Given that Zombie Disco Squad producer Nathaniel Self is better known for raving it up in a ragged style, it's perhaps unsurprising that he's switched pseudonym for this latest missive on Dirtybird. You see, "Hands" is proper house, pure and simple. The title track is deep, shuffling, lovingly produced and boasts the kind of tumbling, subtle pianos and winding melodies you'd expect from a master of the genre. The tougher, basement-bothering "Bang The Box" is closer to his style, but still retains an air of cultured deepness. As for "Drop", it's as bassy as they come and blessed with twisted noises, but still sounds remarkably restrained. Good work.
Russian producer Yuri Shulgin seems to have a cinematic vision. While that may seem a little grandiose, his productions - fluid, stargazing blends of Detroit futurism, broken beat, jazz and deep house - sound like minature widescreen epics. That's certainly the case with "Off", a darting, bright, jazz-wise trip full of shimmering synths, complex rhythms and spacey atmospherics. Jazz, with its baggy deep house shuffle and St Germain-esque trumpet solos (think Boulevard, rather than "Rose Rouge"), is almost as good. If that's not enough to persuade you to part with your heard-earned, he's also thrown in the beautifully tactile, impossible-to-pigeonhole "Jam".