Ghost Town EP
Last Night On Earth
We featured James’ Hot Creations debut in the February roundup and upon hearing this EP it was impossible to not include him again — something we rarely do in b2b issue. The EP rides the line between tech and progressive styles, with some serious euphoric synthesis letting rip on ‘Universal’ and ‘Spectral’. The focus here though is title track, ‘Ghost Town’, with it’s eerie, driving house feel, and ‘Thoughts’; a pressure cooker of a dance instrumental with Arthur Russell-esque vocal murmurs that combine into something truly blissful.
'Catch My Drift?'
The Seven Dials boss and Fuse London mainstay had a particularly strong 2019, dispatching several killer EPs and various remixes, in particular, ‘4 Ever’ (Four Thirty Two), which took October’s Money Shot. He continues his form into 2020 with this debut on Hot Creations. Three stellar cuts, from the upfront fizzing bass bellow of ‘Flow’, the pacy, deep dancefloor reminder on ‘Put You Phone Down’, to the globular groove of killer single, ‘Nut In Your Mouth’.
'Don't Mind Ya Weight EP'
Hands down this month’s Money Shot, the Amsterdam-based duo shift three ultra tidy cuts that stand strongly alone, but form a deadly, groove-laden house EP together, and will only help inform the scene what good tech-house is all about. Despite the title track fronting an uber-funky bounce, and ‘Self Love’ catching vibes with its sample-loop style, the highlight is the energy ridden ‘Zima Blue’, which pumps all cylinders for six glorious minutes.
There’s no denying the infectiousness of the rising sub bass progression on EP opener, ‘Guapo’ — all beautifully gnarly groove. Label heads M.F.S. Observatory transform this heavy roller into an agile slice of terrace euphoria, but still in-keeping with their usual low-end bounce. The second remix comes from Dirtybird regular, Wayne Marshall, who delivers a seriously deep and hypnotic refix of the original, full of intricacies, holding an alluring atmosphere throughout. Tres guapo bombas.
The Cologne imprint invites one of their own, Jonathan Kaspar, to make his full debut, after his initiation in ‘Renard’ off the ‘Total 19’ compilation six months ago. Here, Kaspar ups the ante with four powerhouse tracks of tense, progressive and melody-driven tech-house/techno, making it one of his best works to date.
Costa’s ascent over the past 12 months has seen him cement both his own reputation as a production force in the scene, and his label, Potobolo, as a go-to hub for trusty tech-house beats and grooves. He delights the big-room imprint, Sola, with a pair of searing, thick-set rollers. Lead track ‘Laruche’ is highly hypnotic, while the flipside, ‘Spare’, is a tad brighter, with its active, low-end groove and shimmering hi-hats. Double heavy.
'The Lost Dubs EP'
Fuse's main man picks up where he left off in 2019, with a package of rave-infused house and techno. He nods to Andy C & Shimon's ‘Quest’, shifting a naughty, sub-wobbling bass on his own track of the same name, while ‘Karkness’ is a meld of housey minimalism and unrelenting, subbed-out bass. A pair of solid, teched out cuts plus a digital exclusive that’s no slouch help to balance the EP vibe, and make this a key release.