Bass Kleph - Riff Machine
Tough and muscular yet still groovy techno from Umek's 1605 Music Therapy label. The original is bleepy and bouncy, Hertz takes it a touch more full-on while Mladen Tomic has a little tech-housey swing to it.
Darius Bassiray - What I Always Heard But Never Understood
Forward-thinking tech-house, techno and electronica from Perth, Australia's Kindred Sounds imprint, courtesy of Bassiray and remixers Habersham, label boss Kriece and Mike Callandar.
Electricano – Temptation
Deep progressive house sounds from Russian label Spring Tube. Remixes come from Artie Flexs, James Warren, Matrick and Deep-Maker, with Matrick and Deep-Maker sharing the honours for me.
Eric Powa B - Daktari's Revenge
Coming on New York's legendary King Street, this starts out as a simple drum track, augmented by some rainforest sounds, then gets more jazzy/lounge-y as it progresses. Interesting stuff, but the cocktail hour dancefloor rub from Filtertypen Remix is even better. The spirit of The Loft is alive and well!
Owen Howells feat Real Carrera - Tried & Tested
Bit shout out to my man Owen, a long-time supporter of TIWWD! Here he serves up some quality deep, crunchy techno/tech-house vibes for the ever-checkable Sounds Of Juan. Glen McArdle and Ross Richardson remix, the latter to housiest effect.
Sekond Skin – Without
A four-track EP from this Italian producer on UK label Black Sheep Trax. Best filed under 'techno with progressive house tinges' overall, it's the slightly menacing bottom-end rumble of Different Language's remix of the title track that's working best for me.
Sergio Marini & Luciano Luke Macini – Back To The Beat
Back to the beat indeed with this latest release from checkable Italian techno imprint Beenoise, with simple driving tech-house percussion topped off with a 'now you're moving, now you're grooving' male vocal sample. Coming in not-wildly-different Original and Club mixes, this is one to keep 'em moving and grooving for sure.
Vince Fierro – Probably
More of Nocturnal's trademark uptempo disco-house revival vibes here. Which would be perfectly acceptable in and of itself, but while Yes I Will and In You are perfectly serviceable peak-time stompers, it's the title cut that stands out with its highly Indian/Arabic-sounding vocal. It's like some kind of crazy E-and-acid trip where you find yourself raving on the set of a Bollywood movie…
THANKS ALSO to Acida Corporation, Andrea Loche & Corrado Zonneda, Dufrain, Houz Mon, I Killed Kenny, iBenji, J&S Project vs Raffaele Rizzi, Kick Punch Gang, Matt Star & Candy Csonka, Namy, Oliver Moldan, Paul Anthony, ZXX & Ricard, Pocket feat Steve Kilbey, Roland M Dill, Tomcraft, Global Undergounr and Manchester Underground Music, all of whom also sent stuff in for consideration this week. Sorry guys, there's just not room, or time, to cover everything! But it is appreciated, and maybe next time.