Sam Ruffillo – Italianissimo EP – Toy Tonics

It is of course of no co-incidence that Sam Ruffillo’s collection of supremely sweet, inspiring grooves hit right at the very heart of summertime. As the hottest month unfolds so do these disco referencing numbers that feel tastefully contemporary rather than cheap re-edits of the same old story. Which is down in no short measure to that fact the music has been played live rather than sampled. In fact to say that Danza Organica is joy personified is perhaps an understatement but there you go. The accompanying remix from Musumeci compounds the essence with sparkling Hi-Nrg infused syncopation providing a perfect compliment. Next, Es Buena seeks out deeper climbs with jazzier notation setting the ideal of sunsets to sound, followed by the furiously melodic Perfetta Cosi which again features the sultry vocals of NINFA who contrasts perfectly with her male counterpart. Finally is GOME’s remix of the same with sequences Chic notation via chopped out guitar and smooth keys galore.

Release: August 13


Reviews: 165

Back in the Days
Toy Tonics

Continuing to breathe a blast of fresh air into the genre Toy Tonics aren’t afraid to reference the soul of the past while slamming headlong into the future. Back In The Days, lays down a life-affirming slice of Disco to ignite the party with a voice over reminiscing about the title. Jugendstil, gets down and funky with fiery organ hits and sassy percussion fuelling the fire, while next +++ provides latinesque rhythms amongst the filtered madness going on. Humbled, not surprisingly takes a deeper turn with moody chords worked out over hotly infused beats.  And finally, the excellent Native Riddim appears as a vinyl only treat with glorious piano pulling the heart strings over shuffling drums.

Release: January 26

The Womb
Wirsindeins Records

Hinting at the Windy City yet blowing out the cobwebs are these three fully charged productions from Neverm!nd. Channelling engaging bass and keys throughout the stereo picture the warm tones of The Womb repeats until you’re completely hooked in. Showdows, then provides an edgier groove including sizzling sound effects, undulating moods and smoky voices. However, it’s the excellent Mobiers that provides the standout here care off a super slinky groove plus killer bassline, which is again complimented by large vocals and endless repetition, leaving the Higuchi remix to inject a shot of energy into the tempo to finish.

Digital release Beatport: January 27

Breaking Through The Pain Barrier EP
Versatile Records

An epic arrangement that reflects Paul Cottam’s life with multiple sclerosis and as you can guess from the title that isn’t always a good experience. Never the less the music seeks to provide a reflective, invigorating trip into the sights of night-time with layers of rhythm and loops of sound creating a striking, almost haunting soundscape which proves hard to put down. The flip-side then has Encephalomyelitis Disseminate fusing House bass together with punchier beats, although proving to be just as atmospheric, all of which is eventually compounded by grittier Acid attitude.



Reviews: 158

Single of the Week

Fuck Music
Toy Tonics

Must be something about that old time Disco bassline that makes the opening track on the perhaps not so delightfully named (although certainly to the point) latest outing from Kapote and Toy Tonics. In ways you would think that there’s not a lot else to say about filtered Disco grooves over House beats but then listen to this and feel like you’ve just got that one wrong. Aided by punchy timbale, deeply smooth chords this simply feels reassuringly excellent – like you’ve come home. Session Victim provide a great remix by re-tweaking all those lovely elements all over again. N1, then jumps the tempo into gear via a snazzy guitar lick, as indeed does the outstanding Arpeggio. You’ll recognise the guitar sample but not how it has been re-imagined – all twisted amid sizzling electronics. PS limited to 300 copies!!!

Release: November 16

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It’s On EP

cooksitson-2_250Love the imaginative, creative combination of sounds that drive All You Need to an inevitable conclusion. It’s warped sense of reality begins life with a twisted layer of ambience that soon becomes wedded to tough beats and deep bass, emotive vocal snippets and keys all playing out as a first-rate involving piece of music. The equally great, Mind on the other hand gets tougher with darker flavours of bass and hot shuffling percussion while A Nod To 88 not surprisingly follows with sparky Acid electronics neatly contrasted with warmer chords. Nutdown, ends with more breakbeats grooving in-between suitably low-end tones and suggestive hypnotic loops of sound.

Release: November

Christian Piers
Sambos Sub

Brooding, somewhat gorgeous and dark. If that description tempts you into Christian Piers’ (SOURCEUNKNWN) way of thinking then this new Ep on the Catz ‘n Dogz vinyl-only imprint will have you chumping at the bit. The addictive title track springs to life with a commanding breakbeat playing across brutal kicks, all feeling tough and tribal, with the arrival of pulsating stabs sounding particularly appealing played LOUD. Next, Texture conjures up deeper rhythms with undulating pads accompanying taught Detroit bass and further pulverizing beats plus Acid undertones. The excellent Step Into The Light Until We Meet Again, then seeks out the Disco with funkier percussion and Jazzy synth overtones again completing another compelling production. To finish the though-provoking You Shouldn’t Let Poets Lie To You ends with a succession of fiery snares and a sense of urgency leaving you in a rush.

Release: November 6