German producer SIS serves up some seriously slammin' house grooves for Crosstown Rebels
With releases under his belt for the likes of Crosstown Rebels, Get Physical, DFTD and Cocoon, SIS should be a familiar name to most lovers of contemporary house music by now. This latest EP for Crosstown Rebels, though, exceeds all expectations.
In its Original form, The Blind Side is a dark, chunky and slightly tribal-tinged affair that's got da funk to spare. Just the moody, broody intro is enough to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up, but when snatches of a very familiar (read: I can't place it right now) female vocal comes in over the top? Fuhgeddabout it, as the Yanks would say! It's tough enough for the big rooms, slinky and funk-fuelled enough for the specialist clubs, and generally speaking a bit of a monster all round. A flipside remix from Rodriguez Jr then tones down the atmos and tribal drums in favour of more straight-ahead 4/4s, synth bleeps, some gloriously old skool pianos and a hazy, druggy feel overall, making for a very fine alternative pass even if my money's still on the Original.
This reviewer isn't normally among the many who worship at the Crosstown Rebels altar, but this really is ridiculously freakin' good. I don't think, in the 18 months or so that iDJ has been back online, I've ever given anything full marks. But guess what?
Words: Russell Deeks
Release date: 7 July
Review Score: 10