Roger Van Lunteren - "On And Dna No (The Sun Riser)" (5:06)
Phil Gerus - "Prelude To Love" (4:37)
Review: The XXX crew are on a mission to celebrate the adventurous and utterly well-informed dance music scene of Amsterdam, and they move to the fourth release on their label with a strong cast of characters that all have something different to say. Alterleo opens up the 12" with the low-throbbing psyche out of "Train To..." before Al Gobi takes over with the aqueous hardware house bubbles of "Rule Of Three". On the B side, Jack Pattern & John Parsley work together to lay down a fierce blend of industrial and disco that will send shivers down your spine. Roger Van Lunteren meanwhile revels in the squelchiest kind of esoteric acid with a new age mystique thrown in for good measure, and then Phil Gerus provides a soothing soliloquy to finish this distinctive record off.
Review: Dutch label XXX commence a new compilation series with a four-tracker that features some fresh and fruity house sounds from a range of up and coming talents. JMII's "Spell" is a pumped up workout aiming for the peak time dancefloor with its chunky synth stabs and rock solid drum lines, whereas Miskotom's "Villa Dei Misteri" slows things down to a Balearic slink replete with marimba tones and seductive pads. Damon Jee has no time for such laid back platitudes, instead whipping up a grinding, acidic burner that just begs for a dark and sleazy situation to be played in. Stijn Sadee brings balance to the record with the measured chimes of "Moiin", capturing an 80s lilt in its production values while still packing a contemporary finish.
Review: Form the label: This record is pure Italian craftsmanship and brought to you by MUSHROOMS PROJECT & ALMUNIA. Expect dark balearic summer vibes all over this one. Fellow countrymen Daniele Baldelli & Dionigi gave 'Arena Raindrops' a cosmic makeover. Artwork coverage comes from the north of The Netherlands where Klaas Jonkman was inspired by the Rupicola Peruvianus to paint the cover of this record. Enjoy this piece of art.
Best Ice Cream In Guwahati (Marvin & Guy Afterhour mix) (10:10)
Review: Having initially made their name as off-kilter disco producers, Simple Symmetry first ventured into the world of melodious deep house with last year's Near East Confusion on Low Budget Family. Here the Russian duo delivers the second EP on Holland's XXX label, unveiling a trio of new cuts. They begin with the curious but entertaining Italo disco-deep house fusion of "Chemical Wedding Of Christian Rosenkreutz" before moving into deeper, more tactile territory with the Steve Hillage guitars, dreamy chords and chugging grooves of "Best Ice Cream In Guwahati". The latter is remixed by Public Possession's Marvin & Guy, who emphasize the track's sleazier elements. Arguably best of all, though, is "Whip Me In The Saloon", which sounds like a cracking tribute to mid-80s Chicago house with added piano solos.
Review: Hot on the heels of last year's multi-artist XXX 666 EP, SHMLSS's shadowy XXX imprint serves up another compilation style trip through intoxicating and sleazy dancefloor pastures. Head first for the cowbell-laden, glassy-eyed piano house goodness of Magnifique's fantastic untitled opener, then cast your gaze towards the fiendishly fuzzy, low-slung, techno tempo punk-funk madness of DJ Rocca's killer EP closer. While we think that these two are arguably the single's strongest moments, you may disagree; certainly, there's much to be said for the quirky Italo-disco sleaze of Inigo Vortier's pulsating, bleep-laden contribution and the sweaty, exotica-goes-jack intensity of the Stijn Sadee cut.