Bristol's Slime label has always been difficult to pin down. To date, their bulging catalogue has touched on most genres, from dubstep and garage to minimal techno, rave and hard-to-define electronica. Here they're at it again, delivering a mixed-up two-tracker from self-proclaimed "Renaissance Man" Aleks Zen. Both tracks sound like party-friendly deep house made by a man who listens to a lot of modern bass music (particularly "Unrequited Lust") and classic, shimmering techno. There's even a touch of nu-disco about the cowbell-laden sweetness of "Transcend & Unity". There's certainly much to admire about both tracks.
You'd expect a collection of tracks from the likes of Rick Wade and Anton Zap on esteemed deep house imprint Shanti to be pretty nifty, and - predictably - it is. With five soft focus excursions to choose from, there's plenty to get excited about - not least Wade's contribution. "Sexy Rostov" is as smooth and silky as we've come to expect, with enough bottom end groove to please all but the most bass-obsessed rave urchins. Zap's "We Are Satisfied" is equally simmering, but the real revelation is "Marwencol" by the St Petersburg Disco Spin Club - an unfeasibly beautiful slice of slow house brilliance that boasts some particularly intricate piano arrangements.