Review: DJ Octopus has been busy in the last few years, appearing often alongside Steve Murphy on labels like Love Notes, Chiwax, Hot Haus and Shall Not Fade. On this new double pack for House Crime he goes it alone, bringing the kind of raw, off-kilter but ultimately fun vibe that the label seems to plump for. "Born In 86" is an absolute head driller of a track, looped up but utterly addictive, while "Diastemia" offers a very different kind of disco-infused groove. This personality split runs throughout, ensuring there's never a dull moment diving into any of these sides of wax. Check "The Toy Is Mine" if you need proof that Octopus knows how to throw it down.
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: Daniel Fisher's Physical Therapy moniker has been a guest on some pretty strong labels, including 1080p, Hippos In Tanks, Allergy Season and a whole lot more. He first linked up with DJ Haus via the Unknown To The Unknown label back in 2015, and now he slips over to the sister label House Crime for a sweaty grip of club belters for those who like it ruff. "Vaseline Break" has a choice line in rolling amens and bleepy synths, while "Grater" takes on a straight-ahead techno march. "The Pressure" is a strange, disembodied belter with airy synths and a spacious mix, and "Don't Let Me Be Lonely" brings a little early 90s sass to the table, rounding off a wonderfully old-skool flavoured EP.
Review: Seixlack has been wobbling around many a label since first surfacing on Bliq and 777 in 2015, and their grubby, wonky approach to hardware house music sounds just right on DJ Haus' House Crime label. As is customary with House Crime, you get a whopping double pack of jams to chew on here, and the mood veers from the blown out dream-dance of "Computer Cosmos" to the bunker-dwelling deviant electro blips of "Asa-Delta". With lo-fi distortion guiding the way throughout, Seixlack demonstrates how to use production attitude to bind together disparate moods into one cohesive assault on prim and proper house music. This is gutter-dwelling groove music with a whole lot of heart.
Review: Steven BC has been busy carving out his own niche in the underground over the past year, primarily on the Shall Not Fade label. House Crime were quick to pick up on the distinctive qualities in his lo-fi, pumped up sound and following on from an appearance on House Crime Vol. 1. BC is back with a whopping great double pack of killer jams from the wild side of the outboard brigade. "Drive Over" has a nagging lead line that will turn heads despite its stark simplicity, while "Between The Sheets" plays with boogie tropes and makes them sound delightfully off kilter. Start to finish it's a collection of wondefully grubby but utterly fresh jams.
Review: DJ Haus' ever-expanding deviant house music empire continues to impress with another installment of House Crime, this time committed by Szch. The 12" kicks off with the fast and freaky "Girl I Neva" which borders on juke levels of nagging sample chops, before the script gets crumpled up and tossed at the bin with the wonderfully scruffy rave deconstruction of "Peugeot 106 At Sunrise (Pingers Mix)". "Unconditional (Edit)" brings something a little smoother to the mix, although that underlying weirdness that comes with House Crime releases is still lurking in the wings. "UKLJUCEN TI JE BLUTUT" finishes the EP off in a rowdy yet reflective style - long may the strange tale of House Crime continue.