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BEN LOVETT'S HOUSE n' DANCE COLUMN 'THE GROOVEYARD'

Ben Lovett: The Grooveyard
Ben Lovett: The Grooveyard Miami Winter Music Conference 2010 Todd Terje: Remaster Of The Universe Frank Heinrich: Shunyata Philly label Ovum at the Shelborne Miami Beach Hotel MN2S labels 15th birthday blowout at Klutch Dennis Ferrer: Hey Hey DJ Spen & Robert Owens: Greater Love 2010 (Release May 10th) Mn2s Boris Rush: Beaches EP Kris Taylor: Incognito EP The 2 Bears: Follow The Bears EP Eddie Thoneick: Funk Hauswerks: Big City Beats Daniel Bovie & Roy Rox Feat Nelson: Love Me Detachments: H.A.L Yass feat. Francine E Murphy: Secret C Castel: KMA 3 Amigos feat. Su Su Bobien: You Bring Me Joy Stephanie Cooke: Old Friend Dr Rubberfunk feat. John Turrell: Northern Comfort Choklate: The Tea Roll Deep feat. Jodie Connor: Good Times Sunlightsquare Latin Combo: Havana Central So Happy In Paris?: Various Anane: Ananeâs World Bargooves - Nu House: Various Artists FABRICLIVE 52 - OPTIMO: VARIOUS ARTISTS Georg Levin: Everything Must Change Sandy Rivera: Sandy Rivera Presents The Blackwiz Farm

MIAMI WINTER MUSIC CONFERENCE SPECIAL

About a month has passed now since the 25th anniversary Miami Winter Music Conference shook its multi-faceted thing. And yet the memories are still super fresh. A wide, kaleidoscopic sweep of DJs and events delivered for thousands of clubbers, promoters and industry heads from all over the world. Exclusive new tracks emerged as major contenders for heavy anthemic summer rotation and men in shark costumes pulled giggling transvestites under the water - yes, that was the warped reality at Danny Tenagliaâs legendary pool-side closing party, and a suitable reflection of just how mad, mixed up and rather wonderful Conference time is.

The late March Florida weather was, of course, wet; very wet. But that didnât seem to stop anyone. Miami WMC has a knack of putting people firmly in the mood for summer and that mood has been driving clubland on, infectiously so, over the past few weeks. Major DJs are revved now for the rest of spring, and the festival season beyond that. And, as I say, the big post Conference tunes are starting to drop. Grooveyardâs letter box has been flapping more this month than Brit General Election hopefuls Gordon Brown, David Cameron and Nick Clegg combinedâ¦.

VOL-CANCELLED!?

Here in the UK, as loud as General Election talk has been, the rumbles of an Icelandic volcano have been far louder. The ashen eruptions of Mount Eyjafjallokull have dominated media headlines; overseas too. And there seems to be no limit to the impact it is having on our lives. Clubland has been directly affected, with regular reports of superstar jet-setting DJs stranded in shut-down airports, and major gigs therefore cancelled.

Over the weekend of April 16-19, a number of big-name jocks could do no more than update fans on Facebook and Twitter. Nu jazz ânâ house producer Vikter Duplaix posted: âI can officially add âstranded in Europe due to volcano ashâ to my resume.â

Big Apple house bod Levon Vincent typed: âVolcanos leaving me stranded and makinâ me crazyâ and, ahead of one major event, breakbeat guru Benji B added: âHoping that Juan Atkins and Francois K can get flights somehow to make the gig tomorrow - been looking fwd to this 1!â

Fast-rising club star Jesse Rose (boss of Berlin labels Made To Play and Front Room) used Twitter: âDublin is now 100% off! Sorry peeps we tried everything. A massive shout to my agent Lucy who has been working on it since 7am!â

And whilst Fabric Londonâs official Twitter feed seemed hopeful on the Friday come Saturday afternoon it was a different picture: âWeâve been working until the last hour trying to get our international guests over but couldnât!â

There have been some neat stories. Defected head honcho Simon Dunmore drove for nearly 24 hours in a hire car just to make one gig in Switzerland and then return immediately back to his London office. Elsewhere, nu-breaks king Adam Freeland made the Times following his Twitter appeal for fans-cum-pilots who would âpersonallyâ chaperone him to several urgent bookings. Nice use of initiative.

