Before we get onto this week's reviews, here's the second part of last night's round-up…
Max Bett is up first with Something Like This, a very solid little two-tracker in the tech-house/house-y techno arena courtesy of Craft Music… next, Sick Elektrik give us Got Your Picture, a big and chunky contemporary vocal houser on State Records… Soul Button's Play Again EP on Steyoyoke is something of an oddity, sitting somewhere between deep/tech house, nu disco and electronic pop, with full vocals on all three originals – file under 'interesting'… Soul Holder's Break The Music EP for Nocturnal, on the other hand, is the label's trademark unashamed disco-house party fare… Stereogamous feat Shaun J Wright give us Face Love Anew, a collaborative release between US label HNYTRX and Berlin's Cocktail D'Amore. A soulful house cut at heart, it comes in eight mixes covering various house and nu disco bases, incuding a rub from Horse Meat Disco… there's more soulful house goodness on the Makin' Moves Sampler Vol 1, from the new UK label of the same name, with DjQness and SMI getting rerubs from Quentin Harris and David Harness, Harris's Dub of DjQness being particularly toothsome… Bush Of Sounds is a sampler V/A ep from Italy's N.O.I.A Records, across six tracks it's basically a house/ambient/world/psych fusion thing and well worth listening to without prejudice… and finally Aura comes on the mighty Transport from house legend and generous sharer of nachos* Vincent Kwok, who comes up trumps with a deep house gem that's firmly rooted in classic US vibes yet embraces the best of the more contemporary European sound, too.
Thanks also this week to: Definitive Records, Sven Väth, Cellophane, Chester & Oscar, Dadaglobal, DJ KoT, Drumcomplex & Roel Salemink, Felix Bernhardt & Larry BAAAAM!, Full Funktion, German Brigante, Inbeat, J Gonzalez, JRR Floorkiller, JunkDNA Vs Rosie Romero, Marc Houle, Nikki Noek, Quintin Christian & Vandermeer, Soulight, Steve Conelli, Tamagotchi JAH, Tiger Cubes, Tintin, Tuccillo & Kiko Navarro, Umek and Visitor Seven.
* this references an incident at a Miami pool party ten years ago. You can't even call it an in-joke because there is no earthly reason Vincent Kwok would remember it. I'm not even sure why I do, but you know how things stick in your head.
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