For us Dirtybird has always been one of those labels you diligently check their every release, and pretty much find yourself playing one of their tracks where ever you are. However for a little while (Justin Martin – Mr Spock aside) we were beginning to un-consciously turn our gaze elsewhere. The tracks didn’t seem to have the same impact or relevance as they once did and their seemed to be quite a few remix packages. The production was always top notch and it wasn’t like the tracks were awful they just lacked that Whistler, La Conga, Rocket Surgery, Vocal Chords, Spock type sparkle. It felt like Claude VonStroke as both label manager and artist was in a state of flux, questioning what direction to take, and perhaps mirroring the shifting club scene as a whole. However the emergence of bass influenced house from the likes of Pearson Sound, Night Slugs, Joy Orbison, Julio Bashmore among others seems to have given Dirtybird a fresh new direction with their latest 5 releases back to their sparkling best, confirming Dirtybirds ongoing relevance to dance music.
Eats Everything – Eats Everything EP – Out October 26th
Justin Martin & Ardalan – Lezgo (Dirtybird)
The Grizzl & J.Phlip – Bakupgrl
Girl Unit – Wut (Claude VonStroke Remix)