v/a: HOA012 (HAUS of ALTR, 2020)

November 5, 2020 at 9:42 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

v/a: HOA012

HAUS of ALTR’s latest compilation hasn’t gotten as much attention as its previous two, but it’s still packed with quality and worthy of attention. Like the others, this one has an all-star lineup of some of the best artists making club music right now. The AceMo/AceMoMA tracks at the beginning, including collaborations with Detroit’s 2Lanes and Kanyon, all go hard with jungle hybrids. The juke/deep house/hardstep fusion of “Omnipresence” (with Kanyon) is particularly innovative and amazing. Other artists dip into spacey sci-fi techno (Akua), fractured lo-fi house (AshTreJunkins), and nosebleed hardcore techno (Buzzi x Xiorro). Escaflowne turns a freestyle hit into ecstatic breakbeat hardcore, bookworms goes electro, and Kanyon’s “Stops Rust” is breakbeat with shades of “Can You Feel It”. Kush Jones does some nice minimal jungle, and North End Track Authority gets points for sampling DBX’s “Losing Control”. Loraine James, Martyn Bootyspoon, Speaker Music (with Lamin Fofana), and others also contribute highlights.

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