Giovanni Damico - "No Al Maltrattamento Dei Samples" (5:29)
Pascal Viscardi - "La Ragazza Del Lago" (6:19)
Marcello Napoletano - "Insignami" (6:55)
Lucretio - "I Piu Piccoli" (6:33)
Christian Lisco - "55" (5:02)
Paolo - "Pericolo" (5:20)
Bassa Clan - "Notte Brava" (6:57)
Fede Lng - "La Volpe" (4:58)
Review: According to La Chinerie themselves. after repping their dear home of France on the first volume, they are 'this time enlightening Italy's house scene through an eclectic V/A gathering eight tracks from eight talented macaronis.' Southern Italy represents in the form of Salerno's Giovanni Damico with the funky and dusty soul heaven of "No Al Maltrattamento Dei Samples" while Lecce's finest Marcello Napoletano delivers the goods as always on the gritty house shenanigans of "Insignami". Elsewhere, there's Restoration's Lucretio (via Berlin of course) delivering some muscular, hardware oriented grooves on "I Piu Piccoli" while the north of The Beautiful Country represents too, rest assured, in the from of Bologna's Bassa Clan with the bouncy and swinging NYC circa '94 vibe of "Notte Brava".
Review: It's always a treat to spot Edward donning his Desert Sky guise for another trip into the hinterland of minimal techno, where expression reigns free and all kinds of sound sources tumble into a truly exotic mix. On this album for PAL SL, all bets are off as we get whisked down a mysterious and meandering path where organic and electronic matter merge in the shadows, all strapped to subliminal but pronounced grooves that make this some of the most potent, intriguing club material in circulation right now. Buy the ticket, take the ride and dance out under that Desert Sky.
Review: Yes! New York's big friendly giant and cream of the crop when it comes to house music, DJ Jus Ed, lands back on his own excellent Underground Quality stable with an extended Ep-come-mini LP. You know you can always count on the man to deliver pure magic, and each of these six tracks are a total joy on the ear, a marvellous journey into the smoothest depths of true deep house. "Vision Ride Of Reality" sets the scene with a gentle, cinematic bundle of melodies, and "Minimal Groove Up Vibe" slots in a little extra spice with the help of some bleepy sonic twists. "Strange Bad Connection" is more of a classic NY house stomper, while "Space Rhythm" rattles its leftfield percussion amid bleak shards of keys, "Where Am I Now" enters a long and enchanted wormhole, while "Rhythum Shit" lays down a heavy groove and ties this release off with an extra dose of grit and fiery energy.
Review: Oh yes! Our main man DJ Jus' Ed teams up with the legendary Move D (Workshop, Magic Mountain High etc, etc, etc) for a new collaborative effort on his always on-point Underground Quality, home to artists such as Fred P, Levon Vincent and Juniper. There's a whopping four cuts on here and our picks of the bunch have to be "From Bridgeport To Heidelberg" - for that winding melody and gritty percussion flex - and "Hustler Suite", a bass-heavy deep house roller for you to meditate on. This is yet another Underground Quality gem.
Review: Having graced the Mule imprint with the Vision Dance album in CD only format earlier this year, it was only a matter of time before Underground Quality's pappa bear Jus-Ed persuaded the label to let him release it on vinyl. Released on clear blue vinyl via his own UQ label, the accomplished nature of Vision Dance is not really compromised by the fact two tracks have been shorn. The raw DIY feel of "I'm Coming" is replaced with sumptuous, rich, fully formed grooves like "A Little Deeper", "Ice 592", and, most impressively, "Acid Techno", suggesting the Connecticut based producer has been spending a lot of time locked away with his drum machines. Vision Dance is also clearly influenced by Ed's travels through Europe - track titles like "Project 1 London" and "Stuck In A Train To Berlin" reveal that he has broken modern DJ protocol by spending the down time between gigs being productive instead of lurking on Twitter.
Colors Of Autumn (feat Speech Of The Group Arrested Development) (4:10)
This Is My Rock (feat Sophia Kennedy) (5:19)
Illumination (feat Roisin Murphy) (4:40)
Planet Hase (feat Mano Le Tough) (4:18)
Pick Up (6:37)
Scratch That (feat Roisin Murphy) (5:02)
Muddy Funster (feat Kurt Wagner) (5:23)
Baby (How Much I LFO You) (4:31)
Lord Knows (4:04)
Seeing Aliens (4:53)
Drone Me Up, Flashy (feat Sophia Kennedy) (6:26)
Take A Run (feat Ada) (4:51)
Review: DJ Koze's music is very much suited to the album format. Although his last effort through this medium was back in 2013, his explorative nature and wide-eyed, improvisational style are simply made to branch out into areas outside of the more predictable house and techno formats. Knock Knock comes through on his own Pampa label, with its seventeen tracks all providing us with something different and wonderful, from slo-mo r&b sounds to funky, wayward house music that is most certainly at the 'outside' of the house spectrum. There are plenty of special guests, too, including Mano Le Tough, Sophia Kennedy, and many other relevant talents. A Koze speciality.
Review: Keys Of Life has been a label often praised and plaid by Norway's DJ Sotofett, so this collaboration with Helsinki's Jesse feels like a natural turn of events for both artists. Essentially genre-less the whole way through, Twotinos is best described as being downtempo music with an subtle afro edge, no doubt carried through by Sotofett's own predisposition to boogie and disco. Tribal and balearic in the best of ways, there is much to explore and dig into here, but our picks have to be "Orga Fit", a dreamy bounce of disco infusions and tropical manoeuvres, and the excellent electro-disco groove of "Kuume". The rest will certainly come in more than useful to any DJ looking for a bit of life in their transitions but, then again, that's what this label specialises in...
Simoncino - "Inga's Creme" (Chez Damier Morning After mix part one)
Soul System aka Nicholas - "Everything Must Change Originally"
Sameed - "Bad You"
Damien Zala - "Shake Vibration"
FTG, Belfie & Alex Tea - "Public Enemy"
Joey Kay - "All Night"
Lady Blacktronika - "Right Direction"
Carlos Nilmmns - "Gwen's Song"
Violence FM & The Underground Soulsavers - "Soleil Mauve"
Lady Blacktronika - "Again See Spring"
Sinan Kaya - "What's Mine"
Urban Inc - "Beatdown"
Jason Grove - "Streets"
Love Island - "A Feelin'"
Octo Octa - "We Will Be Together Forever"
Rosenhaft - "Voyager"
Concept e25 - "What Did You Say"
Kuba Sojka - "Walk On Moon"
Groove Riddim - "The Difference" (feat Nathaniel X Project)
Niko Marks - "Real Funk Don't Die"
Signal ST - "Bongo Trax"
Mike Sharon - "Free Your Mind"
Garage Shelter - "Attempt" (Lonely Heart dub)
Peter Black & Hardrock Striker - "Dreamtime"
Review: Given that it's been 14 years since French producer Hardrock Striker established the Skylax label, this retrospective catalogue mix-up has been a long time coming. Old friend DJ Sprinkles handles disc one, delivering a mix that brilliantly blends her uniquely dubby and spaced-out take on house music with dusty, soulful and largely U.S-centric deep house jams from the likes of Sameed, Lady Blaktronika, Chez Damier, Joey Kay and Carlos Nilmmns. On the second disc, Hardrock Striker focuses on more recent label material, whizzing through a swathe of tactile, deep and groovy retro-futurist cuts from the likes of Octa Octa, Niko Marks, Groove Riddim and Garage Shelter.