Various – The Hype Vol 1

September 21, 2015 in Singles

The Hype Vol 1 Criminal HypeAnd speaking of chunky, techy, bassy, bouncy-ass house music (see MadTech review below)… after two albums from much-respected NYC veterans we jump to the opposite end of the spectrum with this first label comp from fledgling Welsh label Criminal Hype.

“Vast vibes across house and techno… no fillers” is how the hype sheet describes it. But as simply copy and pasting that sentence doesn’t really count as a review, I’ll say instead that there are 10 cuts on offer, from the likes of Italobros, Ki Creighton, Ozzi and Dene Antony (that is: not complete newbies but not household names either) and that the music taken as a whole spans tech-house, G-house and that variety of 2015-style house that some folk like to grumble about because “it’s really just 90s garage”… like that was a bad thing? Echoes of Tyree Cooper on Cal Johnstone’s Dooper are enough to win it ‘highlight’ status, with other standouts including the slightly deeper, more musical vibes of Jonathan Squillace’s Acta Non Verba and Ian Jay & Matt Williams’s Need It, a track that takes me back to 1001 bass drops on various speed garage and bassline house floors over the past two decades. Again, though, you’ll find your own faves because the standard is high throughout.

I love albums like this – they make me feel like the future of house n’ garage music is safe for a while yet…

Out: Now (but only since yesterday)

About: You can find Criminal Hype on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Kid Only – Basement Slip The Remixes

July 30, 2015 in Singles

Kid Only Basement Slip Remixes Criminal HypeFinally for tonight, we have this four-track remix EP from Welsh upstarts Criminal Hype… it’s only been a couple of weeks since I reviewed the original EP but the rerubs certainly don’t disappoint.

German producer Tapesh tones down the beats a little on Acid Connection, making for a more heads-down pass than the original. Chiqito’s refix of Let Go is similarly a bit less in-your-face than the original, but maintains the small-hours feel while getting proper buzzy in the bass department. David Moran’s rub of Open Mind loses the garage-y flava of the original but will work on darker, techier floors, and then finally Ian Jay & Matt Williams do a similar job on their remix of Over You, albeit they retain a little more of the garage vibe than Moran does on Open Mind.

The latter two will come in handy for those who like to play a bit harder, but it’s the Tapesh and Chiqito rubs that are the essentials here for yours truly.

Out: This week

About: Find Criminal Hype on Soundcloud and Facebook.