LA duo Nguzunguzu have been making their presence felt on labels such as Hippos In Tanks and Innovative Leisure over the past few years, but now they return to their regular haunt Fade To Mind, the Night Slugs sister label, where they drop yet more of their crisp, grime-infused incantations. "Skycell" may be slick on the programming front, but the tone of the synths adds an ethereal atmosphere to offset the rapid-fire drums. Elsewhere the story is much the same, from the playful meditation of "Foam Feathers" to the grimey strings and delicate chimes of "Harp Bell", making for a full-bodied collection of immersive and mystical wares for up-to-the-minute shapeshifters.
Nicholas Lammatteo's last outing on Home Taping is Killing Music, "Love Message", was arguably one of the label's strongest releases to date. This expansive EP picks up where that one left off, delivering his trademark blend of wide-eyed revivalism, smoky late night atmospherics and tracky, heads-down rhythms. "The Music Lives", with its strong chords, dense percussion and acid bassline, is probably the pick, and comes backed with two excellent beats tracks tailor-made for inventive DJs. The deeper, more obviously US garage influenced "Work This Out" delivers cute, unfussy thrills, while the delightful "Running Into Time" throws some vintage disco samples and jazz-funk keys into the mix for added feelgood factor.