German-born Muscovite Dimitri Veimar has already wowed for the likes of Deep Shit, the label of Friendly Fires' Jack Savidge and Edwin Congreave of Foals, and this piece of brilliance for Silicone Soul's Darkroom Dubs piles on the pressure. Title track 'Space Glue' is thick with acid, constantly building and reconstructing its dizzying arpeggios over a solid dark disco throb. Justin Robertson pitches in a dirty analogue interpretation, under his Deadstock 33s guise, while on the flip, 'Slave' ups the funk factor. It's little wonder this chap is so very, very hot right now.
'Beechwood View EP'
Josh Tweek, formerly Josh T, turns out this perfectly formed three-tracker for James Creed and Dickon Stone's Odd Socks imprint, currently blazing a dazzling trail with the likes of Glenn Astro and Saine on the payroll. 'Space Kitchen', with its subtly clattering percussion, acidic bass, soothing pads and shimmering vocals, is quite devastating. 'Seeds' feels firmer, but retains those blissful vibrations throughout. 'Midgley's On That' takes things slo-mo, with its dirty bass and trance-inducing keys. All most promising.
'Do You Believe'
Unbeatable when he's on form — though when is he not? — Tony Lionni's latest immaculate excursion for Kerri Chandler's Madhouse imprint eschews the label's recent modish garage sounds in favour of purest vocal house music, the kind that lifts the heart and swells the soul. Francois DuBois, the nom-de-plume of Funk D'Void, makes his own sturdy version, while Martin Patino turns out a bouncing version of 'Black Orchid'. Were Frankie Knuckles still with us and not tragically departed, he would have this lodged firmly in his playlist.
Brothers In Progress & Vendetti Bros
It's a family affair on this latest bombshell for Stacey Pullen's Blackflag, constructed by the Vendetti Bros and Brothers In Progress, all from Naples. Though it hardly breaks new ground, 'Emotionique' is as fine an example of driving, percussive, bass-heavy, heads-down house music as you could ask for. G-Man's remix adds additional space, with a big room interpretation. On the flip, 'Scream To Me A Loud' is a tad more demure, with more rattling percussion teetering atop a wobbling bassline. Psykoloco's remix applies further pressure.
'Never Gonna Change (Lone Remix)'
Don't know about you, but we're still reeling from Lone's stunning 'Airglow Fires', probably the best house track of 2013. This mix of New Zealand electronic pop duo Broods finds Matt Cutler in some dazzling form. It's soaring stuff, heavy with those Detroit chords that he's so adept at crafting, while the vocal sits clasped in the glorious, swirling noise. It recalls the likes of Francois Kevorkian and Underground Resistance, but with a fiercely current edge to it. Doesn't get much better than this.
If there's a muckier slab of funk released this year than 'Daddy, What's A Rise?', featuring here on Losoul man Peter Kremeier's debut appearance on Hypercolour, then we'll eat our hats. And coats. It humps and writhes, all stabs and frantic filters for an epic 11 minutes. It's thrilling business. On the flip, 'Time & Space' is a tad more sedate, but nonetheless laden with funk. A dark, groaning pulse of a bassline holds together a disorientating groove that won't — or perhaps can't — quit.
Bet.e & Stef/DJ Schwa & Cameron Cooper
A double-header from Munich institution Compost's house diffusion imprint, Compost Black. Leading the charge is the Nicola Conte 'dubstrumental' mix of Bet.e and Stef's 'Triste'. It's moody, minimal and magnificent, breaking out of its hypnotic haze only occasionally to add vocal clips like one might add percussion. DJ Schwa & Cameron Cooper's old school jam 'Analog Love' shuffles like it's 1991, going all deep space jazz in the middle before humping its way back to the dancefloor. Sterling work.