As ambassadors of tech-house over the last 2 years, Honchos Music has certainly put out enough releases - enough to make a double CD compilation of the tunes that have shaped the tech-house sound and made Honchos Music one of the leading labels in the scene. Mixed by in-house producer, Mazi, Brigade Honchos showcases both the deep side of tech-house and also the dirtier side.
Sitting on the deep side of tech house, Mazi mixes up a really sublime journey through Honchos' more laidback releases, kicking things off with Forfeit Blue by Sifter. Each track progressively builds up as it moves along adding in elements slowly such as tribal percussion, synth lines and string lines, and techy stabs along the way. DJ Dan's Put That Record Back On charges things up a little bit thanks to the remix talents of H-Foundation and AJ Scent's Lisbon Drive adds a little latina flavour to the mix.
Piha by Ian Pooley and Majik J brings in some melody for a change as it's been all about the beats and the bass. Pooley returns to remix Noel Nanton's saxophone based Your Love before Mazi finishes off with a return to Forfeit Blue.
CD 2 is more of the darker, clubbier and dirtier sound of tech house, so one can expect fatter and groovier bass and darker tribal drum sounds and it delivers especially with the opener, Motion Theory by Studio Nova - techy effects on the top, heavy bass and female vocal stabs. DJ Dan's Put That Record Back On makes a return, this time remixed by Peace Division into a dark tribal monster but it's Sifter's own Departure which is the stand out tune in this CD thanks to a wicked bass line and cut up female vocals.
Overall, Brigade Honchos doesn't really break any boundaries, both sides of the CD are pretty monotonous and can get quite boring to listen to. This release won't really get any new listeners, it's strictly for the fans. For those out there who like their house music with lots of percussion and with a tribal edge to it, Brigade Honchos is the one to get
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