Afterhours With You EP
This fast-rising talent made ears prick up in 2019 with releases on Meta, PIV, Moan, and remixed Sante on AVOTRE. His latest effort sees him shift gears on Chile’s Drumma Records, with three balanced, yet bold originals and one excellent counterpart remix from Drumma heads Felipe Venegas and Fco Martinez. Toman opens with the title track, impressing with tight, clear layers of bass, percussion and rhythmic effects and hits — enough to groove along with for the next 12 months. He maintains energy on the rolling bubble bass of ‘No Strings Attached', and delves deeper on ‘She Jazz'. Too good from Toman.
DJ W!LD’s imprint marks catalogue No.10 with a VA of deep techy cuts. Opening with Dailycid 007 artist Litmus, with an energetic after-hours tech sound, Basic Human Tastes take it deeper with their emerging, hypnotic groover. Big Rigzz & Saenz create tension with their drop-teasing minimal tech style, before Nekow release tension with a loose and fluid, bassy groover.
Dubby, spaced-out chords push the title track ‘Fearless’ forward and set the tone with a big, bouncing tech groove. You can understand why Blanka’s been tearing up her home turf of Barcelona, playing Cityhall, La Terrazza, and R33, as well as her notable residency on ROOM FM. She displays her production agility on the deeper, restrained ‘Continuum’, which Tripmastaz remixes into a classically hypnotic, looped house swirl. Enzo Leep supplies a heady, broken beat revision of ‘Fearless’, which completes this quality third release on Room Trax.
London’s Our House, headed up by Andrea Giudice, has been getting busy over the last 12 months. They start the year with a fine EP from tech-house luminary, Leon — who incidentally worked with label head Andrea on ‘Muncher’ in April. The Italian don supplies two (very) hot, classy cuts on Our House’s 13th outing. Lead track, ‘Leek’, feels perfectly at home on the label, with its chopped up rap lick interspersed between the rolling percussion and bass. On the flip. ‘Control’ is a powerful roller that shines bright with euphoric stabs and airy atmosphere throughout.
Luuk van Dijk
Dark Side Of The Sun
This trippy tech-house assault, in which Amsterdam’s Luuk van Dijk produces a seductive sound, draws a remix from the in-form Sidney Charles to make this a must-hear inaugural label dispatch. The prolific young talent has established himself as one of tech-house’s prime movers, so although it's a predictable move to enter the label game, he does so with ease. Lead track, ‘Suavo’, contains the energy, and the gruelling heads-down, arms-up flip-cut, ‘Flangosh’, releases the pressure. Sidney Charles takes ahold of 'Suavo' with a chopping, swung beat and bass revision, giving this release some undeniable dancefloor clout.
Heavy House Society
Arriving on the radar in the November issue, Sidney Charles’ young imprint is firing on all cylinders with its gritty, floor-focused sound, that’s seen Barem, Bodeler and now the man himself take the reins. A double slice of weighty tech-house, Sidney goes fun and groovy with the rubbery bass of ‘Raveheart’ and uplifting and funky on the title track, ‘Sub Society’. This label’s output is one to watch for 2020.
'Volar La Pluma Remixes'
Head To Toe
Ninetoes’ tribalistic summer heater receives two extra hot remixes to see you through the cold winter months. Tech-house titan Andrea Oliva retains much of the percussive flair and joyous vocal rhythms, reducing the tech bounce in favour of a more driving groove. Amine Edge & Dance strip, chop and re-imagine the original as something raw and bumpy, opting to lengthen the breakdowns and simplify the drops with some extra bass wiggle.