Review: London's Warriors Dance label was a unique operation and a pioneering label during the late 80's acid house phenomena. This EP from 1991 is reissued in its original form with all four cuts intact, in particular Addis Posse's "After Midnight'. This is a strong statement of intent: blistering and obscure cuts from the depths of Harrow Road, drawing on the breakbeat heavy, hip-hop orientated style the crew were known for. Pure London street sounds infused with the techno and house sensibilities that made the label so potent.
Review: Whilst all the vinyl samplers for this DJ History curated Trax Re-edit compilation are worth investigating, it's perhaps this third volume that screams essential the most by virtue of the presence of JD Twitch, Andy Blake, Richard Sen, Toby Tobias and Hardway Bros as the resident re-editors. Nor do they disappoint either as Hardway Bros team up with Rekids type Tobias and introduce some driving energetic synth patterns into Adonis' "We're Rocking Down This House" as well as embellishing the bottom end for a modern day warehouse thumper. Equally good is Cave Painter Andy Blake teasing out the rubbery off kilter undertones to Willy Wonka's spoken word drum machine thriller "What Is House" whilst retaining the raw, stuttering core. On the flip, Richard Sen goes deep on the signature synth stabs to Ron Hardy's "Sensation" which will destroy the more discerning dancefloors out there. Finally JD Twitch strips Mr. Lee's "Pump Up Chicago" of its really quite silly overtones and twists the track into a brilliantly hypnotic and menacing acid tinged late night jacker
Review: The newly minted Wilson imprint come brandishing a steadfastly enthusiastic keep vinyl alive approach, warning people on their site to "play it on vinyl or don't play it" and their debut release shows an equal respect for the true production values founded in Chicago and Detroit. The Underground Warriors EP pairs the old and trusted with the new and exciting as respected producers Alex Agore and Washerman share space with the upcoming Italian duo Fabio Monesi and Luca Ballerini. Naturally the contributions from the Berlin dwelling Agore and Swiss producer Washerman demonstrate a clear level of accomplishment, with the former's "Stalker" dripping with emotive intent. Don't discount the tracks from the lesser known duo however with "Momma' Groove" from Monesi an excellent drum machine workout complemented by oven warm pads.
Review: For their second release, Clafooti Records give us with a multi-flavoured recipe. A-side, in a more Chicago-ish vein, sees ARK and WHITE PAPOO on the remix driving seat, both delivering bass-heavy blip house that any Derrick Carter fan will enjoy to the max. B-side take us much deeper inside the techno hole, as ZEF get it right for the huge warehouse sound systems. Techno to move ya ass to!
Review: Like many labels at this time of year, Banoffee Pies has decided to get into the Record Store Day spirit, delivering a limited edition, hand-stamped 10" featuring a trio of Afro-inspired cuts from their growing roster of artists. There's naturally much to admire, not least the deliciously bass-heavy "Simigwado (Eidt)" by Az, a heavy Afrobeat rework that gets the right balance between the restless throb of house music and the vibrancy of the producer's source material. Walter Ego impresses, too, with the cowbell-laden Highlife shuffle of "Eme Nenyo", while Philou Louzolo steals the show with the Clavinet-heavy Afro-disco goodness of his superb "Royal Booty Funk".
Review: The Supply crew's John Barera and Will Martin team up again but this time it's for Steve Mizek's Argot imprint, and the duo have duly supplied their familiarly dusty brand of house music. The title track "1 2 3 (Feels Right)" is sparse, raw as hell and synth-heavy, while "Hide Tide" is a little ore low-key and loose around the edges. Over on the B-side, "Spin Cycle" unleashes a bubbling low-end underneath a grainy, swinging kick-snare approach, whereas "The Bog" winds the tempo right down resulting in a wonderfully abstract vision of house and techno.
Review: Supply Records returns with a seventh release which finds Will Martin make his label debut and build on the budding production partnership with John Barera, which commenced with a standout contribution to a various artists 12" on Dolly last year. Much like "Reality" from that aforementioned release on Steffi's label, the four tracks here commence on a disco flecked tip with "Awake" which is filled with driving soulful strings and cracking drums. Classic Rhodes punctuate "Say It Now" whilst the flip shows a different side to the pairing with "Unknown Factor" heading into stab heavy techno territory, whilst title track "Yen" displays Martin and Barera's mastery of haunting atmospheres. Supply meets demand once again!