Glenn Astro may sound like a character from The Jetsons or Roger Ramjet, but he's not. He's actually and acclaimed producer from Berlin who released his debut album Throwback just two years ago. This new LP is a downtempo collaboration with his old high school pal, Ajnascent. They reconnected in Berlin having originally lost touch for years. The resulting album of work is as inspiring as it is surprising, a multi layered cake of sounds and textures. Highlights include the freaky retro electronica and scattershot drums of "My Father Was A Tree" and the loungey 90s-meets-60s mellow vibes of "Disko".
Japan's Nautilus are a trio (Toshiyuki Sasaki on drums, Shigeki Umezawa on bass and Daisuke Takeuchi on keys), who formed in 2014, fuse jazz, funk, disco and soul. Inspired by Bob James' song Nautilus, and a real, old school submarine of the same name. These guys like to submerge into the deep and here over 12 tracks they really explore the seabed of retro funk. Highlights include the tense plinky-shuffle of "The Theme Of Nautilus" and expertly retro renditions of 70s classics like "I.G.Y" and 90s, including an Acid Jazz-style rework of "Tom's Diner". Nice work!