01. Martin Dawson & Glimpse - Kelo
Martin Dawson & Glimpse found strength in numbers with Crosstown Rebels earlier this year, and here they reunite again, this time with old school house firmly in their sights. The thick analog drums and chiming cymbals of Kelo signal the tracks classic appeal, while its infectious bass line is replicated in a mid-range melody, for an irresistible fusion of groove and grit.
02. Smash TV feat. Takis - I Need
Smash TV slip into anthem mode with I Need, a perfect storm of heady beats and heartfelt lyricism. Over a throbbing house tempo, bold arcs of melody give way to synth static and rhythmic clicks, while a swung bass line and hollow piped percussion are enhanced by Takis devastating vocal treatment.
03. Djuma Soundsystem - Ménage A Moi
Its a Djuma Soundsystem party-of-one with the snaky, shaky tribal swing of Ménage A Moi. Despite its minimalist construction, the track bumps along on snippets of voices and clipped percussive sounds. Drums are at its heart; its held together with a heavy kick wallop, and a bongo loop leads it through the piano-led breakdowns and fluttering synth rhythms.
04. Danton Eeprom - Lemon Sharp
With Lemon Sharp Danton Eeprom brings all his disparate signatures into one epic number. Hummed punctuation and sensual female croons set a sultry tone, pocked micro-house programming provides dancefloor urgency, and it stretches into lush electronica with a kaleidoscopic bloom of fluttering synth tones.
05. Class B Band - Dark Bather
Synth pop sophisticates Class B Band pour digital love over Dark Bather. Sparks rise off the classic male-female vocal interplay of Bea Tricks and Beatmaster G, as they fuse classic song construction with slick, electro-rinsed house production.
06. Monaque - Discovery
A spectral piano roll nods to the classic Plastic Dreams, and fills the atmosphere of Monaques Discovery with ghostly shimmers. The Russian duo keep the tension high with a punchy bassline and rhythmic sweeps, playing off the shimmering melodies and a barely-there handclaps.
07. Adultnapper - Aris
Aris is as deep and introspective as anything from Adultnappers vast catalogue. A chilled house journey of metallic tones, with rhythmic pulses, which fold over and inwards. The bass treads slow and deep with skittering, wiry sounds providing the edge.
08. Matt Tolfrey & Lazaro Casanova - Drop The Bomb
Matt Tolfrey & Lazaro Casanova do indeed drop a bomb with Drop The Bomb, and get straight down to business with syncopated claps and tightly wound drums to establish the itchy rhythm. The mother of all kicks boosts fidgety into feverish, and with gasps and keyboard stabs, an all-out stomping house jam ensues.
09. Alejandro Vivanco & Felipe Venegas - Escala
Escala build in micro movements, with papery drums and a rising tide of piped wind instruments. Its Deep electronica of a somber disposition, and lush sound design that attests to the individual talents behind this budding collaboration.
10. Maher Daniel - We Are Kids
Bass and drums propel We Are Kids, from the insistent kick & bongos at its opening, to the sweeping bass rumble that rises from below. On the surface its all precision and gleam, with parts that move back and forth like metronomic machinery. The mid ranges slowly spiral upwards and down again, forming gradients and drama in amongst the echoing chambers and bracing drum breaks.