Our friends at Defected Records deliver this months sampler packed full of quality tunes from Soulfuric, Glitterbox, Classic Music Company, Faith & Nu Groove. House Music All Life Long.
Tom Bug & Grooveline – Love Will Shine [Soulfuric]
Following a string of dancefloor-ready collaborations, Tom Bug & Grooveline make their Soulfuric debut with a highly animated release bursting with groovy goodness. Throughout ‘Love Will Shine’ heavily filtered vocals vibrate with energy, busy keyboard and instrument loops shuffle and swirl, and a meticulously crafted beat gives way to a punchy drop.
Dirty Channels – Make You Cry [Glitterbox]
Italian duo Dirty Channels make their Glitterbox debut following several standout DJ sets playing for the party, and the disco house track ‘Make You Cry’ aligns perfectly with the label’s catalogue of dancefloor gems. The pair, comprised of Take It Easy label residents Davide Le Merlus and Simone Giudici, utilise classic production techniques to great effect and this release is no exception. Short, sampled loops are manipulated with ease, generating energy as a sidechained 4×4 kick transports you to an Italian all-night disco.
Roach Motel – Movin’ On [Faith]
Another alias of Pete Heller and editor of Faith Magazine Terry Farley, Roach Motel’s long-standing roots in the 90s nightclub scene is evident in the sheer quality of their timeless productions, defining the sound of British house for many years to come. ‘Movin’ On’, originally released on London-based label Junior Boy’s Own 30 years ago, is still an underground favourite today. Now, house aficionado and Moxy Musik founder Darius Syrossian brings his club-ready approach to the 90s staple, removing excess sound in favour of a deep, chugging remix drenched in influences of the original’s era. Similarly, his 5am Mix takes us well into the early hours with even more stripped back vocal manipulation.
Eddie Fowlkes – AHYEE [Classic Music Company]
DJ Eddie Fowlkes created the techno genre alongside Derrick May, Juan Atkins and Kevin Saunderson. Now the ‘Godfather of Techno Soul’ uses his extensive knowledge and experience to create dynamic dance music with a house EP drenched in Motor City inspiration. On, ‘AHYEE’, Eddie carves out his own sound in a low growl as distorted percussion whirs over a four-on-the-floor beat. Coming from producing some of the first techno records nearly 40 years ago, unique releases like this continue to prove Fowlkes’ status as a constant innovator.
Acid Jerks – Counter Balance [Nu Groove]
Following their standout debut on Nu Groove ‘Remote Area’ enigmatic Berlin duo Acid Jerks return with Counter Balance an all class piano house work out.