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: Manchester's meandyou. collective take their time over releases, averaging just over a 12" per year. Here they kick off 2016 with another collaborative EP, full of drowsy deep house, crackling techno and tipsy, world-weary ambience. With label conspirator Herron otherwise engaged, it falls to Workshopper Even Tuell to kick things off with the slowly unfurling new age chords, blazed vocal samples and sparse-but-chunky deep house groove of "Boys Truth". Sul "Does It For Andy" on the creepy, discordant dark world ambient track of the same name, before Sensu brings back the beats on the hypnotic, experimental dubby techno shuffle of "Sigmon". Finally, Fabric lays back and lights something fragrant on the similarly dub techno influenced, metallic IDM-goes-ambient of "Pink Grid".
Review: Mannheim's favourite son Fabian Winkels returns with more bleepy and swing fuelled minimal tech house: exactly the way we like it. The man behind such imprints as Salty Nuts serves up his second release for the FUSE London sublabel here. "Shaped Like Kayla" demonstrating the same kind of hypnotic and slinky grooves that have landed him releases on top labels like Mulen and local institution La Pena. "Who Is The Drummer" gets that MPC style jitter on in fine form, assisted by bumpy bass and whirry synth textures for perfect afterhours mischief. Finally, "Navigate" fractures the beats for a different kind of groove altogether, but still trippy and funky as hell. Winkels is a regular on local imprints making big waves in the scene at present, such as Sukhumvit, Kusi and BE9. Likewise, Infuse have had a stellar year with great releases by Julian Alexander, East End Dubz and Jack Wickham.
Review: House Crime bounce back into the mix following the utterly essential Steven BC release with this sixth jaunt through tough and rough beats from the backalley of the house music story, this time narrated by Anthony Fade. The drums are dirty distorted machine splatters, the synths wobble under the weight of their own fuzziness and the samples crunch like they fell prey to the ropiest of MPCs, and that's precisely why Fade's jams are so damn hot. "Wild 9 (Acid Mix)" is especially potent, using a simple but deadly 303 line and all kinds of hectic textures, and "Bout It" manages to make melodic deep sound as mean and nasty as it ever should.
Review: French producer Alec Falconer presents his third release, following up some great EPs on EXT and Entity London. "Flicker Zone" comes courtesy of local imprint Rue De Plaisance and sees the Parisian deliver more retro influenced flavours. From the booming high intensity workout that is the title track that goes for an electro vibe to the very Dopplereffekt influenced "Les Volets" - this is material made for the dancefloor. On the flip it's all about the chill out room though: from the mellow breaks of "L3D 121D" to the acid ambient journey "View From The L2", this 12" successfully demonstrates Falconer's vast sonic repertoire.