Uncategorized
Actually this is Don’t You Wish (Part 2) but part one seems to have slipped by me… anyway, if you can cast your mind back to the late 90s, when UK garage reigned supreme, well, that kind of near-falsetto male vocal à la Craig David/Artful Dodger/etc is what you get from Aren B here. And that’s not meant as a diss!
June 6, 2009 in Uncategorized
New Mondo are better known as west coast deep house heroes Vincent Kwok and DJ MFR, but this debut long player is a bit of a surprise… cos Total Control is a far more accessible, dare I say poppy project than you’d expect from this pair.
June 6, 2009 in Albums
This is worth the price of admission for Christian Hornbostel & Alfred Azzetto’s Paradise Garage tribute 84 King St alone, a housified disco romp which comes on like a 1000 Finger Man or Disco Juice for the noughties. Which means that having another 19 upfront soulful/funky/disco house nuggets to play with on top of that – presented unmixed in a lavish two-disc package – is somewhat of a Brucie bonus.