Generation Next / Big Strick – Like Father, Like Son (Album) [7DAYS1010]

After a successful year for both Big Strick and Generation Next, they come with the CD album titled ‘Like Father Like Son’. Four months after they collaborated on the ‘Like Father Like Son’ EP , this 10-track masterpiece shows off skills from two eras of dance music on one platform with an array of styles and versatility. Big Strick’s latest full-length offering on his own 7 Days Entertainment label is a family affair, mixing tracks from the veteran Detroit producer with similarly deep and woozy jams from his 16 year-old son Tre Strickland, aka Generation Next. The father-and-son team’s approach to house – wringing atmospheric soul from bubbling rhythms, warm chords and blazed melodies – is surprisingly similar, as shown by the two deep, jazz-flecked collaborations showcased here. Elsewhere, both impress with their individual contributions, with Strickland Junior’s slap bass-infused deep head-nodder “Flynn’s” and sweet, winding “Mo Money” standing out.

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Generation Next / Big Strick – Like Father, Like Son (Album) [7DAYS1010]

Route 8 – Dry Thoughts EP [LT004]

Budapest producer Route 8 follows up his exceptional debut EP for Nous with an excursion into the depths of his private production world on ‘Dry Thoughts EP’. Hazy summer pads drift over tight, rhythmic drum patterns and crystal synth lines with skittering rhythms and jacking interludes providing a further study into his analogue, machine-led style.

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Route 8 – Dry Thoughts EP [LT004]

Oscar Schubaq – Triade [TARDIS003]

Tardis strikes back, straight out of their intricate space-time-continuum. Here, label co-honcho Oscar Schubaq delivers a tour de force of the first order. Schubaq betrays his respectful mastery of the classic tropes of house and techno. The main cut “Take It” is direct and to the point, pushing onward and onward with a graceful relentlessness. Ethereal dub textures and curious string harmonies mingle with vocal harmonics. Then there’s “Exposition” which does exactly as it should: Straightforward, contemporary house that honours it’s roots.Finishing the EP with “Triade”, a dark ambient journey based on the core of extreme timestreched vocal drones and organic scapes, Tardis once again shows that it´s not only about music for the dancefloor.

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Oscar Schubaq – Triade [TARDIS003]