Seem to remember a quote along the lines of: You canâ€™t move forwards for looking backwards – or at least words to that effect. But in music it seems you can only move forward by looking back. After all if it wasnâ€™t for records like this then where would we be? If you havenâ€™t already checked out Still Musicâ€™s essential 122BPM: The Birth Of House Music compilation then youâ€™re missing out, in which case this previously unreleased gem, also from the vaults of Mitchbal and Chicago Connection Records, may well move you in the right direction. Jack The House pretty much speaks for itself andÂ ticks all the boxes either as the Original. or more especially, Frankie Knuckles more Club orientated Remix which combines all the classic sounds from the era with a knowing arrangement primed for the dancefloor.
Having barely recovered from hearing Matt Tolfreyâ€™s excellent debut album for Leftroom this now hits squarely aimed at the previous seasons memories – assuming they are hot ones of course. This is Nicolas Abalos aka Shall Ocinâ€™s second release for the label and is based around George Gershwinâ€™s 1935 classic â€˜Summertimeâ€™ though of course sounds markedly different with electronic beats andÂ the rest giving you reason enough to reply the timely refrain all over again. It also made â€˜ESSENTIAL NEW TUNEâ€™ on Jamie Jones & Seth Troxlerâ€™s standin for Pete Tong recently too. Having said that I much prefer Feel The Same with its delicious spacey vocals and sassy, syncopated rhythms feeling altogether contemporary and typical of the label. I Know, finishes with a love of â€˜realâ€™ instrumentation played in a slightly unnerving fashion, and feeling all the more inventive and effective for it.
release: October 8
First release on Martijnâ€™s brand new sister/ brother label to the excellent Deep Edition Records is this stunner from Marvin Zeyss. Although youâ€™ll need to move at light speed to get your hands on one of these very limited â€˜vinyl onlyâ€™ pressings as they have been numbered to 100. Three numbers beginning with Hotsauce whose bass punctuated groove is little short of addictive. Power, follows with funkier percussion and deep tones rewarding your senses with a breath of perfectly pitched ambience. While, Downtown finishes with more invigorating sounds, although is also possibly third in line for your attention.
Having recently reviewed Ejecaâ€™s release for Extended Play we now find Garry McCartneyâ€™s inescapable grooves on the notable Needwant imprint. You could say that its title track Horizon is about looking back, or you could say itâ€™s where weâ€™re heading, but either way its self-propelling energy is hard to resist. Driven by blazing 90â€™s stabs and rough-edged beats this is a combination that simply works. Dazed, feels easier with deeper, pulsating notes creating atmosphere as funky vocal edits complete the combination neatly. See Through You, ends with broken beats and an intensely soulful attitude that places Ejeca a step above the rest.
release: Oct 1