For their thirteenth release it’s the turn of Music Is Love Records label head Oli Furness and to say that this doesn’t pull any punches is pretty much a serious understatement. ‘Crash Gorgon’ is up first with a series of up-tempo brutal, pulverising kick drums that require your undivided attention but are then creatively contrasted by sweeter chords and soulful vocals. This is a first rate arrangement of tribal beats, crashes, lifts and drops that certainly keeps the excitement levels peaked at all times. The Bodyjack Remix then injects funky breaks and 90’s styled gritty synth lines into their excellent reworking which proves to be just as addictive. ‘Big Booty Girls’ continues with unrelenting, dirty House/ Techno grooves, while ‘.64’ changes tack via solid Electro drums and a speedy cut-up of an eighties classic.
Release: November 9
Terrence Parker/ Melodymann/ No Shit Like Deep
Kicking off number five from the label is this killer production from Detroit’s Terrence Parker. Indeed, ‘Heart break’ just about sums up the reasons I got into House Music in the first place, and if like me it plays out in rich, life-affirming rhythms that make sense of it all then it doesn’t get that much better. Piano is the name of the game with insistent hi-hats and beats driving it all forward like nothing much else matters. Next up is label boss Melodymann who delivers two equally hot slices of music. First is the steamy, ‘Lowfunk’ which takes it down deep via smooth chords, cutting Stabs alongside suitably smoky vocals offset by fiery snares, then ‘What Are You Gonna Do’ picks up the pace with punchy bass and a classic voice. To end is the sassy, easy tempo grooves of ‘Ambassador of Love’ by No Shit Like Deep who sequence Disco inflected tastiness together with infectious low-slung beats.