Various – 4/4 #26

June 25, 2016 in Singles

4/4 #26 1980 RecordingsDan McKie’s 1980 Recordings release the latest in their long-running 4/4 V/A series here, and it’s a cracker, with four varied but equally high-calibre tracks.

Alex A’s Reality is up first, a tuff-ish tech-houser with dramatic filtered synths and a spoken, sampled male vocal. Eddy Lassemblée’s Sound Of Da Police, which follows, is a lively lil’ bouncer with a nagging acid riff and cheeky bites from both Last Night A DJ Saved My Life and (obviously) KRS-One, as well as “bounce!” vocal of its own. Mathieu Basi & Keedo’s 3am In Detroit then takes us into far deeper territory, as you’d probably already guessed from the title, while finally Sterbal’s Creased is a lo-slung, bassy houser with prog and rave elements and a “don’t you tell me” vocal sample.

If pushed then Sound Of Da Police and 3am In Detroit are the standouts for me – but only just because this is good stuff all round.

Out: This week on Beatport, everywhere else from 1 July

About: Find 1980 Recordings on Facebook or at their own website.

Various – 4/4 #22

November 15, 2015 in Singles

4/4 #22 1980 RecordingsThe latest here in a long-running series of V/A EPs from Dan McKie’s 1980 Recordings, a label that seems to have moved on from its electrohouse beginnings and is these days serving up some very solid tech-house fare.

Anton Stellz kicks things off with Disco Dancer, a pretty uptempo affair by today’s standards with incessant shakers and what sounds like a chopped-up Middle Eastern/Arabic female vocal. DeSon’s Shakteron follows, a stuttery, bass-y dancefloor workout that to these ears would be better without the increasingly over-familar “the point though, is really about your story” spoken vocal. The brilliantly named JM & Mr Cardboard give us Body Pack, which has an almost UK garage-y feel to its lingering pads, sweet female vocal cut-ups, deep bass and skippy beats, before Sascha Beek’s Revolution sees tech-house getting its disco shimmy on below a spoken “What are you talking about? Talking about a revolution!” vocal sample.

Good stuff all round (sample niggles aside!) but it’s Disco Dancer and Body Pack that stand out for me.

Out: This week

About: You can find 1980 Recordings on Facebook or at their own website.