Review: Life and Death continue to serve up brilliantly unpredictable releases, with this new one that brings together American DFA stalwart Juan MacLean with the UK's Me Me Me label head Man Power. On offer here is the pounding tribal house workout "Crescendo" which will hypnotise you with its polyrhythms until the track reaches an epic climax. This is followed by an edit from label boss DJ Tennis of "Excuse Me Daddy" on the flip, and closing out the EP is the majestic and mentalist journey down into the vortex that is "Praise The Toad" - a track that absolutely nails that L&D sound you've all come to know and love.
Review: Christopher Rau is a true stalwart of the German deep house scene, with releases on a who's who such as Smallville, Office, Mule Musiq and Die Orakel over the years. FME Hustle is the Hamburg native's new one, where he can count Berlin urban house heroes Money $ex to his list of credentials. Expect the same soulful and dusty deepness from the man, as he's been consistently pumping out for close to a decade from his new home in the capital. From the broken emotive groove of "Jetlag Alter", the neon-lit lo-fi hiss of "Uebelst Bekorbt House Mix" or the textured/dub-laden tech house of "Drama - Chamber" Rau further demonstrates exactly why he's still one of the most highly respected producers within the genre.