Review: Given that he only ever released one single, you'd be forgiven for being unfamiliar with Slick Master Rick - an early Chicago house producer who later found fame as Dance Mania-signed ghetto-house producer Houz'mon. Here, Singaporean label Midnight Shift has pulled off a coup by pairing his sought-after "Halloween House" cut - an early ghetto-acid smasher released in 1988 - with a trio of previously unreleased tracks recorded in the same period. Check first the stab-happy thump of "Can't Wait" - all glassy-eyed vocal samples and thunderous kick-drums - before turning your attention to the rubbery, TB-303-heavy jack of Jammin Gerald hook-up "Nightmare". Closing cut "Jack My Body", meanwhile, is a brilliantly sparse but heavy chunk of blistering ghetto-house.
Review: Having rounded off their fifth anniversary celebrations at the tail end of last year, Midnight Shift Records has decided to look to the future. In a bid to wet our appetite for releases yet to come, the Singapore-based stable has put together a killer compilation of "soon-come" sounds from label artists old and new. Highlights include the industrial strength stomp of Hodge and Gramrcy's Kowton-esque "Barnohl", the rolling, peak-time positivity of Mark Forshaw's "Power Grab", and the clanking, off-kilter lo-fi techno bounce of Innsyster. Those looking for more contemplative moments should check the gentle marimba melodies of Thelonious Harmonious's "Iron Beat", while electro freaks will definitely enjoy the cyber-sonic squelch of Amato's "Joie Automatique".