Something Happened On Planet Earth - (4:44) 72 BPM
Violent Venus - (2:51) 133 BPM
Neptune - (0:26) 124 BPM
Serenade For A Satellite - (2:52) 122 BPM
Milan based retro-kitsch outfit Calibro are back doing what they do best on new album 35 Space. It's a sprawling feast of 60s-isms, highlights including the daft Austin Powers-style chaos of "Bandits On Mars", psychedelic interlude "Brain Trap" and the woozy, organ-led neo-soul beats of "A Future We Never Lived".
Retro-minded Londoner Charlie Beale takes his time with his releases. However he's finally back with three new sizzlers that sound like they're straight outta 1941. That's not strictly true of course as Beale also has one foot in the present, and so "The Gal From Joes" has a sassy old skool-swing but plenty of 4/4 thump too. Elsewhere "Diggin' My Potatoes" and "Tale Of AG Smith" both take some mournful bluesy laments and injects them with some accelerated dancefloor adrenaline.
Bradley Zero's Rhythm Section label has recently enjoyed a great run of success, which he is hoping to continue with new signing Tom Burford, aka Contours. The title of the EP, Technician, is a good indicator of his stylistic approach - meticulous and slightly cerebral without ever being dull or dancefloor repellant. There are six deep and unique tracks to choose from including the remarkable percussion and raw atmospherics of the title track, which was the first (of many) Contours tracks to blow Zero away. Now it's our turn to experience the same.
This Italian producer specialises in choppy, late night jazz-funk, and its business as usual on the Tra Soul E Jazz EP. There are three new slick and smoky cuts here: the hazy nu-soul of "Don't Give Me Up", the Fender Rhodes-led jazz-hop jam "In The Rain" and the loungey, funky-drummer-boasting Latin grind of "Dig It".
This year, Theo Parrish seems to be doing his best to breathe new life into the careers of broken beat-era producers and musicians. Having previously released an excellent EP from Dego and Kaidi Tatham on Sound Signature, his latest missive comes from one-time conscious hip-hop producer Ge ology and one-time go-to jazz keys-man Mark De Clive-Lowe. The latter's brilliant synthesizer and piano work is arguably the highlight of both tracks here. On the spacey, P-funk influenced space-house swing of "Moon Circuitry" he does his best impression of Herbie Hancock, while "Escape On The Lodge Freeway" boasts intricate jazz solos atop a slightly tougher, chunkier deep house groove. Both tracks are, of course, impeccable.