NIBC's brilliantly stabby 'Love Lesson' gets further lessons in love from Ian Pooley, Hans Berg and Tuff City Kids (Gerd Janson and Lauer). The latter is quite superb.
The 1967, stone-cold rocksteady classic from Keith & Tex (written by Derrick Harriot), given the 2015 treatment by Dreadzone’s Earl Sixteen. It’s all there: the smooth, rolling and ultimately sexy rubadub riddim in a digi stylee, with Earl doing a sterling effort matching the sultry and soulful vocals of the original.
Rarely does one see both genuine quality and quantity. But here it is. This most generous five-tracker from Dutchman Wouter de Moor for Josh Wink's Ovum plumbs deep into the void between house and techno. 'Fluf' and 'Fluffy' are both expansive, atmospheric things, but it's the sparse, skittering 'Data Dump' which first demands attention. 'Brain Fog', though lacking a discernible kick-drum, is blissfully sophisticated. Grown-up house music. 'Muy Loco', meanwhile, rocks in a most understated fashion.
The debut four-tracker from this Gloucester producer is a chewy Picnic of halfstep shenanigans — tough, rugged and raw, but with a nicely sculpted finesse.