Review: Harlem NYC based 13th Hour return with more music for the witching hour on their third release, after having previously shown off great grooves by Belgian Ricky Razu, Tbilisi's Hamatsuki and local lad M. Vaughan. This time round they have decided to focus on two select talents, with the A side being taken care of by Colombia's Felipe Gordon. He takes a break from the three-piece Mercury to deliver the Jazzmatazz inspired cut "I'll Become Blue" and the dusty, emotive deepness of "The Last Time I Saw You". On the flip, things start to heat up with Australian Loure (Apparel/Slothboogie Jamz) who serves up some sexy late mood lighting on "So Dive" and vocal-led cut "Club Shade".
Review: Notching up 15 successful years as a record label is some feat in this day and age, so it's understandable that Systematic has decided to mark reaching this milestone in style. The German imprint's anniversary EP - a tidy looking picture disc - fittingly kicks off with a track by founder Marc Romboy. He's at his mesmerizing best on "Shooting Stars Never Stop", a deep tech-house roller rich in cascading melodies, starry electronics, subtle acid lines and clanking machine drums. Rodriguez Jr offers up the elongated chords, hypnotic grooves and glassy-eyed positivity of "Okeechobee", before Artbat doffs a hat to mid-90s UK techno on the aptly titled "Orbital". To round things off, John Digweed joins forces with Nick Muir on the shimmering brilliance of "Alkouln", whose loved-up breakdown is simply stunning.
Review: Curtis Electronix is a brand new electro label out of Holland (where else?) run by CEM3340. The label is said to be is inspired by Doug Curtis, the father of the "CEM" chip as well as being a synthesizer pioneer and innovator, and the boss himself is behind this notable first EP. His brand of electro is a crunchy one, with distorted drums frying brains and computerised synth arps jagging their way about the mix. Next to three busy, textured originals is a remix from The Exaltics that is as raw as they come.
Review: Chicago OG Fields has gone next level so many times he's now on the "17th Level" courtesy of Monchan's hot-to-trot Dailysessions stable. Two originals, two remixes, four stunning stripped-back gems in total; "17th Level" is a perky jazz party piece with a sprightly off-beat riff while "Surely It Will" lowers its head and gets wavy in the rippling synth washes. Monchan provides the remixes with added chunk and shuffle. Sublime.
Review: Bonnie & Klein return to IIB with a gem of a track. Reminiscent of a lost alan parsons instrumental. The track meanders its way to a lovely guitar solo before the hypnotic synth parts carry us away.Already tried and test at La Torre perfect for the discerning sundowner.Ron Basejam excels on his remix, upping the tempo and delivering an awesome yacht disco bomb.
Review: You have to admire Alex "Omar" Smith's work rate. He's been slinging out regular releases now for the best part of a decade and shows no sign of slowing down. "1992" is his second EP of 2019 and contains a trio of contrasting cuts in his distinctive, hardware-driven sound. Perhaps the biggest surprise is closing cut "Homey Trinitron", a techno-tempo workout that wraps fuzzy, lo-fi synth motifs around weighty and distorted, ghetto-house influenced drums. He provides a chunk of loose but locked-in deep house drowsiness (see the warm, shuffling and punchy title track), as well as a cheery, piano-driven A-side that's as warm, rush-inducing and anthem-like as anything he's released to date.
Review: Basic Rhythm's second appearance on Planet Mu plots a path from hardcore to footwork via jungle in devastating fashion. The A side houses the kinetic "2 Da Core" with mashed up vocal samples and crunchy drums into a bass heavy bomb, followed by "Get Up" with its hazy vocal samples and fat bass which comes together into a weird and wonderful rhythm. RP Boo's remixes are rather few and far between but we're treated to one here that is icy and skeletal, with echoing hits ringing out over impossibly deep sub bass. "Nah Ramp" is a destructive final offering with off grid clatter and lurching drums keeping you in a spin.