The album features contributions from Dajae, DJ Pierre, Gene Farris and Cajual boss Green Velvet
For his third artist album, Italian producer Stefano Miele, better known as Snatch! boss Riva Starr, has gone right back to the source - signing up with Green Velvet's long-running Cajual imprint and inviting a host of Chicago house peeps to collaborate. And the results are, predictably, rather splendid.
Dajae-vocalled opener In The Midnight Hour sets the tone for an album that's long on classic-style house influences while sounding thoroughly up-to-date at the same time. Can You Feel The Sunshine sports hands-in-the-air pianos and is surely an Ibiza 2016 anthem-in-waiting, while a tougher style of house - in keeping with the finest Relief/Cajual traditions - is showcased on Green Velvet collab You're Beating. Count On Me and I Can See The Light come with the big rumblin' bass vibes, Dajae crops up again on the seriously old skool-sounding The Loft with its “no party like a house party” vocal, I Believe In You has a distinct back-to-92 kinda feel, while Starr and Farris head into the small-hours jackin' zone on After Dark. And then finally to play us out there's Acid Train which, given that it features DJ Pierre, probably doesn't require much explanation!
There are, of course, two schools of thought on dance music artist albums, with “it's not just a collection of club tracks” seemingly a mantra for some producers. This is, undeniably, a collection of club tracks - but when those club tracks are as varied but always hard-hitting as these, you won't hear any complaints from this direction.
Words: Russell Deeks
Release date: 11 March - get it on Beatport
Review Score: 8