House of French disco and electro release a beginning-of-year primer featuring new music from Pyramid, Horixon feat Robert Owens and Techniques. The superb Kiwi remix of the Robert Owens vocal 'Lifeline' is the EP's highlight.
Big, synth-led number here from 19-year-old producer AWE who hails from LA and cites '80s movies, Hud Mo and Joker as influences. Yup, it’s all in there on 'Crystals' and therefore has a rather infectious nostalgia screaming out of it. And whilst it’s a bit too saccharine for my taste, it’s nothing compared to the Djemba Djemba 'Nightcore Remix', complete with weird chipmunk Japanese vocals and hyperactive drum & bass. Odd.
Quality two-tracker from London pair Swords & Sorcery. 'Rushing' grabs the sample from Bump's '90s classic 'I'm Rushin'', while 'Alchemy' brings some wild and untamed bass.
Picked up midway through 2013 for Chez Damier's Balance label, this four-track EP gets issued again on Opilec with extras. Alongside the spikey punk-funk of I-Robots' 'Streets Of Dongguan', Jordan Fields' 707-propelled proto-house tune and Federico Gandin's take on the old school Motor City sound, sits a new version of Klein & MBO's 'Last Call', remixed by the I-Robots.