DJ Haus – Hot 4 U
Unknown To The Unknown bossman DJ Haus back with more straight up dancefloor killers. Title track ‘Hot 4 U’ sees a sampled acid stab repeated over a simple vocal snippet and clattering beats. Simple but very fuckin’ effective. ‘Flange Attack’ is, as the title says, big wobbly flangers over a jacking Chicago house track, and ‘Alien Acid’ takes that DX clonky digital acid vibe into lo-fi territory. Start to finish belters.
DJ Boring – Sunday Avenue
DJ Boring, the man behind the anthem ‘Winona’ that was so successful that everyone who thought lo-fi house was cool suddenly started hating it. Fact is, it was a wicked track and so is his new one ‘Sunday Avenue’ Lush pads and crunched beats give way to an acid tweak. Out on a Let’s Play House white label, the flipside comes with two tribal house tracks, all congas and bongas over vocal snippets – but it’s the A-side that’s the real gear here. Pretty essential, actually.
DJ Trump – Trumpin’ Tracks
Who knows, by the time you are reading this, the Tangerine-in-Chief may well have been impeached. Regardless, this six-tracker vinyl-only release on Black Beacon Sound chops up vocals from Mr. Drumpf and cuts them into acid, electro, ghettotech and jacking acid house in spectacular fashion. Total carnage!
Pip Williams – Outer Limits
Probably not the same Pip Williams who famously produced the Moody Blues and Status Quo… but instead, the electro producer known for working with London Modular Alliance and releasing on A.R.T and Electrix. This new EP, on CPU Records (easily one of the best independent labels in the world right now) marries his dancefloor electro sensibilities with tweaking acid lines and more than just a touch of classic AI-era Warp electronica. Our favourite is the slow-sunk of “I Was All Alone” with it’s acid lines crackling into ring modulation and bit-crunches, like the dying words of robot in a vice. Superb.
Cardopusher – Zgemi
Out on Zodiac 44, a one-off series of wax from Klasse Wrecks head honcho Luca Lozano. Zgemi has the Venezuelan (by way of Barcelona) Cardopusher on a particularly EBM tip. Slow, heavy, and relentless tracks designed for murky dancefloors in unlit warehouses where the sweat dampens the walls. ‘Cylinder Acid’ is the heavy hitter from the quartet of tracks, but the jagged drum-machine analogue stylings of ‘Sloppy Funk’ do it for us too. This is the kind of stuff parties like Body Hammer and World Unknown thrive one – proper dance music.