Review: "Heaven Knows" was first featured on Louie Vega's expansive triple album of collaborations, Louie Vega Starring... XXVIII. Here, it gets the remix treatment. On the A-side, the Masters at Work man joins forces with Hajime Yoshizawa to deliver a largely instrumental, Afrobeat inspired take full of layered hand-held percussion, undulating grooves, and the latter producer's killer organ solos. On the flip, Blaze's Josh Milan provides a honeyed, effortlessly soulful interpretation that places Anane Vega's delicious vocals at the heart of proceedings. While it lacks a little of the hustling energy of the A-side, it will no doubt go down a treat at clubs that like it soulful.
Review: Waxwing pops up on Re-Fix with a crafty, chopped up soulful house approach that will sit right with fans of Max Graef and Felix Lenferink. "Can You" is a summery jam with plenty of sliced and diced vocals and romantic sweeps of melody, while "LongFunk" gets a cheeky shuffle in the mix with splashy drum hits and nifty Rhodes stabs to get bodies popping uncontrollably. "Do It For 'Em" gets even twitchier in the edit, using all kinds of heavily funked up samples to create a killer groove. "Stand It" takes a more classic New Jersey approach without losing that instinct for crafty twirls and curls to spice the mix up.
Review: Waze & Odyssey return to their label Street Tracks with a double A-Side Real Good Like / Everything (You're Made Of). The release comes with a remix of Real Good Like, and a Trikk re-dub. The EP has picked up early club support from the likes of Huxley, Jimpster, Severino, Skream, Duke Dumont, XXXY, Citizen, Adam Shelton, Maya Jane Coles & Kim Ann Foxman.
Review: Some serious cross-border collaboration going on here, as French producer (and Partyfine founder) Yuksek joins forces with Belgian twosome Villa. "Showbizz" more than lives up to its name, delivering a hot-to-trot, mirrorball-friendly fusion of rubbery slap bass, crunchy house beats, spiraling nu-disco electronics, delay-laden vocals (including, bizarrely, a section that sounds like it was provided by a toddler on helium) and cheery boogie synthesizers. Defected favourites Purple Disco Machine provide the obligatory flipside rub, beefing up the beats, emphasizing a funk-fuelled guitar riff and generally making "Showbizz" feel like a disco-house anthem in the making. We suspect we'll be hearing this quite a lot in the weeks and months ahead.
Louis Armstrong - "Oh When The Saints Go Marchin' In" (Wolfgang Lohr remix)
Billy Bros Orchestra - "Gimme Da Beat" (feat Norma Miller - Bart&Baker remix)
Pisk - "One Steady Roll"
DJ Mibor - "Everybody Loves My Baby" (Swahn remix)
Antoine Villoutreix - "Berlin" (Bart&Baker remix)
Extra Medium - "Get Down" (feat China Bowls & Cab Canaveral)
Scratchophone Orchestra - "Trump"
Jive Me - "Desert"
The Mills Brothers - "The Old Man Of The Mountain" (Dj Rouni & Kross remix)
Vassili Gemini - "Bambino" (feat Gilda - Bart&Beaker remix)
Max The Sax & Peter Cruseder - "New Day"
Max W - "The Minor Drag" (feat Fats Waller)
Groovy Joy - "Music! Music! Music!" (feat Teresa Brewer)
Bart&Baker - "We Are What We Are" (feat Billy Bros Orchestra)
Review: We can think of few better to mix up a selection of "the best new electro swing" than Bart and Baker, the top hat-sporting French duo who rank amongst the sound's most popular DJs. Joining the dots between horn-totin', funk-fuelled club workouts, acid-flecked contemporary takes on big band swing, hip-hop tempo wigglers, bouncy electro-house (see Caravan Palace's sizeable cover of "Black Betty") and confirmed dancefloor smashers, the veteran DJ twosome does a terrific job in keeping the party going throughout. Expect a string of their own tracks and remixes, dramatic changes in pace and more hot-stepping horn lines than you'd think it was possible to cram into 80 minutes of jaunty and cheery music.
Review: As the title suggests, this CD finds Simon and Felix Basement Jaxx opening up material from last year's Junto album to an impressive cast of production contemporaries. Proceedings commence with their own studio off cut, "Taiko Jun tos", a thrilling tribalist jaunt through house music that doesn't sit still for a minute. From here it's deep into the reworks, with all manner of styles covered across the subsequent 13 remixes. Big Dope P & TT The Artist bring a typically brash club aesthetic to "Unicorn", whilst amidst the many shades of house Dub Phizix lay down some schizoid drum and bass on their take on "Buffalo".
Review: It's been a long time coming, but Julio Bashmore's debut album, Knockin' Boots, is finally here. With releases on Dirtybird, Futureboogie, and mixes for Mixmag and FM radio, the hat loving Bristol producer has come a long way throughout the last five years. Knockin' Boots is a ten-track blend of soulful house and minimal-edged bass music, with the title track itself being something of a Chicago stomper. There's plenty of sublime sampling within Bashmore's house servings, such as on the excellent and discofied "Hold On" featuring Sam Dew, "What's Mine Is Mine", and the juke-inspired "Bark". The LP also verges on the pop end of things with tunes like "For Your Love" or "Rhythm Of Auld", and it's simply a pleasure to play from beginning to end. Bashmore coming through diverse and explosive, as per usual. Ya need.
Review: Building a formidable reputation as an artist with a diverse set of approaches in the field of electronic music, Ukranian producer Cape Cod delivers his debut album on Kiev House in a fine display of musicianship. From the opening track "Among The Stars" (which features Constantine on vocal) it's clear that this will be more than a straight up collection of dancefloor tracks. There are indeed some upbeat house tracks to be enjoyed, not least on the razor sharp garage bumper "We Don't Have To", but there's also equal space given over to more introspective jams such as "Put U Down".