Four Thirty Two
Seb Zito returns to Richy Ahmed’s label with tech-house heater ‘4 Ever’. The agitated bassline and functional drums hold up Sabrina Johnson’s ‘Key Of Life’ vocal line, to form an upfront composition that draws on a classic house sound, which he also remixes into a cool, deep and bubbling ‘Dub’. Richy comes with a garage remix that almost steals the original’s thunder. The flipside cut, ‘We Need Love’, throws down a lively synth stab groove, using upright drums and plenty of choppy vocal licks. Body Mvmt’s Robert James and Jack Michael complete this essential release with their deep, speed garage ride revision of the B-side.
'Don't Turn Your Back'
Hot Creations dispatch something awesomely old school, delivered by legendary house don, Danny Tenaglia, who fires up some tribal heat on ‘Don’t Turn Your Back’ — his first solo effort in a decade. This heavyweight cut is pitched a little slower than the (good) old days, but generates bags of energy, and the package sees Carl Cox, Harry Romero and Mendo in on the action with equally blistering revisions.
'La Notte EP'
Moteur Ville Musique
This new Detroit-based label invites Basti Grub to kick things off. Opener, ‘La Notte’, is led by a rhythm line of vocal samples, and develops from deep textures into an enchanting soundscape. On the B-side, ‘Psalms’ is a more direct affair, with a delicate, syncopated melody, which gets the remix treatment from James Teej — a chugging technoid affair — and HearThug & Silent Revolt.
'La Vie En Rose EP'
The Ibiza Global Radio resident drops a tasty double act on Steve Bug’s Poker Flat sub-label, Sublease. Kellie’s consistently released quality sounds on the likes of Decay, Yoshitoshi and Kenja, and lead track ‘La Vie En Rose' is no different — it’s a bumping, feel-good tech-houser to warm the floor. On the flip, ‘Heartbreak’ heads into deeper, hypnotic realms. An astute release from an artist and label to watch.
'Roche Madame 005'
Chilean artist Felipe Valenzuela throws down a trio of hard-working, trippy cuts that are far from the norm. He drafts in Argenis Brito on the crafty bass bubbler, ‘Polarized’, and Maxi Storrs on the driving and hypnotising ‘Rounder’. He ends with the solo ‘Pianobot Variation’, an intricate meld of shaky drums, off-kilter jazz piano improv and tense pads — it’s weird, not for the club (traditionally), but intriguing.
A standout release from one-third of Premiesku, Floog, who drops some tech-nical heat on Archie Hamilton’s Moscow Records. It comprises four tracks that have been given the tagline ‘micro-house’, but are indeed proto tech-house at its finest — albeit filtered through Floog’s Romanian sound roots. This quartet is brilliant — the standouts being the impactful opener, ‘The Gathering’, and the perfectly balanced groove of ‘Ambi Ta’.
'The Something About Bamboo EP'
Here’s a delightfully skilled EP from the Hypercolour co-founder, his first on Francesco Lombardo’s Echoe imprint, which starts soft and textured (‘The Bamboo That Shattered The Glass’), builds energy and tension (‘Invasion’), and trippiness (‘Grey Fur’), before releasing the pressure with an intricate roller (‘One Way Ticket’). These tracks stand alone, but more importantly work to form a story, which is a rarity in (tech-house) club-aimed dance music.
'We Be HouzeIn'
One of 2019’s hottest names, DJ/producer Demuir, comes through once again with a fire four-track EP, ‘We Be HouzeIn’. He goes in with classic '90s/'00s style jacking, loopy house on the title track, then supplies a dark, warped dub in ‘Got X’. He collaborates with Paco Wegmann on a high energy, wobble-bass track titled ‘Clarity’, before ending with a funky, soft keyed roller.