Enzo Siragusa, Archie Hamilton, Subb-an
Esteemed Fuse resident, Archie and Fuse London label-head, Enzo, have drafted in extended Fuse family member, Subb-an, for this ninth birthday celebration. Expectation should be high for such triple-threat collaboration but they dutifully deliver with two expert creations of deep, jacking minimal house with perfectly attuned tech sensibilities on both. 'Playdem' with a looping piano riff and earth-quaking sub-bass, while 'Shimmering' delivers a bouncing sub-bassline and uplifting groove.
Diaz & Parree
'Act Out Sexually (Patrick Kunkel & Nihil Young Remix)'
Patrick Kunkel and Nihal Young's remix of the title track pulls this four-track beast by Diaz & Parree into the page, though overall it bridges tech-house and techno — white noise drops and dark, dangerous electronic sounds fill the mix. The Italian duo debut on the Nihil Young's Frequenza label with a hard-sounding EP, their second original, 'Perverse Thoughts', offering an incredibly spine-tingling technoid journey, and including a second remix of the title track from Carlo Ruetz.
D Nox & Beckers
'Beyond Black EP'
Brazil's Warung Beach Club has been label active since 2012 with a mixed bag of house, deep or otherwise, and the fringes of techno, with the likes of Marco Resmann, Danny Daze, Tapesh and Kolombo gracing their catalogue. Veteran German duo, D-Nox & Beckers, mark their Warung debut with one of the finest offerings so far. 'Beyond Black' isn't as dark as it sounds, but is a thrilling prog-like tech-house two-tracker. Brazil's mood-crafting Blancah sorts out a tentative and dreamy remix.
'Break It Down EP'
Mad Villains is the Leeds-based Californian, aka Adrienne Jackson, known for his bassline-tech crossbreed house, he debuts on the high flying Underground Audio imprint. Fresh off the back of his collaboration with Graco (NYC) on Strictly Rhythm, Jackson delivers a tougher, bass-heavy, jackin' three-track selection, with regular remix compatriot The Golden Boy delivering his take on title track 'Break It Down', manoeuvring it into upfront UK tech territory. This will get any room moving.
The long-standing Argentine label drafts in the rising talent of Rumors (Ibiza) and Monochrome (Tel Aviv & Ibiza) resident, Sean Doron. Having previously explored deeper, progressive styles on Parquet Recordings and Inmotion, the Tel Aviv producer supplies three-tracks of sparse, intricate tech-house; the likes which will be suited to Sunwaves, after-parties and the trippier DJs out there. The title track is a heavenly, dubbed-out cut; '666' carves a heady groove with heartfelt synth strings, with the EP rounded off by the pounding of 'Never Satisfied'.
'Don't Ask, Don't Get EP'
Not only does Matt Tolfrey keep up a prolific release rate but it's the standard of his music that impresses each and every time. His 'Don't Ask, Don't Get EP', on Leon and NiCe7's D-Floor Music, is an imaginative dancefloor-ready, three-track selection. 'Don't Ask, Don't Get' delivers a fast-paced cut of layered percussion and buzzing electro synths — the pick of the bunch. But 'Make Me Wait' offers deep, bumbling bass with a twisted centre and 'Real World' will pummel the late-hours dancefloor.
'Horns & Hats'
Since debuting in January 2016, Kinnerman's furnished a who's who of labels — Kaluki, Glasgow Underground, Mr. Nice Guy, and LW Recordings to name a few — with assured, teched-out house, and it was with ElRow that the journey began — as a V/A feature mind you. This time he's awarded a solo outing, and he really delivers. Four varied cuts with a hefty roller in 'Gimme Some' and peak-time slammer 'Horns & Hats', it's another hot start for Kinnerman.
'Mother Knows Best Volume 5'
Mother Recordings revive their heavy-hitting series for a fifth outing. Kevin McKay & Landmark, Piem, Paolo Martini, Simone Vitullo, and Salamanda make sure this choice V/A upholds a reputation for no-frills, unabashed, rise-and-drop tech-house slammers. Kevin & Landmark's 'The Beat Goes On' brings a tribal, vocal edge; Piem a wobbling bass mover; Simone delivers a fun-loving, heads-down, arms-up cut; Paolo's in with the rolling vibes; and Salamanda with a main-room vocal hook and drop.
Pirate Copy has steadily crafted a back catalogue to envy over the last few years. A regular on Kaluki Musik, KNM, and ElRow, he debuts on Solardo's Sola (Believe) label with a two-track EP, led by the bold, forward-moving 'Penina'. The next track, 'Calla Jondai', relies on a wondrous vocal hook supported with tribal percussion to carry it onward. This one's a beast, which sees calming chords layer-up with the vocal and bass midway through. Lovely stuff!