Dennis Price - United For One Time
A chunky, contemporary-sound tech-houser surfing the current trend for more soulful vox, in this case with a refrain you may recognise from a certain St Germain classic… remixes come from Angelo D'Onorio and Orlando Voorn. Another quality offering from Holland's excellent 90 Watts.
Good Voodoo Society - Unified
I'll be honest, a lot of the mixes here are too commerical/big room/electro-y for this blog… good job Giom is on hand to serve up a brace of far more satisfying deep house rubs then, innit? If you can handle the pop/indie vocal then the jazzily tinkling Born 2 Groove Piano Mix might be worth a dip as well.
Luke Solomon - Ultrasound
If you wanted proof that Arthur Barr's Fullbarr Digital imprint – long a fave of this blog – is starting to really make its presence felt, just look who they've attracted to the label this time out! The Freaks/Classic main man delivers a heavily electronic number that sits right on the house/techno borders; of the four mixes, househeads are probably best served by the Kalabrese Edit.
Wasserfall – Thursday EP
Some weird n' wonderful yet rather lovely experimental/downtempo sounds here from Greta College Workshop. Four tracks, with Thursday and Untitled having probably the most appeal to late-night sofa surfers of a deep house bent. This fine boutique UK imprint has recently signed a distribution deal with Kompakt, so expect to be hearing a lot more about 'em.
Zenbi - Double Trouble
If you approach your tech-house from a house perspective, then the Original of this latest Great Stuff release is the one to head for. Elsewhere, mixes from Younan, Stefan Noferini, Sabb and Filthy Rich go down a techier, drummier route, but it's all good, as they say.
Fybe One - The Harp
More downtempo/experimental grooves here, from new UK label Shades Of Grey, which is the brainchild of Fybe:One himself and Owen Howells (of Zipped Records fame). The overall vibe is kind of 'minimal/dub techno meets bruk beat meets ambient' but Harmonic Curve might fit into more eclectic 'future garage' sets, methinks.
Thanks also to: Andy Ash, Astronivo, Axel Karakasis, Conrad Glimpse, Danic, Dream Funker & Matteo Batini, Drrtyhaze, Ed Lee, Falko Niestolik, Ivan Fernandez, Jay Robinson, Lorenzo Navarro, Luv Jam, MGMX, Mutation, The Neft, Tony Divino and, last but not least, the brilliantly-named 2 Kilo Mockingbird… as ever, there's just not time to review everything!