Review: The comic book-inspired Quartet Series returns to action, with another four studio superheroes joining the label's unofficial 'League of Extraordinary House Producers'. Returning hero Nachtbraker kicks things off with "Dobie", a quirky foray into percussion rich, jazz-house territory that packs serious dancefloor punch. Laurence Guy successfully breaks up the beats on the deep and woozy "Love & Be Loved", while Tommy Vicardi Jnr works his DJ Sneak style beats and cut-up samples hard on the deliciously energetic "Aplomb". Finally, LK doffs a cap to R&B, hip-hop and Detroit deep house on the pitched-down 4/4 shuffle of closer "Honey", which should appeal to those who enjoy the work of Marcel Vogel, Inkswel and Andres.
Review: 89:Ghost is on fire at present, having thrown down killer releases from Todd Sines, Logic System and Tomoki Tamura over the past year. Tommy Vicari Jr is a great addition to the roster, bringing a freaky, wobbly and distinctly hi tech approach on "All That Matters" that will have party people freaking out in a whole new way. "Things At Night" takes a completely different approach with its focus on delicately chopped up piano hooks. "Tlk 2 Me Wt Yr Bdy" flips the script yet again with a roughneck, 'ardcore sound palette and some filtered house elements riding atop a booming low end. "Likely Story" finishes this varied EP off with a cheeky garage house strut that will have just as many fans as the other killer jams on this well rounded record.
Review: Tommy Vicari Jr, also known as either Tomski or Vibration White Finger depending on which sounds you gravitate towards, has put out a staggering amount of EPs since the mid 00s, and an even more absurd volume of tunes in the last three years alone. The house specialist has been called up to revitalise the Hyperspace brand, and this effective four-tracker is built with exactly the right sort of mineral for it. "Always Be Here" bounces lazily amid a wonderful sea of rattling percussion and muddy bass bumps, while "Rudow" is a much sleeker, more intricate house gem backed by a wall of sub-bass. The flipside starts off with "Ramshackles" and its stripped-back, minimalistic approach that leaves room just for the low ends to dissipate, whereas "Unooutcome" drops a classic Chicago sort of vibe that recalls the sort of basslines Lil Louis would bang out on a regular.