While they've been part of the Dirt Crew family since contributing to the Deep Love 3 compilation in 2013, Love More marks Rotterdam duo 25 Place's first 'proper' release for the long-established German label. They've gone all out to make it special, too, delivering five tracks of impeccable deep house. There's the string-laden late night hedonism of "Love More", the ultra-deep pulse of the enveloping "Strange Days" - complete with yearning, bluesy vocal samples - and some more rush-inducing fare in the shape of "Sometimes" and the piano-laden "These Moments". Oh, and a dash of ambient house-inspired goodness that's as fluid and picturesque as the Pacific Ocean (the wonderful "Ecstatic States").
It's been a while since Spanish producer Joan Male used his 5alad alias. Five years on from his solitary album under the moniker, Barcelona-based Factor City has tempted him out of retirement. The three original tracks on the EP are all superb. "Kepler 22b" leads the way, delivering his usual fusion of cheap synthesizers, lilting electronic melodies and loose drum machine rhythms. "Silicon Warriors" is brilliantly cheery and almost rush-inducing - think chiming, glassy-eyed melodies and Italo-disco bottom end - while "Arcadia Planitia" is cosmic and far-sighted, with exotic synthesizer sounds tumbling over bubbly electro beats. The EP also includes remixes from Alehandro Paz and Jonathan Kusuma, whose rework of "Kepler 22b" turns the original into an essential chunk of fizzing, bass-heavy, synthesizer-laden deep house.