’15 Years of Robsoul Recordings – Volumes 1, 2 & 3′

’15 Years of Robsoul Recordings – Volumes 1, 2 & 3′ / Various Artists Robsoul Recordings / August 2014 Longevity in the fickle world of dance music is a rare characteristic, as labels, producers and DJs come and go.  So for Parisian stalwart Phil Weeks and his ever reliable Robsoul imprint, with 15 years of pumping […]

Various Artists – Italo House Compiled by Joey Negro – Z Records

Joey Negro’s latest compilation follows on from his recent winning selection, Remixed With Love. With his wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm for crate-digging it’s understandable that Italo House is getting his preferential treatment this time, with over 20 tracks covering the genres late-1980’s and early-90’s heyday. From deeper classics to lesser known gems that perhaps […]

Various Artists ‘RSN002’

After we fell head over heels for the pre-Christmas Pris cut, Blind (as featured on his Unbeknownst To Us EP) it was with some excitement that the next release on the Resin imprint landed on our plate. Featuring the aforementioned artist, who seems intent on slamming chunky four four techno at anyone who will listen, along with […]

Various Artists ‘Studio Rockers @ The Controls Level 2’

If there’s a current album that best exemplifies how sounds that loosely fall under the term ‘bass’ offer a potentially awkward juxtaposition between snappy, broken beat dirt and 4AM-at-a-rave beauty, but somehow manage to deliver that meld coherently, then this second instalment in the Studio Rockers series is it. Veering from neo-jungle to the dubby […]

Various Artists ‘DJ Kicks: Brandt Brauer Frick’

Anyone hoping Brandt Brauer Frick would select a host of tracks in the vein of the Ensemble’s organic, minutely detailed takes on techno (see also the 2013 album, Miami) for their addition to !K7’s acclaimed DJ Kicks series may be in for a disappointment. Taking very little time at all to realise its potential, what’s actually […]

Various Artists ’10 Years of Phonica Records’

Spanning a generous three discs, comprising 33 tracks, this celebratory release aimed at making it clear London’s Phonica has been purveying fine beats for a decade, obviously wants to land with some impact. Along with a seemingly obligatory CD or vinyl of in-house classics, we also have a pair boasting nothing but previously unreleased material, making […]

Various Artists – Schemata

With the ongoing explosion of house music in clubs around the UK it’s easy to get caught up in the hype machine. But the eternal quest to find the newest, deepest, most innovative sounds will always remain frustrating. When people start throwing around labels like “progressive minimal tekfunk” questions must surface over the absurdity of […]

Various Artists ‘EPM Selected Volume 2’

With its opening gambit the latest compilation from our good friends at one of the UK’s finest electronic music promotion agencies-turned-record labels states the intention clearly. “We want filth… we don’t want commercial interruptions… leave us alone.” Despite the paraphrasing, hopefully you get the point. As was proved with both EPM Volume 1 and EPM […]

Various Artists – Fascinating Rhythms – Virgin Records

It’s never easy knowing where to start with a review of an album spread over three whole CDs. Other than to say that the release in question is both decade spanning and expansive. Not to mention packed with absolute anthems. Fascinating Rhythms, the rather sizeable title in question, belongs to a wider five-strong collection of […]