Eyes In Eyes
Oh yes. This sixth release from Jamie Jones and Lee Foss's Emerald City imprint dispenses with the peak-time bluster of Hot Creations in favour of deep, unctuous, euro house, reminiscent of some of those magical early Kompakt releases. Formulated by Swiss producer Disco Channel (previously of Candenza fame), this is simple but devastatingly effective stuff; just strings, organ chords, a wobbling bass and some fine, fine vocals. Jones and Foss pitch up for remixes, but it's Spain's Coyu who delivers a shuffling smasher. Get it. Now. Go on.
'Casa (Axel Boman Dub)'
'Casa' is the title-track from Chilean maestro Dinky's sixth (count 'em!) album, due out on Damian Lazarus' Crosstown later this year. Penned while she was holed up in the house expecting her second child, it's a joy-filled, spine-tingling bliss-out from beginning to end. It would perhaps be more than enough on its own, but then there's a dub version from Studio Barnhus don Axel Boman, an epic near-10-minute trance-out which is simply transcendently good, building percussion on percussion until your head is spinning. Just perfect.
Eddie Ness & Liem
'Hardcore Will Never Dry'
Pure, shuffling deepness here from Eddie Ness and Liem on the increasingly essential Lehult. 'Holy Grail' plays its hand early, a single chord, a dirty high-hat, accumulating percussion and gathering weirdness as it rattles through six sizzling minutes, opening up with some treated rave pianos. 'JRP' tribals things up a bit, underpinning distorted static. 'Kevintin Melbourne Shuffle' (us neither) is all skippy beats, atmospheric wind, no bassline and mallets on wood. It's just brilliant.
'House of Chorge. EP'
Alexis Raphael lets rip on Cajmere's most venerable Relief Records, putting himself alongside the likes of Paul Johnson, Gene Farris, Gemini, Boo Williams... the alumni is distinguished. Relief's always had a yen for the peculiar, and the Londoner keeps his end up. 'House of Chorge.' is certifiably odd, with frazzled synths, a demented spoken word and a kick which will rattle your fillings. 'Sabotage', with its echoes of rave divas and the towering 'Bass Too Dark', ain't too shabby either. But this is all about Chorge, jah?
James Curd & Diz
'It's So Much Fun'
Former Greenskeeper James Curd joins with Diz for a Chi-Town face off of galactic proportions on Hot Creation co-founder Lee Foss' new(ish) Repopulate Mars imprint. 'It's So Much Fun' is just that – a low-slung disco devastator, an underground party anthem of the first water. Felix Da Housecat's mix takes a bit of the fun out to be honest, while Foss' take on matters is all moody bleeps for dark corners. Very nice indeed.
'Itchy Kitchy People'
Release number four for Manchester's burgeoning Sprechen imprint, courtesy of Norway's Kohib (aka Øivind Sjøvoll), a veteran of the pivotal electronic scene in the frozen north of Tromsø. Title-track 'Itchy Kitchy People' will likely tip people right over the edge, never to return, if dropped suitably late into the evening, a bouncing bassline augmented with a truly demented vocal. Over, we have 'Yakkatak', heavy on the cowbells, chords from the orient and Balearic boat party vibrations amid the acidic bleeps.
'Lovelee Dae (Bicep Remix)'
Feel My Bicep
It takes some serious stones to try and rework a genuine classic, but Belfast boys Bicep do the magnificence of Blaze's benchmark anthem 'Lovelee Dae' some respectful justice. Using Ralph Lawson and Carl Finlow's 2020 Vision a capella version as their starting point, they pull out the 909 and slog this one out of the park. In old fashioned style, there's a peak-time jam and a solid dub to be found on the flip. Most impressive.
Kepler Sound District
Cali-born Taylor Freels, A.K.A. Urulu, has previously been found turning it out for the likes of Dirt Crew and Brookyln's Let's Play House. He's now also behind new project Kepler Sound District, and the newly formed Kepler Sound imprint, of which this four-track excursion is the first salvo. It's quietly, subtly brilliant. 'Capsule''s scything synths recall the glory days of Gemini's Guidance Recordings, while 'Petrol' plumbs down deep, all wobbling pads and persistent percussion. He's promised to do another if this goes well, so buy on sight. For the sake of the children.