Review: When it comes to serving up all-analogue box jams, few labels can compete with Jerome Hill's Super Rhythm Trax imprint. The latest hardware fiend to join Hill's retro-futurist revolution is debutant Pendle Watkins. Naturally, there's barely a duffer in sight. Watkins begins with the intergalactic, Motor City electronics and sweaty drum machine hits of "Deal With It", before sauntering into deeper territory via the Larry Heard-esque "Emerge". On the flip you'll find the raging acid heaviness of "Domination" - all psychedelic TB-303 lines, dystopian vocal samples and redlined percussion - and the fuzzy alien bliss of undulating jack-track "Yah Boobay". In other words, it's a fine collection of club-ready analogue workouts.
Review: Those well versed in ghetto house history should know all about Wax Master Maurice, a Chicago originator who released a string of on-point EPs on Dance Mania throughout the second half of the '90s. This surprise 12" for Super Rhythm Trax marks his first appearance on vinyl since 2008's footwork-inspired Waxmaster Make 'Em Juke EP. The material here is closer in tone to his now-classic releases, though there are some nods to B-more club (see "Otis Ghetto House") and, of course, the juke movement of recent years ("Keep On Jukin"). Naturally, all six tracks are formidably club-focused, brilliantly combining chopped-up samples (snaking sax lines, bits of old funk records, looped vocal snippets) with the kind of boundless, energetic rhythms that send Chicago dancers crazy.