Ryan Aitchison serves up a three-tracker on his own Warehouse Music label
For what is only the third release on his fledgling Warehouse Music imprint, London-dwelling Yorkshireman Ryan Aitchison, better known as Mella Dee, looks to dance music's past for inspiration.
There are three tracks on the EP, with Techno Disco Tool itself up first. This one's fairly self-explanatory, really, though Tech-House Disco Tool might have been slightly more accurate. It's also cheesy as hell... but it's kinda fun, and at least he's used a non-obvious disco sample. The same can't really be said for for Cloud One, which as disco spotters will have already guessed is essentially just big chunks of Disco Juice with some ruddy great tech-house kicks whopped underneath. But that said, it'll rock dancefloors for sure... and if it sets younger buyers off on a voyage of discover re: the work of Patrick Adams, who's grumbling?
Just to show Mella Dee is no one-trick pony, the EP then closes out with World Dance, which is a very different beast - a no-nonsense percussion workout sitting right on the techno/tech-house cusp, and built purely with moving small-hours dancefloors in big dark rooms in mind.
A strong EP all round, but Cloud One takes the gold for me.
Words: Russell Deeks
Release date: 20 October
Review Score: 8