Qnete – Likewax [Drowned Records]

Blissful, balearic house drifter. Back in the early/mid 2010s, I placed a significant amount of weight on Hurfyd music videos as my barometer for worthy-of-purchase new electronic releases. One video still stands the test of time, my favorite, the Likewax track by Qnete out of Bremen, DE. Released on a V/A 12″ for his DrownedContinue reading “Qnete – Likewax [Drowned Records]”

DJ Sprinkles – Kissing Costs Extra [Kolour Ltd.]

Sensual, sexual and timeless recording from the one and only DJ Sprinkles. Appearing on the B-side of a 2013 V/A release on Houston’s Kolour Ltd. label, Kissing Costs Extra begins with a hazy, whimsical, Balearic-style bassline and progresses effortlessly into congas and light synth stabs that sink you deeper and deeper into relaxation. This trackContinue reading “DJ Sprinkles – Kissing Costs Extra [Kolour Ltd.]”

Paul Johnson – Me And My Queen [Nite Life Collective]

The triumphant celebration A3 jam off an underrated 1998 Paul Johnson “We Can Make The World Spin” album. Me And My Queen puts Johnson’s sampling sixth sense on display. Some of the more well-known hits from the Chicago house legend carry a tougher, speedier and sometimes raunchier sampling spirit, but you get the sense he practiced patienceContinue reading “Paul Johnson – Me And My Queen [Nite Life Collective]”

Shaka – New Relationship [Local Talk]

Jazzy, playful, wickedly cool – this Shaka (Swiss house veteran) Kurt Spichiger record puts me in a stellar mood every listen. A new release as of last week on long standing Swedish house label Local Talk, New Relationship revives the bygone classic 90s house style of epic 8+ minute tracks that take you on a journey.Continue reading “Shaka – New Relationship [Local Talk]”

T-RWRK – Chanté [Holic Trax]

Yea, I think this record got taken down from Discogs at one point because it’s blatant copyright infringement (ripping off the groove from Cybil – Love So Special), but it’s back up for sale! I bought it from Juno in 2013(?), a one-off bootleg edit record from London-based Holic Trax and got a ton ofContinue reading “T-RWRK – Chanté [Holic Trax]”

Steve Rachmad – A Fabla [SINO]

A true original, Steve Rachmad fostered the Detroit techno sound in the Netherlands from 1996 onward. Rachmad’s 2nd full-length album, Neo Classica, landed on Technasia’s Sino label in 2006. Big room techno had been waning in popularity by that era and though experimentation in melding house, techno and elements of trance is evident throughout this album, theContinue reading “Steve Rachmad – A Fabla [SINO]”

Stephen Brown – Polar [Theory]

On what’s possibly my 2000th time hearing this track, it sounds wonderfully fresh and innovative as the first. Listening to Stephen Brown over the past 7 years has influenced nearly every facet of how I approached recording house and techno, popping up in every peak-time, unhinged 140+ Rush Plus set we ever played as well.Continue reading “Stephen Brown – Polar [Theory]”