Title: Tom Tam Club Vol 3 - Compiled by Tomoki Tamura
Label: Holic Trax
Cat. No. HTV004
Tomoki Tamura’s essential and refreshing label, Holic Trax collects together new house heat for a third
volume of it irregular Tom Tam Club series. Across both a digital and 2 x 12” vinyl release the compilation
offers plenty of club-ready highlights.
Having released music from producers around the world including Rick Wade, Burnski, Tuccillo and many
more, the label has become a favourite with DJs and dancers alike. Now it turns to a mix of new and more
established names for a collection of eight new cuts that offer something for everyone.
Up first is duo, Rough Principles, made up of established producers Ekkohaus & Moire Patterns of labels
like Moon Harbour. Their ‘Pool Back’ is a rubbery, spritely house track with rolling beats and bass and
thick, late night synths that exude real soul.
Grecian Mr. Statik - a big name in his native country as both a DJ resident and producer on BPitch Control
- then gets a little freaky on his ‘Habitual Nastiness.’ There is plenty of slap funk in his drums and intrigue
in his mysterious melodies. It is then to Moon Harbour mainstay and Italian tech king Marco Faraone for
‘Point,’ which is a stripped back, grainy and lo-fi basement house offering with dubby chords and a real
sense of rawness to it.
UK producer and Needwant associate Ashworth keeps things scintillatingly melodic with his spine
tinglingly eerie and spacious minimal track ‘Copenhagen’ before fellow Englishman Brunbjrn gets all stab
happy with the loose limbed, perfectly DIY sounding and ramshackle house grooves of his effusive
Dubinsky, who has released on Foals man Ed Congrave’s Deep Shit label prefers a more mid tempo and
airy vibe. His exquisitely jazzy, sun kissed and playful ‘Viol Groove’ is a perfect piece of feel good house
music at its best, then Leftback label boss Dudley Strangeways does his trademark trippy, minimal house
thing on ‘Brown Leaves’, which is a heady, hypnotic and late night track designed for the small hours.
Finally, Baslow’s ‘Closer’ rounds out this excellently varied compilation with a lush broken beat, classic
vocal sample and some truly romantic emotions.
This compilation goes from sun kissed to sweaty and back again, and proves that label boss Tomoki
Tamura really has his finger on the pulse when it comes to enlisting standout producers from across the
A1 Rough Principles - Pool back
A2 Mr. Statik - Habitual Nastiness
B1 Marco Faraone - Point
B2 Ashworth - Copenhagen
C1 Brunbjrn - M'about Ta
C2 Dubinsky - Viol Groove
D1 Dudley Strangeways - Brown Leaves
D2 Baslow - Closer