The latest reports are suggesting that Eyjafjallajökull is far from done - clubland might just have to brace itself for further disruption. But, for the moment, letâs hope some of the following happensâ¦.

ESSENTIALS NIGHTS
(including Bank Holiday)

Iâm certainly hoping DJ Sneak makes it to Eastern Electricsâ May Bank Holiday bonanza in Londonâs Union Car Park, 29-31 Great Suffolk Street, SE1 â Sneak is on blistering jack-house form right now and plays May 2 in association with promoters Mulletover. Other promoters involved include BLOC and Disco Bloodbath; other performers include DFAâs Ivan Smagghe, Shackleton and Soul Jazzâs Ramadanman.

The night before, Matter at Londonâs O2 Dome, hosts the Liaison 3rd birthday party. Itâs been a phenomenal few years for the quality house night, highlighted by the strength of their anniversary line-up. Soulful dance master Kerri Chandler is set to fly in from the States, with additional sets due from Denmarkâs tech-edged talent Martinez and Swizterlandâs fast rising minimalist star Michel Cleis (have you heard La Mezcla or his intrepid remix, perhaps, of River Oceanâs Love & Happiness?)

Further ahead and probably beyond the grasp of ash clouds and such is Shindigâs 18th birthday. Shindig, the cult Newcastle house night founded by DJs Scott Bradford and Scooby, has actually split its celebrations into two hefty portions of dancefloor fun. Part one takes place May 1 at the cityâs WHQ, offering Detroitâs eclectic Claude Von Stroke. Part two follows at Digital Newcastle June 11, with progressive âidolâ Sasha headlining. A national tour is scheduled beyond that.

In Manchester, similarly institutional nightspot Sankeyâs Soap promises a series of 24 carat parties over the coming weeks. Felix Da Housecat is expected at a special âall nighterâ (10pm to 7.30am) May 1, Peppermint Jamâs loose and funky Boris Dlugosch visits May 8, John âBedrockâ Digweed heads proceedings May 14, deep Deutsch-man Martin Buttrich plays night âDisco Electronicaâ on May 15, Black Eyed Peas frontman Will.i.am feeds his growing club music obsession with a special DJ set May 23 and soulful Dutch techno-meister Joris Voorn (behind last yearâs smash track Sweep The Floor) entertains May 29.

I say all this off the back of a recent announcement by Sankeyâs founder David Vincent that the 15-year-old club will expanding globally into six major cities across Europe, South America and the States. Vincent confirmed: âthere are six cities around the world that have given us inspiration to make Sankeys what it is today. We are currently working on developing six future Sankeys clubs in these cities to give something back to what we have taken from them. It will be the seven Sankeys of the World (when you include Manchester.) Where the other cities are going to be, who knows? It is just another twist in a long soap story⦠watch this space.â

That leaves a few lines on new London garage night Londinium. Some of the cityâs biggest, most bass-y promoters, including Dirty Canvas, Urban Nerd and Chew The Fat! have joined forces for a brand new party making its debut May 1 at South Londonâs Union Car Park. Expect the very best grime, dubstep, funky house, drum & bass and âstreetâ music â artists lined up included, impressively, MJ Cole, Zed Bias, Fabio, Grooverider and dBridge & Instra:Mental. Check www.londiniumbass.com for more.

FORTHCOMING RELEASE NEWS

Norwegian disco machine Todd Terje (the nickname, a deliberate play on âTodd Terryâ) will release a special double-CD compilation of his dubby, spaced-out remixes and edits in May, Remaster Of The Universe.

