I'm So Glad (feat Jocelyn Brown - Satisfied mix) (5:00)
Summer Memory (7:29)
Six Sixty Groove (5:20)
Locked Out (5:29)
Feel The Music (6:21)
Wake Up, Baby! (6:04)
Something In Yr Head (6:36)
Apple Of My Eye (feat Timothy Blake) (5:33)
Review: Such has been the rise of Marquis Hawkes in recent times that this debut album must mark as one of the most anticipated house sets of 2016. Happily, Social Housing is a superb showcase not only for Hawkes' talents, but also his understanding of house music in its' many myriad forms. The album does include, of course, a sprinkling of jackin' workouts, but these are outnumbered by such thrilling chunks of loved-up positivity as the Tiger & Woods style loop funk of "Fantasy", the Theo Parrish-ish jazz fuzziness of "Summer Memory", and the cheeky, Todd Edwards style cut-up garage of "Something In Yr Head" [sic]. The album's most potent moment, though, is "I'm So Glad", a collaboration with Jocelyn Brown that already ranks among 2016's most potent tunes.
Review: After dazzling with disco promise with their eponymous 2008 debut album on DFA, Hercules and Love Affair have settled into a wide-eyed, revivalist house groove variously influenced by the productions of Victor Simonelli, Kevin Saunderson, David Morales and Ten City. This third album from Andrew Butler's ever-changing combo continues in a similar vein to 2010's Blue Songs, delivering a warm, enticing, entertaining and occasionally poppy blend of classic US garage, early Italian house, early '90s New York house and groovy crossover late '80s acid house. It's soulful, immaculately produced and thoroughly radio-friendly. It's also enjoyably quirky, with eccentric turns and tongue-in-cheek lyrics aplenty (see the hilariously sweary backing vocals on "My Offence").
DJ Duke presents Freedom - "Love Don't Come Easy" (Power dub)
Cloud 9 - "Do You Want Me"
Fierce Ruling Diva - "Allemaal Allemaal!"
Review: When interviewed around the release of the first Hercules & Love Affair album in 2008, main man Andy Butler did little to hide his house influences, despite that set's loose disco vibe. Since then, he's continued to pursue a retro-futurist house agenda, and here re-states his credentials with a DJ Kicks mix that happily joins the dots between vintage New York house and garage, acid, contemporary revivalist fare and the odd foray into dubwise electrofunk territory (see the thriller from Mankind). It's an excellent representation of what you could expect from one his basement-bothering DJ sets and is jam-packed with largely overlooked fare from the '80s and '90s.
Review: This is a significant moment in the development of Michael "Huxley" Dodson. Following six years building his reputation via a constant trickle of singles, the London-based producer has finally delivered a debut album. It's a little more expansive and varied than many of his singles, and variously touches on many of his regular inspirations - UK garage, deep house and bumping techno, in particular - as well as some he's not previously explored (see the pitched-down rave breaks of "Give 2 U" and the "Circles"-ish liquid D&B of "MXR"). The result is a polished, floor-friendly set that impressively straddles the line between club tracks and home listening fodder.