Review: Fresh from editing the Dickens out of "O Superman" and "Pump Up The Jam", Bremen beat-carver Jascha gets busy on Fela Kuti and Bobbi Humphrey. "Soldiers" sees Hagen retaining all of Kuti's vocal command over a dubby Lindstromm-esque groove that pays off with delicious keys on the breakdown. 'Harlem', meanwhile, adds a lush brushed drum backing to Bobbi with extensive psychedelic textures and a lolloping groove that's not dissimilar to Andrew Ashong. Stunning.
Review: Two big old disco slammers from Cardiff groove cruiser Harrison. Summing up his relationship status with disco, "Obsession" and "Devotion" take two cult classics and give them a little turbo touch into the modern age with a jacking style that he's beginning to make a very strong name in. The former is hits hard with the jacks and filters while the latter is more of a later night soul jam with full use of the vocals. These aren't likely to hang around for long...
Review: London's Lodger makes his comeback on the young Stamp imprint with another two slices of mesmerizing house funk. "Herbie's Jam" is a neat little number featuring plenty of jazzy brass instrumentation, gentle piano keys and a punchy percussive roll. Over on the flip, "Oliver" is more playful, bringing in a bumpy, guitar-led hook and shreds of vocal samples jumping in and out of the groove. Lovely.
Review: Making his debut appearance with this Afrobeat edit EP, the anonymous Lodger proves themeself to be more than adept at handling the wild flow of African rhythms and working them into surefire dancefloor burners for the modern age. "Track 1" definitely holds the most house energy in its bones, but of course with such source material it's a secondary concern to the energy of the vocals, the guitar chops and brass stabs. "Track 2" is an even feistier concern, working around a classic Fela hook and flying at a speed that could mix into uptempo techno even if the style is a world apart.
Review: From Newcastle to Berlin via Mexico, Man Power is a man on a mission to spread the gospel of house music and he makes quite the declaration on new edit label Stamp. On the A side he takes the razor to Alicia Myer's "I Want To Thank You" keeping that filter down low until he brings the power in with glorious fashion. On the flip "Ablett" sounds like classic DJ Gregory with its soulful broken beat supporting some gorgeous and emotive elements but we're still guessing who he edits on this one. Wicked stuff from this great edits imprint yet again following some nice ones by Swazyak and more.
Review: One of New York City's finest DJs and editors is back with more killer reworks. Jacques Renault takes time out from his popular Let's Play House Imprint to serve up the new one for Parisians Stamp. This follows up resplices by Harrison BDP, Swayzak and Man Power. 'Tom bo li de say de moi ya, yeah, jumbo jumbo?' Never mind - but rest assured that "Jambo" will have you getting down all-night-long on this edit of a timeless classic. For the more daring amongst you who hope to venture deeper into the night, we'd absolutely recommend the extended dub on the flip - this one will totally get the heads down.
Review: After scoring points with their first installment, Vin Sol and Matrixxman are back with their second round of cheeky Sade edits for the modern analogue house brigade. On this occasion "Never Thought" rides on plaintive chord touches and an evenly paced salvo of drum machine rhythm, while a healthy bubble of square wave bass bubbles underneath Sade's inimitable vocals. "Love Is Stronger" takes more of a mellow Balearic approach, still solid in the rhythm section but with a more wistful melodic finish for the perfect kind of heartbreak house. As you would hope for with edits of these nature, there's still plenty in their construction to help them gel into a mix as well as melt the crowd into a loved-up mess.