Review: Some four years and umpteen EPs have passed since Nachtbraker made his debut on Detroit Swindle's Heist Recordings label. This debut album, then, is arguably long overdue. "When You Find A Stranger In The Alps" is an exceptionally strong collection of cuts, with the Dutch producer effortlessly flitting between ambient interludes, head-nodding downtempo beats and the floor-friendly fare he's renowned for delivering. There's much eclecticism within that latter category, too. There are plenty of melodic deep house floor-fillers, of course ("Flambo", "Randy"), but you'll also hear reggae-tinged club tracks ("NSFW"), bouncy techno ("You Can't Run"), soul and disco-inspired mid-tempo shufflers ("The Dream Sequence", "Just Doing My Thang") and funk rock smashers ("Aliens"). In other words, it ticks a lot of boxes whilst remaining enjoyable and entertaining throughout.
Review: Nail's debut album from 1996, originally on DiY's Strictly 4 Groovers imprint, gets a full vinyl reissue for it's 20th anniversary. All proceeds will go to both Focus12 rehabilitation centre in Suffolk UK, and Maggie's Centre Nottingham. Many thanks to DiY crew and Juno for their help and support. Dedicated to Big D. Hold tight Pedro. Peace, Nail x
Review: Somewhat poetically, Anthony Naples describes his third album, "Fog FM", as a "house music transmission filtered through fluorescent static, from a station out of place and time". You'll certainly find some blasts of evocative radio static dotted around the album - see the drowsy wooziness of ambient numbers "Channel 2" and "Channel 3", not to mention the pops and crackles wrapped around sub-heavy, stripped back peak-time workout "Unhygenix" - but the lasting impression is of a smartly-produced set of mostly club-ready cuts that subtly doff a cap to many sub-genres of house and techno. It's a superb set, too, with highlights including the wayward techno intensity of "Benefit", the "Brown Album"-era Orbital heaviness of "Purple Iris" and the tough, dubbed-out deep house headiness of "Lucys".
Centric House - "Alright Alright" (Daydream mix) (6:57)
Underground Ghosts - "Really" (6:44)
Subway Ground Master - "Queensway" (4:11)
Syncopate - "Why?" (Underground) (5:41)
Korda - "Move Your Body" (club remix) (5:40)
Be Noir - "Give Me Your Love" (New York mix) (5:52)
Optik - "Music, Harmony & Rhythm" (6:31)
Review: Like Young Marco and Christiaan Macdonald's "Welcome To Paradise" compilations, this collection from crate-digging DJ Nick V offers a whirlwind trip through the golden years of Italian house in the early 1990s. The vibe is, though, decidedly different; while Nick V does doff a cap to the swirling, "Sueno Latino"-inspired "dream house" sound - see Subway Ground Master's impeccable "Queensway" and the seductive, sunset-friendly deepness of Optik's "Music, Harmony & Rhythm" - much of the compilation focuses on the warm, breezy, colourful and piano-laden "Italo-house" style that drew greater influence from contemporaneous U.S house and New Jersey garage. Highlights are plentiful, from the organ-laden, Jovonn style bump of "Really" by Underground Ghosts, to the growling bass and intense drums of Syncopate's "Why? (Underground)".
International Smoke Signal (feat Manu Dibango) (6:06)
Oh Yes (Freedom) (5:08)
Ai Shi Temasu (Japanese Love) (4:28)
Show Them (4:00)
Review: Tony 'Addis', the man behind the Warriors Dance label and No Smoke project (amongst many other things) is undeniably one of British dance music's unsung heroes. That much is proved by this re-mastered reissue of 1990 LP "International Smoke Signal", an album so ahead of the game at the time of its release that it still sounds like the future. Most will know acid house anthem "Koro Koro" (here in altered, slightly more downtempo form), but it's the quality of the lesser-known cuts - the sub-heavy, UK steppas-influenced Afro-house of "East of Eden", the bleep-meets-Dream II Science deep house bliss of "OAU In Music", acid-fired "Anti Galactic Devotion" and "Pacific State" style E-rush of "Oh Yes (Freedom)" - that makes it such an impressive and essential set.
Review: Italian duo Nu Guinea has previously proved adept at creating humid, sultry deep house and tropical-infused electronics. Here, they focus a little more on the latter with a concept album based around the distinctive Afrobeat rhythms of legendary drummer Tony Allen. With his blessing, and that of the Comet label on which he's been releasing since the 1980s, the Early Sounds Recordings pair has cut-up and re-constructed Allen's drums, combining them with their own steamy electronics, vintage synthesizer lines and classic drum machines. It's an intoxicating and hugely entertaining blend that sits somewhere between their previous outings, Danny Wolfers' material under the Nacho Patrol guise, and the dreamy late '80s/early '90s work of forgotten Italian producer Mr Marvin.