Compilation of the month
Various 'Summer 2017' (Madtech)
Kerri Chandler’s MadTech offshoot has arguably outgrown its big brother label, Madhouse Records, thanks to a slew of strong releases from Waze & Odyssey, Mia Dora, No Artificial Colours and Cera Alba, among others. The label’s new compilation is the ideal soundtrack to your clubbing holiday, then, with a combination of hard-edged tracks and melancholic terrace vocal cuts: Man Without A Clue’s ‘In Da House’ has a dancing bassline and tough beats, while ‘Remember’ by Made By Pete & Hilton Caswell feat Jem Cooke features forlorn chords and a sincere vocal. Elsewhere, Wheats’ ‘Sensate’ and Tommy Vercetti’s ‘Want Ya’ are skipping club jams, Kalyde’s ‘Snake Eyes’ and Mad Villains’ ‘Bay’ take things in a late-night direction, and Copy Paste Soul comes up trumps with the brilliant main-room cut ‘Mistical’.