Played by Monika Kruse, Umek, Riva Starr, Andhim, Hermanez, DJ Madskillz, Loko, Alan Fitzpatrick, Martin Eyerer, Gel Abril, Fergie, Stacey Pullen, Jerome Isma-ae, Dirty Doering, Paolo Mojo, Namito, Saeed Younan, DJ Chus, Doomwork, Rainer Weichhold, Funkagenda, Chaim....
Italian producer Heartik's coming at house and tech from a different angle to your average Joe (or Jose). His quirk-filled take on the sound of now has got a different aesthetic to the super polished, identikit grooves filling up your local download store.
Hola! is a beast of a track that's built around upfront, wide percussion and rattling old drum samples that percolate around hypnotically. The beats virtually jump out of the speakers into your face, with a sizeable bass groove and fiesty horn and string sounds peppering the groove for an unusual yet affective affair. It's a track should find favour with anyone who's bored of the same old sounds and patterns. Steve Mac flips the track into a big room, summery house groove on the flip, falling somewhere in between filter house and his tough Rhythm Masters sound of old – a perfect alternative.
Heartik's no one-track pony though, and he fully puts his money where his mouth is with two more delicious grooves on this EP. Opera Rehearsals unfurls from a simple, spacious, jacking groove into something laden with kooky sounds – seaside organ melodies doing battle with classic techno cymbals rides and breakdowns filled with vaguely malicious, dramatic string swells. Piccadilly Circus follows a similar route, with a some even more bizarre organ and wind sounds sandwiched in between pleasing passages of bubbly rhythm and cool snare fills. There's something a bit magical and mystical about these tracks. Tuck in.