Terje releases regularly via cult, pioneering imprints Playhouse and DFA and, here, includes 20 productions â among them funky re-workings of Swedish singer-songwriter Jose Gonzalez (Killing For Love) and electronica compatriot Lindstrom (Another Station.) The latter, an infectious piano-house groove is the track that, for many, made him.

Word also reaches me that Frank Heinrich, AKA Reboot, is preparing for the release of a debut album later this spring. Reboot widened his appeal earlier this year with the release of Enjoy Music â a simple, brutally effective house groove based around a vocal sample from Naked Music NYCâs Iâll Take You To Love. Over the years, however, the accomplished German tech and house producer has released a slew of underground and creatively unrestrained singles on revered German labels Cadenza, Cocoon and Below.

The new album, Shunyata, drops on Cadenza May 16, placing a heavy emphasis on percussion â something Reboot likes to refer to as âcomplex polyrhythmic architecture.â The albumâs title has its origins in Buddhism, referring, apparently, to âa state of constant flux.â

Meanwhile Danish deep houser Trentemoller has confirmed that second studio album Into The Great Wide Yonder will arrive June 7 on German label in My Room. Trentemoller is famed for a deep, melodic and highly polished house studio style that has previously earned him releases on labels including Naked Music. The Great Wide Yonder promises greater experimentation with âorganic and analogueâ sounds and a number of off-kilter guest appearances. Should be interestingâ¦.

Before we hop onto reviews, major news that house heavyweight David Morales is currently working on a new studio album. Morales called me earlier this month to confirm production plans are going well: âIâm right in the middle of recording my third studio album, yes. Itâs going well, Iâm happy so far but donât want to say too much for the moment. Iâm also working on a couple of remixes, youâll hear about them real soon.â

There you have it â keep those ears peeled. And, crikey, mustnât end the chatter without a quick word on Miami. The 15th anniversary party for pioneering Philly label Ovum (held at the Shelborne Miami Beach Hotel) was arguably WMCâs top highlight, with VIP clubbers including Carl Craig, Carl Cox and Harry Romero. Josh Wink told me afterwards: âA lot of planning went into the partyâs overall music program; a lot of Miami parties cram as many big name DJs in as they can, and end up with a string of disappointing 45 minute sets. We were able to give a wide variety of performers two hours each and really build atmosphere over the night. It was crazy.â

Other highlights included the MN2S labelâs 15th birthday blowout at Klutch â complete with beautifully boisterous set from Armand Van Helden â and Circo Locoâs official Conference pool party; Francois K bringing things vividly to life with a selection of dark and dirty grooves, including Joris Voornâs Sweep The Floor. On a warmer, Latin infused tip, Jellybean Benitezâs Jellybean Soul bash also delighted, guest spinner Kenny âDope Gonzalez whipping up a percussive frenzy with his impeccably programmed tribal set. The same old âmasterâ.â¦

And what do I think was this yearâs definitive Conference anthem? Judging by blog and forum reaction, I think it has to be Dennis Ferrerâs Defected-released Hey Hey. Not many parties missed it off; it even won Best Underground Track at Miamiâs prestigious International Dance Music Awards. Itâs a rough diamond in the very best sense of the word; the jagged vocals are bang on and the house groove, towering â expect a mainstream re-issue this summer. Killer stuffâ¦.

Anyway reviews now â moving along!!!

