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V/A – New Blood From The Block (SSOH)

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New_Blood_For_the_Block_Artwork_SSOH.jpgLabel: SSOHScore: 8/10 

Longevity for the most part, is not something that’s usually associated with electronic music, a genre that moves so fast and often leaves those who stop to pause for breadth in its wake. The very best of course, adapt to the changing soundscape, with those that maintain subtle and dedicated agendas usually the same ones that last the pace. Such is the case with Parisian label SSOH, an imprint that’s treated us to a host of veritable house gems over the years whilst still maintaining a firm, underground aesthetic. Their most recent offering, New Blood From The Block Volume 1, is very much indicative of their standing, but with it ushering in a whole new era for SSOH, it might well just introduce them to a whole new audience too.

The action takes no time in rearing its head thanks to one of the finest such moments here, as The Deepshakerz pair up with Dario D’Attis for the quite excellent ”Attitude”. Both producers are relative unknown quantities, yet this is a track that very much speaks to discerning house folk: it’s relentlessly funky, full of personality and is primed for the floor. What more quite simply, could one ask for?

Francesco Tarantini’s more pitched back ”Django” makes for a fine foil too, with the Italian native coming up trumps thanks to the unwavering multi-layered sounds that comprise the track. Brash kicks and the firm claps help bring the noise, but it’s the popping b-line and the spoken lyric that help inject a synthetic warmth into the track. Loris Conte calls on a lovely sample for ”Tonight”, an up-tempo effort that immediately brings the dancefloor appeal back with a vengeance. SoDDa’sChamelle” strikes a perfect balance between techno and house, and as such, it’s sure to make for a potent weapon with warm up the dancefloor. The last of the five tracks is unleashed thanks to Greg Delon, whose ”My Funk Hole” (together with Mister K on vocal duty), is colourful and ever-so-slightly camp, with its sultry lyrics underpinned by a gentle, skipping beat and a fuzzy, deep analogue sound.

Hats off to the SSOH crew: this is an auspicious effort that bodes very well for the next generation at the label indeed. 

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Grahame Farmer

Grahame Farmer’s love affair with electronic music goes back to the mid-90s when he first began to venture into the UK’s beloved rave culture, finding himself interlaced with some of the country’s most seminal club spaces. A trip to dance music’s anointed holy ground of Ibiza in 1997 then cemented his sense of purpose and laid the foundations for what was to come over the next few decades of his marriage to the music industry.

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