Berlin based kingpin Jesse Rose has been completely on point recently. Over the past 12 months he’s put his considerable industry cred behind some standout underground house and techno producers; Iditotproof, Oliver$ and Zombie Disco Squad among others. It’s all paid off. Made To Play has released some of this year’s more memorable tribal-tech and bass-heavy house EPs.
Made To Play has stamped its mark on the clubbing consciousness of ’09, and this double compilation album is a deliciously moody celebration of the post-Crookers era we live in.
Curated by Jesse Rose, it’s a two disc compilation featuring London upstarts Zombie Disco Squad in the mix on side 1, and an almost identical unmixed side 2 for DJ’s.
It’s a role call of essential artists and tunes for any self-respecting back room vandal. De-tuned filters and firetwirling basslines sit alongside straight up funky and glitchy tech-house. The tone of the release is carefully devised – no minimal, no gypsy horns – just screaming peaks and subbed-out drops. Plenty of sidechain and saws, just done in tasteful two-oh-nine fashion.
The blog-raiders among us will have heard alot of the tunes on show here, but there’s some real treats to be found for the more casual tech-house observer. Highlights are Jan Driver’s house-wrecker ‘Rat Alert’, Idiotproof’s ‘The Deacon’ and the double king-hit of Riva Starr’s ‘Squash’ and ‘Snatch!’
Review: Duncan Byrne