Features tracks from Blane Reed, Disco Kid, Moda and more
Leeds-based house label NuPanda Records recently rejoined the fray after a year or two's hiatus. Label boss Disco Kid spent most of that time in Ibiza, and this new V/A comp showcases the more underground, techier direction that his sojourn on the White Isle has inspired.
To glibly categorise this collection as 'tech-house', though, would be to underestimate the stylistic variety on offer. The album opens with Blane Reed's deep, chunky and driving Real Thing, which is followed by Dean Harrison's distinctly 90s-sounding, diva-vocalled Reality. Disco Kid himself then serves up That White Stuff, a take-no-prisoners tech-houser built for big dark rooms, after which we get a dose of full-on rave nostalgia in the form of Joe Barnes's Petroleum. Miller's That's How We Do It is a tough, percussive affair with a dark, rumbling bassline and a Mad Stuntman-esque looped vocal, Moda's Push is a hard-slammin' but still very groovy tech-house cut and finally Sesentayuno's All About The 61, a funk-driven houser that's lighter on its feet than the rest of the album, plays us out on a suitably upbeat note.
There's not much in the way of experimentation or innovation going on, admittedly. But if you're looking for a set of well-constructed, party-centric house cuts that will rock floors without a doubt, then you'll be more than happy with what's on offer here.
Words: Russell Deeks
Release date: 13 June
Review Score: 8