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A French DJ with a cheeky sense of humour, Steef tends to alternate between disco edits and original productions. Here, after a break of quire a few months, we get the latter with two tracks of original box jams. "Palpitany" is a chunky, slow burning, electro-jazz-funk-shuffle with gradually ascending Fairlight melodies and acidic squelches. The Survet mix of "Canebiere Man" meanwhile does dip into some vintage sampling for a long and trippy Italo-disco mantra with heavy cosmic overtones.
Eric Lau is a music producer/DJ/teacher who divides his time between London, Hong Kong and er, Jupiter (his words, not ours!). Here he delivers Examples, his third instrumental album. Boasting a whopping 28 tracks, this long player is a veritable feast of styles and sounds, incorporating elements of soul, funk, jazz and Latin all connected via his trademark hip-hop beats. Understated and elegantly funky, Examples is a captivating record that reveals why he ranks the likes of Gilles Peterson, The Roots, A Tribe Called Quest, Jazzy Jeff, Erykah Badu and Questlove as fans. Essential.
Back in 2014, Viola Klein set the pulse racing with a pair of 12" singles that effortlessly combined the loose, jazz-fuelled deep house of Detroit - and most specifically Moodymann and Theo Parrish - with homemade recordings of African percussionists and musicians. This similarly minded follow-up is equally as inspired, and features musicians, drummers and vocalists from Senegal and Detroit. There are two sublime cuts to choose from: the rolling, percussive hypnotism of "B", where tactile synth bass and rich electronics combine brilliantly with dense Senegalese percussion, and the slower, more intoxicating fusion of "A", which includes a brilliant spoken word vocal musing on the nature of democracy.
Last year Diesler raised eyebrows by releasing his 5th long player, Sounds Familiar, on A Little Something Recordings instead of his traditional home of Tru Thoughts. The switch did him good - producing a well-received album with a new sense of adventure. The latest single to be taken from the LP is "Human When We Dance": a sultry jazz-funk groove-a-thon that sounds like a house band providing the good vibes in a run down beach bar in some tropical location. Jack & Jointz meanwhile deliver a slinky rework that sounds like early Duran Duran on downers (a good thing btw).
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HOMEBOY - The Heart Is Where Homeboy Is (House Is OK)
L-FARRIO - More Secret Weapons (Gamm) - exclusive 31-12-2016
VARIOUS - Northern Beats Vol 2 (Beatnik City)  exclusive 31-12-2017
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