The Villalobos remix of 'Phunk' is a patient piece of house music that’s a real trip through shifting soundscapes. There’s an oriental-sounding synth, nicely compressed drums sliding up and down, and changing timbres which keep the track moving forward. It’s also a case study in Villalobos’ trademark long dropouts, where the low end subsides and we wait in anticipation for that little kick rather than a slamming return. It doesn’t have the anthemic appeal of the likes of 'Sinner in Me', but that could actually work in its favour: it’s less likely to burn out so fast, and more likely to be a dependable inclusion in the bag/laptop of the likes of Luciano and Bug. One to build a set early on or completely washout the braincells post 5 a.m.
On the flip, Mark Broom completely overhauls Shinedoe London style. As a producer, you never quite know what Broom is going to do next: his next record could be a tribal workout, tough techfunk or freaky minimal – it all depends on what day you catch him on. This time round Broom delivers a solid bit of audio warfare much in the vein of his Visitor collabs with Dave Hill. It's pretty much a looped set-tool, but this is techno in its rawest form: the razor-edged bass synth and tight drums will lick the paint off the club walls. If you want a nice little melody or hooky riff then perhaps look elsewhere, Broom isn't attempting to cover the bases here - leave that to Pop Idol.
If this is a battle of old school vs. new school, then its old school by a neck on the dancefloor.