Been caning it too hard all summer? Burning the candle at both ends? Not had enough quality time to devote to hunting out new material? We have the solution: episode 13 of the well-loved Munich Disco Tech series from Germany's Great Stuff Recordings. Make sure you're sitting comfortably and we can get stuck in..
Versatile French talent Jean Claude Ades delivers the summery Down Down; a slow-building, infectious cut that adheres to classic house music sensibilities. A simple piano chord pattern, hypnotic vocal samples, flecks of sun-kissed guitars and gentle organ stabs and some big builds; what else do you need in life?
Tom Wax gives us a tongue-in-cheek (or is that joint-in-mouth?) warning about the dangers of marijuana in his heads-down techno roller Keep Off The Grass, injecting some humour into a track that's otherwise pretty serious in its intentions to keep the dancefloor locked. Old skool flavour meets new school rhythm and bounce on this solid groove.
F. Sonik & Andrew Technique go for the peak-time flavour on the lively Unclear Speech - a track that it's pretty damn hard not to move to. We've just tried to resist, and it didn't work. Blame the skippy snare patterns, the warm undulating bass, and carnival-esque vocal blasts and drum fills. A lot of fun, with plenty of colour and vigour throughout.
Ron Costa's Pinkove manages to pull off that tricky manoeuvre of being both deep and energetic, achieving the former by way of muted Rhodes style chord stabs and seriously low-slung bass, and the latter by use of sassy shakers, rapid snare fills and unexpected stop-start edits. Perfect for when you need space to breathe in a rolling, uptempo set.
Per Hammar goes in a similar vein for Auto K, perhaps deeper still and with more of a techno slant to the proceedings – snappy old skool claps and snares chattering away under sub-aquatic Detroit-style chord stabs and an irresistibly chunky, plump bassline driving proceedings along. Simple, cool and succinct.
And for desert.. something sublimely chunky from Townston & Delgado in the form of Madness. This one's hard to pin down, but if you like manic, wiggling basslines, high-impact drums that punch you firmly in the sternum and tripped-out vocal treatments, we think you're going to like it. There's a lot of subtle little touches going on here, but the focal groove is never lost sight of.