Almost every artist nowadays has the “label boss” title listed at the top of their résumé. However, only a few of them know the struggle of juggling multiple imprints at the same time, and even fewer have propped up niche scenes in the way UK tastemakers My Digital Enemy have done through both of their catalogs. While they may have put the Vudu Records offshoot on the back burner in order to devote more resources to their main Zulu Records, the MDE boys are ready to get the ball rolling again after pressing the pause button for the last five months.
Ibiza Underground 2018 sees them flipping the switch back on with a seven-track compilation EP that digs up a few hidden treasures within the rumbling tech house territory. Shapa Luck, Marco Bruzzano, Chris Azure, Motivee, Apollo Pan, and MDE are all pulling their own weight for Vudu’s much-anticipated relaunch, but it’s the contribution from the enigmatic producer No Requests that pushes the album into the first-class category.
Very little is known about the shadowy UK figure, and it doesn’t help that he has only a fistful of tracks out so far and an abnormally slim five-follower count on SoundCloud. But none of that can detract from the fact that the man of mystery has locked down a steady stream of releases on Toolroom Records, shout-outs from BBC Radio 1’s Danny Howard, and previous appearances on Vudu. His return to their stable is a rave-ready weapon by the name of “Warehouse 1999,” a tech house roller that has equal parts old-school nods and modern underground appeal. The pounding drums swing with full force, the bassline snaps in all the right places, the pads are hypnotic, and the helix-like melodies make this record an essential addition to your digital crates.
Available August 13 via Vudu Records.
Buy the Ibiza Underground 2018 compilation here.