York-based Alfa Flite is slowly building a reputation as a purveyor of fine, soul-flecked edits that tiptoe the fine line between deep house and disco. Here, the mystery combo drops a new edit - a sensual, head-nodding and toe-tapping reinterpretation of what appears to be a classic Sade cut. With rubbery bass, unfussy beats, gentle guitars and emotion-rich vocals, there's plenty to enjoy. With a decent amount of compression on the beats and bassline, as well as a surprisingly distant feel about the vocal, it feels primed and ready for dancefloors that like their grooves toe tapping, head nodding and groovy.
Former Silver City man Fernando Pulichino seems to be mellowing with age. Having previously explored punk-funk, nu-disco and deep house on his solo releases, he's now switched his focus to dub-influenced, slo-mo Balearic synth-rock. Many of the old trademarks are still present - think rubbery live bass, fluorescent, vintage-sounding synths and unfussy beats - but are here joined by fuzzy guitar solos and an evocative vocal from guest star Fiorucci. It's a potent blend, reminiscent of early '80s cosmic rock with a little more nu-disco nous. The original vocal version is joined by a delicious Extended Dub, which impressively stretches out the infectious, head-nodding groove.
Nicholas 'Geena' Molina is becoming something of a go-to man for Quentin Vandewalle's Antinote label. The curiously titled On The Top of Deep Heated Fern is his third EP for the label in less than 12 months. As usual, it features tracks that blend raw, Chicago style jackin' beats with fluid, Balearic-minded electronics and a heightened sense of new age electronics. There's naturally much to admire, from the thumping, techno-style rhythms and woozy chords of "I Gotta Wear Shades", to the deep Detroit electronics and spine-tingling breakdowns of "Lunar Substance" and the curiously wide-eyed "Gamma Sector", whose dreamy, new age melodies mask an uncompromising groove.
Cherry Red (Its A Fine Line remix) - (7:02) 63 BPM
Cherry Red (Dzir mix) - (5:26) 58 BPM
Greece's George Issakidis returns to the inimitable Kill The DJ imprint with a second EP of wavy electronics and silky digital beats. The title track "Cherry Red" is a proper groover, where the glitchy percussion sits tighly next to one hell of a bassline, reminding us of dBridge's more recent 4/4 output. There's a few remixes inside, too, where It's A Fine Line transforms the title track into a bleepy, Kraftwerk-inspired number, while Dzir retains the humongous bass conjured by Issakidis albeit for a noticeably deeper turn in the beats and percussion. Brilliant stuff - don't miss it.