I'm a bit busy with another project at the mo' so there were quite a few things we didn't get round to last week… so read the following carefully cos despite being only small reviews there are some proper gems in here!
BHOO – Elastic Phone
Only the third release from new London label Underbelly Records, this features Italian artist BHOO and remixes by Alex Arnout and Matt Tolfrey + Sam Russo. Expect very now-sounding, sparse deep grooves right on that "is it house or is it techno?" cusp.
Brioski – Last Day Here
Coming in no fewer than six mixes, this latest release from the mighty Nang sees a collision of nu-disco, punk-funk and synth-pop flavas, all topped off with a sweet female vocal and some great space disco stabs.
Chronophone – Voce De Sa Trincha
Some very deep tech-house here on Nite Grooves, coming from Desiree Paris AKA Chronophone, with added Latin flava on the original and a more heads-down feel on the D'Zeta + Basile remix (my pick). Also included is bonus cut Gold, a glitchy deep techno workout.
Cristian Benicasa – Silver EP
A three-track EP here coming from NYC's Dance Through Life Records. Expect leftfield-leaning, percussion-led deep house and, on Silver itself, some retrofied Chicago-style thrills as well.
Federico Gandin – Don't Be Alone
Driving deep techno and tough tech-house are the order of the day on this latest from Italy's Opilec Records, as a track culled from label boss Gandin's Legion Of Lost Dreams album gets no fewer than six remixes – three from the man himself and three from fellow Italian Robert Bardini.
Franco De Mulero + Hector Romero – Always
Spain's Franco De Mulero teams up with Def Mix/SAW legend Romero for this slab of classic-sounding house on Seamless Soul, which sports Detroitian-sounding strings and vocal snips that, to these ears at least, are very reminiscent of Joy For Life's Warm It Up from way back in 1995.
Giorgio Moroder – E=MC2
More new mixes of this classic Moroder disco track from 1979, this time the result of a remix competition organised by Audioporn Central. The track wasn't really broken, obviously, but Dirty McKenzie, Copycat and Divide + Create do a pretty decent job of fixing it anyway and nu-disco lovers should be more than happy! This has been out a couple of weeks, by the way, but I only got sent it last week…
Maxell – Ulia/Gotech
Tough, driving, bleepy techno cut Ulia gets paired with the bouncy tech-house of Gotech on this latest from the ever-checkable Manchester Underground Music. Remixes come from Parazo and Nik Feral, respectively, but it's the nu energy-ish original of Gotech that stands out for me.
Michael McLardy + Dudley Strangeways – Keep Off The Grass
The Baker Street and Lost My Dog stalwarts team up to deliver the latest from one of my favourite labels of the moment, Deso. It's a four-track affair coming from the techier end of deep house, with McLardy's dubbed-out House Fly the pick for this reviewer.
Roland Nights + Al Bradley – Flicker
3am Recordings boss Bradley teams up with label stalwart Danny 'Roland Nights' Stott here. The original of Flicker is a soulfully-inclined affair with almost-bruk beats, the JammHot Remix adds disco elements, but it's the fairly self-explanatory OTB I Like It Deep Remix that I'm feeling the most.
I should stress again… the only reason most of these didn't get a full review is cos there's a lot of pressures on my time at the mo', not cos they're not up to scratch… so check 'em out for yourself.
THANKS ALSO to those who sent in music last week that didn't make the cut this time: Caiano & F Fred, Child, Cocoared + Soulplate, D-Formation + Cesar Castillo, David Herrero, Dpplgngrs, Electric Zeus, Fanatico, Gavin Boyce, Infiction, Jaded + James Petrou, Jason Chance, Left + Right, Luke Gibson, Mollan, Mortal, MSystem, Sean Biddle, Sin Sin, Stephane Vera, Tal M Klein, UCP and Umek. Better luck next time guys, sorry but there's only so many hours in the day!
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