Review: Maziar's sound touches on the electronic house style that has put labels like Brique Rouge, Crosstown Rebels, Poker Flat, Get Physical, Freak n' Chic and Gourmet (Mazi's own) at the forefront of underground labels that have been burning up the industry. Opening track "Caramel" takes smatterings of the contemporary electro sounds and blends them wonderfully with a good old fashioned approach to making house music. It's a textured track that cleverly builds and somehow sounds dirty and charming at the same time. On the flip-side you'll find "Wait For You", a slightly deeper affair on which Mazi again uses electro sounds to his own effect to create an enticing, drifting record. The second B-Side gives space for Urbantorque new boy Sergio Muñoz to display his undoubted talent. His mix of "Caramel" strips things back for a deeper and atmospheric interpretation.
Review: When Lars Sandberg (aka Funk D'Void), creator of deep house wonderboy Francois Du Bois, first heard Tom Middleton's sublime remix of "Blood" he was, in his own words, "Ecstatic". It's easy to see why too. "Blood" had already received a ridiculously good Andy Cato remix, and it seemed self-evident that no one else would come even close to matching such brilliance. Yet, somehow, the Jedimaster has managed to pull it off, stepping back in time and sprinkling his cosmic dust on "Blood" to deliver a beautifully deep tweaked-out gem of a remix. Lars isn't the only one who's happy with Tom's galactic effort; he's been joined in his praise of the rework by the likes of Danny Howells, Josh Wink and (former Death in Vegas member) Paul Harris. Tom's not the only one who's played around with the acidic tones of "Blood" and come out with startling results. On the B-side of this remix package, Lars' sometime production partner Nigel Hayes infuses the track with sun-drenched Latino bliss. Together as Chaser, Lars and Nigel have fused jazz and techno to great acclaim, and Nigel has similarly shaken disparate sounds together on this remix to create a refreshing concoction. If you like what you hear, there's more good news to come. Francois' follow-up to "Blood", "I Try" - already a huge tune for Nic Fanciulli and James Zabiela - will be out before the turn of the year with big remixes, and Lars will be playing a handful of Francois Du Bois sets over the next few months, including Urbantorque parties at October's Amsterdam Dance Event and Original Four in Leicester. Bloody good!
Review: Urbantorque's profile is on the rise with a new residency at Original Four in Leicester, tour nights in Dubai, Poland, Estona, plus a label party at the forthcoming ADE. Having cut his teeth as a rare groove DJ later led astray by the acid house phenomenon, Harold Heath moved into production in 2001. He quickly found success with a release on the well-respected Stickman Records, and gained support from the likes of Layo and Bushwacka!, Laurent Garnier, Ashley Beedle and Pete Tong. He has since released a string of productions on some of the finest deep and tech house labels around, including Urbantorque, Reverberations, Sensei and Sensei, and Oblong, to name but a few. "Feel The Love" features vocals from Katie Mummery. "I've yet to hear anything from Heath that hasn't made me want to dance round the room naked." (iDJ Magazine)