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Album of the month
Various 'Moda Black Vol IV' (Moda Black)
Jaymo and Andy George started their Moda Black label back in 2011. Since then, the pair have been responsible for putting out some essential releases that have cemented their label’s reputation as a hub for forward-thinking house and electronic music. The fourth installment in this compilation series starts off with their own track, the sedate ‘1968’, which sounds like it could have been dropped on the Grand Central label in the late 90s. Things then kick up a gear with Tuff City Kids’ lively piano mix of Groove Armada’s ‘Song For Nick’, before newcomer Idamos (look out for that name in the future) hits the ground running with the epic ‘Heads Down’. Other up-and-comers include Theo Kottis, Izzy Demsky and Zeké Africa, who rub shoulders with more established regulars such as Huxley, Walker and Royce.