TUNE OF THE MONTH:
Wreck My Love (Body Fusion EP) (Roar Groove)
Four deep cuts on this EP: ‘MWI’ and ‘The Joy’ belong on the house page, ‘Lost Property’ and ‘Wreck My Love’ here in disco. After moving into a new studio, The Revenge wanted to revisit the live aspect of his production. And while his tunes were always pretty raw, these new tracks do seem to have a heightened analogue grit and warmth. ‘Wreck My Love’ is a pretty classic Revenge / 6th Borough production: marching deep bass, infectious looped-up soul vocal and evolving synths. Plus, it’d work for both warm-up and peak-time sets. A strong start for his new label Roar Groove.
Trying To Be Cool (Breakbot mix) (pictured) (Glassnote/Island)
Phoenix deliver their classic pop songwriting while Breakbot delivers his trademark feel-good production. It’s obviously a match made in heaven. Need more? OK, quirky synths underlay a distorted vocal about a girl making you act all try-hard.
Can’t Get Enough EP (Retrospective)
‘Rock My World’ is Rayko’s tribute to MJ, with Jacko vocals set over a slo-mo groove and bouncy piano keys. There’s a boogie number in the form of ‘Can’t Get Enough’, and with ‘Touch Me’ Rayko reedits the classic number from Wish feat Fonda Rae, retaining the spirit of the original track while beefing up the production.
Swimming EP (Eskimo)
Hailing from outback South Australia, James Curd, Adam Frawley and Mitchell van Kaathoven are Holy Models. The original of ‘Swimming’
is a fun, nu-disco number with Pharrell-esque vocals. But the gem on the EP is the Freeform 5 remix. It’s gritty with live-sounding drums (think 50 Weapons’ Bambounou); what’s more, it’s less poppy and has a rising piano riff that warms the soul. When a pure funk B-line drops half-way in, you know you’re listening to a modern-day masterpiece.
Robosonic & Adana Twins
La Fique (2DIY4)
Michael Wycoff’s ‘Looking Up To You’ has been sampled extensively . However, it’s still one of the world’s catchiest hooks and the tight production here means you probably would give it a spin (afterall, just because you know the sample inside out doesn’t mean your average punter does). What’s more, we have a really cheesy vocal saying “Backspin” before you guessed it,
there’s a backspin. Not groundbreaking but decent party fodder.
Roberto Rodriguez feat Max C
Lies (Satin Jackets remix) (Serenades)
Classic hip house and Joe Smooth-era grooves are replicated perfectly on this Satin Jackets remix. Turntable Orchestra keys, crooning male vocals à la Kenny Bobien and some spoken-word moments make for a thoroughly enjoyable, old-skool-feeling slab of wax.
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