Pedro Mercado & Karada – Et Voila

Chuffing along like an upbeat Groove Armada, this was my introduction to “tech house” and I don’t mind it at all. Smooth, sweet, warm and motivating, like a mug of hot chocolate.

B. Infinite & Inusa Dawuda – Every Day I Have The Groove

Smooth lounge-house-jazz of the kind I haven’t heard since the early 90s. Equally apt for
chilling on a sofa with a martini or moving sedately around the dance floor. Cool in every
sense.

Years & Years – Desire

Brit house with a sprinkling of boy band fairy dust. Flaky being a dance floor virtue, it’ll do alright, though it’s hard to imagine it playing outside its homeland.

Robert DeLong – Long Way Down

Electronicalt. Accessible pop song over slow house/electro backing with an array of funky vocal effects. The songwriting isn’t thrilling but it isn’t necessarily meant to be. The sounds are innovative and there’s potential for an interesting live show here.

Calvin Harris ft John Newman – Blame

House music from a Scottish DJ “ft” an English singer who gets about equal airtime. Both are saving their best material but this collaboration is decent enough. Will it survive the referendum?

Timmy Trumpet & Savage – Freaks

This collaboration of Aussie DJ Timmy Trumpet and New Zealand MC Savage is house music at its most testosterone-driven, but there’s no doubt it’ll still be a huge stomper in nightclubs from London to Hong Kong. Am I the only one who noticed that the “mighty trumpet” referenced in this track seems to be a euphonium?