If these cuts don't get your house tastebuds tingling, we're not sure what will
Since bursting onto the scene less than five years ago, the Spanish duo of Iban Montoro & Jazzman Wax have released one hell of a lot of music. Their own productions have graced such respected labels as Nervous, City Soul, Madhouse, Simma Black and Robsoul Recordings, while their MoodyHouse Recordings is well over 70 releases deep, despite only launching in 2016. With a work rate like that, it's about time we had a full-length from them - and rest assured it's coming soon! In the meantime, you'll just have to get your teeth stuck into this five-track sampler EP.
Paradise is up first, a pretty fast-paced affair that opens with tuff 4/4s before introducing all manner of jazzy, lounge-y elements including soaring, chorus'd "aa--aa-ah" vox. Gangster Dog follows, another jazz-tinged affair with cut-up blues/gospel vox and warbling organs underpinned, again, wtih quite pacey drums. My Joint Is Your Joint is a tad mellower in the tempo department and features some fine tinkling ivories and barely-there, echoing vocal snips, while Te Kill You is more heads-down, jackin' affair with Latin tinges musically, Afro vox and an overall Carter/Sneak/Farina kinda vibe. Completing the EP is the oddly-named Globber Troper, which has a fat, squelchy 80s-sounding bassline backed up by swung but slammin' 4/4s and topped with brass fanfares and more cut-up vox, in this case an American woman asking "What are you guys gonna do on your own tonight?" (or something like that).
Paradise is the standout for me, followed by Globber Troper, but if you're looking for some energetic dancefloor stompers that steer well clear of current tech-house clichés, this is a good place to look. The signs for the album are extremely promising.
Words: Russell Deeks
Release date: 24 August
Review Score: 8