Review: Time for a legend session as one of Italy's most respected DJs - Serendipity's Marco Socci - makes his debut on the iconic Skylax imprint with a dream-filled Mr Fingers style vocal soul-burner. Guaranteed to soundtrack the perfect sunset or sunrise, it's complemented by a two killer versions: the filtered mix is a powerful slice of lavish piano-tickled soul while Jason Groove lays down a classic Trax style jam loaded with 808 bass and crisp percussion. Loaded with an acapella, too. This covers every base and beyond.
Simoncino - "Inga's Creme" (Chez Damier Morning After mix part one)
Soul System aka Nicholas - "Everything Must Change Originally"
Sameed - "Bad You"
Damien Zala - "Shake Vibration"
FTG, Belfie & Alex Tea - "Public Enemy"
Joey Kay - "All Night"
Lady Blacktronika - "Right Direction"
Carlos Nilmmns - "Gwen's Song"
Violence FM & The Underground Soulsavers - "Soleil Mauve"
Lady Blacktronika - "Again See Spring"
Sinan Kaya - "What's Mine"
Urban Inc - "Beatdown"
Jason Grove - "Streets"
Love Island - "A Feelin'"
Octo Octa - "We Will Be Together Forever"
Rosenhaft - "Voyager"
Concept e25 - "What Did You Say"
Kuba Sojka - "Walk On Moon"
Groove Riddim - "The Difference" (feat Nathaniel X Project)
Niko Marks - "Real Funk Don't Die"
Signal ST - "Bongo Trax"
Mike Sharon - "Free Your Mind"
Garage Shelter - "Attempt" (Lonely Heart dub)
Peter Black & Hardrock Striker - "Dreamtime"
Review: Given that it's been 14 years since French producer Hardrock Striker established the Skylax label, this retrospective catalogue mix-up has been a long time coming. Old friend DJ Sprinkles handles disc one, delivering a mix that brilliantly blends her uniquely dubby and spaced-out take on house music with dusty, soulful and largely U.S-centric deep house jams from the likes of Sameed, Lady Blaktronika, Chez Damier, Joey Kay and Carlos Nilmmns. On the second disc, Hardrock Striker focuses on more recent label material, whizzing through a swathe of tactile, deep and groovy retro-futurist cuts from the likes of Octa Octa, Niko Marks, Groove Riddim and Garage Shelter.