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UPSTAIRS ASYLUM RECORDINGS

Second volume of this killer, new Norm Talley curated compilation showcasing the current feels and flavours of the Motor City and Chi-town elite.

Delano Smith's thick and creamy, dub-fused tech-house gets us underway with crisp 4/4s bolstered by fizzy stabs, stepped wooden bass and rich liquid atmospherix. The higly elusive Dorian Gig follows up with a dark and discordant, late nite beast that'll set the smoke machine operator to work. Slap back vox and skipping, highly shuffled hats sending anyone listening to its wild vibration spinning wildly into the in-house rig.

Acid and hip-house pioneer Tyree Cooper lets loose a rare deep house missile; understated and underground with a melifellous little piano lick that'll send rushes of endophines right through the dancefloor. Label curater Norm Talley then finishes of disc 1 with a tight, crunchy, techy as you like number entitled "LE Beaubienare" - mega!

Ataxia opens disc 2 with some nice and airy house vibrations. Highly kinetic hats and perx supplimentig the vulumptuous rising pads and rumbling subs beautifully. Brian Kage drops some authentically hi-teck Detrtoit business, lurking in shadows and a smouldering white hot on "Poly-Phonic Phonk". Finally Gari Romalis concludes this forward focussed set of new dancefloor movements with the futuristic "D-ENV3" which sets its array of synth elements at the outer galaxies before powering them forward with a rough textured drum palette that swings and pulls in all the right places.

Both volumes of this compilation are outstanding - displaying the new sounds of house and techno from the cities that birthed their very beginnings. Featuring a nice selection of old school veterans and new breed players there's no better snapshot of Chicago and Detroit dance music right now.

Highly recommended. 


TRACK LISTING

A1. Delano Smith - Big City Nights
A2. Dorian Gig - Parallel Universe
B1. Tyree Cooper - Raw Underground
B2. Norm Talley - LE Beaubienare
C1. Ataxia - Take You Back
C2. Brian Kage - Poly-Phonic Phonk
D1. Gari Romalis - D-ENV3 

Compiled by Norm Talley and featuring some Detroit and Chicago heavyweights

TRACK LISTING

A1. Jon Dixon - Riverside
A2. Darrin Abrams - Detroit Ur My Star
B1. Rick Wade - Terrific D
B2. Mike Clark - In My Arms
C1. Kai Alce - Morning
C2. Kyle Hall - Pico
D1. Eddie Fowlkes - Hold Me Down
D2. Santonio - Echols Visionary 


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