Review: Hot on the heels of Spencer Parker's Different Shapes & Sizes series comes a new set of 12" singles featuring reworks of some of the best tracks. On this first EP, Steffen Laschinski AKA Rising Sun steals the show with two sparkling, floor-filling takes on "Riff Shapes". The first, a swirling and attractive affair that wraps bold electronic motifs around a sweaty, breakbeat-driven groove, is arguably the pick of the pair, though some may prefer the thumping techno bounce of his second interpretation. Over on the B-side, DJ Fett Burger lays down a typically eccentric take on "SIZE: YES" - think bustling hardcore style breakbeats and mind-altering acid lines, before Belgrade-raised Tijana T joins the dots between Patrick Cowley's muscular arpeggio-disco and mind-altering acid techno.
Review: Spencer Parker has clearly been working hard in the studio since the release of his debut album, "A Gun For Hire", seven years ago. This long-awaited sophomore set is little less than a DJ-friendly epic, with the veteran British producer dishing up 22 club tracks and quirky interludes over the course of two action-packed CDs. Given his vintage, it's perhaps unsurprising that many of the slamming house and techno cuts in some way doff a cap to celebrated dancefloor styles of old (think bleep and bass, classic Motor City futurism, Chicago jack, Italian dream house, loopy British techno, foundation-era techno house and ghetto-tech, for starters). This is not a criticism, though; in fact, it's this subtle variety and retro-futurist feel that makes "Dance Music" such an engrossing listen.