SINGLE REVIEWS

Various Artists - Restless Soul Miami 2010 Sampler (UK Restless Soul)

One of many Miami-associated releases out there right now and itâs a beauty; Phil Asherâs Restless Soul imprint drops two deep house nuggets from A C Layne and a killer remix of Bah Sambaâs classic Latino-house shimmy Reach Inside. Layneâs Addicted is slick, soulful work, featuring smooth vocals from Selina Campbell; his second cut, Letâs Go, is a spot-on old-skool instrumental. Bah Samba, meanwhile, courts the passionate remix attentions of rising star Sean McCabe â Bah anthem Reach Inside is given new guitar and sax parts and, impressively, a new lease of dancefloor life. Strong package.
5/5

DJ Spen & Robert Owens â Greater Love 2010 Remixes (UK MN2S)

The 2007 original was funky gospel house at its absolute storming best and now new remixes up the quality yet further. DJ Meme, Groove Assassins and The Layabouts all contribute respectable updates with as much style as substance.
5/5

Rasmus Faber & Alf Tumble feat. Candi Staton â Wilder Side Pt 2 (UK Defected)

More re-rubs of this wonderfully-keyed soul-house number, one each from Faber and Tumble. The former strips down to a lush, string-driven glide, whilst Tumble takes things slightly harder and more synthetic, adding tech and electro timbres with real deftness.
4/5

Boris Rush â Beaches EP (Sweden Size)

An exuberant slice of percussive house from Steve Angelloâs Size imprint. Rush has a most appropriate surname, his Beaches EP zipping along on the crest of frenetic drum patterns and peppy FX â out-and-out peaktime, this, and fairly exhilarating with itâ¦.
3/5

Kris Taylor â Incognito EP (UK Noctural Groove)

Mr Taylorâs second release on the Shapeshiftersâ label Nocturnal Groove is well presented if unspectacular. The two house grooves, Incognito and Massacre, serve up cast irons drums, b-lines and synth progressions; the end product is soulful and highly accomplished â by no means essential but youâre likely to be smiling if you splash the cash.
3/5

The 2 Bears â Follow The Bears EP (UK Southern Fried)

The Bears, Putney boys Raf Gundell and Joe Goddard, are well known for pawing around with house, disco and everything between. That sense of wild eclecticism is more than apparent on Follow The Bears, with electro-pop, dark synth jams and twisted homage to Marvin Gaye all par for the course. A bear essentialâ¦.
4/5

Crookers â We Love Animals (UK Southern Fried)

Those Crookers boys have well and truly captured clublandâs imagination this year. Hot off the heels of their album release Tons Of Friends (featuring Kelis, will.i.am and Roisin Murphy among others,) comes single We Love Animals, a fruity, delicious mix of analogue synths, loud beats and peppy vocals. Soulwax and Mixhell are co-authors; the remix package, featuring fellow Italians Keith & Supabeatz, is similarly minded and good back-up.
3.5/5

Eddie Thoneick â Funk (US Subliminal)

Brutal, brutal funk from the German, built loosely around chunky b-lines, edgy synths and jerky electro-house stylings. Ruthlessly efficient minimalism for main room floors everywhere; and a powerhouse remix by Harry Romero to boot.
3/5

Hauswerks â Big City Beats (UK 1Trax)

Seasoned DJ and producer Colin Barratt has enjoyed a run of successful cuts on MN2S offshoot 1Trax in recent months. Big City Beats is his seventh and like the others pivots on snappy tech beats and dubby, groovy bass. Deep but expansive house music; remixes by rated Italians DZeta Nâ Basile.
4/5

Daniel Bovie & Roy Rox Feat Nelson - Love Me (ATFC Mixes) (UK Strictly Rhythm)

Aydin The Funki Chile gets his hands on Bovie and Roxâs hit production with storming results. ATFCâs Soultek Vocal Mix is a typically strident house affair with plenty of chunk and bounce to the ounce; his flipside dub is an altogether darker, tougher, electro-pulsed workout.
4/5

Detachments â H.A.L (UK ThisIsNotAnExit)

Electro-punk outfit Detachments make it into Grooveyard by virtue of the fact that new single H.A.L (Heard A Lie) includes an outstanding âdisco dubâ remix by Brit house revolutionary Andrew Weatherall. Itâs an epic mix that wisely chops out vocals and focuses on groove, masterfully blending punk with funk before shaking the resultant, chaotic cocktail over some prime club beats. Wonderful stuff.
5/5

