Review: It's now accepted that label anniversary compilations and EPs should be stacked with high-grade cuts, preferably offered up by sizable or notable artists. Even so, there's something extra-special about this first part of Digbeth-based One Records' 10th anniversary EP series. Fittingly, it begins with a fresh cut from label stalwart Subb-an, a suitably heavy chunk of locked-in, early morning techno titled "Sunrise Mood", before continuing via the cut-up breakbeat fills, spacey electronics and warehouse-ready analogue bass of Adam Pits' "Pungent Method". Over on side B, Los Angeles-based Steve Urulu serves up the groovy, percussion-rich deep house/techno fusion of retro-futurist treat "Mollare Qualcuno", while Yamen & Eda drift their way through the deep breakbeat-house shuffle of "Last Dance".
Review: Berlin dwelling Los Angeleno Urulu is back on another EP chock full off smooth deep house grooves after releases on Exploited, Dirt Crew and Let's Play House. "Night Tube" is rolling late night business with rusty rhythms and some serious rumble in the bass. "Orion" is a real highlight on this release; the kind of sultry, summery and feel-good house music reminiscent of John Beltran's excursions in house music. On the flip is the rusty retro business of "9045XY " which is pretty nice and closing things out with another Beltran influenced number on the emotive high-tech soul of "Lullaby".