Time once again for our weekly round-up of the best of the rest of last week's releases…
In alphabetical order, then, Adrian Izquierdo & Tato Ruiz serve up Oxygen, typicically chuggy tech-house fare on Southpark Records coming complete with a deeper, spaced-out remix from Thomas T… Deep Character & Mad Boss give us the Various Concepts EP on Nite Grooves, a seven-tracker covering various shades of deepness with Open Your Eyes my pick of the four cuts promo'd… the latest from Form-and Function is the From The South EP, featuring four tracks of deep/tech goodness in the east London style from Deepmilo… New York's Dance Through Life give us George Absent & Valano's I Don't Need You EP, home to four very playable deep house cutz… French label Deep Movements is behind Le Prestige from Lyons-based J Dovy, one for the lovers of Afro-tinged house grooves… moving into techno pastures, Maximus Bellini's Arena comes on Greek label Sabotage Records and has pleasing house-y/disco-y overtones… Slim by Necaa is a very solid tech-house offering from Germany's Agora Audio in three mixes, with label boss Erich Bogatzky's standing out for me… new from the ever-checkable Snatch! Records comes Technique by Prince Club & Poupon, a decent enough slab of contemporary-sounding deep/tech house but one that to these ears is bettered by its own B-side, The Block being an upbeat, organ-fuelled houser making great use of a very familiar soul vocal… Raoul French's Bad Girl EP on MUM features two tracks of Afro/tribal-tinged tech house… Collector, an EP from Ukrainian producer Schelmanoff , features seven varied tracks ranging from minimal to prog to ambient but is certainly worth exploring, and comes on THT Music… a true rave classic, Living In Darkness by Top Buzz, gets a 2012 makeover courtesy of Sam Dungate on Influential House, though surprisingly he's concentrated on the trumpet fanfare and ditched that bassline… Tuccillo's House 19 EP is only the second release on the fledgling Holic Trax imprint, featuring four experimental-sounding tech-house cuts, among which Eyes Sky stands out… and then finally we come to a couple of V/A eps, with the Rusted Box Remixes EP from Israel's Rusted Records home to some fine bouncy tech-house grooves from Christian Cambas, Roy RosenfelD and others while Tactics Volume 1 comes from another newbie label (this is their fourth release), Tact Recordings, and features three experimental/leftfield-leaning tech-house cuts from Isherwood, Luke Black and Per Bojsen-Moller.
With THANKS ALSO to: Bunni Splanchnik, Dandi & Ugo, Fabio Tosti, Glitter, Mafu Nakyfu, Riera & Limebomb, Simon Bryant, Stephan J Kroos, Thomas Durrani, Tomcraft and Visitor Seven.
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