Yass feat. Francine E Murphy â Secret (US Code Red)

Pumping soulful-house from Parisian Yass and swish guest vocalist Murphy on Spenâs Baltimore-based label â Secret actually made a coveted sampler of Code Red tracks out in Miami earlier this spring. The Classic Mix is surely the standout, but mixes by Rocco and Russiaâs DJ Slider more than engage.
4/5

James Talk & Ridney - Forever (UK Defected)

Southamptonâs finest wrap their Gallic house-a-like bomb around a euphoric sample from Earth, Wind & Fireâs Fantasy, treading the fine between credibility and âfromageâ with aplomb. Forever is, in summary, a smart cookie of a house record, working its central hook and pedigree beats to maximum effect but with finesse also. Should be huge in Ibiza; irresistibleâ¦.
5/5

Nick and Danny Chatelaine - Rumba Pt 2 (UK Defected)

The second part of Defectedâs re-release for this dizzying electro-tribal banger. Itâs just one remix â by Mendo â but a highly productive one. Mendo offers deep house vibes complimented by sensibly diced ânâ spliced vocals; you can see clubbers shaking their cares away to thisâ¦.
4/5

C Castel â KMA (UK Blackwiz)

Warsaw-based singer, producer and DJ Claudia Castel comes up trumps with this deep, carefully crafted tech-house cut. Thereâs plenty of build and atmosphere despite the minimal blueprint.
4/5

3 Amigos feat. Su Su Bobien â You Bring Me Joy (US Jellybean Soul)

Nu Yorican trio âJellybeanâ Benitez, Marlon D and George Mena dish some superior soul-house grooves, topped by those amazing Bobien gospel-tinged vocals. Deeper, hypnotic remixes by The Layabouts. Itâs a well endowed releaseâ¦.
5/5

Stephanie Cooke â Old Friend (It Gotta Keep Faith)

Cookeâs what you might call a veteran club diva and her experience tells on this solid house vocal for premier Italian label Gotta Keep Faith. Thereâs a vast set of remixes to keep fans of all styles of house entertained and rarely does the quality diminish â participants include Frenchie Gregory Del Piero, and Italians Island Groove and Mark Di Meo.
3/5

Dr Rubberfunk feat. John Turrell â Northern Comfort (UK Jalapeno)

Neat single. Rubberfunkâs tasty southern funk original is actually bettered by the remix from Aussie producer Slynk â here, Turrellâs stirring vocals have been re-recorded to match the faster club tempo and frantic Rhodes action. The good Doctor adds bonus cut Bombay Bossa â sitar and bass clarinet psychedelia, if you willâ¦.
5/5

Choklate â The Tea (US Launch Entertainment/UK Reel People Music)


Seattle-born chanteuse Choklate provides warm, yet powerful vocals that fit well over the various house productions that remixers Reel People, The Layabouts and Manoo offer. For Reel People itâs all about disco-driven soul; The Layabouts, meanwhile, delve further into their reputable deep house repertoire, and Buzzinâ Fly regular Manoo picks up the pace with a club groove leaning on some delicate piano chords⦠Quality.
5/5

Roll Deep feat. Jodie Connor â Good Times (UK Virgin/Relentless)

The sprawling, yet ever-changing grime crew Roll Deep returns to the music-making fold with this, their long awaited comeback single. Good Times, polite siren blasts and all, follows in the much the same pop-dance vein as earlier crossover hit The Avenue, Connorâs hooky vocals acting as counter-weight to the Crewâs - Wiley, Breeze, Scratchy, Flow Dan, Danny Weed, Brazen, Manga, J2K and Target are the Crewâs mainstays at this moment in time â spiky, but ultimately restrained chit-chat. Light urban beats help bowl things along - Good Times will undoubtedly earn its chart spurs, but thereâs little innovation or progression here.
2/5

