Review: Bringing a simmering and sultry brand of deep house to the table, Swink has everything you need to get the night greased up and grooving. Nick Beringer is in a bumping New Jersey mood on "Win My Heart", draping the drums in haunting tones and bluesy chords for an alluring end result. Manuel Regnet keeps things crisp and functional for his remix, stripping back to a more slimline beat and letting a more punchy bassline through to the foreground. Kid Mark is feeling a bit rougher with his pumping "One Night Stand", but still the pads and vocal licks keep things soulful. Fabio Monesi meanwhile twists the B1 up into a delirious jam filled with the distant clamour of a crowd and light, airy drums for a truly uplifting experience.
Review: Axe On Trax's little sibling, the white-label spawn by the name of Axe Traxx, is starting to grow into a rather impressive little imprint thanks to releases from Sonderr and Italy's Die Roh. The third instalment is a collaborative affair from a series of emerging house deviants and, as per usual, this is is mightily limited and even a little bit tipped! Dusty house sensations are given off by Ruff&Stax's "Brando"; "James Brown" from Kid Mark is a stomping, chord-heavy analog belter; DJ Pegasuz and FTPup deliver a fast-paced, raw-as-hell house killer in the same style as Dance Mania 12"s from the late 90s, and "XX" by Fede Lng is simply a nasty piece of work in all senses of the phrase - dark, squelching, distorted, and just the right amount of funky. TOP 12!
Review: Paris' Skylax (run by none other than Hardrock Striker) serves up some wonderful throwback house sounds on A Fistful Of Wax 3. First up Belarus' favourite sons S80 & Overture present "What's Up" while also on the A side is the rather Summer Of Love sounding "Got To Know" by Kid Mark with its sampled diva vocals, swing fuelled rhythms and hands in the air house chords really doing it. On the flip Rosenhaft's "CCMF" has that classic Frankie Knuckles vibe happening, as does Love Island's "A Feelin'" which takes you all the way back to '92 very convincingly indeed.