One of underground house’s finest creators Ryan Crosson delivers a lesson in balance. That is, perhaps, an underwhelming compliment, but in a genre pool saturated with astonishing reproduction, it’s a truly special characteristic. ‘Comet Pills’ and ‘Roscoe’ provide the most club-centric flair — the former for the more patient reveller, the latter, with its lengthy layers and killer low-end groove a prime selection for a mid-morning marathon set. Final track ‘Snake Oil’ edges slowly into a groove, before eerie atmospherics emerge and slide the vibe elsewhere.
If you’re gonna name a label after yourself, it better be producing worthwhile music. It certainly is in Pierre Codarin's case — his latest offering is a healthy four cuts of unadulterated tech-house. Blistering drum arrangements and simple, infectious basslines are the backbone to undulating synth patterns, bleeps and blips — it sounds a mess, but it isn’t. Pierre’s production is as well structured as it is wild.
'Counterfeit Soul Vol 2'
London’s Frazer Campbell offers up a delightfully feel-good, four-track selection for the second volume in his 'Counterfeit Soul' series. The first was a test pressing which you’ll do well to find, but here, Campbell delivers four soulful, techy housers, nodding to his recent work with Steve O’Sullivan, ‘Rise’ on Mosaic. The tracks ‘Glad It's All Night’, Alexo Kneel’ and ‘Mr Greens Envy’ all possess a spring in their step, but it’s the edgier, driving rhythm on ‘Lauren Hillz’ that’s the stand out.
Play It Say It
Since his collaboration with Jamie Jones, ‘Doctor Zouk’, and an impressive Hottrax debut, David Berrie’s a name on a lot more lips. He turns in a delectable trio, showing the hype surrounding him is justified with his inventive, impactful production — and ensures PISI are still setting the bar high.
The Willers Brothers
'Shade Of Light EP'
Quality Vibe Records
Berlin-based Brits The Willers Brothers offer up a very special three-tracker and remix selection for Quality Vibe. The Brothers always deliver attentive drum programming and groove-centric basslines, and flirt with both minimal and UKG flavours, gracing PIV Records, Oblack, Decay and their own We_r house label, co-run with Cinthie. This EP heads into deeper territory on ‘Time To Go’ and ‘I Can See You’, but they toughen up on the warehouse poised title track ‘The Shade Of Light’, which receives a fluidic dub-tech remix from Pavel Iudin.
'Shoes On Please (Bontan Remix)'
The Toolroom-affiliated Dateless supplies a sub-heavy, punishing single in ‘Shoes On Please’, but it’s Bontan’s arpeggiating synth rework that steals the show. Deadly.
'Swift Eviction EP'
The young Mancunian is flying high after delivering proper bits on Chris Carrier’s Adult Only and Luca C & Brigante's See Double labels. Now he's landed on Ben Rau’s vinyl only Meta, and deserves praise for his spaced out, funk-tinged minimalism, that’ll make you digi only folk think again. Title track ‘Swift Eviction’ offers an upbeat, two-stepping opener, before heading skywards and off-kilter on ‘Box Of Beats’ and ‘Everything Together’, closing with the twisted, broken funk of ‘Buuky’.
The label debut of DDS has Terence:Terry on exquisite form. He samples two classic '80s films, Escape From New York and Dune, but don’t get it twisted, the rhythm and grooves he supplies on ‘1997’ and ‘Biotrans’ go toe-to-toe with any top minimal tech producers on the hype train with ease.
James Organ ft The Angel & Celeda
'The Underground EP'
Under No Illusion
James Organ has built a reputation for savvy tech-house on Nurvous, W&O Street Tracks and Under No Illusion. The Liverpudlian returns to UNI with a balanced double act — the deep, melodic ‘Maya’, featuring The Angel, and the tough, techy ‘The Underground’ with Celeda. They’re backed up with respective remixes from Madrid’s Miguel Lobo and Bristol’s house dons Waifs & Strays, both of whom keep the feeling of each original with added beef.
Proudly People & Reelow
'Third Eye EP'
Between them, they’ve notched up releases on Desolat, Moon Harbour, ElRow Music and Snatch! to name a few, but this is the first time the Italian duo and Hungarian Reelow have teamed up. They deliver three upfront tech-house cuts, primed to tear down any club roof. Looping, chopped vocals carry ‘Third Eye', ‘Only True Lies’ plows forward with a thicker low-end and catchy vocal hook in the breakdown, and the package is topped off with the hi-octane ‘Perception’, the very epitome of housey techno and technoey house.