Peven Everett â Burning Hot (UK Tribe Records)

Everett, Chicagoâs inimitable singer, songwriter and musician, is releasing this glorious soul-house cut ahead of the mid-May release of new artist album Beyond The Universe. Itâs sassy stuff, Everettâs soaring, ever versatile vocals complimenting some seriously bumpinâ production work by Shelterâs Timmy Regisford (alongside Adam Rios) - Burning Hot is exactly that, sizzling strings, bubbling bass and blistering beats cooking up rich dancefloor drama. The fact that Regisford and Rios have actually mastered Beyond The Universe in its entirety surely bodes well for a few weeksâ timeâ¦.
5/5

Other singles this monthâ¦.

Itâs worth checking out Daddyâs Groove & Little Markâs Shorebreak (UK Strictly Rhythm) â quality Italian house with sturdy percussion and some massive hooks â and Abel the Kid, Javi Reina & Raul Ortizâs In My Eyes (US Subliminal) â jerky, jagged 80s-inspired house with a strikingly original vocal and neat Erick Morillo (and Abel The Kid) remixes. Elsewhere Doman & Gooding offer a spritely new but rather straightforward angle on 808 Stateâs classic Pacific State (UK Nocturnal Groove,) John Dahlback teams up with singer Elodie for synth-driven house monster Bingo (UK Defected/Mutants) â it certainly pays out! â and Paul Thomas, Sonny Wharton & Ant Brooks tout Brass (Sweden Size,) which, as one might expect hinges on some punchy brass sections and a run of cutting tech-house beats; meaty music!

And now for albums:

ALBUM REVIEWS

The Sunlightsquare Latin Combo â Havana Central (UK Sunlightsquare)

Claudio Passavantiâs talented Latin-jazz fusionist troupe presents a highly charged, highly impressive homage to Cuba, with an album that was actually recorded in Cubaâs legendary Radio Rebelde building â set up in 1958 by Che Guevara. The music on offer sounds even more impressive when you realise that it was recorded through the big hurricanes Gustav, Hannah and Ike; the Combo lost lighting on several occasions and had to record by the glow of candles. Expect a mix of feel good salsa, chaotic jazz and laidback Latino ramble here; at all times the percussive, horn and key sections sound superb. Really, really fantastic work.
5/5

Various Artists â So Happy In Paris? (UK In The House/Defected)

27-year-old Paris DJ and producer Michael Canitrot is our guide here, bottling the essence of his super chic So Happy In Paris? night at the cityâs glamorous, socialite-heavy Queens club. Itâs an intoxicating essence all right, mixing the very best downbeat and uptempo over two discs. Highlights include Crazy Pâs cosmic remix of DJ Mujavaâs Township Funk, Ridneyâs pounding French-house tribute At Night, A Hundred Birdsâ orchestral revamp of Ameâs Rej, Riva Starrâs loopinâ house take on Rebootâs Enjoy Music and Dennis Ferrerâs anthemic Hey Hey.

Anane â Ananeâs World (US Nervous Records)

Singer-songwriter Anane is wife of Master At Work Louie Vega and he finds himself on production duties for her excellent second studio album, Ananeâs World, a follow-up to the 2006 Japanese-released Ananeselections. Opening number Walking On Thin Ice is a bristling, rather superb cover of Yoko Onoâs original, bolstered by some fantastic retro beats. The following 14 tracks are a unique and flavoursome mix of reggae, rock, R&B, world, Caribbean and, of course, house. There are winning remakes of Stand In Line and Love To Love You Baby in there, as well as an uplifting version of One Dream â the song she originally performed as part of Vegaâs Elements Of Life collective. Well-rounded, and well-crafted, Ananeâs World is a totally engaging, life-affirming release.
5/5

Various Artists â Bargooves: Nu House (UK Bargrooves/Defected)

