Review: With a title like "Scary Eire", you'd expect the artist behind it to be Irish. We can confirm that DART is indeed from the Emerald Isle. He resides in Dublin, though the bass-heavy, rave-ready cuts he delivers on this Homage label debut are truly international in sound and style. The EP boasts two original tracks: opener "Raided", where emotive, Orbital style lead lines and screams rise above a thickset acid bassline and sweaty drums, and the saucer-eyed, old school stomp of "Only The Strong". The track's early '90s credentials are emphasized further on X-Coast's rushing, stab-sporting flipside remix, while Big Miz's revision re-imagines the track as a wiggling trip through psychedelic acid house territory.
Review: Newcomer JVXTA has been spotted previously on his own label Hardmatter, but you wouldn't think it's early days for the UK producer listening to the assured NY house flex of his guaranteed dancefloor bomb "Brawn." It also stand to reason that promising new Big Apple house label Homage have reached out across the Atlantic to make a fruitful connection, resulting in a crucial grip of contemporary house jams with classic touches in all the right places. As well as the garage swing of "Brawn" there's uptempo strutting aplenty to be had with "Rudy's Disc 31," while "When We Kiss" takes things in a sweeter, deeper direction. "State Of Nature" throws down tribal percussion and woozy synths for a heady track that contrasts neatly with the other more upfront offerings.