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Ralph Myerz pres R.E.C.
Paper Recordings

Paper presents this slinky, house-facing project from Scandi-disco don Ralph Myerz. Seek out 'Don't Leave Me Now', featuring Leona Freiburg on the vocal duties.

Criss Disco Biscuits Vol 1
Ben Sims pres Ron Bacardi

No messing about here, this is four tracks of mucky, scything filtered disco devastation from Mr Ben Sims for the Swedes. Here's hoping there's a volume two.

The Z List
Rob Etherson
Glasgow Underground

One half of Mia Dora, Rob Etherson pulls out the big, basseous guns for Kevin McKay's Glasgow Underground, the title track laced with burbling acid.

Dancing Chaos Star
Jozef K & Winter Son
Skint Records

Brimming with dub rave atmosphere, Jozef K has hooked up with Winter Son for this outing on Skint, having met in the very bowels of Berghain. Invest in it.

Desert Rose
Alex Neri & Federico Grazzani

The venerable Alex Neri and Federico Grazzini wigged out with a 909 and Jupiter 8 and a Moog Voyager, and this is the voluminous result. Neri's dub is firm and unforgiving, until the brassy synths emerge to force hands towards the sky, melding with jacking Detroit beats. There are various interpretations here, man of Leeds Burnski's re-take featuring an irresistibly classic break in the mix. Grazzini and Neri's re-touched versions are also hard to resist. Steve Lawler's VIVa may have a hit on its hands.  

Memory EP
Jacob Husley

Loving the wide-open space in this from WetYourSelf resident and co-owner Jacob Husley. 'Big Daddy' is crisp and dramatic, a bassline the size of Belgium providing sturdy foundations while a French lady says things in French. Glimpse brings a scuzzy, abrasive, machine vibe, in pleasing contrast. Over, there's 'Madeira', a gorgeously produced thing, oozing quality. Axel Boman's version is possibly a masterpiece in the dictionary sense of the word, rather than in the hyperbolous sense, principally because that might not even be a word.

Just Back
Seth Troxler
Tuskegee Music

A thing of beauty from the man like Troxler, unleashed on Tuskegee Music, his endeavour with the Martinez Brothers which dubs itself a 'label of cultural heritage'. Grand ambitions indeed, but to be fair, this really is very good indeed. 'CZ' is a hypnotic, vibe-heavy groove, buzzing with tension. A track to lose yourself in. Over, there's 'Junkyard Tool', equally as substantial, with fuzzy piano stabs and a distant diva, hinting at nostalgia but in a most classy fashion. This is the way to do classic house, not just slapping the Robin S organ on everything and thinking you're clever.

Trans EP
Man Power
Throne of Blood

Man Power is an anonymous gentleman — or perhaps lady? — with close links to Jennifer Cardini's Correspondant Records. Beyond that, we know nothing, other than his/her past works feature on the likes of Eskimo and Is It Balearic? Here there are echoes of Vangelis and Tangerine Dream, particularly on the epic title track 'Trans'. 'Blue Suite' is heavy with bristling acid, while Willie Burns (ouch) delivers a remix worthy of classic era Orbital. New York's regal Throne of Blood's first release of 2015 is well worth the wait.

Sweet Bitter Love EP
Keita Sano
Spring Theory

Inspiringly original stuff from Japanese producer Keita Sano, out of the San Francisco-Parisian axis that is Spring Theory. 'Once I Found A Diamond' is superbly wonky, a dirty synth bassline holding things down lest the wayward synths threaten to go feral. The ever-reliable Jacques Renault turns in an understated peak-time version. 'Sweet Bitter Love' is fucking brilliant, and that's perhaps the only way to properly describe it. It's an insane blend of disco and Latin calypso. 'Bouzouk' is house from the Orient. Oh, well done.

Burnt EP
Arkhive London

The fourth vinyl-only release on Arkhive comes from East Londoner Matches, though this somehow feels more akin to West London, not least because EP opener 'Dreaming' boasts dazzling keys from legendary Bugz in the Attic don Kaidi Tatham, twinkling atop an absorbing bassline. 'Let You' too is all about the broken beats. 'Just Can't Get You Off My Mind' seems all mild mannered, but the bass is plain rude, and once the percussion drops it's uncontrollable. 'Orbit', the most upfront, has it up top too. Erm, blazing stuff.

Figure of Speech EP
Detroit Swindle
Freerange Records

Detroit Swindle's rise to power has been impressively meteoric, and their flourishing Heist imprint is fast becoming a go-to label. Having got in on the ground floor, this three-tracker for Jimpster and Tom Roberts' Freerange is arguably the best material yet from Maarten Smeets and Lars Dales. 'Figure of Speech' has shuffling syncopation up the yin-yang, coupled with snipped Afro vocals. 'Victoria's Secret', meanwhile, throws in wayward, brassy synths like a boss. But it's 'Live at the Cosmic Carnival' that's going to do the damage. It rolls. And rolls. And rolls.

From the Basement to the Roof
Club Cheval

Destined for undoubted — and thoroughly deserved — greatness, this is a floor-slaying jam from French foursome Club Cheval (aka CanBlaster, Myd, Panteros666 and Sam Tiba). Featuring vocals from Los Angeles singer Phlo Finster — an alumnus of South Central's Crenshaw High, where the likes of Ice-T and several of Odd Future were schooled — hers is a silken, singular performance. But somehow, the absolute best thing about 'From the Basement to the Roof' is the fact that it never totally lets loose, never resorts to the lowest common denominator. Oh, and the piano at the end. Which is ace.