Nu-house is yet another pigeon-hole for clubland to get its buzzing head around, supposedly representing house musicâs current obsession with amalgamating different genres and ideas. To be honest, youâd do well to drop the term and just concentrate on the quality music on offer here. Bargroovesâ latest double-disc comp has a nicely varied and unique tracklist â cuts from Gui Boratto, Simian Mobile Disco, Crazy P, Dennis Ferrer and Gel Abril all hit the spot from their different points on the house spectrum.
4/5

Various Artists â FabricLive 51: The Duke Dumont (UK Fabric)

The Duke, Adam Dyment, sadly disappoints on FabricLiveâs 51st outing. His minimal house and techno choices are mixed impeccably, but thereâs never a sense of build, variation or quirk and all too often the temptation arises to switch off. Such beats are fine for a 3am clubbing excursion but not lounge listening; things improve a little towards the end â Floating Pointâs dubstepped K&G Beat and Isesayu Tokugamoâs spaced electronica glide Ryozen are both captivating moments. But for the main, itâs all about barebones house and, as reputable as that may be, it just doesnât work at home.
2/5

Various Artists â FabricLive 52: Optimo (Espacio) (UK Fabric)

Glasgow-based duo Optimo ensure that comp 52, in contrast to FabricLive 51, shifts genre and expectation at every conceivable point. As such, the listener is in for a sonic rollercoaster ride â the Optimo mix of UK funky house, techno, mashed disco, electro-groove and deep dance twiss, turns, loop-da-loops and, fairly consistently, takes oneâs breath away. Levon Vincentâs deep ânâ dirty Love Technique is a standout, so too Crazy Cousinzâ steely-drummed Inflation and Desireâs gloriously discoâd out Donât Call. Top, top stuff â fresher than a bobsleigh ride nakedâ¦.
5/5

Georg Levin â Everything Must Change (UK BBE)

The soulful Berlinerâs debut album is, in a word, magnificent and largely at odds with the guttural rock and techno sounds for which the German capital is best known. Opening number I Need To Understand rides cool squeeze-box rhythms and shimmering funk grooves to give you a clear sense of where this albumâs heart lies. There is soul, originality and infectiousness at every turn â the title track wraps warm old-skool synths and emotive vocals around some slick house rhythms, whilst The Better Life creates a deliciously authentic 80s boogie vibe and Late Discovery mesmerises thanks to clever string arrangements. Soul-pop and reggae show their face at the right moments; Levinâs use of his own vocals is well judged and appropriate. Everything Must Change demonstrates both passion and precision; itâs an immense multi-layered collection that should keep delivering long after its debut play.
5/5

Sandy Rivera â Sandy Rivera Presents The Blackwiz Farm (UK Blackwiz)

Itâs been some five years since Rivera released his last album â a Kings Of Tomorrow production, Trouble mixed jack-house, Latino bounce and soulful bombs such as Thru and No Problem. The Blackwiz Farm cultivates an altogether darker, more minimal and Eastern European-style house sound, and yet there is real deepness and atmosphere throughout, testament one feels to Riveraâs skills as producer. Rivera, of course, is no novice to tough tech and electro stylings; some of his earliest productions, including Fade To Black and I Am The Drum, highlight real ability with skeletal dance blueprints. The new record throws up several delights â the insanely tech-twisted REDIAL, the pulsating, bass-heavy and heavily panned (in the studio sense of the wordâ¦) Seclusion, and subtly sampled Aurei 2 2010 â a slick nod to arguably Riveraâs biggest ever hit Finally. The album hits Beatport late April, a month ahead of full release; it has already been âannouncedâ by smart pizzicato string-led techno single Cosmo Bar. Life on the Farm appears pretty damn good â Riveraâs latest output is progressive, inventive and totally unmissable.
5/5

Right, thatâs your lot for this month â catch you again soonâ¦

Ben

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