The Foundation EP
Having previously delivered the cool, calm and collected deep house double act EP ‘Take A Peak’ on Roush, here, Trench drops fire! Three ultra-savvy belters: the melodic yet chunking ‘The Foundation’, the heavyweight broken beat of ‘Blow The Back Out’, and the UKG-nodding ‘Turn You Around', which scores a deep and jackin’ Phil Weeks remix to boot. If that wasn’t enough — which it most definitely is — watch out for the digital exclusive, heavy rolling ‘The Dubnation’.
This is an appetising three-track EP from Fuse originator Rich NxT and, perhaps surprisingly, his first Fuse EP in two years. Consisting of three beatific and percussion-heavy house cuts, ‘Brigade’ leads the way with a wandering bassline, followed by ‘Serious’, with a vocal hook that saw Seth Troxler and The Martinez Brothers rinse it over the summer. ‘Eight’, a rolling meld of wobbling sub, hard hat-work and incidental percs and FX, rounds off the EP. This marks a welcome return to the fold and a good start to 2018.
The Munich-bred, London-based Tian Karl looks to have found his sound, one that could catapult him skyward in 2018. The ‘Mercury EP’ is his finest work yet, following on from his previous best, the ‘Verdict EP’ (Roush) at the end of last year. This one lands on the UK’s talent nurturing Underground Audio, and contains two main-room, red-blooded tech-housers: the tough, pumping ‘Mercury’ and the heady, rolling ‘Want You’. Berlin-based tech-house stalwart, David Pher, supplies a plucky, funked up and tripped out remix.
Four years on from his last Hot Creations release, Darius follows up with a tasty, collar-grabbing, two-track EP titled 'Moxy', and it’s been worth the wait. The breakdown on ‘Moxy’ has been worked on to a tee and allows the remaining tech house structure to roll on care free. Darius delivers a top-draw B-side too, with the naughty electro-buzz-bass thumper, ‘Hi, It's Me’. But beware if you’re the VIP club or bottle service bullshit type, as this one definitely isn’t for you!
Play It Say It
There’s a seriously playful ‘fuck it’ feel to Heartthrob’s latest EP on Seth Troxler’s inimitable Play It Say It label, and not because of titles such as ‘Stop Lorraine (No One’s Gonna Stop Mix)’, ‘Triangle (Another Epic Breakdown Mix)’, or ‘Nairobi Candles (Fuck Rachel Tension Mix)’. Heartthrob combines heavy motioned bass, resilient kicks and perfectly placed, but never overused synths, alongside a tough arrangement and serious mix knowledge. Prolific he’s not, but quality beats quantity every time. Use with caution.
Danny Serrano & Mendo
This pair loves to get in the studio together and has been doing so for over a decade. Danny Serrano & Mendo return to the fold with a peach of a release, the three-track ‘Ramon Ramon’. Title track ‘Ramon Ramon’, featuring the vocals of Andre Butano, mesmerises with a gamut of metallic, rhythmic percussion, which feels as if it’s gaining pace. ‘Grush’ follows; a little thicker, heavily rhythmic in the mids, with a rush-inducing breakdown. The duo expertly finishes things off with the rough-edged and clap-happy ‘Confessions’.
'Techno Mafia EP'
Butane delivers another selection of stubbornly dependable house that meanders between soulful and techy themes, all with a deep, canyon-like groove. He launched Extrasketch at the tail-end of 2017, a self-released project that looks to supply the perfect rhythm one track at a time. The ‘Techno Mafia EP’ is his third release on the label, and the most varied selection at that: ‘Testify’ steals the show with simple and effective buzz bass and a slow-layering arrangement.
'The Mirror EP'
Chapter 24 Records
The Tweak, Edinburgh, resident and recent Chapter 24 affiliate returns to the London-based imprint for another balanced and meaningful EP consisting of four originals, from the warmth of title track, ‘The Mirror’, to the vocal-led, ‘Without’ featuring Leon Power, and the club euphoria of ‘Babylon’. But pay close attention to ‘Remember’, a dark slice of technoid music, which Kieran has created in tribute to the victims of the Grenfell Tower disaster, with all profits of ‘Remember’ sales donated to the British Red Cross London Fire Relief Fund.
'The People EP'
Superfett is the new sister label of Mother Recordings, and looks to push an unabashed selection of club-centric music to the fore. The debut comes from the young, Berlin-based main-room aficionado, Klangkuenstler, and his EP ‘The People’. This two-tracker takes no prisoners, initiating with the chord-centric ‘It’s The Inside’, before getting lost in the hot-and-steaming warehouse sound of ‘The People’. And breathe…