Review: Chat Noir is the official imprint of Paris' Chat Noir Distribution, and will be dedicated to all shades of house music. Their inaugural release "This Is A Story" features Jeff The Fool AKA Antoine Bermann, who has been polishing his house music skills for five years now - and it's paid off! His contribution with The Chaud Records partner Wilt is entitled "All I Need" and it rules the A side. This is exactly the kind of emotive and swing-fuelled deep house that we just adore - think E-Wax or Quality Vibe. On the flip we have some good ol' fashioned liquid drum 'n' bass in the spirit of legends like LTJ Bukem and Alex Reece on the roller "B16P15" by Solar Sound System (Aymeric) and closing it out with yet more diverse sounds is the acidified electro journey "Blind Resistance" by local head Nairless (Flying Structures).
Review: Soviett Records is a label set up by a crew of hardcore street music lovers. It draws from rock-n-roll and hip-hop and punk-rave and is on a mission to "release music with a positive intent." The first offering is a great start: it serves up 17 glistening tracks of sparkling and analogue electro, boom-bap and hip-hop that harks back to the 80s but has one foot in the future. This is body music to make you move, complete with scratching, tons of 808s and 909s and funk to spare.