The album features six brand new cuts plus 11 gems from the back catalogue
You know summer is in full swing on the White Isle when labels start putting out their Ibiza compilations. In this instance, the guilty party are Brighton's Zulu Records. Over the last five years My Digital Enemy's label has released over 100 slabs of criminally good music, and here they've pulled out all the stops here to bring you 17 tracks of quality grooves to be enjoyed by us all, wherever we are in the world.
Highlights for yours truly Anton Liss & Andrew Rai’s Ae, which is a vocal houser with a funky bassline, male and female vocal elements and a real party vibe that's instilled through the use of an old school riff, an acidic bassline and a catchy top line that really gets you grooving. Then there's Lavigne’s If You Love Me, a full-male-vocaled house track with a 90s-sounding piano riff and claps which make it very uplifting and anthemic, and Louise DaCosta’sTurn It Up, a solid groover with crisp percussion and a strong lead line which is embellished with whoops and the odd “turn up the bass”, giving the track a real party atmosphere.
From the second promo there is Oh Man’s Space Food, a bass-led track with a funky bass riff, brass stabs, a killer male vocal and a party vibe which drives it ever forward, or Damon Grey’s Popper, a tech-houser that has a jacking vintage feel and is quite minimal with rhythmic elements that are perfect for those late night parties. My favourite here though is Jamie L Ward’s Shakedown, which has a really funky bassline, old school stabs and sirens which should get even the most jaded of clubbers throwing shapes.
The two promos they sent only cover 11 of the 17 tracks on the album, as the other six are exclusives. But if the quality of what we've had so far is even matched, let alone bested, by the six exclusives then Zulu have a total monster of an album on their hands.
Words: Danny Slade
Release date: Out now
Review Score: 9