Review: French crew Increase The Groove have been building up a fine head of steam over their first nine releases, and the 10th is another tidy one. It brings together four emerging producers who each have their own style. Ghini B's "Recut" is a clipped and kinetic opener with spinning hi hats bursting out of the groove. There is a fine electro break at the heart of Marius's sci-fi trip "Paranoid", ten Oden nails you to the floor with his early Chicago style house kicker "Relief." Vitess closes things with the bubbly tech funk of "Random Player", making this a vital and versatile EP.
Metro - "Here For The Love" (Metropolitan Acid mix) (8:19)
Vitess - "133cc" (6:24)
Review: REPRESS ALERT: The third trip out on Nuances De Nuit brings together another killer selection of ear-snagging club cuts that appeal to the deep-digging community. Kolter's "Don't Kill My Groove" has already been drawing plenty of favourable attention from the likes of Moxie with its deft breaks and electro-funk stylings. T. Jacques' "Control" is a peppy tech house jam with a sleek garage bump that should go down a treat with serious heads and passing trade alike. The real treat here though is Metro's "Here For The Love", a seriously in-demand jam from 1994 finally getting the repress treatment to take it out of the hands of the sharks. Vitess completes the package with "133cc", a dynamic wiggler with enough tripped out elements to take out a tank.
Review: The latest missive on fast-rising French label Houseum comes courtesy of self-proclaimed "power-house" maestro Vitess and follows hot on the heels of the producer's fine recent EP on Normandy Records. The Parisian hits the ground running on opener "Tiller", a fine, funk-fuelled fusion of rubbery bass, sweeping chords, smooth beats and bleeping lead lines, before cannily fusing acid house and tech-house tropes on "Continental". Title track "Missed Fly" is a deeper and more spacey-sounding affair powered forward by jaunty acid bass and a rock-solid kick-drum pattern, while "Warm" is a languid, ambient influenced slow jam that's wonderfully bright-eyed and melodious.
Review: Like its sold out predecessor, the second volume in the Sure Cuts Limited series boasts a quartet of summery, feel-good house cuts from a gaggle of little-known producers. While there's one energy-packed chunk of filter-sporting disco house - the chunky, anthem-like bustle of Reece Johnson's "NYC Bumping" - for the most part the vibe is warm, dreamy and melodious. This manifests itself in the sparkling synth riffs, looped Loleatta Holloway vocal samples and rolling grooves of Vitess's "Wurly", in the crunchy drums and cascading Rhodes motifs of Bwi Bwi's "Paradis Fiasco" and in the classic deep house feel of GZZ's "Probence State of Mind".